mrsc808 Posted 20 May 2010 , 7:14am
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Got an email today from an old friend of mine who is getting married in 18 days. She wants to know if I can do cookies for her. Not only is it coming up fast but I also have a cake and 6 dzn cookies to do for someone else at the same time but my friend's cookies will need to be ready sooner because her future MIL is flying out for the wedding (MIL and I are on a different island than the bride,) and needs to take them with her.

Why would she wait so long? We discussed it almost 2 months ago and she said she would get back to me. Do some people think all we do is sit around all day waiting for them to get back to us and we take no other jobs in the meantime?

Sorry, rant over. icon_redface.gif

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Bluehue Posted 20 May 2010 , 8:07am
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Originally Posted by mrsc808

Got an email today from an old friend of mine who is getting married in 18 days. She wants to know if I can do cookies for her. Not only is it coming up fast but I also have a cake and 6 dzn cookies to do for someone else at the same time but my friend's cookies will need to be ready sooner because her future MIL is flying out for the wedding (MIL and I are on a different island than the bride,) and needs to take them with her.

Why would she wait so long?
Because she is precious icon_wink.gif
We discussed it almost 2 months ago and she said she would get back to me.
And she has - in her own good time - sorry that should read - in her own precious time - icon_lol.gif
Do some people think all we do is sit around all day waiting for them to get back to us and we take no other jobs in the meantime?
Yes, thats how they think - they are the only bride in the whole wide world getting married this month - no other bride to be exists.
Sorry, rant over. icon_redface.gif
Rant away - helps get it out of the blood stream
frustrating for you - isn't it?
Make a descion now as to whether you are going to do them or not - and just stick to your guns.
We all know she is prescious - but so is your time.




Bluehue.


CourtneyLS99 Posted 20 May 2010 , 8:16am
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It's happened to me three times in the past two weeks. They've been asking a day or two before the event and I tell them "I'm sorry, I won't be able to make that for you. I prefer an order to be placed at least two weeks before the event."...or something like that.

MariaK38 Posted 20 May 2010 , 12:13pm
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yep... people don't seem to realize how long cookies, especially, take to make. Or more correctly, take to dry, before you can package them. I'm working on a "last minute" order right now and I'm really cutting it close with the drying time.

Maria

indydebi Posted 20 May 2010 , 12:19pm
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First, I LUV BLuehue's response! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

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Why would she wait so long?


Because in their little (air)heads, their only point of reference is slice-n-bake, so SURELY more than two weeks notice is PLENTY of time, right? icon_eek.gif

indydebi Posted 20 May 2010 , 12:22pm
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... and I'm really cutting it close with the drying time.


When I would tell poeple it takes 24 hours for the icing to set before I can add the SECOND color, they'd be astonished and say "You mean the cookies are TWO DAYS OLD?????"

Folding my arms and adopting my "you're such a stupid f*cking moron" look (hubby says this looks even scares HIM!), I ask, "And HOW old are those OReos in your cabinet?" icon_confused.gif

bobwonderbuns Posted 20 May 2010 , 12:32pm
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... and I'm really cutting it close with the drying time.

When I would tell poeple it takes 24 hours for the icing to set before I can add the SECOND color, they'd be astonished and say "You mean the cookies are TWO DAYS OLD?????"

Folding my arms and adopting my "you're such a stupid f*cking moron" look (hubby says this looks even scares HIM!), I ask, "And HOW old are those OReos in your cabinet?" icon_confused.gif




ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!! icon_lol.gif Oreos!! ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!! Yep, I'm definitely going to use that one!! (Leave it to Indy to put it all in perspective for us!) icon_biggrin.gifthumbs_up.gif

cakes47 Posted 20 May 2010 , 12:35pm
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indydebi ~ I thought I'd fall off my chair LMAO at your response!!! HYSTERICAL and correct!!! LOL
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dinascakes Posted 20 May 2010 , 12:38pm
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Love it! So true!

verono Posted 20 May 2010 , 5:27pm

A bride-to-be sent me an e-mail (3 days ago) for a wedding on may 29 !
First of all, I'm already booked for something and she was asking for many table centerpiece and the bucket she wanted needed to be ordered from my supplier.. oh well..

