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post #16 of 20
I've been venting the last couple weeks over a similar customer situation. Everything was all picked out, I had spent hours finding just the right design for her budget, etc... Then when she asked me for an advanced total she flipped out over the fact that I had sales tax. She knew I was a real business, she'd purchased from me previously. It blows my mind to this day! She's a teacher driving a BMW............ I wish everytime she needed a pay check her boss would give her the same grief she gave me.

Costumeczars word of wisdom are really comforting and so right. I have to remember that isn't the kind of customer I want. I'm counting my blessings for the lady whom keeps re-ordering dozens of cupcakes from me at $3.79 each! Everytime she buys from me, I give her a couple extra.
post #17 of 20
Here's the blog post... http://www.acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2012/08/are-you-selling-product-or-price.html
post #18 of 20
I am a hobby baker and do it for my friends and family so I have never negotiated the price for a cake but in my professional life I did spend a number of years as a consultant and yes every new job was a haggle over price. It is not something specific to baking.

You have to know your own worth and hold firm because everyone will always try to pay the lowest that they can. Its not that they think you are worth less but everyone loves a good deal. You can't take it personal. Just know your minimum before you start negotiations and be prepared to walk away. The next job will come along if this one doesn't work out.
post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by MissMona

I don't think she thought about it that way, but really, what happened to the customers that thought your product tastes great, your work is artistic and they can see that you put hours and your heart into your work and recognize that it's worth every penny???? I don't know where they went, but I miss them...... thumbs_up.gif

There's the economy, but mainly there's that everyone and their brothers are starting up cake "businesses" and they are undercutting and undervaluing their work.

What needed to happen was for you to walk away and then have her find another baker who also stood her ground and refused to work for nothing.

Even if she finds someone to do it for the low price, at least you held a spot open in case a real customer came along. And at least you didn't feel bitter and used.
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by howsweet View Post


There's the economy, but mainly there's that everyone and their brothers are starting up cake "businesses" and they are undercutting and undervaluing their work.

What needed to happen was for you to walk away and then have her find another baker who also stood her ground and refused to work for nothing.

Even if she finds someone to do it for the low price, at least you held a spot open in case a real customer came along. And at least you didn't feel bitter and used.

I agree, I'm sure sooner or later there will be someone who'll walk through your door and ask you to bake a cake for her/him at a fair price.:) On the other hand, bargaining or haggling is a respected tradition than many individuals just do not engage in. In this era of corporate monoliths, it seems almost a waste of time, but don't be intimidated. Knowing where and when to haggle is a great skill to have. You can also visit this site here for additional info: Why in no way undertake a prefer and also have a glance on the website?
 

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