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post #2506 of 2979

I would have thrown my head back and laughed out loud.................wouldn't have been able to control myself.  Even Wal-Mart is more.

post #2507 of 2979
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Originally Posted by Shona-Kay View Post

No sah! Dwl! Then why the hell she wants a cake from you then. Too funny. I'd say something like the deposit is used to reserve a date. I unfortunately do not accept specialized orders without a deposit. At the time the date that you has expressed your interest in no no longer available and will not be able to make that cake for you. I wish you all the best on your endeavours. Have a good day
That is a very good way to say it! icon_smile.gif Thank you!
post #2508 of 2979
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Originally Posted by mcaulir View Post

Shut the thread down, we have a winner!
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Shut the thread down, we have a winner!

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post #2509 of 2979

 

Some friends expect me not to charge them because of our "friendship". Sigh. Come on, FRIENDSHIP doesn't pay for ingredients and electricity usage.

I don't make super spectacular cakes like most people here. I'm still learning and experimenting with stuff, but most of the time it works out and looks decent.

Every time someone approach me to bake a cake for them, I always warn them that Im not a pro baker, and that it is all new to me. It may turn out to be different from what they had in mind. Once they are willing to take that risk, I'll do it.

 

And then AFTER i do it, there are little harmless flaws sometimes, they (some of them are even my friends) demand a half/full refund.

By harmless flaws, i mean a slightly chipped gum paste flower because they were careless in the transport of the cake... or the rilakkuma slippers fondant are of different size by a few millimeters.

 

Sigh, sometimes their demands make me want to stop baking for them. Id rather bake on my own pace, try out various recipes and experiment with all sorts of flavours than to please these unsatisfiable, condescending arses.

 

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Originally Posted by LeslieBruckman View Post
 

"I'm having a wedding on XXX and I'm having 200 guests at my wedding and only have a $200 budget for cake... I was hoping we could work something out"

My thoughts: Hahahaha... yeah, that you'll be making your own wedding cake from box mixes? ... that or having a large sheet cake...

What I actually say: Sorry, I'm not available that day.

:D

In my early years as a decorator/caker I did occasionally 'help out' a friend by not charging for a cake & maybe even charged for ingredients only-I always felt good about what I delivered no matter a complaint (and there were few complaints) bc its difficult to complain about free.  gifting was easy, it was experience, & my name went out into the world as a baker.  my "business" grew, & it was a win-win.  As per her thought to "work something out", just give her the idea that she should go online to learn how to do her own wedding cake.  There are some sites & even a recent magazine article that told how a 'simple chic' cake can be done, maybe with a few grocery store flowers, or so...you get the idea.  Smile at her. and go on your way.  be a lady, (or gentleman) I'm sure your life is too busy to let your time be wasted.  good luck

post #2510 of 2979
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Originally Posted by DisneyDreamer View Post

this made me laugh i had a guy call me thursday for a quote for 3/4 sheet cake first off what the hell is a 3/4 sheet cake? code for im to cheap to pay for a full sheet. i quote the guy $140 for what he wants. then he asked what the base price on a full sheet was i told him $120. he wants his cake for $90 i said NO he tells me he will let me know by 5pm seeing as he wants this cake for sunday. no word from him until 11am friday wanting to place the order and wants a 1/2 & 1/4 sheet and for $90. i flat out to him go to costco thats my new answer. he demanded i tell him why i wouldn't make his cake  

huuummmm.... didn't waste your time with a reply, did you?

post #2511 of 2979
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Originally Posted by step0nmi View Post
 

so my other contribution led me to take some time off from caking. :(

 

through email someone wanted a pretty extensive cake for a baby shower, provided a expert picture and all. I quoted my price and of course she went down to simpler. After getting down to simpler I gave her my price and she replies with "Well, I would really like to stick between $80-$90". when I wrote her back I said "this pricing is based on servings no matter what the design and it will be $100"...she response with "If we could stick between $80-90 dollars that would be great!" I wasn't budging and she wrote me the next day that she had found someone else! GOOD RIDDANCE!

