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.