Just A Tad Bit Annoyed

Business By didi5 Updated 5 Mar 2007 , 1:41am by popcornbrown

bobwonderbuns Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 1:58am
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Originally Posted by crumbscakeartistry

Do not budge. If people say they like the cake she will tell them how she talked you down. Then everyone will start pulling this when they order. It will just be a slippery slope.



This is soooo true!!! I had someone try that crap with me once, to try and badger me down and I told them my work is specialized and that's what it costs, compared to them going to a 'real' bakery they are getting a great deal. It always amazes me that brides don't think twice about spending $$$$ for a fabulous dress but then don't want to spend 10 cents for a beautiful cake, yet demand one anyway!! Go figure!! thumbsdown.gif

baker4life Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 1:58am
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Yes, you should let this one go.
She is gonna be a handful!! She probably is the type of person who is cheap when it comes to getting a cake, but spends tons of money on everything else!

christeena Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 1:59am
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I think you'll sleep better at night knowing you dodged the "bullet" with this bridezilla. December is along ways away and I'm sure many great cake orders will come your way to make up for this "loss"!!!

MariaLovesCakes Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 1:59am
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And what does she mean that she "thinks" $250 is reasonable? Does she know how to decorate cakes? The work involved???? otherwise, NOT!

justfrosting Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 2:01am
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I have to admit that I--the cheapest person alive--would never ever expect to pay less than 350.00 for all that work.

Tell her to go with the cheaper baker (who does not exist) and watch her be back in two weeks.

Kitagrl Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 2:01am
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Yeah I think $2000 is reasonable for a brand new Mercedes too.... I wonder if the car dealership would agree?

bobwonderbuns Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 2:02am
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Smile sweetly and say "then you'd better go to Wal-Mart"... (I still love that answer!) icon_lol.gif

didi5 Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 2:06am
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omg....

since when does the customer get to set the price?

let me see if i got this right...she wants 70 minicakes?

what a pain in da booty...i'd think 70 minicakes would be worth way way more than 350.

plus i don't like her attitude...i say ..." NO CAKE FOR HER!"




he..he..he.. It's so funny because right after I read her e-mail I had this vision of me with my chef's hat on pointing the way out saying NO CAKE FOR YOU!!! NEXT!

didi5 Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 2:08am
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Originally Posted by bobwonderbuns

Smile sweetly and say "then you'd better go to Wal-Mart"... (I still love that answer!) icon_lol.gif




Unfortunately, (or otherwise) our Walmart here does not even do cakes. Costco does though...I'm pointing her to that direction!

LanaC Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 2:11am
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Unfortunately, (or otherwise) our Walmart here does not even do cakes. Costco does though...I'm pointing her to that direction!




Well better yet, you can point her to the Little Debbie aisle.

didi5 Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 2:11am
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Doug, Doug, Doug, Doug, I love your mind and all your drawings and calculations and everything. You are so cool. You forgot one thing I think:

The fact that this bride was 70 mini MATCHING cakes. Duplicates of the large one. So you forgot to calculate how much extra it will cost to 'quilt' 70, 70!!!!!!!! mini cakes!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and extra for the dragees on those little cakes too.

Now what's your calculation Doug?????????????????????????????????????



hmmmm.....

ok.....triple! so that's now $3.50x3 = $10.50 --- but that's to hard to multiple and those dragees are a total PITA so we'll just round up to say $12

now that times 70 = $840....

hmmm....adding on PiecesofCakeAZ mandatory tax adds another $140 so that $980 ... and her sanzy cakeboards do sound nice....
so that's another $210 for $1050

yep and we did forget S&H aka delivery and set-up...gee and the way gas is going UP UP UP....that's got to be at least the $400 already mentioned if not even $500....

so $1550

and yea, just a bottle of aspirin just isn't going to hack it to take care of the stress and top shelf does sound good as does a day at the spa w/ relaxing massage, manicure, etc......so that's another $350 (hey, that's a first class spa too!)

$1900.

oh, yea don't for get that itty bitty tier

$1950

(now what other fee did I/we forget)
(i don't like your looks?)
(i don't do doubles but for you I will at......)




Doug, you are so hilarious!! I didn't even see this one. Maybe I'll send her this estimate instead thumbs_up.gif

bethola Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 2:12am
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Oh Yes...Costco. My son has a Costco in Visalia, CA where he lives! I've been there...I've looked at the cakes! When I mentioned the "really cheap" prices (actually, the cakes didn't taste bad at all) my son said "Sure they are cheap. You have x amt of designs to choose from and all they do is write your name on the cake!" I'm SURE they will write her name on a sheet cake.....for a PRICE! LOLL

Beth in KY

superstar Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 2:15am
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I would not touch this one with a barge pole. I never can understand how people can be so rude & stupid at the same time. If you are making a large cake & 70 mini's, you have grossly under quoted! If you are only making mini's.....you have still under quoted. Get rid of this one fast, there is trouble ahead.

bobwonderbuns Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 2:19am
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Originally Posted by LanaC

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Unfortunately, (or otherwise) our Walmart here does not even do cakes. Costco does though...I'm pointing her to that direction!




Well better yet, you can point her to the Little Debbie aisle.




ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

tincanbaby Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 2:21am
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Tell that bride to be that the $350.00 is just for the one large cake!!! Forget the 70 minis, your getting ripped off. If she doesn't like your price, tell her she is free to seek her cake elsewhere.

bethola Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 2:26am
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Originally Posted by LanaC

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Unfortunately, (or otherwise) our Walmart here does not even do cakes. Costco does though...I'm pointing her to that direction!