 

 

maybe you should have told what you could provide in the stated budget. you didn't have to budge, but they sounded like they wouldn't be happy regardless. good riddance may be right.

post #2512 of 2979

That was not a friend's request. That was a customer!

post #2513 of 2979

Wow, some of these posts I have actually had to stand back and go "Really?"  I can relate though, several of my friends have told me that I should open a bakery so I got the necessary permits and started slowly out of my home (Brick and Mortar is out of the question at this point) so the other day a one of the friends who suggested I do so actually became applauded that I was going to charge her for a cake...wow, really???  Not just a hobby anymore folks!

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post #2514 of 2979

I know that once am ready to charge people they will react the same way but that's ok.I understand what you are saying and am ready once I start charging I will have the same issue :lol:

post #2515 of 2979

I received at text at 12:15 AM inquiring about wedding cake pricing...doh!

 

and an email asking about a cake tasting for a 35 serving shower cake...double doh!

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And then AFTER i do it, there are little harmless flaws sometimes, they (some of them are even my friends) demand a half/full refund.
By harmless flaws, i mean a slightly chipped gum paste flower because they were careless in the transport of the cake... or the rilakkuma slippers fondant are of different size by a few millimeters.

Sigh, sometimes their demands make me want to stop baking for them. Id rather bake on my own pace, try out various recipes and experiment with all sorts of flavours than to please these unsatisfiable, condescending arses.

I would make them sign something like...

"By agreeing to have me make your cake, you recognize that I am non-professional/hobby baker who is learning the craft. As such, there may be discrepancies between the expected outcome and actual outcome of the cake. No refunds will be given for less-than-professional results. I will also not be held responsible for the transport of any cake and any damages that may occur therein. "

People tend to get the picture more if you make them sign a document icon_biggrin.gif
post #2517 of 2979
Don't know if anyone remembers the large cupcake meadow with gumpaste flowers on each plus the large three tier wedding cake that my "friend" wanted. We haven't spoken much since then she calls out of the blue to talk about everything which wiggles it way back to the cake.....said her aunt that will bake it doesn't want to bake it for the finances aunt to decorate it And the finances aunt doesn't want to decorate any cake that the other aunt bakes AND she doesn't know who she can get to decorate it with fondant because the finances aunt only work with buttercream. So, I told her I still have those three sheets of butterflies for her and will call her back as I was about to eat. I never called back. So proud of myself.......forgot to add. She wants me to deposit $20 in her account all because she wants me to help pay for her honeymoon..... (I never even had one btw. Still can't afford it) and she wants that in addition to providing her with edible print which locally would cost her $30
Edited by Shona-Kay - 3/23/14 at 2:07pm
post #2518 of 2979
I am tired of this young girl who asks for a price on a cake then has someone else make it! I think she is giving someone else my price and they are beating it..although the cakes she is posting on FB are sloppy... you get what you pay for! So, she just asked for a price again . This time I asked when she needs it for. When she responds I will be booked that week icon_wink.gif
post #2519 of 2979
Hmm. I have been known to do the precise opposite with my travel agent, on trips in which she was doing part of the booking, and I was doing part of it: I'd get the best online prices I could, report them to her, and then offer her "first refusal" if she could come anywhere close.

After about the first few trips involving rail in which she was unable to keep my Amtrak Guest Rewards attached to my reservation (so I wouldn't have to send in ticket stubs to get my points), I did all my own rail booking; she understood my reasons, and had no objections (after all, I'd been the one who taught her how to read a rail timetable). Now, unfortunately, she's retired. I stuck with her, even through office changes that put her 20 miles away from me, because she knew what makes me tick, and I knew I could trust her to help me get my vacation, rather than somebody else's idea of what my vacation should be.

But the more I say here, the further off topic I get, so I should shut my yap.

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post #2520 of 2979

I had a funny one. A woman calls and tells me she wants a 3 tier cake so I say "sure, how many people do you need it for" her answer "8"!

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