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post #16 of 21

this just made me flashback to a similar situation with a long time acquaintance

 

wanted a very cool choco plated designer cake 'simple cake' of course

 

there was an adult sibling dying and the bride had a lack of funds

 

and they wanted a deal but not for a cake they could afford

 

and there were teases about, oh i just opened an envelope with an unexpected love gift from blablabla

 

and i have almost enough money but i never saw a penny

 

and i just finally said, sorry you need to make other arrangements

 

no deal chicky -- get me off the merry go 'round

 

playing the sympathy card is creepy untoward in a business deal-- borders on disturbing

 

if it was me -- i might say something like 'we are fast tracking our plans'

 

i would play the sympathy card if i was truly desperate and i needed milk for the baby's bottle

 

but not for a wedding cake i could not afford

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post #17 of 21
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UPDATE - Now what? 

 

So my last contact with this bride was on 1/26 and all I said was "attached is a copy of my contract for you to review".

 

This morning I got this from her "Thanks. We trust that your cake will be nothing but fabulous! Really excited to see it that day! :) Should I fill out the contract or should i go ahead and give you the pertinent information?"

 

This is the FIRST indication that I've gotten that she wants to hire me.  Now what do I say?  I'm going to go with my gut on this one and not take the order but I want to word my email to her in a way that won't come back and bit me in the a>>.  Any suggestions?

post #18 of 21
Thank you so much for your faith and confidence. As I mentioned, I book on a first come first pay deposit basis. Since our last contact, I have received a deposit and am currently booked for
. Please accept my best wishes.

If you know of someone to whom you can refer her, do so. Otherwise leave it.

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by DeliciousDesserts View Post

Thank you so much for your faith and confidence. As I mentioned, I book on a first come first pay deposit basis. Since our last contact, I have received a deposit and am currently booked for
. Please accept my best wishes.

If you know of someone to whom you can refer her, do so. Otherwise leave it.

That's what I was going to say too.

post #20 of 21

i know, nh! that's eerily similar to my situation

 

little teases long silences

 

punctuated with lengthy 'you and i are on the same page' type emails

 

and i was never near that page--missed deadlines no retainer

 

she had a nice wedding and got her cake needs elsewhere

 

nothing like the cake she showed me

 

which i understand and have compassion for the dire situation -- death/wedding whoa heavy heaviest

 

and i guess i understand the hiccoughing contacts w/me sort of-- due to all things considered

 

but then at some point business is business we're on or we're not and i finally called it--

 

i prolly said something like, 'unfortunately i'm no longer able to fulfill your order' but dang it was late late late in the game too so~~

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post #21 of 21
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Thank you so much for your faith and confidence. (However) as I mentioned, I book on a first come first pay deposit basis. Since our last contact, I have received a deposit and am currently booked for
. Please accept my best wishes.

If you know of someone to whom you can refer her, do so. Otherwise leave it.

only thing i would do is add a 'however' in there to denote the change in direction

 

otherwise it seems like you're accepting... but then not really

 

and to my shock i have had people arrange thier event to coincide with my calendar so keep that in mind too

 

'well if you're booked on that date how about the week before/after' or 'when do you have an opening'

 

so keep it sweet, simple and for sure

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