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post #76 of 121
It's not being reposted to upset you, it's being reposted to point out to others that they aren't helping you by attacking your customer instead of giving you real advice and critique. This type of thing happens all the time, and those of us who are genuinely trying to help get labeled as "mean" for trying to give real business advice instead of coddling.
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post #77 of 121
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Responses tend to be more tough love here in the business forum.  There is a good cross section of business owners with valuable advice though, so if you can bring the big girl panties and take it with an ounce of salt (and a lime and a shot of tequila or two) you can learn a lot.

Absolutely ;-D

 

As someone upthread also said, you need to grow a thick skin in the business.  The sooner you learn that, the better off you'll be.

post #78 of 121

Holy crap...I would have refused to give her a refund based on that text alone..."dat" "da"? Are you serious?  I have a very low opinion of people who speak/write in that manner, so I would assume she is just trying to get a free cake and would not even respond to her text or calls.

 

But, your cake and the inspiration cake don't really look alike.  Go with your gut OP.


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post #79 of 121
I was thinking that same thing! I don't and won't do business via my cell phone, but a text like that just screams WT.
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WT wouldn't be my first guess...

post #81 of 121

Actually, what that text 'screams' is someone who doesn't have a smart phone with a 'qwerty' keyboard function.  Typing 'the' using a telephone keypad requires hitting five buttons.  Typing 'da', which apparently is text speak (txtspk) for 'the', requires hitting two buttons.  My arthritic thumbs are grateful for text speak.  Of course, I would never use my poor old (non smart) phone to conduct a business transaction.  I only use it to communicate with my grandlittles who understand such 'speak' though, being possessed of smart phones, they don't actually use it themselves.

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post #82 of 121
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Actually, what that text 'screams' is someone who doesn't have a smart phone with a 'qwerty' keyboard function.  Typing 'the' using a telephone keypad requires hitting five buttons.  Typing 'da', which apparently is text speak (txtspk) for 'the', requires hitting two buttons.  My arthritic thumbs are grateful for text speak.  Of course, I would never use my poor old (non smart) phone to conduct a business transaction.  I only use it to communicate with my grandlittles who understand such 'speak' though, being possessed of smart phones, they don't actually use it themselves.

I've come across many people who speak and type like that on purpose, who have smart phones...heck, I hear people speak like that all the time...My 21 year old brother has a lot of friends who post facebook statuses that resemble that mess in the OP, lol.

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post #83 of 121
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I've come across many people who speak and type like that on purpose, who have smart phones...heck, I hear people speak like that all the time...My 21 year old brother has a lot of friends who post facebook statuses that resemble that mess in the OP, lol.
Yeah, that is purposely done. People go out of their way to type and speak like that.
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post #84 of 121
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Yeah, that is purposely done. People go out of their way to type and speak like that.
blows my damn mind is, my little brothers and all of his friends went to a private high school that cost $20,000 a year to attend and they're speaking and writing like that? Omg if I were their parents I would make my kids pay me back, lol.

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post #85 of 121

My, oh my, how the tone of this website has changed.

 

Back before I got supremely bored here and quit participating for a year (or two?), anyone who did anything less than bow down and worship ALL of the work, ethics, and actions of the decorators here were labeled as bullies.  All anyone could do was offer lavish praise and sprinkle delicious Disco Dust on all of their sweet candy-coated words of sunshiny bullsh*t.  

 

So the business forum now allows for honest words, even when they might be perceived as direct or even harsh. Interesting.  

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post #86 of 121
I agree, when there is teaching there is learning and when you ask for others advise on such as this you are learning, this is where constructive criticism comes from. Constructive criticism doesn't have to be harsh or disrespectful to learn from it. I don't care If you are a "newbie" or a decorator who's been at it for 30 years, there is always something new to learn regardless. You may think some of the folks on here, specifically the ones that don't post much, just because they say they are new doesn't mean they are, they could be here to watch and see whats going on in a world they are no longer a part of, possibly working more the commercial side. It seems clear to me that even though some of the others on this thread are more experienced they either aren't in a place of teaching others their craft or they are really not teacher worthy. You don't have to use harshness to get your point across. If showing a general respect to others means shooting rainbows out your bum then let the colors fly, maybe it's contagious. Sounds like an episode called cake natzi's round here.
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""........You may think some of the folks on here, specifically the ones that don't post much, just because they say they are new doesn't mean they are........"

wendelynb:  well spoken.    Also the person who is making their first cake may have spent a lifetime flying jets, performing surgery, building skyscrapers, handling legal cases, serving in the Military, teaching in the University.  They may be rich or poor, educated or illiterate, felon or freedom fighter.

 

And they just want to make a dang cake!   you never know who is on the other end of a forum post.

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post #88 of 121

to continue this great line of thought here --

  • what if it was a cancer patient--
  • what if it was someone who had been battered
  • or someone who had been assaulted and was baking to try to recover their life--
  • or what if it was a veteran trying to forget the screams in the night--their own--
  • what if it was your mom or your loved one--
  • what it if was a recovering addict--
  • what if it was someone very fragile, already near the edge--

 

i think this is wendelyn b's awesomest quote

 

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 If showing a general respect to others means shooting rainbows out your bum then let the colors fly
favorite slogan "you sweet talker, Betty Crocker"

 

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favorite slogan "you sweet talker, Betty Crocker"

 

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post #89 of 121
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So the business forum now allows for honest words, even when they might be perceived as direct or even harsh. Interesting. 

I haven't been here that much, but I'd say that's not so true. It depends upon who wrote what, some get away with more than others. Usually the moderator shuts things down if we don't all agree and someone flags a post that doesn't make them happy.

post #90 of 121
I think it's been said before. The business forum is different. If you're posting in here it is going to be assumed you have a business! That this is not your hobby. So the criticism comes from that perspective. Bottom line the customer didn't receive what they paid for!


If OP would have said I did this for a friend, or this is just my hobby then things may have been different.

I've seen some nasty criticism on this forum, but there wasn't any in this thread.

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If it don't make dollars, then it doesn't make sense ;)

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