(Closed) Chef World Bridal – HELP?posted 12 years ago in Gifts and Registries
- 9 years ago
Hello all, I was reading these and I too believed they were a scam. I went with all intention of saying no and passing the opportunity. I ended up getting the 10pc set and im in love with this cookware. Im 23 years old and love cooking (working on losing weight) and this stuff is incredible. My fiance and i recently took the 3 day 2 night trip to orlando and it was a blast. we drove down, hotel was free and it was a really nice get away.
I would recommend going just to see. if u have a passion for cooking like myself, and cooking healthy low calorie food, this cookware is amazing. And you can only get it if you go because it isnt offered via a store or online.
Its been about 6 months of using the products and they still look like new minus of few scratch. But the 50 year warrentee is true to their word. they will replace it for ANY reason even if it is your fault!
~Alex 23yrs old Chicago, IL
- 9 years ago
It’s NOT SCAM. It is just complicated and daunting for anybody who is new to planning and dealing with the stress of other things. I also know that the offers change every few years… but when it comes to the Vacation Packages… I can tell you folks about my experience so that anyone new who reads this has a basic idea of what to expect.
The first most important thing to consider is: IT’S 3 DIFFERENT COMPANIES THAT YOU HAVE TO WORK WITH INDIVIDUALLY AS FAR AS WHAT EACH COMPANY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR (so if you want to make a complaint, just make sure you are filing it about the correct one 😀 ). The presentation is done by Chef World and that is the person whome you have to make sure to dot the p’s and q’s with and to ask all the questions that you might have concerning payments and product and the details of the gifts and all that fuss… those people are selling product made by a different compnay called Hycite. I didn’t have any trouble having things explained to me by the dude after he was done with his demonstration. The salesman in my area was a pretty well mannered fellow, but from what I have read, they don’t always give their sales reps proper training in ‘tact’. HYCITE are the folks whome you will be making payments to after purchasing a set and they are the folks who you register your product Life Time Warantee with. REGISTER YOUR COOKWARE 🙂 … that way if you ever need a new handle or anything simple like that then it will be easy and pleasant. They also answer random questions for you without any fuss. For example, I had noticed when cooking with my glossy looking Man-Pan that there was a light transluscent coppery color developing at the bottom of the pan and on the inside. This alarmed me, It turns out it wasn’t anything to worry about, it’s just the thin left over coating of whatever they polish the cookware before storing it in the warehouse. Not harmful, use some powder stainless steal pot/pan cleaner to get it off and it will never be a problem again. I would not have known any of this if not for the fact that I panicked and called, and the guy very nicely explained that to me and told me what to use to get it off and reassured me that it was harmless. I have not had a problem since.
ODENZA VACATIONS are the people who do the vacation incentives. This is probably what more people are interested in. They are legitimate, but they are a pain in the ass to schedule with. Also… it isn’t the entire vacation that is free, the little vacation vouchers that you get say very plainly that the Hotel Stay is free… that is it. Take it for what it is. You get free nights at a super nice Wyndam Resort. You have to register this as well and you have to register BEFORE THE DATE PRINTED ON THE VOUCHER… although… I didn’t hahahah XD… but with the hubby being in the military and such, we called them and explained carelessness and dillema due to deployments and such and they very nicely sent us a brand new voucher with a later registration date so that I wouldn’t miss out on my vacation. Very nice of them. I wish I remembered all the phone numbers and stuff. I found out after registering my second voucher and trying to figure out how to plan the actual vacation though… that it was very complicated. The first thing you have to do after your vouchers is registered is send your downpayment in. This is the amount you get back after you actually arrive at the hotel. It is their security that you don’t book something and flake out and end up putting them in a tough spot with Wyndam hotels. Once they have that, they assigne you an agent. This can take anywhere up to a month, but you can call after two weeks to sort of push them to hurry it up. Once you have an agent, you work on booking the vacation. The vacation needs to be booked 60 DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR HOTEL STAY DATE AND YOU CAN’T BOOK ON A HOLIDAY, INCLUDING HOLIDAYS IN THE REGION WHERE THE HOTEL IS LOCATED. It says this on the voucher too, but I was a dummy and didn’t read and this is how I ended up missing out on trying to book my vacation the first time due to the fact that I called 30 days prior to when I wanted to schedule and I had not even sent in my deposite or registered or Anything. Since the voucher only counts for the hotel nights.. YOU PAY THE ALL INCLUSIVE (this was requested right after sending the 100 dollars in), this amount isn’t too bad considering all that it entails. I can’t imagine that it would be worth going to a hotel without making sure that it is all inclusive though… so you want to be sure to have the amount for that ready as well as the deposite. I had gotten this far as well, all that money was sent in. You also have to make sure that you have Passports if you are going to the Bahamas or Mexico. Last but not least is the plane tickets. You have to pay for those, they are not part of the Odenza Vacations deal. Odenza ONLY has a contract with the Wyndam folks for your stay. You might want to get insurance on those plane tickets too if you are going to the Bahamas because they are right along Hurricane Alley, and you will want to be able to get a refund from the airlines if your flight gets cancelled. Sadly for me, my trip got cancelled due to the fact that hubby ended up getting a very very serious traffic ticket and we had to hire a lawyer and put the rest of the possible fees and fines and defensive driving course, so all the plane ticket money went into savings for that ordeal. But I got my refund for the deposite and the all inclusive fee very promptly from Odenza with no hassle.
