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post #16 of 48

Charge her for it and tell her that you'd seen that she already confirmed an order with someone else. There are too many wedding groupies who go from show to show and vendor to vendor to get free stuff to mess around.

post #17 of 48

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post #18 of 48

My first thought was that she just wants some free cake.  But then I noticed you said she is friends with the other baker, and that makes me think she working on her baker-friend's behalf, helping her scope out the competition by using her status as a bride to get samples.

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post #19 of 48
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My first thought was that she just wants some free cake.  But then I noticed you said she is friends with the other baker, and that makes me think she working on her baker-friend's behalf, helping her scope out the competition by using her status as a bride to get samples.

That is exactly what I thought!

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post #20 of 48
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I received a message from a bride I met at a show who wants to schedule a tasting. However, I noticed her comments and frequent posts on another bakery's page (who she is friends with) about her cake and confirming her order etc.

 

I don't want to waste my resources making samples for her when she seems to have already booked her cake with her friend. Should I go ahead with the tasting or cancel it? What kind of excuse would be good? Thanks for any advice!!

How do you know which event she wants a cake for? Maybe she wants a grooms cake?  A rehearsal dinner cake? Maybe something else? So you do the obvious--you ask her when the event is, where, and what her budget is.  Tell her up front how much of a deposit you need (like 75% if you don't have that info posted online).

 

And you charge for the tasting.  For new customers a charge of $25 would be reasonable.  

 

And should her cake design be in any way not workable, you simply say "I cannot do justice to your order, sorry, I can't book it".

post #21 of 48
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I'm not sure if I can suddenly say there's a charge for the tasting when I already told her its going to be free :-/ yeah, I guess she's trying to scope out competition for her friend....Irene, she mentioned wedding cake and gave the date and venue too, so I'm pretty sure it's for the wedding. I think this will be a lesson learned and I'm going to charge for future tastings from now on. Really appreciate everyone's input! Any more tips welcome!!
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I'm not sure if I can suddenly say there's a charge for the tasting when I already told her its going to be free :-/ yeah, I guess she's trying to scope out competition for her friend....Irene, she mentioned wedding cake and gave the date and venue too, so I'm pretty sure it's for the wedding. I think this will be a lesson learned and I'm going to charge for future tastings from now on. Really appreciate everyone's input! Any more tips welcome!!

You said it's free for wedding cakes though, right? I'd tell her that I had seen that she'd already booked a wedding cake, and is this for a groom's cake or whatever, and how many servings is it for? If she hems and haws then she's up to something. It could be that she doesn't want to get her wedding cake from the other person, but it's more likely that she's just trolling for free cake and the full wedding "experience" of going to a bunch of tastings, or that she's a wedding spy. I know that there are bakers who get  brides they've already booked to go around and make other appointments to get feedback about other bakers in their area, so if that's what she's doing why waste your time? I don't do tastings for shower or groom's cake unless they're really big, so just tell her that you have a minimum for free tastings, otherwise there's a fee.

post #23 of 48

Has she told you the date of the wedding? You could just tell her you've been booked for that weekend and won't be able to do her cake so a tasting won't be required. If she genuinely is looking for a cake, it sounds like she's the kind of shady client you don't need anyway. 

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post #24 of 48

I would do as suggested, and just tell her someone has already booked that date and cancel the tasting.

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post #25 of 48

Sounds like she just wants to spend a day eating cake.  Or, she could be helping her baker with comparisons.  

post #26 of 48

"Sorry, I'm booked that day".

 

I wouldn't do it.  

post #27 of 48

Yeah, unless you are ready to sell your butt off, and try to steal her away, I would tell her you are booked.

 

 

AND, if for some reason she is booked with the other baker, then she cancels and books with you, there is a chance that the other baker will find out and think you stole her. Not good.

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post #28 of 48

This just has potential disaster written all over it.

I would tell her you are booked  for her date.
 

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post #29 of 48
Why analyze it? If she loves your cake, you might have gained a new customer.
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post #30 of 48

Charge for the tasting, and offput the price from the actual cake, when she books. I really don't understand the free tastings part, why should we bakers offer free cakes to "potential" customers, of all the hunderds of brides getting married, what happens, if 30 parties taste and only 2 book? As I understand it, most of them come with at least another person, if not three or four, that's money and TIME out of my pocket, no problem if they really book, but I could not afford to give away cake like that. At 30 tasting with at least 2 people tasting at a time that would be 60 servings at least, with at least 3-4 flavours of cake AND frostings.

 

no prob if they actually book, but with me, they would have to pay for the tasting. If they do book, the tasting would be merged into the cake price and deducted from that, but if I think of all the time and money all the others get, no way, not with the ingredients as pricey as they are here in China, don't know what you guys pay in the States, but I have to import everything.

 

I've had a couple of people ask for tastings out here for children's parties, before they wanted to book a 20 serving cake, uhmmm no way

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