Yes!!! Just recently, I had someone pepper me with a ton of questions while I was at a dinner. I thought she was simply being polite and pretending to be interested in cakes (since I know I talk about them too much and bore others to tears…) but then toward the end of our conversation, she word-for-word said “well this is all good info, since I’m going to start decorating myself and under cut your prices to steal your clients”. To which her friend within ear shot said “Oh you should, since cakes cost hardly anything to make anyway!!”
My then foot-in-mouth reply was “well good, you’ll get all the sh** cheapskate clients I don’t want anyway”.
I was ashamed as soon as I said it, but now the more I think about that conversation, the happier I am that I said it. Who does that?? I wouldn’t go to her husband’s business and tell his boss that I’ll take his job for less pay. If she wants to go into business making cakes, that’s fine. If she has questions, I’ll be happy to answer them. But don’t sneak around “stealing advice” then brag about stealing my customers. Clearly she & her friend know nothing about baking to begin with since “cakes hardly cost anything to make anyway”. I wish her luck.