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Old 03-25-2009, 06:15 AM   #1
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No More Whole Hog

Been doing whole hog since 1995 and its off the menu now. I also will just do drop offs now in a 10 mile radius. Been doing the math, and that is the only way I can make money this year. Seems like every one wants a pig roast on site, or a cater but no one wants to pay the price. Getting real tired of hearing "cost that much?" A guy got in my face yesterday. Told me he could go to the local store, buy his sides, hot dogs and burgers much cheaper. I said go for it, enjoy, have a nice day and hung up the phone.

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Old 03-25-2009, 07:24 AM   #2
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No wonder you are so busy. Such wonderful customer service and willingness to please.
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:29 AM   #3
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No wonder you are so busy. Such wonderful customer service and willingness to please.
This is not Burger King! My way, or NO way! My prices are fair and below average. (25-50 bucks) for 100 folk.

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Old 03-25-2009, 07:39 AM   #4
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Pigs,

I don't blame ya. I've had far to many customers take the same attitude. They have no idea how much goes into a gig and expect some thing for nothing. I do have a question on your price though. 25-50 bucks for 100 people? You're talking your cost to feed them and not what you charge right?

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Old 03-25-2009, 07:51 AM   #5
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I don't blame ya. I've had far to many customers take the same attitude. They have no idea how much goes into a gig and expect some thing for nothing. I do have a question on your price though. 25-50 bucks for 100 people? You're talking your cost to feed them and not what you charge right?

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Whew!!! I knew you were smarter than that!!!
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I am not saying to cut your price for these people, BUT I will do whatever people want me to do for the right price. I am very flexible in what I will cook for a client. I do anything from chicken and pork and sides for 13.50 per person to Sliced Ribeye & Chicken Cacciatore for 25 bucks a head as well as Hors de Vores for 20-25 bucks a person and people pay it. Word gets around and the people that contact me, whether they know me or not, know that they will get top quality food and they will pay for it. When you start hanging up on people and telling them off, that word gets around too.

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price of hogs depends on the size and therefore price... under 75 ish pounds is almost twice as much as over lets say 125-150 pounds.. huge difference in price.. I had a guy ask me today to do a hog roast for him and a crew of 100.. told him the price and he told me he could get if for half my quoted price.. I wish him a good day... I aint in the biz to make people happy, i'm in to make money..if they think they can do it themsleves, more power to em..
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price of hogs depends on the size and therefore price... under 75 ish pounds is almost twice as much as over lets say 125-150 pounds.. huge difference in price.. I had a guy ask me today to do a hog roast for him and a crew of 100.. told him the price and he told me he could get if for half my quoted price.. I wish him a good day... I aint in the biz to make people happy, i'm in to make money..if they think they can do it themsleves, more power to em..
You know the deal Bob! But people around us have no clue here in WNY.

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I consider myself a "boutique caterer." What I do is very specialized in this area. The money is nice, but it is an incredible amount of work. If somebody is shopping based on price, I will lose. I spend 55 hours a week competing on "price." My company ( day job) is selling stuff at cost currently because everyone out there is just trying to stay afloat. I WILL NOT DO IT FOR MY BBQ BUSINESS!!!! If I have to do 1-2 good jobs a year, then so be it. I like the money, but will not compromise. I got into this to have fun, be complimented on my abilities, and make money. I found, that there is very little fun involved! The other two elements are there, but fun is not! I don't burn bridges, but as soon as somebody starts asking me to negotiate $$, I tell them, I start to negotiate price at 200 persons and above. Case closed.
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