Originally Posted by bluedaisies
I am a Cottage Foods home bakery and have the opportunity to sell cupcakes at a farmers market. With the CFL, they have to be packaged to sell. Which after packaging and gas, etc, costs me $1.77 per cupcake to produce. Which means I think I would need to sell them for $3.50 to be worth my while. I just polled my Facebook friends and 98% of them say that's too much. They want more like $1.50-$2.50. That sounds super cheap to me... Is there a trick this that I don't know about.
I agree with the previous post that the cost seems awfully high. Is that ONLY cost of ingredients/supplies/gasoline for mileage?
Are you including a reasonable wage ($8-$10 per hour) for your time? The cost of the fee for the Farmer's Market?
Let me begin by saying I do NOT sell my goods, hobby baker only. However, if I were a customer at a FM, I would probably be more likely to purchase a package of 4-6 cupcakes, then a single cupcake. You can purchase plastic, lidded cupcake containers for 60-90 cents each, depending on your quantities.
You have to spend time online searching out packaging. Unfortunately, the more "individual" the packaging, the higher the cost. I've been to several farmers market in my area (San Diego County), and honestly, I don't see how anyone who sells specialty baked goods can make a profit. I really hope they do, but I don't see how.....
Here's an example of where to buy plastic containers. Scroll down to find the standard and deep lid cupcake containers. Yes, they appear cheap, but you must have a minimum order of $25, and shipping starts at $15.