(Closed) Chef World Bridal – HELP?

posted 11 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 32
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@tara52076: How long have you worked for Chef World?

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

How come all these BEES raving able Chef World only have one posting ever?  There is something fishy here!!

They called Fiance and after attending a Bridal Expo.  They made the same claims to us too.  We has already registered for really great pots and pans at Macys. Why would we spend our money on genertic one when we could receive really great ones as a gift? Also if I was going to make a purchase I wouldn’t by it from some no name company no one has ever heard of that is impossible to get of hold of after if there is problem with my purchase!! I also went and did some research and found women saying how they went and the so called “Free” trip wan’t free at all.  They charged them over $100 to get some coupons.  Don’t waste your time or money!!!!!!!!!!!!

Post # 34
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2011

This is a HUGE scam. Brides BEWARE!! Bridal shows should ban this company- I went to one bridal show very shortly after getting engaged and being scammed by Chef World scarred me so bad that I am completely turned off from the bridal shows.

1. The pots are ridiculously expensive. You are then told that you can either get 2  three day all inclusive trips, 2 four day cruises or a cruise and a trip all with no experation date. In addition you also receive a 2 night stay at one of their hotels just for going to the presentation. I would normally spot this scam a mile away but there timing was impecable- I had JUST returned from an amazing cruise so the deal perked my ears.

2. The pots range from 900-1600. In addition to the trips they offer you $1000 worth of coupons. I just ordered coupons and had to pay $3.50 for shipping that got charged to my credit card. They in turn mail you $3.50 worth of additional coupons. To my surprise the coupons were clipping from the SUNDAY NEWSPAPER!! I could not believe it. Also my $3.50 shipping went towards a .44 cent stamp!

In order to redeem the hotel, you have to put $100 deposit and then you get to choose the hotel. Whats the secret??? Why can’t you just choose a hotel?? Same with the cruises- you must register for them within 6 months and use it within 2 years. The cruises are not free- they cost over $200 each. You have to send in the money and then you later select the cruise. This makes no sense. My fiance and I took this as an expensive lesson learned. Wedding planning is expensive as it is and we refuse to get scammed for more money.

Ladies don’t have the same thing happen to you. Its a really expensive mistake

Post # 35
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Wannabee

I feel sorry for the bees who did not make it to this. We actually went last night, 1/26/11 –  we didnt have too much going on anyway so we decided to check it out…We smelled the possibility of some bait and switch but went anyway. Yes it is a sales thing, but its not a scam. They really do let you walk if you decide not buy anything! Our presenter was a low pressure sales guy. Everything he said made sense, and it was actually quite informative. Our sales guy was Rick – if you get him, then I would say go and give it a shot. It was a good laugh and good info about common cookware if nothing else. At the end, my fiance talked the guy into an additional $1000 coupon voucher, the 5 day trip, AND a 7 day trip that came out of nowhere. Pretty sure we came out on top. We just bought the smallest set availble which we needed anyway. Feel free to email me if you have any questions ladies! Sorry I cant comment on the other presenters, or if the other people are high pressure or not. 

Post # 36
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Hello ladies.  I was doing research into the company when I found this website so I’m a first time poster.  I went to the presentation and loved it.  I’m a horrible cook and I’ve been trying to find easy and healthy ways to feed me and my fiance.  Cooking foods without oil and fat seems to be the answer.  I’m also a weight watchers member and have up until now resorted to their dinners to feed us (they taste good and I know the points value).

There are catches to the vacations.  They only let you go on certain days (week days) and not holidays.  They will let you extend the vacation though.  If I were you I would go to the presentation.  They cook for you and you do get the trip and groceries.  Someone on here pointed out that the only “pro chef” people are first time posters.  I’m no exception.  It’s honestly really worth your time and there is no obligation to purchase anything.

If you do purchase and get the second vacation you might get Wyndham Fortuna Beach (that’s where I plan to go).  It looks beauttiful and if you’ve never been to the Carribean  it’s a sight to behold.  Please consider going and don’t let the nay sayers determine how you spend your time. 

