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Cooking Club of America / cooking club of america is a scam!

2-5 United States Review updated:

We had tried the 30-day trial membership for Cooking Club of America and canceled it more than a year ago. Now we received a notice from a collection agency. We tried calling the agency but got a voice mail to pay and no operator ever came to the phone. Then we tried to look for the Cooking Club of America number on the website to no avail. We got their number from the national 1800 directory listing. Someone called Jason picked up the phone and rudely informed us that the membership was canceled. When we asked why we were getting collection notices, we were told that it was a way to get us to subscribe as Life members. He said that we were not going to be submitted to the collection agency and abruptly hung up!!!

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  • Ch
      15th of Aug, 2006
    0 Votes
    Cooking Club of America - This club is a big sham
    United States

    We signed up to get the magazines and we received a single magazine along with a bill of $298.00 for the membership fee which we did not agree to, we mailed back the bill to them and said we did not agree to this and to cancel everything. About a month later we get a notice from a collection agency for this amount. I contacted the district office of the club, told them the situation and was told they would take care of it. The next month we received another notice from the collection department still asking for this money. I think this club is a big sham and people should steer clear.

  • St
      8th of Oct, 2007
    0 Votes

    I seem to have similar complaints about getting unsolicited merchandise. I just called and tried to get a number for their executive offices and couldn't. They refused even put me through to an executive. I figure if I have to waste my time maybe I could waste theirs as well. If someone has another number other then the 888 number I would appreciate having it. Maybe if ever one called they might get the message. Also I wonder if Betsy Wray, the Executive Director is a real person.

  • Ka
      15th of Oct, 2007
    0 Votes

    I am just informing you again that I canceled my prescription to the magazine. I canceled several months ago. I received notice that you are contacting a collection agency. I don't know what else I must do to inform you of my cancellation. Karen

  • Do
      5th of Nov, 2007
    0 Votes
    Cooking Club of America - Never ordered and charged anyway
    United States

    I never signed up to become a member, Never received anything from them, and yet they kept sending me bills for $24.00 membership fee. I attempted to tell them that I did not order by sending the bill with a note saying cancel as I never ordered. This was to no avail. Today I received a collection agency bill from them. I bet it is also on my credit. This is bullying and scamming in the first degree. Next, I am calling the BBB. Any suggestions, I would really like to hear them.

  • Ar
      7th of Dec, 2007
    +1 Votes

    I received advice from the local Postmaster, who said that you can return unordered materials by marking the package "Refused, Return to Sender." I would suggest that the material not be opened. You can tell by the address who has sent the item.

    If you want more assistance, I would suggest contacting your Representative and Senator in Congress and complain to them about the company.

    If you are 50 or older and not a member of AARP, consider joining. They do have a way of making themselves heard and do warn their members about shoddy or illegal business practices.

  • Co
      12th of Dec, 2007
    0 Votes

    I was going to join & pay for it online, but the link they give, my security system pops up & says the page is possibly not safe so I decided to research them & I am so glad that I did!!!!! Don't start on their trial membership at all! Cooking Club of America is a SCAM!!

  • Je
      16th of Dec, 2007
    0 Votes

    The Cooking club is a bunch of thieves.

  • Mi
      19th of Dec, 2007
    0 Votes

    You guys have me concerned about this cooking club now. I joined in Feb 2007 and have since received an invitation to become a life member. I have also received a few test products and a few free gifts for previewing cookbooks, with the option to purchase them or send them back. I love to cook and joined the club to learn and network with other people that enjoying cooking and learning as well. Usually I am so great about researching everything 'fully' before I invest any time or money into it, but this was something that I did not actively pursue with this project. I'll keep my eyes and ears open and if anything does not appear as it should, I will definitely be withdrawing my membership. Keep me in your thoughts please, and I'm sorry you all had horrible experiences with the club.

  • Ki
      27th of Dec, 2007
    0 Votes

    I joined the club in the Spring of this year ('07). Since that time, I've not been sent 1 product to test - not 1. I have received, however, multiple offers to become a lifetime member and thier cookbooks to review for free. The first I kept and paid for, the second, I promptly returned (on 8/14) and indicated that I wanted no other cookbooks to reivew. Thankfully, I returned the book by a traceable method because I received no fewer than 5 bills from them - in a span of 3 months. I did not receive another cookbook however, so somehow they got that message (hmmmmm!). Finally, I sent a copy of the delivery confirmation along with a note stating that I am cancelling my membership - effective immediately - and wish to receive no additioanl correspondence, materials or products. Just last week, I received a post card stating "we've received the returned cookbook please disregard any additional invoices." They are just selling their magazines - the cost of printing is paid by advertising, of cousre - and books. Why don't they just call it what it is???

  • Ck
      1st of Jan, 2008
    0 Votes

    It all sounds like a repeat. I have the same problem. Money money money is all they want. I do not understand how they keep getting away with this. This morning, I tried to log in to cca,, and had forgot my membership #, GUESS WHAT!!!!!I not in system but I sure still get their bills.

  • Er
      8th of Jan, 2008
    0 Votes

    I have been a member of the cooking club for 5 years and I have not had any problems. I enjoybeing a member. One thing that I love is testing new products.

