How do they do it?January 7, 2008 at 2:58 PM | Posted in cupcakes, shipping | 17 Comments
My current cupcake conundrum is how to ship fully frosted cupcakes for my Cuppycakes 500 Cupcake Challenge winners and I started wondering…
How do the “professionals” do it?
One cupcakery that has taken on the challenge is the TeaCake Bakeshop in Emeryville, California. But it will cost you a pretty penny. Actually about 4500 pennies. Yes, those preceeding numbers are correct. That is $45.00 for 9 cupcakes!! and that doesn’t include next day air shipping – which is an additional $26.95. That brings the total to a whomping $71.95!
What do you get for $71.95? Well thanks for asking! Their cupcake menu offers 14 different themed cupcake gift boxes ranging from baby to wedding to season inspired.
Now I love cupcakes as much as the next person but Wow… for cupcakes? You’d think the price would deter customers but if they are offering it as a product someone must be buying… maybe its disbelieving potential customers like me?
Now this I gotta see!
So I came up with a fun way to “earn” the money. Remember I mentioned pennies earlier? I’ve always been fascinated when I see pennies on the street and no one ever picks them up (I admit… I am guilty as charged) and it got me thinking – if I find 7195 street pennies and donate that penny(s) to the Cuppycakes How to Ship a Cupcake Fund, I could find out how the above mentioned professionals ship their cupcakes and spread the secret on… Meh. Let’s make it an even 7200 pennies. I gotta have something to tip the UPS guy right?
Crazy idea? totally.
Gonna take forever? probably (but who says there’s a time limit?)
After writing this entry I am heading straight for my apt parking lot where I walked passed 5 pennies yesterday! LOL.
I’ll be updating my penny stats on the side for anyone that is interested. Let the penny pinching begin…
UPDATE: After collecting close to 1000 pennies I figured out my own shipping solution and discontinued the penny pinching. If you are interested, you can read about my simple shipping solution here.
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