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post #31 of 61
I just wanted to say that your work is gorgeous. I'm in the middle of an order for 200 cookies in 12 different designs. I have decided that I will NEVER EVER EVER do this again. I should have been shot thinking that it wouldn't be so hard. Aside from the cost of ingredients, I would need to charge $10/cookie just to make it worth my time and sanity. I am amazed by your quality and professional presentation. I bow to your patience.
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post #32 of 61
Okay, so I'm looking at your cookies and just really studying them, and they are perfect. I don't even celebrate halloween & I think those are really cute. Don't worry about your family, cause you know how family can be. I also think you should raise the prices.
post #33 of 61
When I started this I got some really good advice:

Don't ask people who don't run a business for advice on how to run your business.


They have NO idea. Even my mom thought I was charging too much until she saw all the work I did. Now, she is like "did you charge?" and fussed at me for doing my cousin's bday cake for free!
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Anywhoo, I don't think you are charging enough. I think you should be up to $5 per cookie, still cheaper than cookies by design I believe and I bet yours are a lot tastier!

Those cookies are awesome, I hope to be that good someday.

Let the family stuff roll off your shoulders, easier said than done I know. I am finally at the point where folks and their opinions and issues don't bother me so much any more. It took a while to get here though.

Glad you do have some good support though, this road ain't easy! icon_smile.gif
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post #34 of 61
I so agree with everyone here. I think your rule should be $5 per cookie, or $1 per inch for more intricate ones. $15 for packaging. Your family is trying to talk you down so they can get cheap holiday gifts for friends.

These are beautiful hostess gifts and centerpieces. Don't apologize for the price. It is right on. Also, since you are local to these people, they don't have to pay those exorbitant s/h prices, which can double the cost of an order.

Remember, this is a lot of work. You are better to get one job and make a fair price than to get a dozen orders and make no money. Because, even though we love to do this, there are days when I need the money!
post #35 of 61
Y'know what though?
This family feud really ain't about the price of a cookie kwim?
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post #36 of 61
Those cookies are amazing!
Sound's like some in the family are jealous and just plain old rude and don't want to see anyone besides them selves succeed. It's crap! Don't listen to it and don't take it.
Those cookies take time and you need to make money on them for them to be worth your time. I was going to say they should be no less then $40.

Those are custom, hand decorated and baked with love! You are going to do great! They are so cute I can't imagine anyone not wanting them. It's a perfect gift for teachers and such. I wonder if you could make smaller ones like two cookies tied together with ribbon and tissue for $15. Offer a range in price to appeal to all budgets. thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif You are going to a be baking and decorating fool..LOL And much to busy to pay any mind to the nonsense the family is blowing up over.
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post #37 of 61
Cookies by Design offers a 3-cookie bouquet for $29.99. PLUS shipping and handling. Their individual cookies are over $7.00.
http://cookiesbydesign.com/category.aspx?categoryid=72

And they don't apologize for the prices.
post #38 of 61
not professional enough???? icon_confused.gif please. These ARE professional in my book. And since you and your husband agreed on a price, that will be the price to charge. Ignore the rest. By the way, your bouquets are gorgeous!!! thumbs_up.gif
post #39 of 61
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Originally Posted by cutthecake

Cookies by Design offers a 3-cookie bouquet for $29.99. PLUS shipping and handling. Their individual cookies are over $7.00.
http://cookiesbydesign.com/category.aspx?categoryid=72

And they don't apologize for the prices.


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You don't need to justify your prices to anyone but yourself.
I think you should charge more and make a point of letting auntie and uncle know how much more people are willing to pay.
And if they want any, tell them you'll give them the "shove the cookie up your tapedshut.gif discount"
post #40 of 61
I'd charge at least $5 per cookie, not including any bouquet setup.

Here's your Christmas list for this year:

Aunt Busybody: One bag of flour and a bag of sugar (generic brand)
Uncle KnowNothing: A tube of Pillsbury slice-and-bake cookies, frozen.
Grandma: Huge cookie bouquet with lots of "I Love You" hearts.
post #41 of 61
JUST PUT COTTON IN YOUR EARS AND DO WHAT YOU THINK. THEY ARE REALLY NICE . ITS YOUR HARD WORK NOT SOMENE ELSE. HAVE YOU PRICE WHAT IS SELLING IN YOUR AREA?
post #42 of 61
icon_surprised.gif Your cookies look awesom...don't let them get to you.
post #43 of 61
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lenette

Don't ask people who don't run a business for advice on how to run your business.



Best advice ever posted!!!

I've got that spider web cutter and that is ONE BIG HONKIN' COOKIE!

Give the aunt one of the glass containers with "just flour and sugar" and tell her where to store it!

Go to the 'net and find the closest Cookies by Design near you and print their pricing. Don't forget to add the extra shipping they charge!
post #44 of 61
I want to go to Cookie College to become a Cookie Consultant!

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post #45 of 61
Your cookies are great! Not professional??!! What in the world?! Your relatives are rude and ignorant. I agree with the rest on here-- you should charge more. You know what will happen if you don't-- you'll be in the middle of it wondering why in the heck you said you'd do them for so cheap! My husband looked over my shoulder and said about your prices, "That's not enough." and to tell your uncle-- ok, I won't say-- it wasn't very sweet! icon_smile.gif
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