erin2345 Posted 9 Apr 2012 , 3:24am
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Anyone care to share their response to emails asking for donations etc.? I just got one from a church that I am not affiliated with, has never purchased anything from me, and the money is being raised to FIX THEIR PIANO, lol. Needless to say, not at the top of my "people who need help" list. How can I respond "no" nicely? Thanks!

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shanter Posted 9 Apr 2012 , 3:35am
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How about something like "I have already chosen the charities to which I will donate, but good luck with your piano." ?

johnson6ofus Posted 9 Apr 2012 , 4:27am
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"I know this is a great cause and I hope you'll get many donations, but at this time we have already committed funds/ products to our chosen organizations for this year."

Denise Posted 9 Apr 2012 , 5:39am
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I do not respond to them if it has been mailed to me by someone I do not know or am not affiliated with. If they call I just say as politely as possible, "not at this time".

I have been asked to donate cakes for all kinds of fund raisers and generally I don't donate my work. I have donated one to an organization that provides health care to people on a sliding scale. I am good friends with the lady who is the office manager and her father is the director of it. It was auctioned of at their Mardi Gras fund raising ball.

Give to those who you want to support - others simply and politely decline.

MimiFix Posted 9 Apr 2012 , 12:04pm
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The above responses are simple and straightforward. You don't want to offend anyone so a short "sorry, no" as above is always best. The only time I was ever caught off-guard was when the local post office requested a donation for their Customer Appreciation week. I shook my head no when two of the postal workers (who were not customers at my bakery) came in and asked. If I was going to give away products for Customer Appreciation week, it would be to my customers.

jgifford Posted 9 Apr 2012 , 8:19pm
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A simple "No, thank you" works very well.

mommachris Posted 9 Apr 2012 , 9:52pm
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I think it's been kicked around on this sight that using "Sorry" when we really aren't sorry and nothing to apologize for is a habit we should kick as business people.

A "I'm not able to help you at this time." is sufficient.

Mommachris

Stephy42088 Posted 9 Apr 2012 , 10:39pm
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"we have already allocated our donations and gifts for this year (or quarter). Best of luck."

costumeczar Posted 10 Apr 2012 , 12:20am
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How about hitting "delete?" I don't have time to answer everyone who blankets the area with requests. They're probably not keeping track of who they've emailed if they have no affiliation to you.

I also don't see anything wrong with saying "I'm sorry." I am sorry if I can't do someone's cake, because it just means that they'll have to go to someone inferior, So I feel sorry for them. icon_twisted.gif

mommachris Posted 10 Apr 2012 , 3:43pm

Costumeczar...yes, they would end up with an inferior cake if you don't help them. thumbs_up.gif
I've admired your skill for years.

mommachris

costumeczar Posted 10 Apr 2012 , 4:36pm
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Costumeczar...yes, they would end up with an inferior cake if you don't help them. thumbs_up.gif
I've admired your skill for years.

mommachris




Haha!

vgcea Posted 10 Apr 2012 , 5:38pm
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Originally Posted by costumeczar

How about hitting "delete?" I don't have time to answer everyone who blankets the area with requests. They're probably not keeping track of who they've emailed if they have no affiliation to you.

I also don't see anything wrong with saying "I'm sorry." I am sorry if I can't do someone's cake, because it just means that they'll have to go to someone inferior, So I feel sorry for them. icon_twisted.gif



You're such a cake-snob!
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costumeczar Posted 10 Apr 2012 , 6:21pm
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Originally Posted by costumeczar

How about hitting "delete?" I don't have time to answer everyone who blankets the area with requests. They're probably not keeping track of who they've emailed if they have no affiliation to you.

I also don't see anything wrong with saying "I'm sorry." I am sorry if I can't do someone's cake, because it just means that they'll have to go to someone inferior, So I feel sorry for them. icon_twisted.gif


You're such a cake-snob!
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I'm President of the Cake Snob Club!

happyascanbee Posted 10 Apr 2012 , 6:39pm
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Originally Posted by costumeczar

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Originally Posted by costumeczar

How about hitting "delete?" I don't have time to answer everyone who blankets the area with requests. They're probably not keeping track of who they've emailed if they have no affiliation to you.

I also don't see anything wrong with saying "I'm sorry." I am sorry if I can't do someone's cake, because it just means that they'll have to go to someone inferior, So I feel sorry for them. icon_twisted.gif


You're such a cake-snob!
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I'm President of the Cake Snob Club!




I am so with you on this.. Why is it wrong to say no ?? really !! And if you say no you are a snub ? that is shallow. Would you take a Vice President ?

jgifford Posted 10 Apr 2012 , 6:52pm
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Originally Posted by costumeczar

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Originally Posted by vgcea

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Originally Posted by costumeczar

How about hitting "delete?" I don't have time to answer everyone who blankets the area with requests. They're probably not keeping track of who they've emailed if they have no affiliation to you.

I also don't see anything wrong with saying "I'm sorry." I am sorry if I can't do someone's cake, because it just means that they'll have to go to someone inferior, So I feel sorry for them. icon_twisted.gif


You're such a cake-snob!
icon_lol.gif



I'm President of the Cake Snob Club!



I am so with you on this.. Why is it wrong to say no ?? really !! And if you say no you are a snub ? that is shallow. Would you take a Vice President ?




I believe she was joking.

vgcea Posted 10 Apr 2012 , 7:36pm
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I believe she was joking.




Thanks jgifford. Short of attaching an audio recording of myself laughing or including a 'joke disclaimer,' I don't know what else beside the LOL emoticon would inform folks not to get their panties in a knot.

jgifford Posted 10 Apr 2012 , 8:34pm

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costumeczar Posted 10 Apr 2012 , 10:20pm

I knew you were joking...but the Cake Snob Club is always recruiting.

vgcea Posted 10 Apr 2012 , 11:59pm
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I knew you were joking...but the Cake Snob Club is always recruiting.




Well if I become VP, I know who I'm not letting in! Hmph!

HINT: THIS IS A JOKE
FOR GOOD MEASURE: icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

CakeInfatuation Posted 13 Apr 2012 , 3:19am

I'm with czar... I don't even respond. Just delete. I find the hardest ones to deal with are people that I know that really believe in their cause but think I should too. And when I don't, all of a sudden I am the plague... whatever....

It is hard for them to grasp that by donating a cake, it costs me 2x's what they are asking. Because I only have so much time and can only take a certain number of orders, I have to eliminate a paying order to take the free one. It's money out of my pocket for their ingredients and then lost income on the order I couldn't take. I don't even bother to explain it... but I KNOW that it wouldn't be giving with a smile unless I WANTED to do it and BELIEVED in the cause I was donating to. I HAVE donated a free cake. But it's not often.

My Dad always said, "NEVER give away for free what you do for a living." If you are in business to make a living, you have to remember that this is your livelihood. It's not a non-profit. If it is a hobby, it's different. But when it's your paycheck... well... I just hit delete.

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