Post # 1
Received a call last night from Culinary Bride, telling me I won a bridal package! How wonderful! I only heard the message they left me since I didn’t recognize the number. This is the THIRD time I have won something after attending a bridal show, but I have only attended twice! I had a feeling this was coming since I went last week, but this was fast. Usually it’s a month or so after. I looked it up online and it’s the cookware demo, a 3 day hotel voucher, a discount coupon book and a percentage off their products. I know they are kind of legit, since if you go you do get the prizes, but I feel if you win something, you win it. You shouldn’t have to go through a cookware demo somewhere out of the way. Planning the biggest day of your life is stressful enough without this added sales pressure. I think it is sick that they use newly engaged/married people to sell their products. I know that in sales everything is a war, but geez. Oh, and By The Way, these companies either keep changing names or there are many, many of them because the name is always different.
Post # 3
@brendaray2009: i agree, I think if it’s a competition you should just get the prize, you shouldn’t have to sit through some big long lecture to push you into buying things.
Post # 4
It’s not really a scam because they aren’t tricking you… but yeah, I think a prize should come with no strings attached. In these cases, it’s not really a prize, it’s compensation for sitting through their sales pitch. You’re paying for the item with your time instead of your money.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2012 - Watch tower lodge, Black hawk state Park Rock Island, IL
We actually went to one and the “hotel and vacation voucher” is not what it seems….you have a limited choice of where in the country you can go, it only pays for the hotel stay, and typically it is nowhere near where you live. also the free stuff they give you for going is usually really cheap and dumb…we got a set of aprons. the cookware and stuff is OUTRAGIOUSLY overpriced and any of the other stuff you “win” all have strings attached or some sort of payment involved. just a heads up…oh and if your having a baby there are companies that do the exact same thing but instead of cookware its highchairs and stuff….
Post # 6
I guess they have your name on file or something, because I’d get calls in the past saying how they enjoyed meeting me at the latest show at wherever it was, and I was NEVER there!
Post # 7
Omg I recently went to a bridal show and entered to win a vegas trip!, I recently got a call about a week ago saying Congrat I won. I did ask what the catch is and the lady said nothing , so I explain to her That I am at work and will call her back. Fast forward to yesterday, I get another phone call from her again. This time she is telling me that we are lucky to have our names drawn from 3,000 ppl so we need to pick up our vouchers this week. I told her that it is fine but I work if they can Just mail it out to us, She explained no because they must go over somethings that will take about an hour and a half:(.
Post # 8
@penguinof3: One bride really gave an eye-opener about this “prize”. Yes you do win something, but there are many strings attached. For the hotel, you have to put down a deposit (refundable) of $100 to make sure you show up. For the “free” wedding rings, you get a voucher, and when you checkout of the site they are on, you have to pay $50 for shipping and insurance. And the coupon book has a fee of $4.95 for S&H, and 20%-40% off of this cookware is not enough, it’s sooo overpriced. One woman posted on another board saying she works for this company, and that the reason they have a demo before giving the prize is so you can see how the cookware works so you know what you are buying. I don’t know about anyone else, but when I buy cookware, I usually don’t care about it being tested and I have been very happy with what I have. The only things you should “try before buy” are: clothes, shoes and cars.
Post # 9
RUN!!! I’m always winning stuff. A spa day for my bridesmaids ended up being a Mary Kay party in some rich woman’s basement. A three day getaway was contigent on a guy coming to my house for a vaccuum cleaner demo. RUN RUN RUN!