hobbies can accept money and be a hobby
Then perhaps you should rename yourself Hobbyprob.
Perhaps I took this:
as an implication that anyone who did charge $200 was a big ole meany.
I'm open to hearing the correct interpretation of what exactly you meant.
Please understand I do not mean to be rude when I say this....I DOUBT it! It may seem like you could make that cake for $100. I assure you that once you add all the true costs, it would be far more expensive than you imagine. Even without paying liability insurance, taxes, license fees etc., there are many hidden costs most hobbyist don't consider.
Even as a "non-pro", there is a fee for the gas you use, the electricity, the water, the waste fee, not to mention supplies generally overlooked such as cake boards, plates & columns, parchment paper, saran wrap, etc. Oh the list goes on and on. That's even before "paying' yourself for your time.
I can't provide an accurate quote since I have no idea how many lollipops were involved. I can tell you that the smallest 2 tier I offer serves 35. Basic flavors & buttercream filling would run you $207.50 before I put any lollipops on it. Now, most bakeries consider a 2 tier to serve 50. That would be $275. Neither of those quotes include tax or delivery.
MOST hobbyists (and some in business) have no idea how much it truly costs. They don't take the time to do the research and cost out all of the expenses. That is why there are people in my area selling a 3 tier serving 100 for $100 on Craigslist. CANT BE DONE!!! Will could be done...at a LOSS.
Do you think that this is a fair analogy?
Only if your kids then expect to get free (or at cost) dresses at the local kids dress store.