Musing of a home baker - Why can’t people in general understand that we home bakers will always be just a bit more pricier than their average cake shops? We are not a multi-chain establishment with staff and daily quotas to meet. We are simply people with a talent and the passion for baking and we want to make a little money with that talent.

Why cant people in general understand that we homebakers will always be just abit more pricier than their average cake shops? We are not a multi-chain establishment with staff and daily quotas to meet. We are simply people with a talent and the passion to bake and we want to make a little money with that talent. And if you want that amazing one of a kind creation, then you better be ready to pay for it too because most of the time the extra cost isnt just the quality of the ingredients. It's also because of the amount of love and time we put into our homemade creations. I cant tell you how much I dread answering the "How much are your cakes?" and "What's it gonna cost?" questions. Eight out of 10 clients will give a shock reaction. And then I will brace myself for the inevitable 'bargaining phase', "Can we reduce it?" "So expensive! Can bring it down abit?" My personal favourite - "Gimme first time customer discount la". Kill me please. If I had one ringgit for every time a client had said that, I'd probably be able to buy a whole new oven by now. One client in particular really annoyed me... - clicksforcakes.com

Why can’t people in general understand that we home bakers will always be just a bit more pricier than their average cake shops?

We are not a multi-chain establishment with staff and daily quotas to meet. We are simply people with a talent and the passion for baking and we want to make a little money with that talent. And if you want that amazing one of a kind creation, then you better be ready to pay for it too because most of the time the extra cost isn’t just the quality of the ingredients.

It’s also because of the amount of love and time we put into our homemade creations. I can’t tell you how much I dread answering the “How much are your cakes?” and “What’s it gonna cost?” questions. Eight out of 10 clients will give a shock reaction. And then I will brace myself for the inevitable ‘bargaining phase’, “Can we reduce it?” “So expensive! Can bring it down a bit?” My personal favourite – “Gimme first-time customer discount lah”.

Kill me, please. If I had one ringgit for every time a client had said that, I’d probably be able to buy a whole new oven by now.

One client in particular really annoyed me with his constant haggling to bring the price down. I finally told him, “I’ll email you the recipe and how-to-do it, you take it from there”. Took an entire day before he replied me saying he’s okay with the original price. Another client even offered to buy me the ingredients to cut down the cost! I asked her, “Do you bring your own ingredients to a restaurant?” She called me the B word and hung up. Never heard from her again. Some people are sooooooooooo sensitive.

If you have a funny story to tell about clients and their haggling prowess, please share in the comment below. I’d love a good laugh. Til then, happy baking!

 


Author: Brown Sugar

A kindred baking soul looking for the meaning of life in mountains of cookies and cakes and pools of chocolate ganache. Brown Sugar’s favourite saying? “A cake a day keeps the doctor away”.


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