[quote="gatorcake"][quote="Kitagrl"]There's law...but frankly...its no business of a CC member in Louisiana (just pulled that out of a hat, no reference to anyone here) to tell a CC member in, say, Idaho, that they should not ask questions on CC about selling cake until they are licensed.
Let the person mind their own business. Let them decide if they are going to follow the law or not. Let them face the results of whatever they choose.
Just answer their stupid cake question and go back to your legal caking...ya know? Really....
My main issue is not that its okay to be illegal but that I get tired of the busybodies who like to start debates in threads about whether the OP is being a bad little girl or a good little girl.
Okay so why is your policing of the forum any different than their policing of illegal businesses? If you do not like the threads/posts do not read them. But to tell people it is not their business is no different than someone else tell another their business is illegal. Mind your own business works both ways.
The fact is that a number of businesses require liscensed legal operators to police their profession. There are not the resources or staff for the state do it alone. You may dislike it, but that is the way it is. If somone has an interest in protecting their profession that is their perrogative. There is no moral high ground for those that "mind their own business." You are not a better person because you mind your own business. To each their own, then to each their own. If you do not want to police fine, but you should not be policing those who are trying to protect their profession.
You say make it better so no one will buy from others. That is naive to say the least. Folks will buy from people who offer cheaper deals (sorry I agree with a prior post, illegal does not mean they are worse than what you can do).
I struggle with this right now. I know people will buy from me if I start selling out of my kitchen which could never pass inspection due to a four legged friend that lives in my house. Does not matter that he never goes into the kitchen--pet = no liscence. They will buy because they have tasted the cakes I make and love the flavors and textures even if my skills are not as good others.
So if we were in the same town as you and I went to my colleagues and said heck I will sell and undercut you (and buy the way these people have resources to afford specialty cakes) they would buy from me. Heck I already "took business away" from a place in another town because I was asked as a favor to make a cake for a birthday (I was not financially compensated for it).
I honestly do not fear competition but I guess its because I do not need, nor want, high volume business. I really do the same amount of work as the hobby baker above (LEGAL hobby baker) but I have licensing and insurance for it.