Originally Posted by SweetieD
It's getting really hard for me to read all these posts on such high prices for cookies. It is all about where you live. Sure, if I lived in a Kansas City or another big city, I could charge $1 per inch. But, I live in a town of 400 people and work in a town of 45,000 or so. People will not pay that much for a cookie. .... There has to be a market for that type of thing. .... I only see very few people having the money to pay for extravagant decorated cookies and also feeling that they are worth 2, 3 or 4 dollars a piece. I never want to sell my self short, but if you were to ask the average person in my area how much they would pay for a cookie, they would say maybe 50 cents. Ok, that's my thoughts and I feel better now!
I am in agreement with this line of thought. Here in mid-Michigan, we are experiencing a serious recession
, yet the national news is fairly glowing about how the President says we're in GREAT financial shape as a nation! Excuse me? Clearly
he can't mean US??!
I have had to not exactly drop
my prices for baked goods, but I have found that I simply cannot increase them any more right now because my Clients just don't have the extra $$ to spend. I make my things to be affordable for the person who wants them, but I still make some money. If I am able to cover my costs, make a little to increase my bottom line, and my customers are happy, they will remember this when times are better, and they will come back to me again and again. And they will pay what I ask with a happy heart. Loyalty happens when you show kindness to others, I firmy believe that.
For instance, our local schools (who were operating with a HUGE surplus in recent years despite all the economic forecasts) have had to make many serious cuts and now are cutting again mid-year because they need to balance their books. We now have activity fees for participation in nearly every event/club/activity/sport that is not already a class (like Marching Band), and still we are moving into the red. These fees have increased by 50% this year (from $50/activity last year to $75/activity this year). My family didn't get a raise ... in fact, we made $9,000 LESS in '06 than in '05! But I still have to pay the increase if my child wants to participate in an activity! Is this fair? No, but I understand it. So, we cut back. Our last child in high school cannot do everything she wants because our family can't afford it. Same with my baked goods. I have noticed several very good Clients who call me and ask a price first, then tell me that they can't afford it. For a good Client, I ask what they CAN afford and we work together to try to tailor something that will suit both their needs and mine. I know they will come back when times are better for them and they won't complain if the price is higher later. It's sad, but it is what it is.
So, please, people, don't complain because someone cannot charge what you are getting for your baked goods in your area. I still maintain that if the Client is happy with the price and you are happy with what you got, then the price is fair. If you question whether or not you COULD HAVE charged more, there's one way to find out: just charge more next time. But if the hand you are trying to feed bites you, then you know you've made a mistake.
Please note: this is just my opinion.
Don't send me hate mail and nasty-grams for speaking it. I merely offer it up to try to clarify what some are finding difficult to believe.