THE PROBLEM lies in the fact that this person was referred by a former client (friend of theirs). I had made a cake for this friend and long story short, I went ABOVE AND BEYOND in making their cake. I wanted to try a new technique, they gave me creative freedom, I wanted a cool photo for my portfolio, and the got WAY more than their money's worth.
Now this new person is trying to haggle me into going lower, to which I say GOOD LUCK.
My first instinct would be to tell them "I understand the quote may be over your budget, but that is the base price for a cake to feed XXX amount of people. Furthermore, I understand that your friend paid XXX amount for their cake, but their order is irrelevant, and as much as I wish i could give you the same deal, I've got my bills to pay."
Personally, I could care less if I get the order or not. If he doesn't want to pay for my work, many others do. But my question is how can i make it politely clear that just because her friend got a heck of a deal doesn't mean he will.
How would you handle it?