Originally Posted by indydebi
I live in a pretty small community, and there are a lot of "seasoned citizens" who actually get downright ornery when you tell them the price. They don't like talking about the money, I think some of them were brought up to think its rude to speak about money.
There are a lot of us out here who, although we have legit. businesses, are in super small rural communities (population-wise), repeat customers who are well-known neighbors, deliveries miles and miles away.....
I'm not sure what any of the above has to do with telling them the cost of something.
My husband believes it's in bad taste to talk about money, but you can bet your a$$ he never buys something without knowing how much it costs!
You mean these people never take their car in to get it worked on and find out how much it will cost UP FRONT? You mean they never buy a house and agree on a purchase price BEFORE the final closing? You mean they send their kids to college and have NO IDEA how much tuition is before they get the bill?
I am so tired of small town people being depicted as mindless hicks who have no access to those "talkin' pitcher boxes", who have no idea what's going on in the world, who are unable to know the value of what they're buying, who think they are living in the 1950's Mayberry mentality.
I grew up in small towns. Lived in a one-horse town, but we had to stop calling it that because the horse died. And many of the most influential, intelligent, worldly people I've ever met crossed my path in those little towns, and they helped mold me in the person I am. (some of you may think that's nto necessarily a good thing!
In my hometown, not only do we all know everyone but I"m related to everyone (dated one guy and we had to go back 4 generations to find out it's ok to date. My current hubby and I share a relative ... his aunt is my cousin). And I"m here to tell you that not ONE PERSON ever contracted with me for cake/food without knowing a price. NOT ONE PERSON ever brought their car to my father in law's garage and didn't know how much it would cost up front. I never went to get my hair done without knowing how much money I'd need.
I find this answer to be a cop out. Not telling someone the price up front is irresponsible and I"m sorry but if the baker gets screwed because of his/her hesitation to "I don't want to talk about money
", then they deserve it.
If you're going to pretend to be in business, then at least pretend to do it right.