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post #16 of 46
I agree with nipping this from the beginning. I give my prices to coworkers and give them the out, if they want Walmart prices, by saying " Let me know if you still want me to do the cake" some come back to order and some don't.
post #17 of 46
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Originally Posted by Annabakescakes View Post

 she knows what she did. She doesn't think you are going to say anything. Regular people who are paying for a product don't do that, they ask how much it will be before money changes hands.

 

 

 

completely agree here!

 

Without any doubt at all, I would hand her back that $20 and explain what it would cost. Why would you make a cake for free for someone you don't even know- unless it's for charity?

post #18 of 46

You say, I can go to Costco and get a cake to feed everyone and you'll come back with change.  Seriously.

post #19 of 46

Oh, hells to the no...You wouldn't even be able to go to Walmart and get a cake that size for $20, not to mention one that's decorated like she wants. This is why I have a minimum...it eliminates a lot of sheet cake/bargain pricing requests.

post #20 of 46

I remembered buying one of them from Costco for $15.  But that was in no way a full sheet!

post #21 of 46
A lot of people think a quarter sheet is a full sheet. They have no idea how many people a full sheet actually serves.
post #22 of 46
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Originally Posted by Annabakescakes View Post

WOW!!! That is some cakeballs right there! I would never dream of taking advantage like that, I am with doramoreno62 that she knows what she did. She doesn't think you are going to say anything. Regular people who are paying for a product don't do that, they ask how much it will be before money changes hands.

 

If you want to play like she is, just go to her and tell her that you appreciate the deposit, but you need the final payment of $XXXX by Friday before you can start baking.

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post #23 of 46
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Yes, but Walmart are the PROFESSIONALS! If they can sell for $42 they must be making a large profit... The op is just an amateur, the $20 ought to MORE than cover the cost and allow her to "play" at making a cake. icon_rolleyes.gif

 

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post #24 of 46
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Stop the train while you can! When someone gets a cheap cake, they literally open the flood gates for other people looking for a "cheap" cake lady. It will be hard getting rid of them afterwards. Believe me, I know and it took me about a year to erase "cheap" cake lady from my business. I'd hand her an invoice of just how much the ingredients cost and how much labor is involved. Or she can always go buy everything that you need to make this cake and then realize that $20 will not cover it. I avoid doing business with people that are acquaintances (like co-workers, my mother's friends) but not close enough to be REALLY CLOSE friends/family because of situations like this. What happens if she doesn't want the cake after all? It will be kind of awkward seeing her at work. Best of luck!

I defintely would avoid future orders from co-workers. I hate awkward situations and this would be something that would be awkward for me. Besides, most companies have a "unwritten" rule about doing outside business while at work...I'm not sure if this was done on a lunch break or something, but here at my job people get into trouble from selling Avon and such...so I try not to advertise my cake making abilities when I'm at work...but that is me...

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post #25 of 46

It may be your part time business, but it is a BUSINESS. You don't need to explain your costs to her. Give her an invoice listing what she wants on the cake and your price (non negotiable). Or, better yet, save the invoices for other customers, and don't do cakes for co-workers. That has too a high potential for problems.
 

post #26 of 46

Oh gosh yes - you read here all the time about loser co-workers who 'forget' the money, and then avoid the cake maker for months.....

post #27 of 46

Occasionally I will do a cheap cake but I must at least have enough to cover costs! But when I give a friend or family member a bargain they have to have my business cards on the table by the cake and place gushing feedback on my page. I let them know that this is a special favor and ask they don't tell anyone what they paid. They feel special and the couple of people I have done it for do what I ask. I make it clear this is a 1 time event...

post #28 of 46

I find it hard to give parents i know through school my costs because they assume it will be cheap as i have a home business.  Not so!  I work really hard to make a superior product and i expect to get paid for it, but unless people know the quality they are getting, they expect to pay supermarket prices.  I did a community event recently showcasing my skills so that seems to have helped explain things pricing wise.  You must explain and ask for a proper price or you will resnt the baking which is the last thing you want.  Good luck from sunny scotland!

post #29 of 46

Co-Workers? My Uncles wife, no I don't refer to her as an Aunt, "forgot" how much the cake was and brought $20.00 bucks with her to pay for a 90.00 cake that I did for 40! It isn't just coworkers

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post #30 of 46

Anyone who hands you money without asking " how much " clearly doesn't respect what you do. They already decided how much THEY wanted to pay for your services. Go back and tell her that you need to know how many servings the cake needs to have so that you can finalize the price with her 20$ DEPOSIT.

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