I was making a cake for a first birthday. It was all fondant bubbles, and fondant one, 100% fondant. And she asks if we can knock the price down. Well, I was already giving her a deal cause she was a friend, I politely explained that fondant costs a lot of money, and creating this cake was going to take at least 5 -6 hours. So no the cost was non negotiable. Grrr. The nerve.
5 or 6 hours is much too long for this cake! (As adorable as it is!) it should be at least a $100 cake, if it takes that long. I am slow and it would take me an hour and a half.
And you are absolutely correct that the price is non-negotiable...no matter what it is!
Sorry if you take it wrong, but I am trying to help you out. You will eventually burn out.