Pricing Horror On Purse Cakes!

Business By costumeczar Updated 4 May 2008 , 3:19pm by Dee1219

costumeczar Posted 3 May 2008 , 1:36pm
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Okay, I got an email from a coordinator asking about purse cakes and mini cakes for a party. After going back and forth I told her I couldn't do it because I'm booked, but if she gave me a budget and a number that she needed I might be able to refer her to someone else. So she said that she wanted 150 mini purses (of a specific brand, so they have to look a certain way) and one real-sized one for the guest of honor. FOR $300!!! After I finished with my heart attack I emailed her back and gave her some cost-cutting options, but I also told her that if I was going to do them I'd be using fondant and charging about $20 each for the little ones since they're a ton of work, and about $150 for the big one. I feel bad for her now because she's going to have to tell her client that she can't get what she wants...Don't ever let me get the idea that I want to be a coordinator!

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sweetcakes Posted 3 May 2008 , 5:54pm
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well at least she has been educated now. she should know these things as a coordinator, or at least have an idea. i think your prices were right on and you did give her options.

chutzpah Posted 3 May 2008 , 6:00pm
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I wouldn't feel one little bit bad, annoyed, possibly, that she promised these types of cakes om that budget.

Auryn Posted 3 May 2008 , 6:16pm
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you have nothing to feel bad about
just because they have unrealistic expectations

IcingSugar Posted 3 May 2008 , 6:33pm
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sweetcakes is right - as a coordinator she should know that's like champagne on a Kool-Aid budget! I might do 150 cupcakes for $300, but that's it.

indydebi Posted 3 May 2008 , 11:00pm
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Two bucks apiece for a custom designed dessert?

Twinkie Budget Bride Syndrome!! icon_eek.gif

CakeDiva73 Posted 3 May 2008 , 11:11pm
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That is outrageous....good for you for sticking to your guns! icon_wink.gif

MessiET Posted 4 May 2008 , 12:30am
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Originally Posted by indydebi

Two bucks apiece for a custom designed dessert?

Twinkie Budget Bride Syndrome!! icon_eek.gif


lindy01 Posted 4 May 2008 , 1:48am
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some people just think cakes are made out of thin air.

costumeczar Posted 4 May 2008 , 2:53pm
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OH, Believe me, I don't feel bad for the twinkie budget woman, I feel bad for the coordinator who took on a client who wants 150 custom cakes for $300! Can you imagine the conversations she must have with this woman? "Yes, I understand that you want a fully-catered , sit-down meal at the Ritz-Carlton for your 150 guests, but you're probably going to have to pay more than $5 a person..."

Dee1219 Posted 4 May 2008 , 3:19pm
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I do agree, people just don't realize what goes into making a cake. I agree, $20 for a mini purse and at least $150 for the big one. I would even do $30 for a little one, oh my gosh the details!! Can you imagine the work! Good for you for saying no, I really need to work on that one myself!!

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