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post #1 of 9
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I was asked to make 8 dozen cookies which are not small for holloween. I have never used ri and did a test run but it was too thin cookies became soggy and ended up throwing batch away, I will attempt with mmf. I was hoping to start a cookie business but don't know if they will perfer ri to mmf. my question is don't know how to charge ( I know another thread on pricing, sorry!) this is for a family member they want me to charge them. I was thinking of chg $1.75 per cookie for non family members but giving her a discount of $1.00 but I still feel that for 96 cookies it would come out to $72.00 for the whole batch is this too much to ask of a family member. Don't want to offend. Thanks
post #2 of 9
The going rate is $1.00 per inch. For family, you could discount 50%, but that will still bemuch higher than what you are charging. Be sure you and your relative understand the amount of time involved. That's like asking you to paint her bedroom.
post #3 of 9
believe me, 8 dozen cookies will take a while to do.

Don't underestimate the time and effort involved... and charge accordingly! I thin k giving a family discount is fine,if that's what you want to do... but make sue it's still worth your time, cost and effort.
post #4 of 9
I always give my family and friends really good (a.k.a. cheap) prices on my cookies. I'm okay with it, because it truly is a hobby that I greatly enjoy. Getting paid minimum wage to do my cookies isn't exactly what I'd prefer, but like I said, it's a hobby. I only get upset when someone makes a remark about how expensive my cookies are.

Charge what will make you happy. You don't want to be grumbling the whole time you're decorating. You don't want to feel guilty about charging too much, either. Just keep in mind that they'll be clueless as to the time it will take to do 96 cookies! These aren't a package of Oreos you can get on sale! Print off a price sheet from a "Cookies by Design" website that shows decorated cookies going for $7 each and show that to them if they question what you're charging.
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post #5 of 9
I use RI to decorate my cookies. For me, it would depend on the family member...if it was a sister or my mom, I'd totally give a big discount. Cousin or other extended family, not so much. I don't think they realize the time that goes into it...let them know! By the way, RI that's too thin really is ridiculous to work with, try it again at the right consistency and maybe you'll like it better!
post #6 of 9
It depends... do they babysit your kids when you need it, or is this not reciprocated? I just gave a niece a $700.00 wedding cake. I don't expect reciprocation, but she's the type of girl that would be the first to show up in an emergency. She is the type of person you want to do something nice for, my nephew included( the blood relative). Close family is free, others I just decline, and all cases in between. But just make sure both know the undertaking.

In my case with the wedding cake, I asked her. She would have never asked.
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by GeminiRJ

Charge what will make you happy. You don't want to be grumbling the whole time you're decorating. You don't want to feel guilty about charging too much, either. Just keep in mind that they'll be clueless as to the time it will take to do 96 cookies! These aren't a package of Oreos you can get on sale! Print off a price sheet from a "Cookies by Design" website that shows decorated cookies going for $7 each and show that to them if they question what you're charging.



I agree with geminiRJ. I'd suggest that YOU visit the website for Cookies By Design (http://www.cookiesbydesign.com/halloween-gifts) BEFORE you say anything on pricing. See if you are able to replicate the cookies they have for Halloween with your current skill level. See what those cookies would cost if purchased without the shipping/tax/packaging.

THEN tell your family member to visit the same website and tell them these cookies would cost $xxx if purchased from Cookies by Design. Give her a link to their website and AFTER she's had major sticker stock, tell her it will take you xxxx hours of your available time after work/kids/husband/etc. and that you will charge $xxx. Make sure she knows that the fee is NOT for the ingredients, but for your time and talent.
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks, to all who replied so quickly. fam member called last night to get pricing she was taken aback when I told her I was charging .75 per cookie total price for the 8 dozen $72.00 so she cut it back to 5 dozen. To be completely honest I couldn't sleep last night feeling quilty. She has always been there for me and although I know that it still will take a while for me to do the 5 dozen dosen't make me feel that much better. I am going to go into that website to print out the pricing sheet so at least she can see what these cookies go for. I had made her 2 dozen lemon cresent cookies dusted with conf sugar which she loves, I did explain that these will be decorated and that is why I am charging her higher. Thanks again will let you know how it goes. I will be making lemon holloween pumpkins, bats and ghosts will post pic once done.
post #9 of 9
I have to say, I love my family! They don't expect me to give them a discounts on anything, because they honestly understand the time and expense involved in baking. My general rule of thumb is if you ask me to do it, you pay, full price. If I offer, it is free.

8 dozen decorated cookies are a lot and depending on the designs can take a long time. They want 96 large cookies, then they need to understand that comes with a price tag.

I do give her credit for scaling back on the number when the price was too much, but she was getting a heck of a deal to begin with.
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