(Closed) Scam: Culinary Bride/Chefs World Inc?

posted 10 years ago in Money
Post # 17
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Wannabee

Hello everyone, I work with Culinary Bride. I can assure you we have been in bridal business since 1979 and have millions of happy customers. Our program is simple, we ask you spend 90 minutes of your time as part of our advertising program. Our products are not available in stores and need to be demostrated.

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                    Our company is committed to locating, developing and delivering the finest products from around the globe. Our commitment to our customer is to bring the highest quality products at affordable prices, with the integrity of lifetime warrantees paired with our excellent customer service.                           

Post # 18
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

First, what is sockpuppeting?

 

Also, I recieved a call from them and this is how I think of things like that, if I didn’t enter any contests then I didn’t win anything.  It is a scam that someone sold their lists off to this company so they can get info on people who are getting married and are wedding planning.  Remember it is an industry and people will try to rob you blind!

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

From Wikipedia:

A sockpuppet is an online identity used for purposes of deception. The term—a reference to the manipulation of a simple hand puppet made from a sock—originally referred to a false identity assumed by a member of an internet community who spoke to, or about himself while pretending to be another person.

Post # 20
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Wannabee

@hilraythebride:  Listen Hillary,  Culinary Bride is a vendor/sponsor of 1400 bridal shows across the country. We are members of many online Bridal websites and associations.We do not steal or buy names from black market lead sources. We also do not run contests and you surely did not win anything. We do offer bridal couples promotional gifts to view and touch our exclusive bridal registry products. If you are not interested just say no….there are millions of couples wearing JVL wedding bands or have taken a vacation because they said yes and did not have to purchase a thing. The problem with negative blogging is that our happy customers who try to respond are called plants,employees or worse. We’ve also have caught our competitors planting negatives around the boards. We only ask for 90 minutes of a couples time to make up their own mind about our firm.  Respectfully submitted…..

Post # 21
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Wannabee

@monroe721:  well i have a voicemail from culinary bride on my phone right now telling me i won a bridal package. so if they do not give things away then they lie. its sad how excited i was by the thought that i might have won something to save me some money for my wedding only to find out that its a timeshare type deal. if i didnt win dont call me and say i did. but anyways did anyone actually go to the thing, not buy anything, get the vacation, go on the vacation? and if you did how much out of pocket did you spend and was it worth it?

Post # 22
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Wannabee

@monroe721:  also i have only went to one bridal show and registered no where else so far because i am in the very early planning stages of my wedding. after reading these post i contact the bridal show i went to and culinary bride did not attend. so there is another lie. they got my information from somewhere else..

Post # 23
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10 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think the term “scam” is thrown around very loosely on this forum. A scam only happens if you spend money on something and didn’t get the product that you paid for. In this case, a lot of you are calling Chef World a scam when that didn’t happen to you. Yes, they say that you won something in order to get you interested in the presentation. But at the end of the day, it is up to YOU whether or not to spend your money on the product that they are trying to sell you. YOU have to decide whether that product is worth your money. They don’t lie to you about the product. They just tell you what they know. In fact, it is no different than watching an informercial on TV or watching a product on QVC.

I went to the presentation and it did sounded like it was too good to be true that they are giving me all those prizes, but I went because my fiance and I were free, so we thought we would just check it out. Also, I personally wanted to hear the sales pitch because I’m in sales and work in advertising. I also like to hear other people’s sales pitches just out of curiosity.

As a sales person, I saw all of the sales tactics. I heard the statistics. I heard the anecdotes. It’s probably all made up. But at the end of the presentation, I asked myself this: Do I think it was a good product? And did I think it was worth the price that they are asking for?

I answered YES and that’s why I bought the 17-piece set cookware. My fiance and I are highly-educated people and we make good amount of money. We didn’t care about the free trips or the giveaways. We went to the presentation knowing that someone will try to sell us something. We decided that we want to buy the product – no one forced us to buy it. In fact, we would have bought the cookware without all the giveaways that they promised. And I think many of you have to ask yourself the same question: would you buy the cookware anyway if you can afford it? If the answer is YES, then you didn’t lose out on anything.

I came across these posts while I was in the room during the presentation. I was googling the product and company to see if I can find any reviews on the pot and pans. I wanted to find some reviews on whether the pots and pans were good or not. Instead, all I found were these scam complaints and when I read these complaints, most of which are written by people who didn’t even go to the presentation and many are just complaints about the prizes, not the product. These posts were so unhelpful and sound a bit uneducated, because none of the complaints are made with any substance and NOT about the cookware.

As I read the posts on this forum, I feel like a lot of the people are just mad that they are promised gifts that they don’t believe they will get. Or that they have to put in a $100 (refundable) deposit – the reason why the hotel needs the deposit (again, refundable) is because they want to make sure that you check in. Because it is free, I’m sure that the hotel have to deal with no-shows. And if you end up not showing up, then they lose out on the money that they would have made with another couple or family.

