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The idea behind the "price the cake" threads  

post #1 of 29
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Correct me if I am wrong, but the idea of the price the cake threads was to showcase another cake artist's well made, specialty cake and have other talented, licensed cake artists tell how much they would charge for it, and what area of the world they are in, so that we can start to educate clients as to what prices they can expect to pay for a cake. It has also had the effect of showing under-cutters about what they should be charging as well. It was hypothetical, and really fun, that way.

 

It was never intended to turn into the "How much would you charge for this cake" thread, that I am seeing a lot of lately. Which is a cake that the poster has done already, and most likely given away, or just charged for ingredients, or practically paid someone to take. Or a post of an inspiration cake that  their neighbor's sister wants. It is no longer hypothetical, and just feels like those posters want their homework done for them. And it also brings up the legal issues of where do you live, can you cake from home, do you have a license, what is your overhead, how much did it cost you, how long did it take, that is so wearisome!  The fun has been sucked out of it, and I was one of the original people to come up with the idea, along with Delicious Desserts, and Lady Viola,( and others that aren't at the top of my head.)  I don't want to look at multiple postings of small amateur cakes 5 times a day, and do someone's work for them, I want to do keep pricing the 1 fabulous cake a day.

 

Is it just me? (Yes, I know I am an impatient hag, lol, and nasty and intolerant, but surely I am not the only one that is sad it has changed so soon? )

 

 

Can we please keep these 2 things separate? The hypothetical "Price the Cake"  and the

 

Oh crud, I just got a cake order and don't know what to charge or I just figured out that I made $1.37 after 20 hours of work, so "How much should I (have) charge(d) for this cake."

 

Bash away!

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post #2 of 29

oh you took the thoughts right out of my head....

 

Been on a bit of a CC siesta - popped back in a little while ago and have just been browsing threads - was sitting here shaking my head, going "is THIS what CC has become?"

 

 

Part of your signature is why I stopped coming here -  nobody UNDERSTOOD me ! hehe

"My sarcasm is good-humored. People generally really like me, in person ;-) "   

 

I think it is much NICER to tell people HOW to help themselves, and heck sometimes they need to be told...... TRY thinking for yourself - you might be surprised with the what you CAN achieve!

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A sense of humour is a wonderful thing  - without laughter, the world is a SUPER boring place

PS..... only smart people can read truly WITTY comments and chuckle instead of getting all miffed

Hero of all time - GODOT

 

 

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post #3 of 29

Nope totally agree with you Anna, ( you too Pam ) . 

 

I have actually stopped going into those threads because of it. 

 

 

Maybe I too am just a nasty, impatient Hag , that also loves a good battle of wits in a sarcasm war. 

post #4 of 29
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Originally Posted by ApplegumPam View Post

oh you took the thoughts right out of my head....

 

Been on a bit of a CC siesta - popped back in a little while ago and have just been browsing threads - was sitting here shaking my head, going "is THIS what CC has become?"

 

 

Part of your signature is why I stopped coming here -  nobody UNDERSTOOD me ! hehe

"My sarcasm is good-humored. People generally really like me, in person ;-) "   

 

I think it is much NICER to tell people HOW to help themselves, and heck sometimes they need to be told...... TRY thinking for yourself - you might be surprised with the what you CAN achieve!

At first I thought you meant you left because of my signature, but now I think you mean you feel the same way, that so many on here are uptight, and take things too literally.

 

And it is the whole "Give a man a fish...Teach a man to fish..." life lesson, that really means that if you do everything for someone, you may think you are being kind, and they may really appreciate it, but what you are actually doing is crippling them and teaching them to be reliant upon others. That is very cruel indeed, as you are making them a slave.

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post #5 of 29

The "price my cake because I'm new" threads have always been around - so many people join this site just to post those questions.  I do think that by us starting these types of threads out of fun and comparing work then having lots of people comment on them does encourage even more people to post asking how much we'd charge etc.  

 

I say just ignore the other threads if they aren't interesting to you and if someone posts in an existing "price this cake" thread asking to price a different design, just tell them it's off-topic and to start their own thread.  Be nice, of course!

post #6 of 29
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Originally Posted by ApplegumPam View Post

oh you took the thoughts right out of my head....

 

Been on a bit of a CC siesta - popped back in a little while ago and have just been browsing threads - was sitting here shaking my head, going "is THIS what CC has become?"

