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post #16 of 38
I read in consumer reports that Costo/BJ's etc. make most of their profits on membership fees rather than on specific items. That's why they always want you to upgrade to the next level of membership. Or if you don't have a membership you can shop but you generally pay a 5% fee.
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post #17 of 38
I recently raised my prices on sheet cakes, partially to discourage people buying them and partially just to pay myself well for the pain that they can be.

However then I feel guilty for getting "so much" for a sheet, compared to regular bakeries.

Just made a full sheet tonight...of course its homemade carrot cake with cream cheese icing and some edible images... but I charged $140 for 60 servings and feel kinda bad...but my husband says its worth it since its more of a "gourmet" flavor. I hope so.
post #18 of 38
mgdqueen, someone lied to you. Sam's does a full sheet single layer---approx 96 2x2 servings for 26.95(basic), 30.87(custom(their offerings, not a member's own creation)), 33.87(double custom=2 full size edible images, 2 gumpaste sprays...again, not a member's custom creation)... They don't even offer a double layer full sheet and if someone at Sam's is saying they can do that they are not in compliance with company policy.
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post #19 of 38
I think that anything anyone makes on here is going to be better then what sams pumps out mass produced. Yea the flavor isn't "bad" but it sure isn't as good as a home made WASC cake, which is way more home made even with a box base then anything that sams/walmart/ costco can pop out. The reason everything is so cheap there, is because that is what their business is.. to buy in bulk UNDERSELL every single business in a fiftey mile radius and take them all down. Walmart often sells items at a loss, because it brings in people to buy other items and I've noticed that over time the things that used to be real inexpensive at the bulk clubs go up in price, but people don't notice because they think WOW i can get fifty cans of... whatever for... this price, never mind that they can get fifty seperate cans for two dollars less some place else, it seems like it's in bulk or its huge and it's a discount club sooo it must be a savings!! RIGHT?! not always.. some people need to shop with a calculator.. or well at least try a real cake before they go for cheap cheap cheap...
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post #20 of 38
Let me rephrase that...either someone lied to you or someone lied to the person that told you that or the person that told you that simply misunderstood information that was given to her and passed on that misunderstood information onto you.
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post #21 of 38
maybe you should have replied with 'well i have that size cake thats been frozen for a month, i can decorate that for you if you would like', then if she complained tell her thats how sams does it. she may think twice next time!! people just dont realize how bakeries work.
post #22 of 38
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Let me rephrase that...either someone lied to you or someone lied to the person that told you that or the person that told you that simply misunderstood information that was given to her and passed on that misunderstood information onto you.



what?
post #23 of 38
Kitagrl, I feel ya...but you have to realize, your cake is more than just something flash frozen and slapped with prepackaged icing. I charge $90 for just a plain full sheet, basic design. They can get 2 different flavors for now without paying extra. Most people don't mind...'cause of what other people charge that don't operate out of Walmart, Sams etc. There's people here that charge up to $15 per serving for cakes. Can you imagine that? Wow. So I would pay your prices 'cause I know you HAVE to be good, it is sorta gourmet and...you're still in business, so you're doing something SOOOOOOOOO right thumbs_up.gif
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post #24 of 38
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Kitagrl, I feel ya...but you have to realize, your cake is more than just something flash frozen and slapped with prepackaged icing. I charge $90 for just a plain full sheet, basic design. They can get 2 different flavors for now without paying extra. Most people don't mind...'cause of what other people charge that don't operate out of Walmart, Sams etc. There's people here that charge up to $15 per serving for cakes. Can you imagine that? Wow. So I would pay your prices 'cause I know you HAVE to be good, it is sorta gourmet and...you're still in business, so you're doing something SOOOOOOOOO right thumbs_up.gif



LOL well thanks! I tried to dress it up a little with some gold and some disco dust too... I was just nervous because its for a friend of a friend and I don't like baking for acquaintences because sometimes I think they have higher expectations.
post #25 of 38
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Let me rephrase that...either someone lied to you or someone lied to the person that told you that or the person that told you that simply misunderstood information that was given to her and passed on that misunderstood information onto you.



I know what you mean. My concern is that Sam's told the customer that their full sheet would easily feed 100 people, and yet it's only a single layer cake. When a customer doesn't know the size of cakes, they rely on the bakers to tell them how many people it will feed. I'm frustrated with Sam's for allowing her to believe she can get 100 pieces out of a single later sheet cake, which makes my price look INSANE in comparison...I guess they will find out when they pick it up! They might be happy they only have to eat a tiny piece of that cake!!! icon_evil.gif
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post #26 of 38
I can get 110 servings from a torted and filled full sheet cake. I've never heard of a store bakery even offering a two layer sheet cake. Only once have I had someone quote a grocery store bakery after hearing my price. I suggested she go for theirs then. That was a friend of mine. She told me she was kidding about buying from the store and I told her I wasn't. She's bought numerous cakes from me since she found out was fresh and delicious tastes like. Not to mention custom decorating.
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post #27 of 38
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LOL-thank you CarolAnn-this was my first experience with the whole "Sam's is SO much cheaper" so I guess that's why it feels raw...if that's the right word for it. I am VERY reasonably priced...too low in most cases so I was caught WAY off guard!
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post #28 of 38
I personally do not consider Sam's Club, Walmart, Costco ect to be a competitior for me. I tell my customers that I specialize in "custom" cakes. Custom flavors as well as designs and that's why my cakes cost more. I know there are people out there that want a quick simple cheap cake and that's fine but when they want something "special" they come to me and pay my prices.
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post #29 of 38
Right...I even encourage people "on a budget" to use Sam's. The lady I'm making the full sheet for today, she wanted several full sheets but wanted to keep her costs down. So we decided together she would get a homemade carrot cake/cream cheese with edible photos for the main sheet, and then she would order cheap ones from Sam's for the rest. (Its her budget, and up to her to keep fights from breaking out over the carrot cake LOL j/k)

I know many of you don't like to mix cake at a party but I think there will be an obvious enough difference that I'm not really worried about it. Anyway I don't need word of mouth business for more sheet cakes!
post #30 of 38
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Originally Posted by all4cake

Let me rephrase that...either someone lied to you or someone lied to the person that told you that or the person that told you that simply misunderstood information that was given to her and passed on that misunderstood information onto you.



what?



LOL...what? what? I was just trying to clear up what I stated on an earlier post. I reckon, the above statement seems a bit like one of those "who's on 1st?" jokes.
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