After reading many posts about pricing, as well as posting some of my own, it seems to me like this sparks a debate of pro vs. newbie (and I'm on the wrong side. lol). While the pros "get" the logistics of the business side, newbies (I'm guilty as well
) think more like consumers. Or at least, that is what I've come to realize about myself. Would I want to pay $200+ for a birthday cake my kids are gonna tear up, h*** NO! lol. But then I gotta take myself away from thinking like a consumer and thinking like a businesswoman, and realizing its the way of the world: you get what you pay for. And then I think, sure, if I had the money, why wouldn't I want something better and nicer.
I think it also depends on personal experience. Many newbies are brand new to the world of baking/decorating. I'm sure if, growing up, my mother was a master cake decorator, I'd be a lot more informed of the other side besides the "fun" part of business. And when you think about it, what other resource besides here are you going to find such a wealth of information on the business end of cake decorating? Even Wilton classes only teach the decorating part.
Then, the conversation (as I have seen a lot) goes to the TV shows.
While many people have openly admitted they decided to start baking because
of the TV shows, that doesn't apply to every newbie. The rest of us just had bad timing finding this website. Personally, I found the TV shows because I had already been dreaming of starting my own bakery. I was working on going to a culinary school and focusing on pastries, so I started watching food network a lot. When I had to make the choice of my kids over culinary school, I decided to go to school for business and do the culinary stuff on my own.
I think this is one of those topics, nobody will every 100% agree on. And its really not something to get all in a huff about. If you don't like those pricing posts, there is no requirement for you to click on the link. But I also agree that, after you make the cake, its a little late to be thinking about what you should charge for it. The way I see it, is I don't start making the cake unless I know why its worth if for me to take time I could be spending with my girls.