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Old 01-05-2005, 01:49 PM   #11
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Congrats! How exciting for you.

Have you ever posted any photos of your cookies??
Thanks, pds! Here's a link to the ones I did for Halloween. I haven't gotten around to scanning in the photos of my Christmas ones. I need to do that...
http://www.discusscooking.com/viewtopic.php?t=5227

Thanks for everyone's great ideas and comments, so far, too! They'll all be useful! :)

Beautiful! Can't wait to see the Christmas ones.
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Old 01-05-2005, 01:57 PM   #12
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Wow, PABaker, that is pretty exciting! People selling cookies on the web charge variously $3.00, $3.35, $3.50 and $4.00 for a dozen cookies.

Here is an article comparing costs of "scratch" baguettes versus mass-produced, just to add to your education. You might be surprised!
http://www.progressivebaker.com/tool...ness/tip2a.htm

You might call Wal-mart, see what they charge for a dozen cookies, then kinda ballpark it from there, taking into account your costs.

Good luck, and please keep us posted!


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pdswife1, I'm posting the other pictures in Desserts in a few minutes!
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As a salesman that I am..... those cookies go for $1.50 retail. I would price them at $0.75 per cookie for your situation. As for the cards.... you could goto OfficeMax and get 500 for about $15 with no frills. So, take that with a grain of salt (no pun).
Ofcourse the more cookies the lower the price goes. If they want 100 then I would go $0.50 per cookie. It REALLY depends on the quality. But these are prices from the Chicago area. Hope it helps! :D
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Thanks DS! I was thinking about that amount, too. This woman is ordering at least 48 and is my first client so I'm going to try to keep the price a little lower for her to start.
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A few other stray thoughts for you, PA...

Are you going to be earning a taxable income in doing this? If so, then there's a bunch of bookkeeping to be done (time + cost) including saving all receiuepts and writing up all sales, as well as the business tax return...

The IRS will not take 50lbs of flour, 25 lbs of sugar and a quart of vanilla in payment, either! (Which may be your "assets" at the end of one day!)

Burnt cookies? Batches gone "bad" ("unsalable?) need to be factored into your costs.

"Bad debts" and/or "order cancellations" come into it as well...can you get money up front with the order?

Wear and tear on your household appliances and baking "tools", which would logically need tobe replaced sooner or later...

Vehicle costs for shopping and delivery?

"What would be the"limits to growth", for this?

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"Bad debts" and/or "order cancellations" come into it as well...can you get money up front with the order?

Wear and tear on your household appliances and baking "tools", which would logically need tobe replaced sooner or later...

Vehicle costs for shopping and delivery?
Another thing you can't do without is liability insurance.


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"Bulls-Eye"!

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give them the first couple of cookies for free, then over charge for milk, and subsequent cookies. keep raising the price, and when they're completely hooked on your cookies, get them to start selling some for a few free ones...
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give them the first couple of cookies for free, then over charge for milk, and subsequent cookies. keep raising the price, and when they're completely hooked on your cookies, get them to start selling some for a few free ones...
Maybe someday I'll be the Phillip Morris of cookies! :twisted:
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