Post # 37
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@nycshorty2:  I understand your conern.  I am well traveled and it’s expensive to travel.  My deal included a few resorts that all checked out well on trip advisor.  One was Wyndham Fortuna Beach.  I’m really excited to use the two nights toward a honeymoon.  Yes there is “fine print”  Useable on weekdays $39/night hotel fee and $100 deposit.  I look at it as a discount rather than “free.”  Most hotels are at least $200/night so $39/night is nothing in comparison.  You ddin’t mention the pots…

Post # 38
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@enoh102:

Do the pots you get from Macy’s have a lifetime guarantee?  These pots do.  I used to sell Cutco knives and when I saw the presentation for the pots it reminded me of cutco.  It’s a great product that will always be replaced if you need a replacement.  These pots are amazing.  PLus you should do some research on the pots you registered for.  Are they teflon?  Have you actually researched the negative health effeccts of teflon?  After the presentation I did.  The chemicals released when cooking with teflon can cause health problems.  If you don’t buys these I would urge you to buy all copper pots.

Post # 39
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@LouDogg:

Okay so you didn’t go on the vacation?  How much do you think a nice hotel costs?  It cost us (with a deal) $800/person to go to Montego Bay for 5 days and we had a late flight that cuased us to miss a day.  With this deal we will be able to afford extra days nad have a 7 day vacation instead of just 5.  Don’t be pessimestic, use it for what it is.  Think of it as a discount and not “free.”  IMO $100 is really cheap for 2 nights.  Thats cheaper than Motel Six.

Post # 40
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I went to this presentation last night.  I wish I had paid attention to the company name when they called so I could have googled ahead of time.  We were told it would be about 1hr and it went 2 hours.  The pots/pans, china were about 2100 or something to that nature.  I googled surgical stainless steel cookware today and there are 17 piece sets for $295.  I’m glad we didn’t order anything.  When we got outside another bride that was in the room with us, said that her friend got the pots/pans and they burned her food everytime.  She couldn’t return them at that point.  She said she knew going into it that she wasn’t getting the pots/pans she just wanted to get wedding rings (we picked the vacation trip, but kind of thinking should have gone for the rings).  I was kind of offended when the guy said that if we couldn’t put 15 a person (30 a couple) a week towards pots/pans we shouldn’t be getting married.  We can find much better things to do with our 120 a month, like save for wedding expences.  Just seemed odd to be marketing towards brides that will be registering for cookware.  Maybe should be after wedding.  I

really wish I hadn’t provided my phone number for the bridal show I attended.  I know that’s how they got my information because when they called they asked for my mother.  She had gotten me the tickets for the show and provided my contact info.  I thought it was odd the first time, then when they called back, realized what happened.  They also called my fiance who went to the bridal show, wow, what are the odds of both of us “winning”

Post # 41
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My fiance and I attended the Chefworld presentation last night at the Sheraton in Plainview, Long Island. We had an informative night with Charlie, our host, who was extremely entertaining. Three out of the five couples bought the product. We did not. We all received the gifts promised for NO MONEY. The trip requires you to put down a $29.95 deposit (paid to the trip company before you go), which you get back as soon as you get to the hotel. The Passport to Value ($1000 in coupons) requires a $4.95 fee sent to the coupon company for processing. Other than that, WE DIDN’T BUY A THING and we got a free trip and coupons. I will say that we did spend 2 hours & 15 minutes there, so it wasn’t the “15 minutes” they promised on the phone. But who cares? We’re going away!

Post # 42
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Just reading some comments above – I was so curious how they got my information because I have not gone to any bridal shows. I did however give my name to David’s Bridal, and they have been calling me nonstop (including their partner companies like Men’s Warehouse, etc.). Also to PINKSPARKLY, if anyone said to me if I can’t afford cookware, I shouldn’t be getting married, I’d slap them. Our rep Charlie was professional, and quite frankly he was the opposite of the hard sell. He never pushed unless couples had questions. Not pushy, very cool, and he made 3 of the 5 sales in the room. Charlie actually did mention why they market the before and not after the wedding – he said that after the wedding, the company would be dumb to offer a free trip, wedding bands, and cookware when in all probability you just came back from your honeymoon, you got married so you have your rings, and you have received cookware you registered for at Bed Bath & Beyond. Just saying. If we were in the market for cookware, we might have bought something.

Post # 43
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hi! I went to this presentation today. The reps name was Robert, and he was awesome. He was funny and super nice and didn’t pressure anyone into buying. There was 5 or 6 other couples and they all left with their savings thing and a gift card for wedding bands or the 2 night trip. My fiance and I do not live together so we don’t have anything yet for when we do. We were very impressed with the cookware and cutlery and we talked to Robert more about the prices and everything after the presentation. We did purchase the 10 piece set and got the cutlery with it also. I’m a little confused now because when we asked, he told us it was 2% interest…then after looking stuff up online and reading the contract, the interest rate is 20%!! Sooo making the min payment each month I’ll be paying $900 extra. I’m really confused and don’t know why he told us it was 2% rate =/

I’m getting bummed reading some bad reviews because the cookware seemed so great and I was suuuper excited about it and couldn’t wait to get it all. Do I cancel it or no?? Any suggestions ladies?

