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Old 03-24-2014, 09:24 PM   #1
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I had a woman that I pay to advertise with wanting a quote for 60 for a drop off she wanted pulled pork, pulled chicken, beans, slaw, mashed potatoes and bread I quoted her $700 the place is 30 miles away and she was offended and said that was ALOT more than she thought it should be and wanted each item broke down as ala carte because she may need to do some of the items herself. I have spent about $3800 in advertising with them and recently have not been getting a return on it from new customers.
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:48 PM   #2
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That's $11.66pp for two meats and 3 sides and is more than a fair price. i have a base price for drop offs that includes two sides, and XX for each additional side. I'd let her know if she wants to spent less money something will have to go, i.e drop a side and or meat.
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:44 AM   #3
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more than a fair price
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Old 03-25-2014, 06:41 PM   #4
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WOW. Your entire post has me when I began my house painting business
in '89. Same Exact Thing. They want Everything for Nothing.
I took all those jobs, but after a few years, I realized I was wasting my time.
I went to High End, Low Volume, Hi Returns.
My wife tried her cleaning business on the cheap -
and started making $ after my advice - RAISE YOUR PRICES.
Cheap referrals beget CHEAP REFERRALS.
No thanks. Go higher end.
If you go Low end = VOLUME to make the same $. Headaches.
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Old 03-25-2014, 06:46 PM   #5
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Old 03-25-2014, 06:46 PM   #6
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oh, and free samples on Fridays - :)
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Old 03-25-2014, 06:47 PM   #7
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She is with the company I advertised with and I gave her the quote to help her out with her sons wedding rehearsal dinner and the more I thought about what she said the more pissed off I got so I will just tell her sorry we can't help and give her what I truly would have charged someone. I drop off free food on Thursdays sometimes but that will definitely stop.
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Old 03-25-2014, 06:49 PM   #8
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The advertisement has worked but unfortunately not sure what she was thinking she said that it was higher than she expected. No crap if its not free it is too high
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sorry we can't help and give her what I truly would have charged someone. I drop off free food on Thursdays sometimes but that will definitely stop.
My best jobs were the ones I never took - would've lost $.
Walk away.
Don't bother to tell her the true cost - it looks cheap and cheezy, and no one wins.
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Old 03-25-2014, 06:59 PM   #10
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No crap if its not free it is too high
yup - ad execs, politicians, and radio guys, sportscasters want free.
Free donuts, bagels, sandwiches....
Maybe stop by with a sample of your goodness to
a local Insurance agent, Stock Market office,
or Architect office? They are higher end who may hire you
for a gig - plus have +$ friends.
Higher end realtors for their open house with your cards
and brochures as well.
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Old 03-25-2014, 07:02 PM   #11
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I would definitely not take that gig for less than your quote. She is lucky she didn't ask us for our price. It would be closer to $1K with an extra $50 for delivery.
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Old 03-25-2014, 07:18 PM   #12
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If you DO do it for that price... She'll tell everyone! Oh wait... dont do it for that price. :)
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:24 PM   #13
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I'd be waiting for her to come by for another round of advertising and tell her exactly what she told you.
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Old 03-29-2014, 01:04 AM   #14
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I wouldn't take that job, I wouldn't break it down for her at all either.

I tell hubby (lcbateman3) if they are going to nickle and dime us they can move along to that "cheaper" caterer...SMH nobody wants to deal with that mess!
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:51 PM   #15
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Great advice on this site. I really want to start my own something small and then see what happens thanks y'all
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