 

 

Part of your signature is why I stopped coming here -  nobody UNDERSTOOD me ! hehe

"My sarcasm is good-humored. People generally really like me, in person ;-) "   

 

I think it is much NICER to tell people HOW to help themselves, and heck sometimes they need to be told...... TRY thinking for yourself - you might be surprised with the what you CAN achieve!

But think about it, if all the old heads and experienced, talented cakers keep taking CC-naps, it's only natural that the threads would appear to be overrun by noobs and amateur stuff. I for one love the sarcasm, and won't hesitate to dish it up... and take it too if necessary. I say BRING IT, and let's light a fire in this joint! LOL. *Heads back to my corner*

post #7 of 29
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Originally Posted by vgcea View Post

But think about it, if all the old heads and experienced, talented cakers keep taking CC-naps, it's only natural that the threads would appear to be overrun by noobs and amateur stuff. I for one love the sarcasm, and won't hesitate to dish it up... and take it too if necessary. I say BRING IT, and let's light a fire in this joint! LOL. *Heads back to my corner*

I am afraid that ship has sailed. I checked the "Members viewing" count a couple hours ago and it was 13. I remember before the re-do, the numbers were always up in the thousands.

Beginners, be sure to parrot advice and get your post count up as fast as you can. After all, it's not what you know, it's what people THINK you know.
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post #8 of 29

I think now that we can elect to 'show' whether we are online or not, the count may be off. I know I appear offline even when I am online. So much easier to be sneaky that way icon_cool.gif

post #9 of 29
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Originally Posted by vgcea View Post

I think now that we can elect to 'show' whether we are online or not, the count may be off. I know I appear offline even when I am online. So much easier to be sneaky that way icon_cool.gif

 

haha, I do that too! But I think it still counts us. Show of hands? How many people are sneaking right now? Currently, there are  (9 Members and 1044 Guests)

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post #10 of 29

Hey I think I am actually showing up as a member.  Maybe I should change to being a spy!!!

post #11 of 29

For my two cents...

 

I love the idea of the original Price the Cake threds, because even as a hobby baker (and I never plan to be anything else) I find them highly educational - and hilarious. I do hope you'll continue with them.

 

The spin-off threads mentioned here, however, I CAN'T stand them and agree one hundred percent that bakers need to do their own homework. It isn't that hard to figure out how much you've spent on ingredients and approximately how many hours it took to make the cake for your friend/neighbour/mother's boss/old school pal. If these bakers don't learn, they'll be on here next complaining that they're being asked left, right and center for free cakes from people they barely know.

 

Well, dahh! People aren't stupid and who wouldn't say yes to free/cheap cake? birthday.gif

 

 

Oh, and bring on the sarcasm, this nasty, impatient hag is ready for it... After all, how many of those who misunderstand it are we likely to ever meet in person?

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post #12 of 29
Thread Starter 

I am so happy to see I am not the only nasty, impatient, hag! Not that I thought I was, I just thought I would be the only one to admit it! icon_twisted.gif

Beginners, be sure to parrot advice and get your post count up as fast as you can. After all, it's not what you know, it's what people THINK you know.
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post #13 of 29

Maybe request a new forum for price the cake? It's worth a try....I enjoy it when they are posted with professional style cakes that educate us. It is very helpful actually.

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post #14 of 29
I recently posted two of my cakes asking what people would charge NOT because I am wanting to know how much I should sell it for (I don't sell them - made for my kids,nephew,parents) but because I am curious to see what other people's prices would be. I understand there is huge variables but its still interesting to see different people's responses and yes it is nice to educate people because everytime I make a cake people ask " if you were selling how much would that be" or "how much would that cost at a bakery" several people have even said I bet that cake would cost a hundred dollars eh. A lot of people have no idea what it costs just for supplies. I don't think everyone posting price the cake threads are asking just so they can have their work done for them
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post #15 of 29

I think I will weigh in on this..most of the time I just read the threads for a laugh and comment every now and then.. I have been doing cakes for a while now and agree with some of the others that hijacking the Price the Cake thread is not cool... When I first joined cake central I never posted a "how to price a specific cake" thread because I knew I wouldn't get an answer that addressed my skill level and where I lived and all of those other factors.. I just think its common since.. if you read the threads you most of the time you get the same answer here... its goes according to where you live, if your license, etc. so why newbies continue to post those kinds of threads is beyond me.. no one can tell you how to price your cakes only you can figure that out. With that being said... I would love to see another "Price the cake" I think the cakes are cool and like to read everyone's else comments on what they would charge. 

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