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Business By karateka Updated 26 Jan 2010 , 1:34am by KawaiiCakeCook

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karateka Posted 26 Jan 2010 , 12:36am
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I had an inquiry about a pirate treasure chest cake that the client would provide the "booty" for. I quoted her my standard pricing and she told me that that was more than she wanted to spend.

My question: You business mavens (snarkybaker, Indy, etc) might tell me to "sell" myself.

What do you do in this situation: Say "NEXT!" Or politely ask about the budget they had and see if anything can be done? Either way, this is about carving cake and making a 3D replica, so I'm thinking it can't be cheap because to make it look good is going to require some time and effort.

Am I being a bad business woman by letting it go....should I work harder to sell it, talking about how it's a work of edible art, etc... or do I just figure they will go to Wal Mart?

It's for a kid's party. Clearly not wedding occasion material. I wouldn't spend that kind of moola on a kid's birthday cake, either, but I'm trying to be a better business woman and not just take the easy road all the time.

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thecookieladycc Posted 26 Jan 2010 , 1:11am
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I always offer to do something within their budget. They may not get all of the bells and whistles they were wanting, but at least they can still get something.

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CakeForte Posted 26 Jan 2010 , 1:15am
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Could you do a smaller version within her budget? Or was she wanting to spend like $50. I'd say no if it was $50.

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KawaiiCakeCook Posted 26 Jan 2010 , 1:34am
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Ask what her budget is. You don't want to compromise your work but there may be a way to simplify your design, or make it smaller. But if it way different from your price you may just have to say, next.

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