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Originally Posted by Ducky316 View Post

Forget MOISTI want my cake WET!dunce.gif LOL

May I suggest a tres leches, then?

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post #392 of 2992
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Originally Posted by Ducky316 View Post

Forget MOISTI want my cake WET!dunce.gif LOL

 

Gosh. It's deja vu all over again!

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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post #393 of 2992
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Originally Posted by costumeczar View Post

One way to shut people up when they tell you that they'll send so much business your way so they should get a discount, is to say absolutely! They can pay full price now, and for the next year whenever anyone who they refer to you books business over a certain amount in value (which you'll gladly put into their contract to make sure you don't rip them off for all of these bookings) you'll write them a check. That way they can benefit from all of those checks rolling in from all of the business they'll be sending you.


LOVE this suggestion!

post #394 of 2992
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Originally Posted by maddy1977 View Post

Here's two more...

1-I had someone called me on a Friday to cancel her Saturday order -__-...I had already made her fondant decorations and her cake was on the oven.

I won't start a cake until I have the 50% deposit because of this, and so far, I have never had a last minute cancellation. *knocks on wood*

 

 

The one truly stupid thing I can think of was having a lady order a wedding cake for 130 people, then trying to return the leftover cake for a partial refund.

They loved the cake, she just figured I could resell the bottom tier, since they only ended up inviting 80 guests, and not telling me, lol.

 

I've gotten a couple people that ask whether or not their 4 tier wedding cake for 200+ people will be baked fresh that morning. My answer is always, "don't worry, it will be fresh!". (just not *that* fresh, hehe)

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Originally Posted by scrumdiddlycakes View Post

 

 

The one truly stupid thing I can think of was having a lady order a wedding cake for 130 people, then trying to return the leftover cake for a partial refund.

They loved the cake, she just figured I could resell the bottom tier, since they only ended up inviting 80 guests, and not telling me, lol.

 

 

Oh. My. God. That's the funniest thing I've heard for a long time. I'm going to try this the next time I go out to eat and don't finish my dinner.

post #396 of 2992
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Originally Posted by costumeczar View Post

Oh. My. God. That's the funniest thing I've heard for a long time. I'm going to try this the next time I go out to eat and don't finish my dinner.

ROFL That's a thought! icon_biggrin.gif
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I just had to post this!!! This is a question I received yesterday and I just sat there and shook my head. Please note that I am only a hobby baker and don't charge much. The design we were talking about in our email correspondence is the rose cake (that I am baker created) with matching rose cupcakes.

 

 

Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.  Just a couple of questions regarding your prices.  I was just on your website and it list that 6" or 8" standard two level cakes are $25.00; what's the difference between the $25.00 pricing and the $40.00 pricing mentioned below.

 

Also, standard cupcakes are $1.25 on your website.  Is this different than the $1.50 quoted below.  Is it because of the rose swirl?  Is there an alternative.

 

I sooo wanted to reply back and tell her the difference between the $25.00 pricing and the $40.00 pricing is $15.00!!!!!! And yes, the $1.50 pricing on the cupcakes is different than the $1.25 quoted on my site.....BY 25 CENTS!

 

I understand that a lot of people are on a budget but nickle and diming like this is just CHEAP! And I can't stand it when people complain about my pricing!  Cupcakes in my area typically sell for around $2.50 or more. My prices are low and people still complain.  I think I may have just conveniently booked someone else for this day!  LOL!

post #398 of 2992
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Originally Posted by JPepper View Post

I just had to post this!!! This is a question I received yesterday and I just sat there and shook my head. Please note that I am only a hobby baker and don't charge much. The design we were talking about in our email correspondence is the rose cake (that I am baker created) with matching rose cupcakes.

 

 

Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.  Just a couple of questions regarding your prices.  I was just on your website and it list that 6" or 8" standard two level cakes are $25.00; what's the difference between the $25.00 pricing and the $40.00 pricing mentioned below.

 

Also, standard cupcakes are $1.25 on your website.  Is this different than the $1.50 quoted below.  Is it because of the rose swirl?  Is there an alternative.