All I’m saying is this: Don’t look at the shiny object (the giveaways), just ask yourself if you want the product (cookwares) anyway. If not, don’t go. It’s as simple as that. I researched the company who makes the cookware (Hy Cite Corporation) and they have a solid A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

I think there would be a lot less “scam talk” if the company just eliminated the free giveaways, because people just get mad with the giveaways and not the cookwares (which is what you are really paying for). As for whether or not my fiance and I intend to take advantage of the giveaways, we will do some research, ask all the right questions and then decide whether we want to take advantage of them. If we don’t, we have our cookware, which is what we paid for and that’s perfectly fine.

So, last note: this is only a scam to me if I never received my cookware or if it breaks and they don’t replace it – then it’d be a scam. Otherwise, if it is a good set of cookware, then I didn’t get scammed at all and got what I paid for. The giveaways are just a side thing. Even if it isn’t really a giveaway – who cares? Just throw away the brochures. At the end of the day, you might have sat through a sales presentation, but you surely didn’t get scammed. And if you can’t afford the cookware even if you wish you could, don’t buy it and then blame the company for “forcing” you to buy it through “high pressure sales tactics” – give me a break, you are an adult, own up to your own purchase decisions.

 

 

Post # 24
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Wannabee

Jessie…..Culinary Bride is the Bridal division of Chefworld inc. I’m sure if you check with your Bridal promoter, they will verify we were a vendor of their show. Our company is not trying to scam anyone. We have Exclusive Bridal Registry products we would like to introduce to engaged couples. Our promotional gifts are legit…..You’ll receive them just for attending. No purchase necessary. If you have any questions please call our office 845-782-8730

Post # 25
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1 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@hw60:  I have to agree with you hw60. My fiance’ and I went to their presentation. I knew what it was going to be like because any adult should be able to understand marketing. It is not a scam at all. As a matter of fact my fiance’ and I really wanted the cookware more than the gifts. Unfortunately, we are unable to purchase them at this time. We were given a contact so that we can purchase the cookware in a few months after the wedding.

The only thing I think is ridiculous is the cost of shipping for the two free wedding rings. Yes, they are nice and we will be getting those but it is $25 each for shipping. But, to purchase these same type of rings in the store they would cost at least $50 for the less expensive one, retail. So, it is still a good deal and no one is twisting our arms to buy them.

The company does offer free trips if you buy their packages but like I said, we really did like the cookware and hope to order a set in the near future. This is not a scam, just a sales pitch in marketing. Go to any store and you will see how expensive just one nice pan is. They do have a good deal on their products. And I was not paid to say this.

So, all you attackors… stop saying this is a scam. It’s just a marketing move to get people interested in seeing their products.

Post # 26
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111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hello… I just received a call from Culinary Bride, I thankfully didn’t pick up the call but I got a feeling in my gut when I listened to the very brief nondescript VM.  They did say they got my info from the last bridal show I attend, but I don’t recall seeing them there as a list of vendors.  So I googled and came across this site and others talking about them and the other names they go by.  Although I don’t think its a scam per say, but a scheme more than anything.  From reading other posts its almost like a timeshare schpiel and their “gifts” aren’t free after all.  If you think about it you have to buy items or attend a presentation and waste your time and my time is valuable.  So I’m thankful for all the posts about this company and their “service”.  

Just a side note, I did call them back and thankfully the rep who called was away from their desk.  I asked the rep I spoke to remove me from their list, as I was not interested. I hope that works and I don’t receive anymore calls from them.

Post # 27
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4 posts
Wannabee

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. 

Post # 28
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Wannabee

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.

Post # 29
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3 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Chefworld produces waterless cookware which is sold primarily through bridal registry shows.We went to one of these shows and fell in love with the cookware.

 

We decided to go out on a limb and purchase their smallest package, costing over $1000. After receiving our cookware, we immediately used it and had nothing but problems with it. We contacted the company to resolve the issue and were unsatisfied with their solutions.. We then attempted to get a refund, and were informed that we had only 3 days from the date we ordered the cookware to get a refund (over a week and a half before we had even recieved the product)”.

 

We have since been reported to credit bureaus,. Now Chefworld claims to have no record of our complaints and are threatening lagal actions?.We contacted the Better Business Bureau and discovered the they had 26 registered complaints against Chefworld in the last 3 years, 6 in the last 12 months..( http://www.bbb.org/new-york-city/Business-Reviews/cooking-utensils/chefworld-inc-in-monroe-ny-116606 ) This company preys on engaged couples and someone needs to put an end to this. my email is [email protected] We just recently got got scammed by chef world. We are trying to get out of our contract too.

 

We are going to try and start a class action law suit but we need more people to tell there stories.

 

Help us please

http://www.sueeasy.com/class_action_detail.php?case_id=667

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