sweetcreationsbykimberly Posted 24 Mar 2010 , 8:23pm
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Since I am new to all this I am trying to price my products. I was asked today how much these would be. Do ya'll think $1.50 is fare? Thanks for helping me out. icon_biggrin.gif
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prterrell Posted 24 Mar 2010 , 8:26pm
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$1.50 is too little. What size are these cookies?

GI Posted 24 Mar 2010 , 8:26pm
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I don't do cookies like this, but I do know that some cookie-rs (if that's a word) price their cookies by the inch. So a 2" cookie is this price, a 3" cookie is a bit more, 4" are even more. And more detailed cookies drives up the cost.

If it were me, I would probably triple the price of the cost of my ingredients and call 'er good. However, that said, since I'm not a cookie-r then I could be off my mark.

Your cookies look very nice, too, btw. icon_smile.gif

awestervelt Posted 24 Mar 2010 , 8:27pm
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How much did it cost you to make them? Make sure your getting enough to cover your time. Those are time consuming to do. icon_biggrin.gif

Kibosh Posted 24 Mar 2010 , 8:27pm
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Without knowing the actual dimensions,it's tough. However, I would pay 1.50 for those. Maybe even 2.00 depending on size.

mcdonald Posted 24 Mar 2010 , 8:28pm
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cute, cute, cute!!

cakelady1958 Posted 24 Mar 2010 , 8:31pm
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Yes I'd pay $1.50 for those.

EvMarie Posted 24 Mar 2010 , 8:41pm
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Ok - so I had a melt down about pricing last night & prterrell came to the rescue. There are so many shapes, sizes, and designs it's easy to get turned around.

Prterrell explained the $1 per inch charge plus the upcharge for intricate decoration. It helped me to know what was considered a simple design. As prterrell explained - a cookie flooded/covered with 1 color and then piping that amounts to no more than a couple seconds for details.

That sounded like it made sense to me. So, according to these guides, if this cookie is 3 inches, it would be $3.00. Assuming your details didn't take much time to add on, a decorator would call it a simple design and not charge for extensive detailing.

That being said, people charge all kinds of things for these cookies. Check online AND...the big one is, check locally. Even if you price yourself at the top of the local market, assuming that's your target, just stick to your guns if you feel your worth it. I am new too at it. I have sent out a few quotes that would be considered low & haven't heard anything back. I'm just assuming I have not tapped into the people who will buy them. I gotta take samples to different places.

Collect some info & trust your gut. icon_smile.gif It's a nightmare if you don't. I definitely would pay $1.50. Knowing these are homemade I could see paying $2.50 with out feeling bad. Maybe a bit more, if I had money in the budget. Keep in mind, our local grocery store charges $1.40 for gross cut outs. icon_smile.gif

cakeymom Posted 24 Mar 2010 , 9:01pm
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This cookie is going for 5.00, and that's proably not enough. I know it's hard, but there are plenty of people that appriciate paying for a good quality product.

A good rule of measure, as stated prior, is to charge by the inch, and then add based on the design.

Good luck and happy baking,

cakeymom
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KHalstead Posted 24 Mar 2010 , 9:03pm

cakeymom, can I borrow your idea........those are adorable!!!!

prterrell Posted 24 Mar 2010 , 9:04pm

Wow! those Easter basket cookie pops are gorgeous! $5.00 each is a steal! I love the idea of turning the "egg" shaped cutter into a basket. I'm totally gonna use this as a design inspiration for my sugar cookies for the church Easter egg hunt! icon_biggrin.gif

sweetcreationsbykimberly Posted 24 Mar 2010 , 9:16pm

Thanks for the info everyone. I was more refering to the quaility of work more then the size of the cookie. Sorry I should have stated that.

Texas_Rose Posted 24 Mar 2010 , 9:26pm
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Originally Posted by GI


If it were me, I would probably triple the price of the cost of my ingredients and call 'er good. However, that said, since I'm not a cookie-r then I could be off my mark.




Cookies are cheaper than cake to make. It's the time they take that adds up icon_biggrin.gif

DebBTX Posted 24 Mar 2010 , 9:28pm

i just wanted to drop you a note letting you know how cute your cookies are.

-Debbie B.

GI Posted 24 Mar 2010 , 9:37pm
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Originally Posted by GI


If it were me, I would probably triple the price of the cost of my ingredients and call 'er good. However, that said, since I'm not a cookie-r then I could be off my mark.




Cookies are cheaper than cake to make. It's the time they take that adds up icon_biggrin.gif




Me bad! icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gif That's why I'm not a cookie-r! thumbs_up.gif (I'll eat 'em, tho!heh heh)

indydebi Posted 24 Mar 2010 , 10:52pm
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Originally Posted by Texas_Rose

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Originally Posted by GI


If it were me, I would probably triple the price of the cost of my ingredients and call 'er good. However, that said, since I'm not a cookie-r then I could be off my mark.



Cookies are cheaper than cake to make. It's the time they take that adds up icon_biggrin.gif



Absolutely! The "ingredients times three" theory is bunk.

Here's a thread where the CC'er did a "times 3" cost comparison. I think you'll find it very enlightening: http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=6475557#6475557

The problem with "ingredients times 3" is that ingredients are not your BIGGEST expense.

See my post on page 11 of this thread where I compare selling cakes to selling spatulas: http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=664395&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=spatulas&&start=150


Last time I did a cost analysis on these cookies, my cost for 1 dozen NFSC on a stick was about $1.25 a dozen. Are you guys telling me that you think I should charge only $3.75 for a DOZEN cut out decorated cookies?

I hope that's not the advice you're giving other bakers .... unless your intent is to run them out of business FAST. icon_eek.gif

GI Posted 24 Mar 2010 , 10:55pm

Naa, I would never expect that! icon_biggrin.gificon_smile.gif

cjford Posted 24 Mar 2010 , 11:32pm

To the OP...your cookies are very nice. I think you're cheating yourself by only charging $1.50. Call around locally, especially if you have a Cookies by Design...I was SHOCKED at the price I was quoted for 3-4 inch cookies with a simple design, in a box...$6.77 EACH!!! I could have hit the floor...I don't live in a big time city...I'm in Baton Rouge, LA.

cookie_me Posted 24 Mar 2010 , 11:53pm

CBD here in florida get $6.50 each for 4" cutout pop. I think yours are great (how do they taste), I'm willing to taste them, yumm) do a little research in your area once you put your price out is not easy to change.

EvMarie Posted 24 Mar 2010 , 11:56pm

OP - I think the actual cookie is cute. You executed them nicely. Looks like you took your time with them. I would never say you were a beginner. So, just based what I see when I look at them - I would buy them for sure at $1.50 each. If they tasted fabulous, and I'm sure they do, I'd pay more.

Cakeymom - LOVE those baskets! Very pretty & unusual to see a basket done on a cookie. Neat idea.

Oh yeah - Cookies by Design charges a pretty penny for those cookies! I personally don't care for the taste but the designs are really fun...

sweetcreationsbykimberly Posted 25 Mar 2010 , 12:04am

Thanks for all the nice words about the cookies. I don't have anyone to compare prices to other then walmart. I live in a very rural area. I do not know of anyone around who does this. To me the work on this cookie is basic. I do plan on charging more if there was more involved. And thats what I tell everyone who has asked how much my cookies are. I tell them I do not have one set price. It all depends on the size and what is involved in the design.

Evoir Posted 25 Mar 2010 , 12:07am

I could not make them for $1.50 each. My time is too expensive.

They're cute...remember not to go into this business undercutting your competition - you will end up resenting the underpaid work you do.

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