Do You Rent Out Your Pans?

Business By MissFluff Updated 16 Nov 2010 , 8:30pm by Caths_Cakes

MissFluff Posted 11 Nov 2010 , 1:34am
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I was in Michael's today doing some Christmas shopping for myself icon_biggrin.gif when a lady who is friends with my mom came along and started to go through my shopping cart. I thought it was kind of odd, but she told me that she and another lady had just opened up a bakery in the town I work in, and that she would rent me some of her pans cheaper than I could buy them at Michael's.

I found that really odd. icon_surprised.gif Do most bakeries and small business rent out their pots and pans? I don't have my own business (I only just started to try out cake decorating!), and I have never heard of any such thing. Am I just still a newbie or is this completely out of the ordinary?

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andreamen1 Posted 11 Nov 2010 , 1:45am
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There is a store near me that also rents out there pans


I'd rather buy them cause I could just keep them forever for a few bucks more!! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif

pattycakesnj Posted 11 Nov 2010 , 1:45am
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that is odd. I have a shop and would never rent out my pans. They cost a lot of money and can dented or destroyed with little effort. Plus I need them and can't be bothered chasing someone down to get them back.

MissFluff Posted 11 Nov 2010 , 1:59am
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They had a lot of things on sale, and I ended up buying a star shaped pan and a checkerboard pan set. So it was those two she was looking at, and not round or square pans.

The thought of renting out pans just sounded really odd to me. It doesn't sound like it would be very profitable, either.

I don't mean any disrespect to anybody, by the way. I'm just new to this and have never heard of anybody renting out their own pans to people!

jammjenks Posted 11 Nov 2010 , 2:07am
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I've heard of it, but I would never rent mine out. What a pain to keep up with!

Side note: I would not have dealt well with someone going through my cart like that. I have issues with people invading my personal space and that lady would not have liked what I had to say to her about it.

Cindsters Posted 11 Nov 2010 , 2:07am
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There is a cake decorating store in my area that rents out pans. They mostly do the retired Wilton pans so if you need something that's not available to purchase anymore, that might be a good way to go.

Candice56 Posted 11 Nov 2010 , 2:35am
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This was really a tacky way of your Mother's friend to to try and drum up business by going through your cart. Her behavior was very inappropriate kind of makes me wonder what she does to attract business in other ways.

costumeczar Posted 11 Nov 2010 , 3:02am
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Originally Posted by jammjenks

I've heard of it, but I would never rent mine out. What a pain to keep up with!

Side note: I would not have dealt well with someone going through my cart like that. I have issues with people invading my personal space and that lady would not have liked what I had to say to her about it.




haha! I've heard what you've said to people who looked at your cart! I wish I'd been there to watch if it was your cart that woman was going through!

I have to agree with you, though, if someone started going through my stuff that would be rather...weird. No, I wouldn't rent my pans out, either. Maybe their business isn't doing too well and they're trying to drum up cash through a side business. that's just loony.

jason_kraft Posted 11 Nov 2010 , 3:24am
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I could see renting out shaped pans that aren't used too often (star-shaped, heart-shaped, etc.) but for traditional round pans it just doesn't make sense.

pixiefuncakes Posted 11 Nov 2010 , 3:24am
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It's quite common in Australia, I would say mostly the Wilton pans and other novelty pans. They are quite expensive for us to buy here, and if you only want to use it once ................ Most places charge a deposit (ranging between the value of the pan and about 3x that) up front and a flat fee per 3 days. I do know of some places that hire out squares and rounds, but even they advise that it's usually cheaper to buy them.

JadedJenn Posted 11 Nov 2010 , 4:27am
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Originally Posted by Cindsters

There is a cake decorating store in my area that rents out pans. They mostly do the retired Wilton pans so if you need something that's not available to purchase anymore, that might be a good way to go.




The one here does that too. I really want to make a Rainbow Brite cake since I found that out. icon_biggrin.gif It's only $3 a day to rent them but the Star Wars pans require a $100 deposit.

jammjenks Posted 11 Nov 2010 , 2:01pm
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Originally Posted by jammjenks

I've heard of it, but I would never rent mine out. What a pain to keep up with!

Side note: I would not have dealt well with someone going through my cart like that. I have issues with people invading my personal space and that lady would not have liked what I had to say to her about it.



haha! I've heard what you've said to people who looked at your cart! I wish I'd been there to watch if it was your cart that woman was going through!

I have to agree with you, though, if someone started going through my stuff that would be rather...weird. No, I wouldn't rent my pans out, either. Maybe their business isn't doing too well and they're trying to drum up cash through a side business. that's just loony.




Yeah, you have heard about that haven't you? icon_lol.gif Sometimes I think about the "day I put my big girl panties on" and told that jerk off..ahh, makes me icon_smile.gif

As for the pan rentals...you know, that would be a good way to run a business from some of the states where home-baking is outlawed. Just thought of that. thumbs_up.gif

TexasSugar Posted 11 Nov 2010 , 3:13pm
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I've had a couple of students ask to borrow things I have. I did it a couple of times, but I realised quickly that it wasn't worth the hassle to get it back in a timely fashion. Plus if you rent/loan something out, then what happens when you get an order and need it?

I've also had students loan each other stuff, and for one of them it took about 3 months for her to get a pan back. And it was a pan that goes for big bucks on ebay, not easily or cheaply replaced.

jason_kraft Posted 11 Nov 2010 , 5:50pm
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Originally Posted by Cindsters

There is a cake decorating store in my area that rents out pans. They mostly do the retired Wilton pans so if you need something that's not available to purchase anymore, that might be a good way to go.



