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post #46 of 53
I am so glad everything worked in your favor. thumbs_up.gif I can't wait to see the cake.

Good Luck
Happy Baking,

Twin Dees

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Cheap cakes aren't good" (TM)

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Happy Baking,

Twin Dees

"Good cakes aren't cheap,
Cheap cakes aren't good" (TM)

I am a very proud Mom of Nia , Jada, & D.J.
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post #47 of 53
I'm with Adven68 on the church thing......I donate cakes to my church many times. It's sort of like a mission-thing for me. It's something that I can do to "give back" in thanks for the little bit of talent that I certainly didn't invent myself.....LOL. Credit where credit is due... icon_smile.gif

It's good advertising too........my church friends have to buy their personal cakes SOMEWHERE, ya know..
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post #48 of 53
I am glad that it all worked out. I can't believe people can be so ridiculous!!! I had a lady ask me to do a wedding cake before and I quoted a price of about 175.00...and she said that was too expensive...I totally turned that order down. I felt completely insulted...I do not argue with different stores over prices and I am not a garage sale!!!!
Traci
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post #49 of 53
...another thought....I donate to MY church, but I would charge other people's churches.

Thought I should throw that in!!!!
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post #50 of 53
I don't charge anyone in my church, mostly because I am "the pastor's wife" and I would hate to have people upset at me or my husband because I tried to "cheat" them for a cake! Luckily we have several other cake decorators in our church so I rarely if ever decorate for anything unless I volunteer to do something. At my old church though I was doing cake orders right and left for people, and dirt cheap too, so I am glad I don't have to face that again. I despise charging people I know for money!!!!

I am getting better about charging what I am worth to others though...they can either order again, or they don't have to. icon_biggrin.gif However I feel I am not getting very many orders lately...I guess I just need to put some money out for advertising.
post #51 of 53
well, i just had to put in my two cents....
I think it all depends on the skill level of the decorator. If it's more of a hobby, and one is pretty new to it, then i don't think one should feel that they are entitled to charge an arm and a leg. For the very experienced, professional or extremely talented..it's a different story.

Everyone has to start somewhere. And, charging less for a friend isn't all that bad. A relatively simple birthday cake for example: I would not charge a friend for my time, because i figure my time is part of my gift to them, i enjoy them and enjoy making them happy. Hopefully, other people from that party (Who you aren't friends with) may hire you and that's when you raise the price, because the price between friends really isn't anyone's business anyway. And in the beginning, you'll never earn enough for your time, because with skill comes speed as well.

People who are looking for a BARGAIN don't care what the cake tastes or looks like really. They figure it is cheap for you to do at home without overhead, etc. So let them go on their way. And it is true that people don't know what is involved, so you can't really blame them. If they think you just do it for fun, then they figure they are helping YOU out!!!

But i do believe it all boils down to skill and experience.
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post #52 of 53
I do agree a cake should look very good to charge alot for....sometimes if I am not satisfied with a cake I am tempted to give a discount but then I figure it will show I am not confident and buyers will be tempted to complain and continue to get discounts. So I try to act confident even if a cake isn't up to my expectations. Most of the time, it is up to the buyer's anyway. icon_smile.gif

We cake decorators know what its like to be a perfectionist, don't we!
post #53 of 53
yep..that's true as well...I always know where the flaw is, or what could have been better executed, but as you said kitagrl, the customer usually does not even sense it.
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