  • Gw
      2nd of Feb, 2008
    0 Votes

    I subscribed to what I thought was a cooking magazine more for my granddaughter expressing an interest in the culinary arts at the time than for myself. As soon as I understood that this was some kind of "consumer scam" I cancelled the subscription. Some years later I am now receiving collection notices for $300 for an "unpaid membership". I would advise others to do as I am in the process of doing- report them to your state attorney general's office as a scam! It would also be good to report it to AARP but check to see if you have a Bureau of Consumer Protection as we do in PA or a similar agency under your District Attorney's office. Also most Better Business Bureau's handle such complaints and report them nationally. Don't tolerate credit collection calls or letters from them!

  • To
      6th of Feb, 2008
    0 Votes

    I just received their letter inviting me to join the cooking Club of America and after reading everything thought it was too good to be true. So, I went on-line to see if I could find out whether or not they are legitimate. After Googling their name I saw a link which stated, "complaints." After reading all of these comments, I could see that my suspicions were correct!!

    Needless to say I have thrown away their letter inviting me to join!!

    Terry Oakes

  • Je
      4th of Mar, 2008
    0 Votes

    I joined CCA about three years ago, and though I only paid for the original subscription, I continued to get crap from them. Oh, the magazines stopped after a year, but unsolicited cookbooks kept coming, and at the high price of $24.99! Well, I am a procrastinator, I admit it, and the books piled up with the intent of me returning them (they were still in the unopened packaging). Of course, I never did return them and finally realized I needed to pay my bill to get it current, and cancel the account so I wouldn't get any more books. But first I had to find their damn phone number! The 800 number on the packing slips was for a fax machine, and there were no other phone numbers readily available on their web site. I finally found it (after half an hour of relentless searching-- it's 888-850-8202 b.t.w.) and I called to cancel. Of course the girl talked me out of it saying, no need to cancel, they would simply stop sending me books. Well, several months go by and I assume that my membership has finally lapsed and I am free. Not so fast. I got some porcelain picnic basket with a bill asking for $15.95 or the prompt return of the item: I turned my head up toward the sky, lifted my hands and cried, "Why God, why?" I guess when I had said to stop sending me books, I should have been more clear-- "stop sending me CRAP!" Aside from being irritated, I became curious. how long had I had this account? Was it still active? Had I unknowingly been paying annual dues? I immediately logged onto their web site with my membership number--yep still active. I checked my account history--nope, I hadn't payed any annual fees other than the first one, which should have expired my account two years ago. Then everything started to make sense; I was a schmuck, and this was a total scam! This time I would not let stupid porcelain figures pile up, so with new determination I re-searched their web-sight for that elusive phone number. I knew it was there, I had found it once before, I just couldn't remember where. After another half an hour of searching I finally found it, and called (again, that number is 888-850-8202). I have just canceled my account (about ten minutes before the writing of this). They guy pleasantly tried to talk me into not canceling and suggested having a stop put on anything being sent to me. I would not be tricked this time, and I said, as nicely as possible, no... no... no... and again, no. To everything he had to say, I simply responded no. He says my account is closed. We'll see--wish me luck!! Oh, and by the way, I finally did open the cook books since they were mine, bought and paid for (all five of them!). All crap, save for on on bread making. I was hoping to use them as Christmas gifts or something, but they were so amateurish, they were barely good enough to take to Good Will.

  • An
      4th of Mar, 2008
    0 Votes

    This is a legitamate company trying to do business. It is no different from Southern Living, or any of those other magazines. I have been a life member for 4 years and a regular member for 2 years before that. I enjoy the cook ware, and all the other stuff that I got with the Life Member. They also apply all regular dues that were paid in previously toward the Life Member fees. You have got to sign up to get the testing products and to preview the cookbooks and all that stuff. If you don't sign up for all that CRAP, YOU WILL NOT GET IT.. It is as simple as that. It sounds good in the letters and pamplets and it appeals to everyone wanting something for nothing, and then they get upset when things don't go like they think they should. Take off your cry baby panties, and find something else to cry about.

  • Yo
      9th of Mar, 2008
    -2 Votes

    Angela you are stupid, this is a scam trying to get people to "forcibly buy" CRAP, and yes it is crap that you are getting for your lifetime membership (which probably cost you upwards of $300). You are just trying to defend yourself because you made a bad decision, so stop trying to convince people to buy into this scam. If it is a legitimate company trying to do business then they would be upfront and honest about their fees and services. So to reiterate my message, do not do business with this alleged “legitimate company” and invest your funds into something worthwhile like: a valid cooking club or class or quality cooking products.

    Thanks for your time and effort.

  • Lo
      28th of Mar, 2008
    0 Votes

    Thank goodness I did not join their life membership. I received their 1st six cooking books and then I cancelled my membership.
    Since then I have received at least 8 books. I did not open them and I sent them back, marked refused and cancel. I also wrote on each box, do not send anymore. I keep getting them. I keep sending them back. This is getting annoying and aggrivating.

    When I tried to go to their website to cancel AGAIN, it states that it is being maintenanced. I have also received several late payments on books that I have sent back. I send these back with a notice on them that the book was returned and that I had cancelled this. DO NOT SEND ANYMORE!! I am growing very tired of this. Stay away from this, it is too hard to cancel.

  • Ju
      29th of Mar, 2008
    0 Votes

    never recieved multi-purpose grater

  • Sa
      11th of Apr, 2008
    0 Votes

    I tried to e-mail my request to refund my money of $12 and the e-mail address did not go through.

  • Th
      11th of Apr, 2008
    0 Votes

    Thank you all for the warning. I almost sent in the reply card...what's $12 a year, right?! Well, I have just shredded it and won't be joining. By the way CCA, thanks for the pasta measurer/bowl scraper and recipe cards, they will be used, but I will not be joining.

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