Post # 44
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I went to a presentation, and purchased the 8 piece set with my fiancee a few days ago.

 

@kelly2012: our guy did the same thing. the answer is that he estimated your monthly percentage rate, because it sounds better. The 2% is usually only if you pay it off in the first month. credit’s kind of expensive.

My advice to all the “Kelly’s”, and “PlayinInTheSnow’s” out there is: If you bought it because of the product itself, and you wanted it aside from the “promotions”, then good on ya!

If you, like me, went for it because you thought the value came from the “promotions”, and you somewhat wanted the cookware, then here’s the way to get the “deal”.   In the fine print of the credit app, in section 5, it says you pay no interest if the full balance is paid within 25days from when you signed the contract. Pay within 25 days = no interest. Pay on day 26 and after = pay full interest. Smile

If you live in ME, MD, MN, MS, NE, NM, NY, VT, or VA You can pay within 1 month + 25days and you pay no interest. So those states get another interest free month.

 

Here’s how my counting worked out:

From the Presentation I pay:

$4.95….(“free” coupons.  It’s 4.95 S&H for  a $1000 in coupons, Not a debit card)

$0..?…..(2 tungsten wedding bands)*

$100…..(3 day 2 night non-inclusive hotel room for 2)*

            from what I read-online the $100 is not refundable after-all

$1017.37.(8 piece cookware set after tax)

$300…..(estimated total interest for me should be between $0 & $600)

$472…..(5day 4 night all inclusive hotel room for 2 bonus for making a purchase)

$1894.32 (Total for everything free, discounted, and bought at the presentation)

 

* He gave us both instead of making us choose, because we bought something.

 

If you don’t purchase anything at the presentation or if you cancel by overnight mail to NY:

$4.95….(passport to value S&H)

$200…..(estimated value of hotel room for 3 days 2 nights as seen on hotels.com)

$0………(“free” voucher for the 2 tungsten wedding bands)

$768…..(Price of All-Inclusive Maya 5 day 4 night hotel room for 2 at hotels.com)

$973…..(Total of everything free from the presentation, and purchased elsewhere)

 

notice that the only thing not in the second package is the cookware. And the difference in price between the packeges is about the same a I am paying for the cookware. 

 

All I’m saying is if you like the cookware, then do it for the cookware, and if you like the promotions a lot more, just don’t think that you’re getting a $6500 vacation with the purchase, unless you can just use this to inspire you to make more money/ live, and eat better as a part of that purchase as you build a new life together.  More later if I can, have a great one, and God bless!

 

P.S. I am planning to pay off the full ammount quickly, and either sell them or keep them, and to enjoy the “gifts” as wonderful blessings on my life.  ok disclaimer it is getting pretty late over here. 🙂 g’night

 

 

Post # 45
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hey everyone!

Sooo I posted a couple weeks ago about the whole interest thing. When my mom and I called the guy back asking about why he told us 2% when we specifically asked him what it was. He said oh, I don’t recall telling you that, I thought I said 2% a month…so we said no, you didn’t. THEN after saying my fiance got laid off and we may have to cancel because it’s a lot of money and we don’t know if we can afford it he sayd oh…no you can’t cancel the order. And we’re like what??? It says you have 3 days to cancel? And he said no, that’s only when they do s presentation at your house, you can’t cancel an order from the bridal presentation. BULLSHIT! So we were angry, called customer service instead and the woman said no, you can absolutely cancel no matter where you went for the presentation. So then I was FURIOUS that this man is lying to me! I may be young, I don’t know if he thought I was naieve and wouldn’t look into it, but that made me so so sooo angry that he lied to me. So therefore, I cancelled the order. I was not about to give my business to a salesman who was lying to me because that’s just not right. The woman at customer service was very very nice and said to contact her if we ever want to get anything in the future. And she was very patient and kind while I was trying to send in the cancellation form and such.

So I don’t know if this will help anyone, I hope it does! I just wanted to share this with everyone because it was just so rude!

Post # 46
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

This is the most bizarre posting on WB Ive ever seen…who are all these 1 and 2 posters??? Where did they suddenly come from?? And why are they all posting on this topic? Odd. 

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