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post #1 of 30
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Hi guys. Please shed some insights with a particular issue I'm facing. I am a "home baker" with a full time day job and decorates cookies on the weekends. I made cookies and brought them to the office before. My boss loves them would like me to make 50 cookies for her friend who is having a 50th birthday party for her parents. She asked me how much it would cost to make the cookies for her. I quoted her at $3/cookie. She said $3 is very similar to retail price and since she is placing an order for a big batch (50 cookies), I should go lower on the price. I feel that $3/cookie is very reasonable for a cookie that measures 3"x3.5" with 4 colors. I have attached 2 pics of what the cookies look like. It was taken with my camera phone so I apologize for the pic quality. I also have a request to make bridal shower cookies of a dress. I am thinking of charging about $2.50/cookie since it is smaller.

Are my prices justified?
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post #2 of 30
How much did they cost you to make? (each)
post #3 of 30
Oh, you cannot charge less than $3 for those! They are gorgeous and the design is so nice. I'm assuming your boss wants them individually packaged as well? And 50 cookies is NOT bulk.....don't know where your boss got that from. You know what indebi always says? Tell your boss to shop around and see what the prices are out there (let him/her do the legwork) and then he/she'll come running back to you!
post #4 of 30
just because she's ordering more cookies doesn't mean you're getting the ingredients cheaper!

Tell her all 50 cookies doesn't do anything but cause you MORE time spent decorating, baking, bagging, and cleaning up.

there is no discount to the customer unless you get a discount on your supplies!
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post #5 of 30
I think your prices are very reasonable... I charge about $1 per inch for my decorated cookies. Just remember, what you charge is up to YOU. Your customers do not get to dictate how much YOUR work is worth. Stand firm, and if she wants the cookies, she'll pay your prices... if not, no biggie. There will always be another job to come along.
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post #6 of 30
I think your pricing is reasonable, especially for a 3"x3.5" cookie. Will you be packaging each one as you've done in the photo?
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post #7 of 30
I guess you could give her a small discount if you wanted to, just to keep a customer, but if she doesn't want to pay anything for them, tell her to go buy a box of oreos and call it a day.
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post #8 of 30
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Thanks for all your encouraging words!

I do feel that my price was reasonable especially when it does come with the packaging of the bag and ribbon! Since I have never sold any of the cookies, I was not sure how much to charge. Reading on the CC forums, I felt that $3 each was very reasonable, with my skill level - I am still a novice after all. I am finding a hard time time putting into words that my cookies are worth my quoted price without coming across as rude or greedy.
post #9 of 30
To the boss: "50 cookies is not enough for me to buy supplies in bulk at a lower bulk price so my quote is my price for these cookies. If that's not within your budget I understand."
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post #10 of 30
You don't even have to explain yourself; just say, sorry but that's the price and move onwards.
Trust me when i tell you, i NEVER got a repeat order or a referrel order from ANYONE who i gave discounted prices or freebies to. The ones who come back to me are the ones who paid what i quoted, period.

Oh yeah, and don't you just love the ones who say that you'll get a lot of business from them (knowing that you're trying to get your name out there), just to get a lower price. I will never forget the one time agreed to make chocolate favors for a company dinner. Before i quoted them a price, they said that i'd get lots of exposure from this order......blah, blah, blah.............I gave them cost price (don't forget, chocolate costs a lot of money and i boxed them nicely as well)....didn't make a penny....worked really really hard.......................and got not even ONE order from there. Not worth it.
post #11 of 30
Wow, those cookies are adorable!!!!! Hang tough on the price.
post #12 of 30
With the 4 colors and packaging individually my prices would be $5/ea. Like others said, 50 cookies is not a large order. Now if she wanted to place an order for 250+ and do it weekly or monthly, then I might consider giving her a break. But 50 cookies doesn't even use a 5lb bag of flour, and ingredients is the only place i would be saving money, I would NOT discount my time.
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post #13 of 30
With the 4 colors and packaging individually my prices would be $5/ea. Like others said, 50 cookies is not a large order. Now if she wanted to place an order for 250+ and do it weekly or monthly, then I might consider giving her a break. But 50 cookies doesn't even use a 5lb bag of flour, and ingredients is the only place i would be saving money, I would NOT discount my time.
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post #14 of 30
It's ONLY 4 dozen cookies. Why does she think that's a BIG order.

I luv'd telling people who asked for a discount for a 'whopping' big order of 4 dz: "I have a client who gets a discount because they order 20 dozen cookies every single day. THAT'S what I call a big order. Now ... how many cookies were you wanting?"

4 dozen? I'd throw that many away in scrap! 4 dz is barely worth turning on my oven!
post #15 of 30
Ditto !!
On all the above coments....

But if you feel you must give some small discount because she is your boss.. (I wouldn't but I do understand the situation) my husband has me fill out my order form with the full price (yours is right on @ $3) & then show the discount.. that way she knows exactly how much you charge & what you are doing for her.. plus you have it for future records.

Don't short change yourself :0)
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