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How difficult it is to say no to a relative's request for a cake????

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I am curious to know how people in this business would say no to their relatives. I am not in this business but you know how relatives expect to get major concessions... if not free stuff. Just wondering!!!!

post #2 of 44
lol i dont think you can!! You might just have to explain that you need to cover your material costs or labour if you have employees and give them a huge discount but not free.
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Originally Posted by Bakers Crush View Post

lol i dont think you can!! You might just have to explain that you need to cover your material costs or labour if you have employees and give them a huge discount but not free.

Lol... Good to know. I was curious. But what if you are really busy and can't take it up. What do u do then?

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your stuck either way. If you dont do it you gotta deal with all the chatter. they dont know that you really cant cause really shouldnt you make your family a priority. If it was me I would rather stay up all night rather than deal with the outcome of family fued. and think of it this way, maybe youll get more business from their party.
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How about this line: "I only give discounts to people who gave birth to me, or people I gave birth to."  Shouldn't that cover everyone eligible for a discount?? :)  A friend suggested that line long ago to tell people who are fishing for a discount.  Actually works pretty well!

 

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post #6 of 44
lol thats pretty funny
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How about this line: "I only give discounts to people who gave birth to me, or people I gave birth to."  Shouldn't that cover everyone eligible for a discount?? :)  A friend suggested that line long ago to tell people who are fishing for a discount.  Actually works pretty well!

 

Liz

lol - that is what I say too!

post #8 of 44

I just pretend to misunderstand, and let them think that I thought they were joking... laugh and say "I know you wouldn't actually ask me to do that!"

Sometimes I'll throw in a story about how someone expected me to make them a $500 cake for free, and pass up on a paying order, so in effect it would have cost me $1000.

 

That said, I have an awesome family, I've only ever had 3 instances where one of them sort of hinted at a discount, never asked for something for free.

However, people who are barely acquaintances ask rather often, and I use that tactic.

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But what if you are really busy and can't take it up. What do u do then?
I would say "I'm really busy and can't make you a cake".
post #10 of 44

Move to another continent, works like a charm for me!

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I would say "I'm really busy and can't make you a cake".
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I would say "I'm really busy and can't make you a cake".

Yup. 

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post #13 of 44

all great stuff

 

and maybe eventually try & work something in there about how awesome it is for peeps to support your business

 

and what did they have in mind if you can twist it around in your favor

 

they probably won't book anything but they need to get the full picture

 

small businesses don't stay afloat by themselves

 

just a stray thought--and one other--

 

no i firmly believe you should not ever stay up all night for anyone's cake--get your sleep

 

you will need it eventually--don't short sheet your health for a stupid cake

 

if the baby's got a fever turn on the light and pull up a chair

 

for cake??? just no way none zero lost sleep imo

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post #14 of 44

Jason is too business oriented, even when dealing with family. :)  I prefer to start out on a positive note: "I'd like to but I'm really busy and can't make you a cake."

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post #15 of 44

I just turned down a cake for my grandmother.  She wanted a cake to feed 80 people, but wanted to pay $40 for it.  I suggested that she go to Wal-Mart or Harps.  Even if I don't have any cake orders, I am too busy to make a cake for nothing!  I don't necessarily tell them I won't do it, I just quote them a price, my normal prices.  If they want it they can pay me for it. 

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