The one here does that too. I really want to make a Rainbow Brite cake since I found that out. icon_biggrin.gif It's only $3 a day to rent them but the Star Wars pans require a $100 deposit.



I'm surprised they rent out licensed character pans, seeing that it is illegal to sell cakes made with those pans.

costumeczar Posted 11 Nov 2010 , 5:59pm
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Originally Posted by JadedJenn

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Originally Posted by Cindsters

There is a cake decorating store in my area that rents out pans. They mostly do the retired Wilton pans so if you need something that's not available to purchase anymore, that might be a good way to go.



The one here does that too. I really want to make a Rainbow Brite cake since I found that out. icon_biggrin.gif It's only $3 a day to rent them but the Star Wars pans require a $100 deposit.


I'm surprised they rent out licensed character pans, seeing that it is illegal to sell cakes made with those pans.




It could just be for someone who's making a cake for their kid's birthday...Not everyone wants to sell cakes once they figure out that piping all those annoying stars takes a lot longer than they thought.

jason_kraft Posted 11 Nov 2010 , 6:05pm
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That's true, but if the pans are rented out to a commercial baker without the packaging or any other indication that commercial use is prohibited, the store is putting itself at risk for contributory liability for any infringing acts that may occur.

playingwithsugar Posted 11 Nov 2010 , 6:22pm
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With the right coupon, and as long as you are going to buy pans you know you will re-use (round, square, etc), as opposed to buying character pans that you will only use once, it makes no sense to rent someone else's pans.

Theresa icon_smile.gif

Mb20fan Posted 11 Nov 2010 , 6:30pm
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Michaels and the trusty coupon make everything affordable enough that I want to purchase my own. icon_biggrin.gif For MY own personal use, only. And it was a bit rude for her to sift through your cart...Lol.
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sweetcakes Posted 11 Nov 2010 , 6:50pm
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i do rent out my stands and shaped cake pans but have also rented out standard pans. I had one lady want to rent them for her grandsons wedding cake, gave her the price and the deposit, then she goes on to tell me that she also needs to rent a cooling rack, spatulas, turntable, tips bags, plates and pillars and such. I asked her if she had ever decorated a cake before and she says no but she's put icing on her carrot cake and thats what her son wanted. Told her i didn't rent that stuff out. Amazing what some people will do.

costumeczar Posted 11 Nov 2010 , 9:00pm
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Originally Posted by jasonkraft

That's true, but if the pans are rented out to a commercial baker without the packaging or any other indication that commercial use is prohibited, the store is putting itself at risk for contributory liability for any infringing acts that may occur.




They could just have them sign a release that says they understand that there shouldn't be any selling of cakes using those pans. I might be wrong, but I think that the character Wilton pans have a stamp on them that say Home Use Only. I doubt that there's much of a really lucrative market for pan rentals, but who knows, maybe there's a demand for it somewhere.

QTCakes1 Posted 11 Nov 2010 , 9:17pm
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Originally Posted by Candice56

This was really a tacky way of your Mother's friend to to try and drum up business by going through your cart. Her behavior was very inappropriate kind of makes me wonder what she does to attract business in other ways.




I agree. All that is very strange. icon_confused.gif

MissFluff Posted 11 Nov 2010 , 11:21pm
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I guess I am just used to people going through my cart. I work in retail, and I'm used to everybody looking in my cart to see what I bought and/or while I am checking out.

I am sure my grandmother has all kinds of older Wilton cake pans in her house. She used to bake cakes, and I kick myself every day when I wake up that I didn't take her up on her offer to teach me when I was younger. She has Parkinson's disease and can barely walk across a room by herself.

I actually had never met this lady, but she seemed nice enough. She asked me if she had seen me before (I've been told I look a lot like my mom). They did have a LOT of cake making/decorating supplies on clearance at Michael's yesterday. Just a heads up in case anybody is out shopping this weekend. icon_cool.gif

strathmore Posted 15 Nov 2010 , 10:43pm
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Here in New Zealand its common too. Big pans and character pans are expensive to buy and not often used by a home baker so they are rented out. Quite good if just once you need a winnie the pooh or something for your childs birthday. Obviously they are rented out as any other pan to a home baker and they can decorate it to look like the character or not - its just a shaped pan.

cutthecake Posted 15 Nov 2010 , 11:04pm
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"piping all those annoying stars takes a lot longer than they thought."

Carpal Tunnel Stars!

CelebrationsbyLori Posted 16 Nov 2010 , 3:47am
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I actually rent 5-10 pans a week out of my supply shop. Lots of hobby bakers may have a child into tractors this year and on to something else next year. Instead of having pans pile up in the cabinets that will never get used again, they will rent one. I only charge $5 for the rental fee and add a damage deposit depending on the pan. You may not think this is cost effective, but I rarely sell cakes from these pans, so once they have been rented a few times and are paid for, this is just extra income I don't have to turn an oven on for. Also I have many older pans that may be very expensive to buy on eBay, so lots of people appreciate that. Just what has worked for me!
Lori

Annabakescakes Posted 16 Nov 2010 , 8:06pm
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I would TOTALLY rent out my pans I don't use often. As long as I have a deposit to cover the cost to replace them. I have over 100 Wilton character pans, and I bought 4 sets of the Fat daddio's pans, and the Wilton rounds and squares aren't compatible with them. It is a nightmare to try to evenly ice stacked cakes that are not the same size.

Caths_Cakes Posted 16 Nov 2010 , 8:30pm
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My local cake store rents out all her pans, its £20 pound deposit, with a fee for 3 days worth of use . . I have 5 pans, 3 rounds and two squares, any other shapes i hire from her, i cant afford to pay out on big fancy tins that i might only use once in a blue moon , But she makes a good profit from it

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