THE COUPON CARD PEOPLE – well, obviously I don’t even remember the name of the company, so that goes to show that I didn’t really bother much with coupons right? My only issue with them is that you have to pay a small amount of money to have the coupons sent to you and they get sent to you via snail mail. There are just soooooo many easier ways to go about getting coupons. There are website clubs that you can get coupons from and whatnot that are much faster. It’s a nice concept, but not one that suites me. I usually just use coupons that are offered by the store I shop at anyways.
So overall, I really like my cookware, the payments are nice and low and within my means. The vacation is real and everything is put in writing on the voucher so they are not lying or scamming, but it is a pain in the ass to try and get done and you would probably be just as well off trying to look for a bargain off of a Travel Agent who does all the scheduling and stuff for you.
- 8 years ago
I don’t know if it’s a scam, but waterless cookware is available for as low as $200 online. So if you believe in the product, I would recommend looking into it online. One-night “deadlines” are just a sales tactic.
- 8 years ago
We bought an order, and gave our credit card info to purchase the set, paying full amount. Got home, did some online research and realized the same pots could be bought for much less money. Also, the “free” trips have lots of hidden fees. Luckily, you can cancel within 3 business days as noted on our contract. We panicked and cancelled the credit card just in case, although that may not be advisable depending on your situation. We got called the next morning to confirm our order, and we told her we wanted to cancel. Not sure if we only got the call due to our credit card being cancelled. Mailed the cancellation notice that day through certified mail.
- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2015
OH WOW ok so I JUST got back from a 90 minute (really more like a 2 hour +) demo presentation at The Radisson in New Rochelle. I got a call after a bridal expo stating we ‘won’ a free gift from Bridal Registry Events Promotions. <br />We were SO interested! Let me explain why…<br />SOOOO the free gift was $1,000 in coupons (which it turns out you need to pay $5 to mail in and ‘redeem’, not to mention their offers actually suck), plus you can choose between two offers of 2night/3day vacation at an all inclusive hotel, or more destinations at a non all inclusive package (WHICH It turns out there is FINE PRINT stating you need to pay $178 upfront before you can even talk to a travel agent, and you Must check in on a Monday or a Tuesday, AKA no weekend vacations!), or a $700 value of titanium/tungsten rings (which I found the coupon code online to get them free with $25 shipping anyways). So at the time we were interested in the all inclusive vacation.
We get to the presentation, there are a few other couples, and we are educated about a company called ‘Cook World’ cookware. <br />Turns out the pots seem pretty legit. But once he brought up the price of $2000….everyone in the room was like NOPE!…Until he mentions that you ALSO get a 7night/8day stay at almost any hotel in the world you want – aka honeymoon paid for. SO WE WERE IN!!….problem is, no paperwork. You are only given a limited amount of time full of excitement and thrill about to make a impulsive decision while the representative (‘JERRY’ – WHO WAS ONE OF THE RUDEST STRANGERS I EVER CAME IN CONTACT WITH, I’ll explain) half pressures you into deciding what you want to do. But when I asked my representative named JERRY for the terms and conditions BEFORE I sign on any dotted line, he came up into my face, got very loud so the entire room could hear it and told me that if I was interested in purchasing for the vacation and I wasn’t interested in the POTS then I shouldn’t even purchase. My non-confrontational fiance and I were pretty taken back. <br /><br />We ignored his absolute disrespect, and when I asked him again for terms and conditions, he quickly snaps ‘there are none! Do you see any terms and conditions? There are none! I am giving you my cell phone number, you have my word, I will write down ‘7 night 8 day stay’ and you will initial it!’…..so….no terms and conditions eh? Well not in that room, but there are ALWAYS terms and conditions especially when you are signing a contract you don’t even get to read before you agree to abide by it (not even sure how this whole ordeal is legal to be honest). He interrupts every word I or my fiance try to get in and insults us by hollering in front of the other couples (part if his business tactic – peer pressure, fear, demeaning, etc) to ‘go sit down and figure it out’, and when we do, he mumbles loudly ‘I have 5 kids, I know how to deal with kids’. OK WOW. <br /><br />From that point on we decided Forget it, A. he is obviously hiding something if he feels it necessary to conduct his business in this fashion, B. I dont even want to give him the sale right now with that kind of mouth, C. This is sounding reallllly sketch and I dont have a good feeling about it. So we decided to drop it and leave with our ‘free’ 2 night/3 day stay’ (which is only to 5 hotels that are OK – [ex: Wyndham Aztec and Maya], that you must Only check in on a Monday-Tuesday, you obv pay taxes and airfare, but you also are required to pay fees ahead of time before ‘redeeming’ it or speaking to Any travel agency, which I don’t trust).
I did my research this morning….and it turns out it is a VERY good thing I did NOT go through with the purchase because I then read the terms and conditions of all of our ‘free’ gifts, and guess what..WE FOUND THE SAME POTS (different company but same manufacturer, same exact thing with a different sticker slabbed on top) ON AMAZON FOR $250!!! MIND YOU, he was selling them for $2,000 and explaining what a great deal that was! HAH!!! He claimed the ENTIRE night it was ‘LIFETIME WARRANTY’ which in fact was a LIMITED lifetime warranty…oh I can go on and on about how Sketch this was.
SO I don’t want to say ‘oh it is a 100% scam’ because I think I read how people have gone on these vacations and jumped through all of these loops and holes, but in the end, the saying ‘too good to be true’, once again, wins. Praise GOD for revealing this to us before it was too late.
Do your research. <br />I will be getting the pots (with over 100 4-5 star real reviews on amazon) Amazon for 1/10th of the price, and hopefully I can still get a good deal on my honeymoon through a MUCH less sketchier means:) But I wish I could go back in time and stick up for myself to the rep, as well as help the other couples realize this information before they went through with their purchase.
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