Just need a place to vent. I own a licensed custom bakery. Put alot of hard work and money into making my dream a reality. I charge in the upper middle of the road for my creations. Probably could charge a bit more but I don't have huge overhead costs.
So I am getting frustrated when I hear brides asking for quotes then come back with "A lady told me she can do it for less than $2 per slice" I know people need to start somewhere and charge accordingly but come on! Ugg! How are you making money at that price point??
I am not trying to compete with Costco. I make a great tasting cake and am very busy with the orders I get. I'm just getting frustrated with all these "home based non-licensed bakeries". In BC you must be licensed by the city and inspected by the health unit and you are not allowed to advertise until the paper work is filled out. It just frustrates me.
Thanks for letting me get it off my chest
I understand you are just venting but unfortunately the free market is exactly that. The only forces that can stop those decorators are 1) the risks of doing something illegal and 2) the demand. Re 1) From what I've seen in my market, the risk of operating illegally are not that high, since I think its unlikely you'll get shut down - at least I've never heard of anyone getting shut down anyway. As someone else said, there's no reason why you couldn't report them.
So that leaves you to consider what competitive advantages you have over someone that is unlicensed that would increase (or maintain) the demand for your product ... and then exploit the hell out of that - you're safe, reliable, not fly-by-night, professional, etc, etc