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post #31 of 79
I used to take it personally too, when somebody will compare the price of the cake that I made with grocery store bought cake. Some people are so rude and tacky. Just ignore them and stick to your price, you don't want that kind of customer anyway.
post #32 of 79
Some people really don't have the money to invest in a first-class cake, and I understand that. I also understand that lots of people really DON'T get the difference between classy and crappy. I'm happy to explain it to those who really want to know, but I'm all for answering snide comments from the ignorant with "There's absolutely no comparison between mine and theirs, dearie!"
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post #33 of 79
To follow on bluehue's coattails, I FREQUENTLY would tell people, "Some people can't afford me .... and that's ok!"

Had one elderly man come into the shop and ask if I had pineapple upside down cake. Told him I could make him one .... what size? He said 10" round. I said $80. He said, with wide eyes, "I was only wanting to spend about TEN!"

I said, "Darlin' I've got more than ten dollars in the fresh pineapple that goes between those 4 layers of cake, in the three layers of filling, plus all of that luscious goodness on the top." Then I adapt what my husband calls my "You're gonna be sorry you got me started!" look and said, "I don't DO (drag out the word "do"!) grocery store cakes!"

Ten bucks. For a cake. With real fruit. Hate to point this out, grampa, but this AIN'T 1937!!!
post #34 of 79
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Originally Posted by Marianna46

Some people really don't have the money to invest in a first-class cake, and I understand that. I also understand that lots of people really DON'T get the difference between classy and crappy. I'm happy to explain it to those who really want to know, but I'm all for answering snide comments from the ignorant with "There's absolutely no comparison between mine and theirs, dearie!"



I agree that this is the best way to handle the situation. Answer their ignorance with cake education and as much kindness as you can muster! Some folks just won't "get it" and some can't or won't pay for a handcrafted cake, even though they appreciate the fine quality.

After all, do CCers pay top dollar for everything they buy? Do they buy only the finest restaurant dinners, order custom Italian shoes, and live in houses with hand carved woodwork? Of course not!! We can't all afford the best of everything, even though we admire the artistry of fine work.

Michael, your cakes are wonderful. If you do go into business, I wish you great success!!! There are people out there who love to treat themselves and their guests to beautiful, delicious cakes!!! icon_smile.gif
post #35 of 79
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I really appreciate everyone's input on my post! I was not expecting the kind words that have been posted! Thank you so much!!

Everyone is correct about some folks cannot afford cakes like ours, and that is ok!!

Love all of my fellow Cakers!!!

Michael

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post #36 of 79
My son's soccer coach's wife once got very excited to hear that I "did cakes". She asked for a business card and was asking me a few questions, when I said, "I have a $50 minimum." She looked like I'd slapped her. No, I never heard from her again.

People just don't know.
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My son's soccer coach's wife once got very excited to hear that I "did cakes". She asked for a business card and was asking me a few questions, when I said, "I have a $50 minimum." She looked like I'd slapped her. No, I never heard from her again.

People just don't know.



I was thinking about doing a $50 minimum too. I also make candy and I just don't think it's worth it to turn on my oven or temper my chocolate for less.
post #38 of 79
This is one of my biggest pet peeves! I've just recently started making cakes for people other than family and have run into this twice now, where people see pictures of cakes I've done and are really excited to have one made for their birthday, wedding etc. After I tell them the price suddenly they're saying "oh, well he's only turning two he won't remember what his cake looks like anyway so we'll skip it this birthday, sorry" or the best "I can get a cake from Zehrs for $20". I feel like saying to these people, sure you can but it's going to look and taste like a $20 cake. They just don't understand how much effort and time goes into making a custom cake. I'd like to see them try and get Zhers or Walmart to match fondant, icing etc. to a ribbon from their bridesmaid dress or their kids birthday invitation!
post #39 of 79
Your cakes are great! icon_smile.gif

This reminds me of last week while on Facebook. I occasionally like to post a picture or two of my latest creations. I had just posted a wine bottle cake I had done for my step MIL. While on FB I got an instant message from an ex co-worker. She said she didn't know I made cake and if she had she would have just asked me to make her daughter bridal shower cake. She went on to complain how expensive it was so I asked how much she payed and where she bought it. Get this, it was a $38 cake from Walmart!!! I than proceeded to tell her that the kind of cakes I make that whopping $38 wouldn't even cover the cost. Needless to say our conversation soon ended after that. She didn't even say goodbye. LOL Sheesh I didn't think I was rude, maybe she was looking for sympathy for shelling out $38, and when she didn't get it from me maybe she got mad?! LOL

I wouldn't have made her a cake anyway. However for certain people (lol people I like) I will offer to do the cake at cost for the sheer fun of it. But even the at cost price scares them off. Which is fine by me. icon_smile.gif
post #40 of 79
Mikel79 those are some gorgeous cakesicon_smile.gif Are you kidding me even at $2.50 per person is cheap where I live home bakeries sell cakes for $4.50 per person. Sheesh I had this same thing happen to me recently with birthday cupcakes needless to say the lady wanted Wal-Mart prices so in so many words she will be making a trip to Wal-Mart to get them. You keep doing what you eventually everyone will catch up the way I see it there is a market for everyone when the work is exceptional such as yours they'll be lining up for your $70 cakes!
post #41 of 79
Michael, first and foremost your cakes are absolutely gorgeous. They would be worth every penny you choose to charge for them.

Not to hijack this thread, but I really have a question for Indydebi. I have seen you use the "pineapple upside down cake" story on other threads of this nature.

In my neck of the woods, a "pineapple upside down cake" is basically a one-layer cake with sliced pineapple and a brown sugar-butter topping. We all know the kind of cake I mean.

Is it a different thing in your area. Is the 4 layer, pinapple filled cake what people think of as an "upside down" cake?

I am asking seriously. I really am curious about what is the norm in other areas of the country. Things are so much the same and yet so different from region to region.
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post #42 of 79
Some people just don't get how much work goes into a cake. But who can blame them, they think that the cakes from Walmart are fresh. I guess ignorance is bliss.
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post #43 of 79
Michael I absolutely love your cakes. Your work is very clean.
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Michael I absolutely love your cakes. Your work is very clean.



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Originally Posted by Gingoodies

In my neck of the woods, a "pineapple upside down cake" is basically a one-layer cake with sliced pineapple and a brown sugar-butter topping. We all know the kind of cake I mean.

Is it a different thing in your area. Is the 4 layer, pinapple filled cake what people think of as an "upside down" cake?

If I were making one for my family, I'd make the single layer one. But one coming out of the shop was the grandiose version! A lot of it had to do with "If I'm going to mess with making this, then it's going to be worth my while!" A single layer "specialty" cake like that wouldn't cover the overhead.
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