GeminiRJ Posted 20 May 2010 , 5:32pm

I was reading some comments someone had left on a web site concerning a local bakery. They were fuming that their cake wasn't "fresh" and were recommending to everyone to wait to place an order until the day before they wanted a cake. Right. And if the bakery is busy and doesn't have time to do your cake? Once sealed with icing, that cake isn't going to go stale in just two days! Same with cookies. But I think people are so hung up on "FRESH". They haven't a clue that it's better to give the decorator time to create something special than to have it baked that morning!

CakesbyOma Posted 20 May 2010 , 5:46pm

Indy: I almost dropped a lung, I was laughing so hard!! You rock! And you're right!

newmansmom2004 Posted 20 May 2010 , 5:49pm
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Originally Posted by mrsc808

Got an email today from an old friend of mine who is getting married in 18 days. She wants to know if I can do cookies for her. Not only is it coming up fast but I also have a cake and 6 dzn cookies to do for someone else at the same time but my friend's cookies will need to be ready sooner because her future MIL is flying out for the wedding (MIL and I are on a different island than the bride,) and needs to take them with her.

Why would she wait so long? We discussed it almost 2 months ago and she said she would get back to me. Do some people think all we do is sit around all day waiting for them to get back to us and we take no other jobs in the meantime?

Sorry, rant over. icon_redface.gif




I hope you told her that because she waited so long you're now booked???

Echooo3 Posted 21 May 2010 , 11:46am

I actually think the cookie taste better a couple of days later. The flavors seem to come together. That's what I tell them and I truly believe it.

indydebi Posted 21 May 2010 , 8:51pm
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I actually think the cookie taste better a couple of days later. The flavors seem to come together. That's what I tell them and I truly believe it.


YOu know, I think you're right. I remember a batch I made for a client/friend. I tasted one of them right after I finished it (it was a simple design, so I was able to get it done in one day) and I thought they tasted awful! I worried about it ..... one friend suggested I do a Do-Over. I decided to use them, under the thinking of "we're our own worst critic". So the next day, as I'm putting the bouquet together, I ate one of the extras and couldn't believe the difference! Cookie was softer, flavors....as you said ..... had really come together.

Like marinades and cheeseballs, it just needs time for the flavors to meld. thumbs_up.gif

luv2bake6 Posted 21 May 2010 , 10:20pm

indy, you always crack me up!! Thanks for the laugh.
And, that's exactly why i don't tell people how long it takes to prepare their order. When i'm asked why i need advanced notice, i simply say that i have many other orders to fill and i need to schedule my time appropriately. This not only tells them that i'm busy, but i don't even have to go into when i'd start on their order.

MystiqueFire Posted 22 May 2010 , 5:42pm
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Originally Posted by MariaK38

... and I'm really cutting it close with the drying time.

When I would tell poeple it takes 24 hours for the icing to set before I can add the SECOND color, they'd be astonished and say "You mean the cookies are TWO DAYS OLD?????"

Folding my arms and adopting my "you're such a stupid f*cking moron" look (hubby says this looks even scares HIM!), I ask, "And HOW old are those OReos in your cabinet?" icon_confused.gif




HAHAHAHAHAHA
I feel the same way!

ksmith1012 Posted 22 May 2010 , 8:05pm

ugh. I had a lady call me yesterday for a 3D Camera cake for her daughter's graduation on June 5. I told her, "I'm sorry, I'm already booked that weekend." Her response, " Does that mean YOU don't have time to make ME a cake?" icon_eek.gificon_confused.gif I said, "Yes, that is exactly what that means" icon_lol.gif I could tell by her voice she wouldn't want to pay what I would have charged anyways icon_wink.gif

Christy0722 Posted 22 May 2010 , 8:34pm

I must learn not to be drinking a drink when I read Indydebi's responses!!! You crack me up!!!! Now I have to clean Diet Mt. Dew off of my computer screen!!! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

I feel your frustrations. I had 3 people ask me on Thursday to make3D cakes for them....I said "sure...when do you need them??" They said Saturday morning! I had to hold back the laughter when I said "you want what??? when???". I already had 5 booked.....had to say "sorry....I require at least a 3 week notice." Maybe when they get tired of eating "grocery store" cake they will get the hint!!

luv2bake6 Posted 24 May 2010 , 12:37am

unbelievable!!!

