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I haven't slept in 9 months..lol  BUT..one comes home within a week, and the other will be home by then end of the month!  I'll probably sleep for 3 days after that!   lol
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I could never imagine. And to have two people away instead of one. That's double the worry. I'm glad you'll be getting some peace here soon.
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I agree with Jason on this...

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They're right. Speaking as someone who works in retail, MOST of the time when we've had issues with anything being stolen, it's durable goods. On occasion, you may have someone steal food, but those cases are few and far between (although I did catch a guy who had not paid for bologna and was walking through the store and eating it right out of the package).

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They're right. Speaking as someone who works in retail, MOST of the time when we've had issues with anything being stolen, it's durable goods. On occasion, you may have someone steal food, but those cases are few and far between (although I did catch a guy who had not paid for bologna and was walking through the store and eating it right out of the package).

I have worked in retail a long time and I've seen people steal anything they can get their hands on. If they want it they will find a way to get it. Whether it's stealing outright by just taking it of the shelf and leaving or using a stolen credit card. These days people don't need someone's actual card to steal. People will use their actual card with someone's else's info encoded on the back or they'll use a visa/master card/ american express gift card with someone elses info. I've seen people steal food too. Had one guy stealing large cans of red bull, He just came in and Took 2 off the shelf and left. People have also came in with phony coupons they made to try and buy gift cards or other money services.  Although like i said selling baked goods isnt exactly the same as retail, i know that but nothing surprises me anymore. I wouldnt be surprised if someone tried stealing a cake in someway.

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I have worked in retail a long time and I've seen people steal anything they can get their hands on. If they want it they will find a way to get it. Whether it's stealing outright by just taking it of the shelf and leaving or using a stolen credit card. These days people don't need someone's actual card to steal. People will use their actual card with someone's else's info encoded on the back or they'll use a visa/master card/ american express gift card with someone elses info. I've seen people steal food too. Had one guy stealing large cans of red bull, He just came in and Took 2 off the shelf and left. People have also came in with phony coupons they made to try and buy gift cards or other money services.  Although like i said selling baked goods isnt exactly the same as retail, i know that but nothing surprises me anymore. I wouldnt be surprised if someone tried stealing a cake in someway.

That part about the coupons is true too. People will do anything.

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I agree with Jason on this...
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They're right. Speaking as someone who works in retail, MOST of the time when we've had issues with anything being stolen, it's durable goods. On occasion, you may have someone steal food, but those cases are few and far between (although I did catch a guy who had not paid for bologna and was walking through the store and eating it right out of the package).

How did you "catch him"? How do you know he didnt intend to pay for the bologna? Because it isn't stealing until you walk outside the doors with it. I never did it before I had kids, but after I had them, I remember opening a box of Teddy Grams, the first time I did it, and having my 1 year old twins eat them to stop yelling they were hungry, while I shopped. I was nervous, but have since graduated to drinking my Gatorade while shopping and handing an empty bottle to the clerk to scan. I would never eat though, since that requires clean hands. In my own defense, I would pay first, but they commonly have 1 line with a minimum of 4 people in it, and it takes a half hour to get through it.
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post #21 of 37
I see people eating food they haven't yet paid for in the grocery store all the time, I unfortunately had to pay for a banana my toddler managed to break open and eat once but luckily it was Trader Joes where they're sold by the unit! The cashier said it was totally fine, so long as you pay.
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post #22 of 37

The only scam I've run into is the hearing impaired, want 400 cupcakes picked up by courier one. I've gotten that a lot, but just delete and move on with my life.

 

I only accept cash or credit cards for final payment. I started selling a little less than a year ago and within the last few months tipped the point where I'm selling more to strangers and less to family/friends so I've become a bit more cautious about forms of payment and a bit more diligent about requiring deposits. I think to be competitive, credit cards need to be accepted. Cash only isn't practical, especially once you start selling orders for several hundred dollars a piece. And for deposit purposes, Paypal is fantastic (minus the fees, of course!). I tend to do almost all of my communication via email so it's super easy to send a Paypal invoice and collect deposits. I will accept checks, but only for deposits so there's plenty of time for it to clear. And I let the customer know that until the check clears their date is not reserved. Most choose the Paypal option.

 

And I agree that the credit card fees stink, but I think it's just another cost of business that needs to be worked in. I haven't been scammed accepting one yet, so fingers crossed. And I tend to agree with others that a custom cake would not be the likely target of someone with a stolen card. Usually there's several weeks of back and forth communication with the customer, it's not an impulse buy. And if you require a deposit you would hopefully find out about the fraud well in advance of any actual baking or delivering of the final product.

post #23 of 37
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I'm gonna accept Paypal as well and cash. I was going to accept cash only for deposits and then accept cash, credit for final payment but taking a check for deposits is an option too. I hadn't thought of taking checks for deposits only and then waiting for it to clear before confirming orders. I initially wasn't going to accept checks. My first customers will be people I know and people they know but I figured I should have everything figured out for when I have strangers place orders.
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PayPal gives u chances to get your fees down depending on what services you use and how many sales u do. Like Jason said we do have to worry about someone calling the credit card company to dispute the charge
post #25 of 37
FYI it's also easy for a customer to file a PayPal dispute, and since they are not a real bank they can do things like freezing your entire account during a dispute.
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I see people eating food they haven't yet paid for in the grocery store all the time, I unfortunately had to pay for a banana my toddler managed to break open and eat once but luckily it was Trader Joes where they're sold by the unit! The cashier said it was totally fine, so long as you pay.
Thank goodness it is by the unit, or else they would've had to pop your toddler on the scale, right? Lol

Now my ex stepfather (a real tool) would act like he couldn't let go of my Mother's hand, and would use his free hand to stuff merchandise in his pockets, then pull it all out into the belt once we got up there... It was horrifying! (They were "so in love" they drank out of the same cup, too icon_razz.gif )
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post #27 of 37
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FYI it's also easy for a customer to file a PayPal dispute, and since they are not a real bank they can do things like freezing your entire account during a dispute.
That I did know, though people who buy things through PayPal don't qualify for buyer protection when they buy things in person. They can still file a dispute but they urge people to contact the seller they bought from in the event they have a problem. Likewise for the seller. There is no seller protection for items sold to people in person.
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How did you "catch him"? How do you know he didnt intend to pay for the bologna? Because it isn't stealing until you walk outside the doors with it. I never did it before I had kids, but after I had them, I remember opening a box of Teddy Grams, the first time I did it, and having my 1 year old twins eat them to stop yelling they were hungry, while I shopped. I was nervous, but have since graduated to drinking my Gatorade while shopping and handing an empty bottle to the clerk to scan. I would never eat though, since that requires clean hands. In my own defense, I would pay first, but they commonly have 1 line with a minimum of 4 people in it, and it takes a half hour to get through it.


It depends on the stores policy and how they feel. At the store where I worked it was considered stealing if you opened product before paying for it whether you've left the store or not.
Edited by BakerBee7468 - 5/8/13 at 11:02am
post #29 of 37
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I've seen many a person get confronted by store employees for opening product before its paid for
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I wouldn't be worried about face-to-face customers scamming me. I've only had two bounced checks in 8 years and both were from a friend who made a mistake. 

 

There are 419 scams out there and if you're in biz long enough you will receive emails from people trying to get you to accept a large bank draft for a cake and return some of the money to them in cash.  

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