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"It seems like most people think the main cost is just the ingredients, so therefore no cake = lower cost. They don't understand the same exact amount of time goes into decorating and that's what they're paying for!"

 

That's exactly right "justdesserts" !!!icon_smile.gif

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Originally Posted by lunawhisper0013 View Post

Yeah, well they can "entitle" their happy selves to a Walmart cake. We are trying to make a living.. 


 Love this one !!! thumbs_up.gif

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They must think the dummies come already decorated and all you have to do is put them together.  I don't know what's happened to people's common sense.  It's like they just don't have any any more.  And it's hard to believe the sense of entitlement so many people have these days!

I think a lot of blame goes to things like Groupon.  I've lost track of how many cheap cupcake deals I have seen (in my area, at least) where the places basically are giving away their products for free.  And then hordes of cheapskates will hop from one "bakery" to another, only purchasing cupcakes using vouchers and believing that anything more than $1 per cupcake is overpriced and ridiculous and a rip-off.  Sadly, this includes people that know me well and know from me how much time, money and energy goes into these things.

 

End rant.  Sorry.  I may not be in business, but dream of it someday in the future when I'm ready for it, so I get easily irritated on behalf of everyone who already IS in business.

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If businesses use Groupon...is it worth it in the end if it brings so much headache? Your statement kinda turns me off from using things like that when I am able to open my own business...

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Originally Posted by Sweet_Cakes View Post

If businesses use Groupon...is it worth it in the end if it brings so much headache? Your statement kinda turns me off from using things like that when I am able to open my own business...

Isn't groupon having financial problems because businesses have stopped using it? Too many complaints from customers and businesses about it. I would skip it entirely, it doesn't bring the solid return business that most people hope it will, from what I' ve heard.

Check out the section under "legal troubles" about the coupon expirations. http://www.forbes.com/sites/deborahljacobs/2013/03/01/firing-ceo-wont-end-groupon-woes/
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Originally Posted by costumeczar View Post

Isn't groupon having financial problems because businesses have stopped using it? Too many complaints from customers and businesses about it. I would skip it entirely, it doesn't bring the solid return business that most people hope it will, from what I' ve heard.

Check out the section under "legal troubles" about the coupon expirations. http://www.forbes.com/sites/deborahljacobs/2013/03/01/firing-ceo-wont-end-groupon-woes/
I knew someone who used groupon. It was a real problem. You have to charge 1/2 the going price at least and the company gets 1/2 of that. So you are getting 1/4 of your total but you have to pay taxes on ALL of it. The lady I knew was a massage therapist. She sold I think 200 massages through groupon and with the deal, only got 10 per massage. Each massage is 1 hour long. That's 200 hours of work for $2000. She doesn't take more than 4 clients a day 5 days a week. So she pretty much booked a solid 2-1/2 months for only $2000. And it made her less able to accomidate her full paying clients. It DID double her regular clientel after it was done but those 2-1/2 months were hell.
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Originally Posted by lunawhisper0013 View Post

Yeah, well they can "entitle" their happy selves to a Walmart cake. We are trying to make a living.. 

 

There. Their. They're not the same.

 

I hope I die before "your" becomes the official contraction of "you are."

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There. Their. They're not the same.

 

I hope I die before "your" becomes the official contraction of "you are."

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LOL! Win of EPIC proportions!
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Originally Posted by lunawhisper0013 View Post


I knew someone who used groupon. It was a real problem. You have to charge 1/2 the going price at least and the company gets 1/2 of that. So you are getting 1/4 of your total but you have to pay taxes on ALL of it. The lady I knew was a massage therapist. She sold I think 200 massages through groupon and with the deal, only got 10 per massage. Each massage is 1 hour long. That's 200 hours of work for $2000. She doesn't take more than 4 clients a day 5 days a week. So she pretty much booked a solid 2-1/2 months for only $2000. And it made her less able to accomidate her full paying clients. It DID double her regular clientel after it was done but those 2-1/2 months were hell.

You have to wonder if doubling her clientele is worth the lost income during that time. I don't think that's the best way to increase your customer base, but groupon wants you to think it is!

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I know that not everyone feels this way, but to me Groupon is the sign of troubled times. If you are so desperate for customers that you'll do a groupon, I assume you're going under or about to. Sure I use them, but I'm selective about where. I rarely go back somewhere and pay full price.
elsewhere.
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post #1616 of 3000
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Originally Posted by kikiandkyle View Post

I know that not everyone feels this way, but to me Groupon is the sign of troubled times. If you are so desperate for customers that you'll do a groupon, I assume you're going under or about to. Sure I use them, but I'm selective about where. I rarely go back somewhere and pay full price.

I just see it as somethng that people are using to try to build their clientele...But I also kind of feel that businesses who use them are suckers because they're probably losing money on it in the long run.

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my father told me that he's getting tired of my buttercream because it's too rich... *snort*

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I DON'T DO COUPONS. I know some ppl think its worth it but I just don't like what it seems to attract. Seriously not to offend. But once someone uses a coupon I feel like they are more hesitant to pay full price. They're always waiting for the next one. I cut regular customers a break every now and then.
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What about.  "I just looked on your website and see that you're booked on my wedding day, but can you make my wedding cake???????????  Huh!!???

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Originally Posted by morganchampagne View Post

I DON'T DO COUPONS. I know some ppl think its worth it but I just don't like what it seems to attract. Seriously not to offend. But once someone uses a coupon I feel like they are more hesitant to pay full price. They're always waiting for the next one. I cut regular customers a break every now and then.
Yep...see the latest debacle at Jc Penney. Thy lowered their prices and eliminated coupons and no one would shop there. Once you introduce coupons, customers defy logic and their own financial interests looking a deal. They don't care about price and value. They want a sale.
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