When I first opened my home based business, the response was kind of lukewarm. Which is normal. Friends and family were my main customers. And they did their best to recommend me to their friends. To which I am forever grateful.
One cousin in particular was very supportive. Always giving me words of encouragement and sending me ideas and new trends she came across which was very sweet of her. And one day, she ordered two boxes of my signature cake.
But what she said next, made me choke on the chocolate cupcake I was eating. “Can you give me a cousin’s discount?”
COUSIN’S DISCOUNT? What. On. Earth. I’ve heard of all kinds of discount but this one really takes the cake. Literally. Hahaha.
I told her there is no such thing as a cousin’s discount but I’ll be happy to give her a cheaper rate. But she kept insisting on a cousin’s discount going on about family and how blood is thicker than anything. I told her if she doesn’t stop talking, that blood is about to be spilled. I mean seriously, she makes enough to go on three world tours a year and she is asking me for a discount? Ugh.
Fast forward to a year later, she texts me to make another order, this time for a birthday cake for her daughter. And I was bracing myself. This time the question was, “Do you think I’ll be able to afford your cakes?” The woman got promoted a few months back, now she can go on five world tours a year and bring her maid along and she is asking me if she can afford my cake. I told her I heard xxxxxxx is having a special birthday cake promotion and she should be able to afford their cakes. Buy her cake there. Some things are not worth the drama.
Incidentally, I didn’t get invited to her daughter’s birthday. And she ended up getting the cake from the store I recommended.