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post #46 of 55
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Originally Posted by FullHouse

Dear Birthday Girl

I would love to make you a cake just because. In fact, I think you're on to something! Please also convince the grocery store to provide the ingredients, the gas & electric company to provide power, BP to donate some gas, the babysitter to watch my kids and a maid to clean the mess, just because. Plus I need a little extra donation from them all for my family, to compensate for the time I spent making your cake. If all of this works out, I can then afford to make you a cake "just because" and would be more than happy to do so. Please respond ASAP as I would love to make this happen.



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post #47 of 55
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Originally Posted by QTCakes1

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Originally Posted by costumeczar

She's probably related to the bride who sent me a wonderful offer for me to "sponsor" her wedding by making a free cake for all of the "very influential people" who would be attending. I would also be able to go to the reception and give a little speech about my company, and she even sent me a flyer that described how much the advertising space in her ceremony program would cost if I wanted to also buy an ad.




icon_surprised.gificon_surprised.gificon_surprised.gif You have got to be fricken lying your butt off!!!! I just don't believe you...or at least I really don't want to.

Okay, now that I am over the shock AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! How did you not just send a bunch of lol's as your response? icon_lol.gif



No, I'm totally serious. A bunch of other vendors in my area got the same letter and we were all horrified. I scanned it, I'm going to see if I can find it and I'll post it on my blog. It's been a while so I don't think the bride would be looking online anymore.
post #48 of 55
I think she was "fishing"....... just checking you out to see what you would "offer". I have a neighbor who does this all the time. If she can get it for free, she goes after it. If she has to pay a little, then so be it. If she has to pay full price, she passes. It's highly embarrassing to be out with her. She as no limits and even her daughters cringe when she starts her "pitch".
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post #49 of 55
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Okay...
As much as I wanted to say "Are you freakin' kidding me?"...the professional in me said this...after all she may be an entitled 21 year old now...but, maybe in a few years maturity will set in and she may need a wedding cake. icon_wink.gif

Chris~
Thanks for contacting us about your special birthday cake. We appreciate the compliments about our cakes too.
Unfortunately we are already booked with weddings. So we are unable to take any other cakes for this weekend.

I wish I had somebody that I could recommend to you, but...our pricing is average for what you will find for a custom cake. Most licensed professional bakers in our area charge between 3.00 and 5.00 and up per serving for a custom cake. If you don't have that in your budget...maybe a possibility would be to order a cake from Sams (or another big box store) and enhance the cake by adding something that you love (fresh flowers, cake topper or even some sugar art).

I hope the party is absolutely fantastic! Have a wonderful birthday!!


This is her response:

You're welcome! icon_smile.gif Ohhh okay icon_sad.gif it's okay. I can afford it, but I didn't want to spend the money, you know, and I don't want my cake to look any kind of way, you know? I want that 3D designed cake, if not better. But it's cool, I'll find another bakery. Thanks for responding back, I really appreciate it! icon_smile.gif && Thank you so much, I will! icon_smile.gif
-Chris

Whether or not she was asking for a free cake, I'll never know. But, certainly she didn't find it important enough to spend the money (if she had it). I prefer to bake for those who appreciate all of the work and show that appreciation by paying me what I charge. I've just never gotten an email like that before. I've gotten emails from people with tight budgets...and I work with them if I can. I get having a tight budget. Some of my favorite clients have been couples paying for their own wedding cakes and needing to stick within a tight budget. I just don't get asking a perfect stranger to work for free or at a discount. I wonder what she would think if her boss asked her to do her job for less money???
Thanks for all of the comical responses. Glad I wasn't the only one to think it was funny.
post #50 of 55
WOW - I just don't have any other words for her!!!

You, on the other hand, were very professional and handled it perfectly! icon_biggrin.gif
post #51 of 55
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Originally Posted by jason_kraft

IMO that's reading a lot into the email...I prefer to defer judgment until I find out what the actual budget is. If it turns out to be $0, then I agree that the request is a little silly, but for all we know her budget could be $50, which might be enough for a small cake. Or she could get $200 as a gift from her parents to spend on the cake once she finds out how much it is.



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post #52 of 55
CC is a great way to share info with like-minded folks. And a good way to vent, if necessary. How we relate to people face-to-face is different from how our words appear on a forum. Good conversations and information sharing are so much more helpful than nasty comments or remarks which can be misconstrued.

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post #53 of 55
Your response was pretty much what I've sent to the same kind of bride who writes and says that she has 300 guests and a budget of $300 for the cake. It's education more than anything else with that kind of person.

HOWEVER-- the part about "I can afford it but I don't want to spend the money" is beyond comment.
post #54 of 55
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Originally Posted by hsmomma

Okay...
As much as I wanted to say "Are you freakin' kidding me?"...the professional in me said this...after all she may be an entitled 21 year old now...but, maybe in a few years maturity will set in and she may need a wedding cake. icon_wink.gif

Chris~
Thanks for contacting us about your special birthday cake. We appreciate the compliments about our cakes too.
Unfortunately we are already booked with weddings. So we are unable to take any other cakes for this weekend.

I wish I had somebody that I could recommend to you, but...our pricing is average for what you will find for a custom cake. Most licensed professional bakers in our area charge between 3.00 and 5.00 and up per serving for a custom cake. If you don't have that in your budget...maybe a possibility would be to order a cake from Sams (or another big box store) and enhance the cake by adding something that you love (fresh flowers, cake topper or even some sugar art).

I hope the party is absolutely fantastic! Have a wonderful birthday!!


This is her response:

You're welcome! icon_smile.gif Ohhh okay icon_sad.gif it's okay. I can afford it, but I didn't want to spend the money, you know, and I don't want my cake to look any kind of way, you know? I want that 3D designed cake, if not better. But it's cool, I'll find another bakery. Thanks for responding back, I really appreciate it! icon_smile.gif && Thank you so much, I will! icon_smile.gif
-Chris

Whether or not she was asking for a free cake, I'll never know. .



What do you mean you'll 'never know'? She just said it! 'I can afford it, but I didn't want to spend the money..' Sounds like fishing for free cake to me! And I would LOVE to see the responses from the other bakers...not only because she wants it for free, she wants it this weekend!!
You handled it well and the soon-to-be 21 year old hopefully learned something. thumbs_up.gif

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post #55 of 55
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Originally Posted by hsmomma

This is an email from somebody inquiring about a cake...had to share...

Good evening,

My name is Chris, and I live in town. I'm turning 21 on this coming Sunday. I've googled just about everyone who is able to make a cake for my birthday. You work is absolutely exquisite! I want a cake that is unique for my birthday, I don't want it to look like an ordinary cake. But my only problem is, the pricing. I don't have enough money to get the kind of cake that I want. I'm having 40+ people at my party, and I was wondering, if it was possible that you could make a cake for me?? Please?? Just because. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much, please reply back A.S.A.P.

Have a blessed day!


So...I better cancel all of my paid cakes for this weekend to make her one icon_confused.gif
On a side note...she "liked" a ton of my cakes on facebook and of course they are all carved, topsy turvy fondant cakes. A breeze, right?



Oh brother. Well I have heard it all. You think this would work for my local car dealership?
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