Originally Posted by howsweet
It a whole bunch of hobbyists thinking and rationalizing that they work in a vacuum and not caring about anything else.
If this is true, then they are following much of the advice given on this forum: figure out your expenses and what you want to make an hour, etc. When a new member is told that they are the only one who can figure out the price of their cake, they are being told to work in vacuum, to a point. And if they follow that exercise, why should they care about anything else?
These hobbyists have decided to make a dollar an hour, and if they get tired of it, they will raise their prices or quit. No, they probably aren't including their overhead, but that is a whole 'nother thread.
I know of a number of cakers on FB in my area selling cupcakes for 50 cents each, with a $6 minimum order. Do I really care? No, because the people buying from these types of sellers are just avoiding buying the box of mix and the can of frosting themselves. They were never going to be my customer to begin with. I don't care about their pricing, or their overhead, or their losses, because I operate on a different plane than they do.
If the market decides that my product, at my pricing isn't feasible, I won't make it. But I'm not going to blame the 50 cent cupcake makers. It isn't my job to worry about their welfare, and it isn't their job to worry about mine.