 

I sooo wanted to reply back and tell her the difference between the $25.00 pricing and the $40.00 pricing is $15.00!!!!!! And yes, the $1.50 pricing on the cupcakes is different than the $1.25 quoted on my site.....BY 25 CENTS!

 

I understand that a lot of people are on a budget but nickle and diming like this is just CHEAP! And I can't stand it when people complain about my pricing!  Cupcakes in my area typically sell for around $2.50 or more. My prices are low and people still complain.  I think I may have just conveniently booked someone else for this day!  LOL!

These are perfectly legitimate questions from somebody who has actually READ your website.

 

So:  Update your website.  Why on earth would you have old prices there???

post #399 of 2992
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Originally Posted by JPepper View Post

Cupcakes in my area typically sell for around $2.50 or more.
If market value in your area is $2.50 for cupcakes, why are you selling them for $1.50?
post #400 of 2992
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Originally Posted by BakingIrene View Post

These are perfectly legitimate questions from somebody who has actually READ your website.

 

So:  Update your website.  Why on earth would you have old prices there???

My prices arent old. My cakes actually do start at $25.00 for a basic design. What she wants is NOT a basic design (due to the amount of icing used), thus the price difference. I have pricing all over my website, in a designated pricing section as well as in my photo gallery. Each cake in my photo gallery has a price on it, so it is VERY clear what I charge.  So she did not actually READ the information on my website, which is a bit frustrating. What's the point of putting all that information in if people arent going to read it?

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I don't charge a lot because the majority of baking I do is for friends and family and I really have no interest in doing this as a business. I have fun doing it and with the way I have it set up now there is no pressure for me to take work, bookings or bend over backwards for people. I work full time and this is my hobby....I bend over backwards for people all day long and don't want to feel like I have to do that during my hobby as well....lol! I have set designs I create with set prices....if someone wants that then I'll make it. I have no interest in dealing with picky people or Bridezillas....lol!  A hobby is supposed to be fun, not stressful...lol!  I hope that makes sense

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I hate it when I get a customer telling me that the cake they want will be really simple to make. I want to say, "Oh really? Well I guess that if it is that simple you can just make it yourself!"

But instead I try to be professional and reply with, "Yeah, sometimes the things that look really simple are the most difficult to do, so let's discuss what you're wanting and we'll go from there."
post #403 of 2992

LOVE this post!!!

 

this is my story:

I had, not one, but two clients send me a drawing of a cake that they made....and they wanted me the recreate the EXACT same cake. 

Euhhh!!! No

 

I bake and decorate cake's because i LOVE to come up with a design on my own....not to recreate a creation of someone else.

 

Am i exagerating??? Over reacting??? I don't think so

post #404 of 2992
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Originally Posted by JPepper View Post
I sooo wanted to reply back and tell her the difference between the $25.00 pricing and the $40.00 pricing is $15.00!!!!!! And yes, the $1.50 pricing on the cupcakes is different than the $1.25 quoted on my site.....BY 25 CENTS!

 

I understand that a lot of people are on a budget but nickle and diming like this is just CHEAP! And I can't stand it when people complain about my pricing!  Cupcakes in my area typically sell for around $2.50 or more. My prices are low and people still complain.  I think I may have just conveniently booked someone else for this day!  LOL!

Questioning pricing is something people should do if they need clarification in my opinion. I ask about pricing not to get it lower, but because I simply don't always understand. Now, if I ask you to lower your price, that's when I am nickel and diming you. At the end of the day $15.00 is still money. May not seem like a lot to some people, but it's still money. 

 

I'm not trying to start at argument, I'm just replying with my perspective.

post #405 of 2992
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Originally Posted by lesucreaufour View Post

LOVE this post!!!

this is my story:
I had, not one, but two clients send me a drawing of a cake that they made....and they wanted me the recreate the EXACT same cake. 
Euhhh!!! No

I bake and decorate cake's because i LOVE to come up with a design on my own....not to recreate a creation of someone else.

Am i exagerating??? Over reacting??? I don't think so

I agree! I don't mind if they bring in a picture of a cake, but I tell them that I will do MY interpretation of the picture. Then I give them a few ideas of what I have in mind. But I won't duplicate someone else's cake, not even my own! (unless it just for me and my family!) icon_smile.gif
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