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post #1 of 40
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So I had a lady call and ask for a 3D carved cake John Deere Tractor on a field with crop circles that spell happy birthday, to serve 60 people. I told her it would be $80 and she LAUGHED and said that is way too expensive for a "friend" (she is just a neighbor).

I told her that she can get a 2 teired cake at walmart that is a 6 and an 8 with a toy tractor on it for $88. (I have seen it in their specialty books). She said she didn't want to pay that much for a birthday cake. I told her I understood and I am not doing the order now.

I asked the "what is your budget" question to which she said, "whatever", so I gave her that price, plus the price for 60 cupcakes with the tractor theme ($$70) plus the price for a sheet cake type order that is simple in the theme ($60...becuase there is no fondant and they are fast) She was like...forget it.

What would you have charged? It is servings for SIXTY. HELLO!!!!
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post #2 of 40
I suspect she will not find anyone anywhere who will do a carved cake to serve 60 for a price she is willing to pay. Cake civilians are so ignorant.

I don't do 3D/carved cakes often, but the few I have done I charged $2.50-$3.00 per serving, for buttercream only, and that is waaaay cheap. Most here charge a lot more than that.
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post #3 of 40
I charge $4 per slice for 3d and i'm at the low end where I live.
post #4 of 40
I charge $3 a slice and I think I'm too cheap for the work that goes into them!
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post #5 of 40
I love how you asked what her budget was and she said "whatever" yet she thinks you're charging too much. Also how she feels since she's a friend, she's entitled to a huge discount.

Some people.
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post #6 of 40
I feel your pain. I have gotten this type of response and people just have no clue what this type of cake costs. Walmart.....that's like comparing Nordstroms to ...well Walmart! The nerve. I don't think you charge too much, but check around your area to see what folks are charging in your area. I don't know about you but eggs have doubled in price and quite frankly if she doesn't want to pay, then she can go to Walmart if it were me.
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post #7 of 40
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Originally Posted by 2508s42

she LAUGHED and said that is way too expensive for a "friend" (she is just a neighbor).



What is WRONG with people?! A "friend" would of recognized that it takes time, energy, and skill to be a cake decorator. Were you even covering your expense cost? You were charging hardly more than $1 a serving!
post #8 of 40
I would have charged WAY more than $80. It's not worth your time for less.
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post #9 of 40
Wow!!
Your work is beautiful, you have a lot of talent don't give it away, $80 is way to cheap for all that work.

I charge $6 per slice plus $50 equipment fee. I know how long it takes to make something like that and if you make that for that price you are not getting pay for all those hours that takes you.
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post #10 of 40
Stick to your price. This is not a flea market your at where people think they can haggle you down on the price. 60 servings is a lot for a party and if she's not willing to spend at least a 1.00 or more per person, or for her friend, then she can go else where.

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post #11 of 40
YOU ARE NOT OVERPRICED!! your time and talent are valuable and should be treated as such. Hang in there. a "friend" would never take advantage of you that way
post #12 of 40
Wow - I usually don't charge enough, but even I would have asked for more than $80. I try to get between $2.50 and $3.00 per serving and there are still plenty of times I don't hear back from people after they receive my quote. Hey - I always use IMBC and don't charge extra for fondant...Good riddance!
post #13 of 40
Ignorance is priceless sometimes....

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post #14 of 40
Isn't it though?

I charge a minimum of $250 for 3-D sculpted cakes.. it's not worth it for less IMHO. It's a lot of thinking and working and custom support boards. Be glad you aren't doing this order.
post #15 of 40
I have been charging $145.00 for my JD tractor cake on a sheet cake and I am getting ready to raise that price. It is WAY too much work.

She was getting a huge deal with that price.
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