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Originally Posted by howsweet View Post

Are you saying you actually run across people willing to pay $900 for a $300 cake?

 

At the very least, that poster is teaching clients how to treat them . . . don't try to order a cake last minute and not expect to pay for it.

 

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post #2132 of 2973
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Are you saying you actually run across people willing to pay $900 for a $300 cake?

Ah, but on short notice, a $300 cake IS a $900 cake.

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Customer calls, emails you a picture of an elaborate birthday cake that will feed 75 people, yet they only need 20 servings...Wants to know how much it would cost.

 

"Oh WOW, I can't afford that.  This other baker is willing to do it for (insert asinine price here)."

 

Me, "Oh really?  Could you give me their number, I will have them do my my kids birthday cake from now on"

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post #2134 of 2973

#1 i will NEVER be able to make a white chocolate ganache, without cringing, again. so thanks. :D

 

#2 someone called Friday afternoon for an edible photo cake for MONDAY. Nevermind that I'm not open on Sunday or MOnday, I job out edible images and would never have had the time to get it back from the other vendor. But she asked that inevitable and cringe-worthy question, "do you know who else can make it for me?" "Hell YEs!" I replied, "Because I want to inflict you on someone else, forthwith!"

 

I told her the grocery story could probably do it. I could hear her shudder over the phone. But what do you expect when you want something custom? 

 

"I'm also available, on short notice, to alter your wedding dress, steam clean your carpets, and plan your 50 birthday party. After all, I'm obviously magical..."

 

 

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post #2135 of 2973
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Originally Posted by Nixs247 View Post

lol.. this is what happened a few weeks ago.

Customer: I need a 2-3 Tier Wedding Cake
Me: So will that be a 2 Tier or 3 Tier Cake?
Customer: hmmm....3 Tier 
Me: Ok, so can you advise me of the Bride & Grooms Colour Theme
Customer: The Groom is Black and his Bride is White!!!
Lol...I can't stop laughing...
post #2136 of 2973
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Originally Posted by Paperfishies View Post
 

Customer calls, emails you a picture of an elaborate birthday cake that will feed 75 people, yet they only need 20 servings.

So why not do a simplified version at 1/3 scale?

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post #2137 of 2973
Because she didn't want a simplified version, she didn't want what I could
Offer them in their price range, she wanted the picture they showed me.

For this specific incident I'm referencing, she wanted to pay $50 for a 2-3 tier Minnie Mouse cake, including the delivery, lol. 0.o
When I told her what I could offer her for that price range she scoffed and informed me other bakers quoted her $50, lol.

Ive had another wanting a 2 tier christening cake for her twins, complete with 2 gum paste rosaries, a large gum paste cross and her kids names. When I told her the cost of the two tier she looked at me like I had just offended her...I tried to work with her, scaling the cake down to a single tier, no dice.
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Originally Posted by hbquikcomjamesl View Post

So why not do a simplified version at 1/3 scale?

Edited by Paperfishies - 10/23/13 at 2:37pm

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post #2138 of 2973
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Originally Posted by liz at sugar View Post
 

 

At the very least, that poster is teaching clients how to treat them . . . don't try to order a cake last minute and not expect to pay for it.

 

Liz

It sounded to me like she was literally saying that's what she charges - maybe I misunderstood. Rare is the person who would pay triple for the fair price of a cake. But if you're only charging $35, at 3 times that, it may still be a bargain.

 

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Originally Posted by costumeczar View Post
 

Ah, but on short notice, a $300 cake IS a $900 cake.

If you want to approach it as if I was disagreeing with charging triple, and I wasn't if we're talking about a 24 hour turnaround, then I'd just say for me, any order with only 8-14 days notice is short notice. I wouldn't ask triple for that.  Anything under 7 days is not an order - just doesn't happen. Not even if they want to pay triple.

 

 

 

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Oh - I didn't notice it's the lighthearted funny thread - sorry folks :-D

post #2140 of 2973
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Originally Posted by howsweet View Post
 

Oh - I didn't notice it's the lighthearted funny thread - sorry folks :-D

 

Oh man, now we're going to have to beat you with some MOIST cake!

 

 

:razz::D:razz:

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YES......................

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YES......................

yes what?
post #2143 of 2973
Oh no I got a good one. I made some high heel cupcakes for my niece she loved them so much that she called back and ask for the recipe so she can give it to her friend that was working in the bakery at Walmart and now she decided sh wanted to work from. Because her friend icing is too bitter when she uses dark colors. So she wants my recipe and good to help anther bakery. Ummmm no I'm trying to be successful just like her friend.
post #2144 of 2973
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Originally Posted by Paperfishies View Post

Because she didn't want a simplified version, she didn't want what I could
Offer them in their price range, she wanted the picture they showed me.

For this specific incident I'm referencing, she wanted to pay $50 for a 2-3 tier Minnie Mouse cake, including the delivery, lol. 0.o
When I told her what I could offer her for that price range she scoffed and informed me other bakers quoted her $50, lol.


Ive had another wanting a 2 tier christening cake for her twins, complete with 2 gum paste rosaries, a large gum paste cross and her kids names. When I told her the cost of the two tier she looked at me like I had just offended her...I tried to work with her, scaling the cake down to a single tier, no dice.

I would have said $50 !!!! WOW maybe you should give ME her number . Haha . I dont think the average person has a clue about cake decorating.

post #2145 of 2973

The weirdest ones I have ever gotten: Can you make a sugar free buttercreme?

I also got asked this by a client: I was contacted to make a pirate birthday themed cake. (keep in mind I don't know this person) She wanted to know what ingredients to buy so she could come over and watch me make the cake. Then she asked me if I would make it for free since she was going to buy the ingredients... really?!

"I see sprinkles. It's going to be a crumby day."

 

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"If at first you drop your cake ..make cake pops."

 

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"I see sprinkles. It's going to be a crumby day."

 

"Bakers just roll with it!"

 

"If at first you drop your cake ..make cake pops."

 

"Sift Happens!"

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