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Unread 12-07-2011, 01:27 PM   #1
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Default Gettin out of the catering business...

After being repeatedly out-bid on several catering gigs Rhana and I decided to throw in the towel...we refuse to do cheap-ass-bbq!
Good luck all!
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Unread 12-07-2011, 02:26 PM   #2
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I hear you brother. I had a few jobs I quoted and was come back with company XXX can do it for this much. I told them that was great, if you must go with them, go with them. But I can promise the quality will not be there. It is an throat cut market for sure. I'm not in to loose money or break even.
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Unread 12-07-2011, 02:37 PM   #3
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As fast as you cook you should cut your bids in half. :)
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As fast as you cook you should cut your bids in half. :)
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Story of my life JD, as a person who has to propose for most of his jobs, especially since 2001/2, when a lot of offices left the market, I get underbid constantly and by considerable amounts. I don't really understand how it can be, but, it is truth.

The truth is, a ratio of 10 proposals to one job was always good, I bet it is a lot worse now.
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Unread 12-07-2011, 03:12 PM   #6
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As fast as you cook you should cut your bids in half. :)
They were!!!...that's the problem!
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Well its no consolation but maybe you can take some orders for hams, turkeys, ect. for the holidays.

Had the same problem with landscaping years ago. Spent the better part of my day doing bids that were most often out bid.
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I don't understand why it is that people feel BBQ should be so cheap. There are caterers charging $30-$40 per head in my area for food that taste worse than Cracker Barrell and people keep them booked up but want BBQ for $7 a head. Sorry that it has to be that way JD
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I am guessing people will settle for a Rubber Chicken dinner anymore.
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And that's why I have prices on the interweb. I do not negotiate for the most part.
When they call me they have already considered the price!
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And that's why I have prices on the interweb. I do not negotiate for the most part.
When they call me they have already considered the price!
Same here. People say what can you do for $6 a person? I say, "Give you a recommendation to Subway."
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And that's why I have prices on the interweb. I do not negotiate for the most part.
When they call me they have already considered the price!
and applied for a remortgage of their house.
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That is why I only do Comps
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That is why I only do Comps
Can't make any money doing comps.
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I guess people figure that BBQ is a backyard/informal thing and anybody can do it. These same people are probably used to skanky Q too.. shame.
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