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how many to feed? 35. whats ur budget? £30. grrrrrrrrrrrr

post #1 of 18
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I hate having these conversations, trying to word a reply is a bloody nightmare. Yes id love to make you a cake . No I dont want to work for 1 pound an hour. Rant over feel better
post #2 of 18
Lol okay that was a very SMALL rant. I don't know how much a pound is but obviously you feel its not enough glad you told that person so or are you working for that price?
Edited by kazita - 4/1/13 at 11:58am
post #3 of 18
A pound is close to $1.50 us...

No cake for you!
post #4 of 18
In these situations I usually just tell the customer what the starting price is for the number of servings they want, and let them decide what to do.
post #5 of 18

I just say "I'm sorry, I can't do it for that. A cake that size would be ___"

 

People really have no idea they're lowballing you for the most part. It's pure ignorance and they're not doing it to make you mad. It's irritating but not malicious (usually).

post #6 of 18
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Ha it was a bit of a rubbish rant messaged her back telling her the cake would be 70 pound (about 130 ish dollars I think) she messaged back asking what if she took this off and tgat off. I resisted messaging back straight away and came back to message agreeing to the iriginal price lol patience is a virtue and all that.
post #7 of 18
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And totally agree that she wasnt doing it to try and be malicious but im a grwat big softy and usually charge too little, my husbands a hard arse and tells me off ha. I decided this weekend that I will no longer undercharge and it worked tonight woohoo
post #8 of 18

Haha...I had a woman ring me for a "very small cake" to feed three people. I said $60 for a 5" round. She asked me how much cheaper the 4" round would be because she only needed a really tiny cake for three, and I said "its still $60". Well, wouldn't you know it, suddenly 5" was what she wanted!

 

I do agree with costumczar though - most people have NFI, they aren't low-balling, they just haven't ever bought a custom cake before and hence have no idea about your processes and how many hours a week it actually takes to run a cake business, let alone decorate one cake.

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post #9 of 18
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Ha it was a bit of a rubbish rant messaged her back telling her the cake would be 70 pound (about 130 ish dollars I think) she messaged back asking what if she took this off and tgat off. I resisted messaging back straight away and came back to message agreeing to the iriginal price lol patience is a virtue and all that.
That's why I always quote the starting price. If she wants to take this and that off the order that's fine, but it still won't make the price drop below the starting price.

It's even better if you prominently include starting prices on your web site, some people won't read it but at least you can head off some inquiries.
post #10 of 18
Wow a whole $1.50 An hour yeah no cake for him.
post #11 of 18
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Good advice everyone, I have to take alot of the responsibility for being a little wishy washy, I know what my ingrediants and time costs and I need to set a minimum price and advertise as such rather than asking what their budget is. I shouldnt start like this as it doesnt matter what the budget is it wont make the slightest bit of difference to my overheads lol jyst habit me thinks
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Good advice everyone, I have to take alot of the responsibility for being a little wishy washy, I know what my ingrediants and time costs and I need to set a minimum price and advertise as such rather than asking what their budget is. I shouldnt start like this as it doesnt matter what the budget is it wont make the slightest bit of difference to my overheads lol jyst habit me thinks
Starting out asking for the budget and number of servings is still an important step, since it gives you an idea what kinds of designs would fall into the customer's price range. Having a minimum price just makes it easy to cut off the conversation in case of an unrealistic budget before you waste too much time.
post #13 of 18
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So jason do you detail a basic fondant and bc by portion as a minimum
post #14 of 18

Wow £1.00 per hour, I would have kindly stated my starting price is.... and also suggested that they are welcome to go to Asda, Sainsbury's or even M&S if their budget could afford M&S that is.....lol

 

Some customers really do not have a clue - so with that knowledge you can't take it to heart....BUT...there are other customers who want to play you against another fellow cake maker/company - so I simply advise them to stick with the cake maker/company..lol
 

A lot less hassle.... and its about finding that middle ground.

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post #15 of 18
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So jason do you detail a basic fondant and bc by portion as a minimum
For single tier cakes (which is most of our business, e.g. simple birthday cakes), our minimum is $44 for a basic 8" round BC cake ($74 minimum with fondant), and we include starting prices for other popular sizes. For multi-tier cakes the minimum is $5/serving, again for basic BC.
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