1234me Posted 24 May 2010 , 7:36pm

[quote="mrsc808"] Do some people think all we do is sit around all day waiting for them to get back to us and we take no other jobs in the meantime?
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This thought goes through my mind all the time. I sometimes honestly think that some people think I am sitting at home waiting for their order and NOTHING is further than the truth!

luv2bake6 Posted 24 May 2010 , 8:33pm

The biggest problem is that since i'm just starting out, it's not a great idea for me to decline jobs because that is my advertisement (dont have money to advertise the conventional ways) as well. One job begets another, kwim? So it drives me even crazier that people will wait till the last minute and i have to find ways to fill their order in order not to lose out on a customers and word of mouth.

carathebaker Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 8:36pm

indydebi . . . you're my hero! I have the same type of attitude towards people . . . when people e.g. acquaintences, non-immediate family members say things like,
"I want you to bake my cookies and decorate them an hour before my reception/shower/event because they'll taste fresher And by the way, you need to sculpt individual cookies to look like the person we're honoring AND don't expect to get anymore than $1.50 per cookie because that's all I'm going to pay you"

well! I have to do everything in my power not to say,
"Really? And on what F#%KING planet are you smoking F@*KING crack. And while you're there, why don't you bake your own cookies and shove 'em up your a$$ then remember that just because you know me, don't think you can F@$K me over. And btw, try that on another professional that doesn't know you and see how far that'll take you!"

However, decorum sets in and I smile and say, "gee it's just not financially feasible and anyway, I'm all booked up, gosh darn!"

Kitagrl Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 9:01pm

I had two phone calls this week that I didn't bother returning....one wanted a wedding cake for next weekend and one wanted a cake delivered to a hotel by tomorrow (well would have been today).

Some phone calls aren't worth the time it takes to call back....

tarheelgirl Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 9:36pm
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Some phone calls aren't worth the time it takes to call back....




Ditto! I don't even waste time with stupid people! icon_razz.gif

cheatize Posted 31 Jul 2010 , 11:40pm
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Originally Posted by luv2bake6

The biggest problem is that since i'm just starting out, it's not a great idea for me to decline jobs because that is my advertisement (dont have money to advertise the conventional ways) as well. One job begets another, kwim? So it drives me even crazier that people will wait till the last minute and i have to find ways to fill their order in order not to lose out on a customers and word of mouth.




Aren't you teaching them that not only can they do this to you, but their friends can, too? I can see if this was a friend and you made them swear to tell everyone to "make sure you call her at least a month before you need them as she books up quickly," but not for people you don't know personally.

tesso Posted 1 Aug 2010 , 12:09am

First off let me say,, i would be booked, sorry friend, you fell asleep at the alter and misssed the cake boat.

With that said..let me get my soapbox down...stepping up on it...

I believe the problem is all the cake shows!! It would be so much easier if they would take 10 seconds out of the show and display a message from the participating caker that says..

This cake would cost this much money.
It would take this many days to complete.
It would also take this many people to complete it.
The order for this cake would have had to have been placed 2 months in advance.

Instead they get.. sometimes.. a fabulous cake and it only took 8 hours.. so the public thinks all bakers only take 8 hours or less.. because their cake is "simple" not like the cakes that take 8 hours on the boobtube!!

thank you for listening.. stepping down off the soap box.. putting it away..for now icon_twisted.gif

luv2bake6 Posted 1 Aug 2010 , 5:15am

carathebaker, i could NOT have said it better myself. You go girl!

GeminiRJ Posted 1 Aug 2010 , 3:49pm
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First off let me say,, i would be booked, sorry friend, you fell asleep at the alter and misssed the cake boat.




LOL! The sad thing is, they won't see this as being their fault. It's yours for not coming thru for them.

bobwonderbuns Posted 1 Aug 2010 , 4:20pm

I had a guy write me last year asking for a super elaborate cake THREE DAYS before his wedding -- the same wedding which he admitted him and his bride to be had planned for "well over a year." icon_surprised.gificon_confused.gif Yeah, and they just now thought about the cake??? icon_eek.gificon_confused.gif Needless to say, I was already booked! icon_twisted.gificon_lol.gif

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