Boss Can't Price! Pls Help.

Decorating By cakegal1195 Updated 9 Jan 2013 , 11:56pm by tykesmommy

cakegal1195 Posted 9 Jan 2013 , 2:47pm
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i work for a cupcake  bakery in northern va and my boss is clueless about pricing (not really my job?)- customer wants this amateur-looking thing and she wants to charge $150 for 20 servings (Im thinking 9x13)- what do you think? we charge $6-7/serving for simple wedding cakes. thanks! (ps I will not have styrofoam showing!)

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jason_kraft Posted 9 Jan 2013 , 4:09pm
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AHow do you know the boss is clueless about pricing? If that cake is executed well I think $150 would be an appropriate price.

-K8memphis Posted 9 Jan 2013 , 4:20pm
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beauty is in the eye of the beholder


i think it is adorable


it's a foodie/skatie trompe l'oiel


if she can get $150 for 20 servings i'd say she's pricing pretty good considering that's gonna take about five minutes to produce

-K8memphis Posted 9 Jan 2013 , 4:23pm
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if you take a three minute break in between icon_biggrin.gif

-K8memphis Posted 9 Jan 2013 , 4:40pm
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so do you think the $150 is too much or not enough


so you are doing a more intricate design??


not exactly sure what you mean


i mean to me if this was a ferrari--yeah let's eat the doughnuts and make some fancy schmancy wheels


but i like the doughnuts--obviously for a person who's a skater and down to earth, dosen't mind taking some tumbles, getting sweaty, taking chances


the doughnuts are cool--i think it works

leah_s Posted 9 Jan 2013 , 5:00pm
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If your boss can get $150 for that s/he's a marketing genius.

Godot Posted 9 Jan 2013 , 5:25pm
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ACake wreak.

Who in their right mind would pay 150 for that?

tykesmommy Posted 9 Jan 2013 , 6:33pm
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AIs it a skateboard? I would never pay $150 for that. Never ever.

AZCouture Posted 9 Jan 2013 , 6:38pm
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Oh goodness, that is not a $150 cake, that's a DIY cake for people to do in their homes. 

cakegal1195 Posted 9 Jan 2013 , 7:01pm
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thanks guys!  mostly my thoughts exactly (way too pricey for something too amateur). Customer said "no thanks"!  Boss admits she is clueless (doesnt decorate). I guess I should have encouraged her to go lower!  Hard to know what to do when the shop sells mostly small $6-8/serving wedding cakes. Sometimes I feel like I will never learn the "business brain"....

jason_kraft Posted 9 Jan 2013 , 7:09pm
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AI thought the picture was just for inspiration...if a customer came to me with that picture I would have a sketch drawn up to show how it would look with an implementation based on the customer's budget.

There's nothing wrong with a business owner not being able to decorate if they have resources they can work with to help estimate how long a cake will take and price accordingly. If she is consistently making sales at $6-8/serving for simple cakes I'd say she is doing quite well.

-K8memphis Posted 9 Jan 2013 , 11:54pm
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the picture is so pathetically homely it's own mother probably abandoned it


it's kind of a stretch to call it 'inspiring' even though i think it's clever

tykesmommy Posted 9 Jan 2013 , 11:56pm
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AHomely!! Bwhahahahahhahaha!!! You made my night!!

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