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post #1 of 26
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My partner has been making fondant figurines for a lady for several months, she gave her some fondant and tools at the beginning and asked if she could try out and make her some cake toppers for her cake business.

 

We had no knowledge of fondant figurine/ cake business and we asked her what price would be reasonable for her. She replied she had no idea, so we made up a price and offered her $5.00 per cake topper (she mostly asked for 6cm cake topper).

 

Until last months the lady requested larger cake toppers, such as a life size tiara and 10cm figurines. As my partner has been spending more and more time on making them, I figured to help her setting a price list according to the size and the time she spent, etc. After searching through the forum for information and chatted with several cake shops owners around the suburb, I came up with the price list for the different items that she asked for. I also offered her discount as she has been helping my partner all the time.

 

She responded that she need to keep the price as low as possible for the customers and not happy with the new price (not even discount). The price she will be willing to pay $7.00 for a cake topper, regardless the size and complexity. My partner put a lot of time and efforts on making them, especially for the larger ones. It just really bothers me that the lady ignored when I told her how much time she spent for the figurines and keep telling me that the $5.00 deal.

 

And now she does not want my partner make anything for her anymore and asked for all the tools back ( funny thing is my partner wanted to pay her for the tools at the beginning but she refused). Just want to ask if the offer she made is fair to you guys??

post #2 of 26
No. Tell her come and get the tools.
post #3 of 26
I think she has been taking advantage of you and has gotten used to her cheeky supply of cheap cake toppers...

I make my own toppers and I charge a minimum of £20: thats about an hours work plus the cost of materials, the more time it takes me the more I charge.

I would suggest making a selection of nice toppers and offering them to her competitors for a fair price, you could even leave a selection for them to display so their customers can pick one to order.

Popular ones are tiaras, 3d shoes/heels, zoo animals plus fillers like balloons and stars on wires at say £20 for as many as you can make in about an hour.

Buy cheap clay sculpting tools or a scalpel and some lollypop sticks and make your own tool shapes, thats what I do!

Best of luck icon_smile.gif
post #4 of 26

if you go onto ebay you can buy a set of fondant tools for $3 which includes 14 pieces and free postage.

$5 for a topper is incredibly cheap! she buys them off you because it would cost her way more than that in time to make her own, so let her make her own.

post #5 of 26
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No. Tell her come and get the tools.

That's a very polite version of what I would suggest she did with her tools...
post #6 of 26

Totally taking advantage of your partner. Why doesn't your partner sell their toppers on Etsy? You can make some nice money that way!

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post #7 of 26
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That's a very polite version of what I would suggest she did with her tools...

LOOOOL

post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by Sweet_Cakes View Post

Totally taking advantage of your partner. Why doesn't your partner sell their toppers on Etsy? You can make some nice money that way!


There were some toppers i wanted to sell on Etsy but i was concerned about selling edible goods without the proper healthy and safety certification. My friend who runs a business had to get her place inspected so she was able to sell edible products as a business.

Sorry to hijack the thread

post #9 of 26
That's not hijacking, that's informative.

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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post #10 of 26

i always worry i change the subject of threads and make them about me. haha

But if anyone does think there is or isn't a problem with selling edible goods on etsy please chime in because i'm unsure if i can or not.

post #11 of 26
You have to check the local licensing laws for your area. I live in TX where we can do certain things under the cottage food law, but selling edibles on Etsy isn't one of them.
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post #12 of 26
What about making then in some kind of clay, or even Artista Soft.?
post #13 of 26
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What about making then in some kind of clay, or even Artista Soft.?

 

THIS! ^^^

 

My sister spent over $150 for her custom wedding cake topper. It was made from a soft, light clay and is now a keepsake.

post #14 of 26

I hope you and your partner took pictures of the toppers for a portfolio. The upside is that you learned how much you should really be charging and you can advertise that you do them. I promise you other folks will pay for those toppers. Even though you bumped up the price, I say you could bump it up a little bit more. Folks will still buy them!

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I hope you and your partner took pictures of the toppers for a portfolio. The upside is that you learned how much you should really be charging and you can advertise that you do them. I promise you other folks will pay for those toppers. Even though you bumped up the price, I say you could bump it up a little bit more. Folks will still buy them!

 

 

I agree. The cost of figures is really in the artistry and not the ingredients. 

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