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cookie pricing...per inch, or square inch?

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I'm preparing to open for business in my home kitchen (pending state approval), selling cakes, cupcakes and cookies. I've pretty much worked out pricing for the cakes and cupcakes, but have just begun researching cookies. I've read several posts here recommending a price of $1 per inch, but does that mean an inch in diameter, or a square inch? And how would you figure this out for an irregularly-shaped cookie, such as an airplane or a snowflake or a lion, etc?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
Esther
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Where do you live and are they going to be decorated in full color? or just the shapes?

This is one of the shops where I live:
http://elenis.com/store/product/its-your-birthday/?cat=18&cix=5

They have a ton of examples with pricing. They sell mostly sets unless u go to the actual shop
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I live in Philadelphia, and yes, we're talking full color.

Thanks for the link! I'm from NYC myself; moved here when I got married 6 years ago. Eleni's looks even pricier than this upscale shop in my area:
http://whippedbakeshop.com/
And I was surprised at how much *they* were charging!

From what I've seen in my general metro area, it looks as though no one charges less than $3.50 per cookie, though they *are* bigger businesses than I am - or at least they're either storefronts or large online companies, like http://www.flourpotcookies.com/default.asp (although it looks like The Flour Pot uses more rolled fondant than RI, which I imagine would probably be less labor intensive?).

So I suppose, since I'm only employing myself and will have no overhead, a $3.50 cookie for the big guys would translate to maybe $3 for for me, and so on. Does that make sense?
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