Well better yet, you can point her to the Little Debbie aisle.




I would have said toward the Hostess DING DONGS...but, oh wait....they cost MORE than Little Debbie's...SORRY! LOL

Beth in KY

didi5 Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 2:36am
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Oh don't even get me started on her friend. She is just as clueless as her. At first she wanted a fondant cake for a 100 with calla lilies. She's having 150 guests but wants to save some $$. So I have no problem with that, and I do quite agree that she does not need that much cake since they are having a dessert buffet. I quoted her $360 on a 6",10", 14" rounds plus 3 lilies. I then received a phone call from the mother and again stating that they should get a deal blah, blah, blah... Maybe this time they just really need a cake for 75 people. I said ok no problem, we can work around that, just have smaller cakes instead. I then emailed the daughter some pictures for inspiration and she liked the concept of the cake below (I believe its from sugardelites). I explained that even if I make the three tiers in the smallest combo possible, the servings would still come up to 120 with all those satellite cakes. I quoted her $450 for that and never her from her again. Bon! Good riddance!
LL

LanaC Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 2:42am
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Send that link that someone had posted on here the other day on "How to Make Your Own Wedding Cake"

dkjjsmom Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 2:55am
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I love that cake. By the way, my son is getting married in April and I need a beautiful cake really cheap. I've seen your prices. Can we talk????? LOL Okay, I'm doing his for free-but it's my son!!!

didi5 Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 3:16am
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Originally Posted by dkjjsmom

I love that cake. By the way, my son is getting married in April and I need a beautiful cake really cheap. I've seen your prices. Can we talk????? LOL Okay, I'm doing his for free-but it's my son!!!




LOL!!!

dkjjsmom Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 3:21am
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Honestly, looking at the cakes I've seen you should be able to charge whatever you want for your cakes. I seriously think you are under charging. Maybe you are under estimating your talent. I hope to be half as talented as you when I grow up as a decorator

indydebi Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 3:28am
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Re: the "call from mom saying they should get a deal".......

"Attention Mom: I did 43 weddings last year (2006). From May to October, I didn't have one free weekend. I don't NEED to discount anyone to get add'l business. My calendar is full with my REGULAR pricing. Paying me less money for more cake is NOT doing me a "favor". See ya!" icon_twisted.gif

tobycat Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 3:29am
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Stick to you price! Stay strong! You do quality work, and 70 mini cakes is A LOT OF WORK! If she's that aggravating on just this issue, imagine what will happen after the wedding when she "doesn't like" something about how the cakes were made. Even if she pays the price, she'll probably want a refund for something!

Sarah

boonenati Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 3:37am
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WOW, she is getting a SUPER deal. I charge $4.00 for my cupcakes, if i had to make mini cakes no matter how simple they'd start at $10 each, i worked out that the price you're quoting only coveres the main cake. The lot, if i was making it would come to $1500+, i'd have to hire someone to help me.
OMG!!! she's just nuts!!!
If she comes back and says that she still wants it, tell her that complaining just cost her an extra $300, so the price is now $660.
hahahahahahahhahahaha

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Nati
PS: I dont think ANYONE would do 70 mini cakes for that price, it is a road to madness. Cupcakes yes, mini cakes noooooooooooooo

didi5 Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 3:44am
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Ok guys I'm finally convinced. I am crazy for quoting her that price. I'm not going to budge and on top of that I don't even want to deal with them anymore. Thanks again for the incredible support.

Janette Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 3:46am
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I'm getting upset at the thought that you may actually do business with this person.

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Ok, deep breath tapedshut.gif

Now, that's better, we can move on.....

I would nicely tell her that it would not offend you if she went to someone else to get a better deal. You are sorry that you can't agree to a price but you are already giving her a deal from what you would charge someone else. Keep a smile. BUT, DON'T LET THIS tapedshut.gif WALK ALL OVER YOU!

You gave her a very low price. I see red flags all over the place- how do you say "BRIDEZILLA"

Your friend's cake minimum $600 but she's your friend and I can see you wanting to give her a deal.

Keeep us posted icon_confused.gif we CC members have to stick together.

Jenn123 Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 3:49am
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If you do get roped into doing this, maybe you could suggest a mini cake to serve each table instead of each guest!

But...DON'T DO IT!! Run far, far away.

khoudek Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 3:49am
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She is being totally unrealistic. I wouldn't be surprised if you'd have close to 2 days solid work just to decorate 70 cupcakes. That is going to be pickier than doing the original cake. I hate minicakes! Too fussy! No business is in it to barter.... their in it to make money, as you should be. Tell her you're a professional and as such you don't barter. I'd also ask her what type of design her friend's cake is going to have. The design is what is labor intense so why shouldn't you charge for it?

lesyorkwolf Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 3:51am
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Ok, Iv'e watched this web site for months and this is the first time that I'm posting. But this time I feel strongly about the subject! THIS LADY DOESN'T HAVE A CLUE! Those cakes are gorgeous and she is getting a FABULOUS deal for all that work. Stick to your guns....there will always be more work available!

itsloops Posted 1 Mar 2007 , 3:57am
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2 Words.


Run!! Forest Run!!!!


Ok that was 3 but you know what I mean.

Don't waste your time on the Bride of Cheap-skate-stein. thumbsdown.gif

Lots of Hugs and Kisses

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