We where invited to "a dinner prepared by a chef", thinking it would be a legit dinner. We dressed up and...
Simplicity Gourmet is a company that mines data from businesses such as David's Bridal and offers a "free" vacation to prospective brides if they will come to a presentation that features overpriced cookware. The focus seems to be that other cookware is bad for your health and their product is "healthy". The same type of cookware is sold at home shows where a very able salesperson gives demonstrations and stresses the health aspects. It is generally referred to as "waterless cookware".
My daughter, who lives independently, but has a low IQ, learning disabilities and psychological problems somehow got targeted by this company and went to a presentation. She signed a contract for 2000.00 worth of this cookware. She does not have a job and has no ability to pay for this cookware, it is also apparent from speaking to her that she has disabilities. There have been several other instances where she has attempted to buy large ticket items and was refused because of her job status as she should have been.
I discovered several boxes in her apartment, unopened and asked what was in them. She started crying and produced a dunning letter from Equitable Acceptance Corporation. I tried to contact both Simplicity Gourmet and the Finance COmpany, left messages and they would not return my phone calls. After several weeks I got ahold of someone at the Finance Company which is actually a branch of Simplicity Gourmet, explained the situation, offered to return the unopened boxes, pay any accumulated finance charges, restocking fee, etc. They had no interest in working with me and indicated that they would simply take her to court. I realize that legally this is their right but given the circumstances my impression is that this is a company that with obvious skill will take advantage of the handicapped despite a good faith attempt to make things right. Keep this in mind if you chose to do business with them. You will find many other complaints about their business practices online and if you find yourself at one of their presentations please think twice about spending 2000.00 plus for cookware. My daughter is easily swayed but her IQ is 72, if you have normal intelligence use it.
We were called and told that we had won "a dinner prepared by a chef in our own home" during our town's pumpkin festival. The woman who called me was very nice explaining "our chef and team will come in, cook you dinner, clean up, and offer you discounts on our cookware if you are interested".
To make a long story short our "chef" was an out of work auto executive and the team was him. It was a sales pitch for their cookware and the meal...was heated frozen vegetables and chicken.
We are certain that the contest we "won" was actually just a company who asked passers by if they wanted to enter a contest and then contacted every person who "entered" stating that they had won. They then misrepresented their prize by selling it as a Chef Prepared dinner when it was a sales pitch for an all or nothing cookware package starting at $4K.
Hopefully this post will save you from having to endure a 2 hour sales pitch for cookware you cannot purchase without a bank loan.
Just to let you know this company is garbage. I booked a dinner for 6 and the so called (chef) never showed up. I called the company to let them know that Kyle never showed up, the customer service agent assured me a manager would call be back. And what do you know I have never received that call! I guess the company is as good as the people they hire! My dinner was booked 12-5-09 @ 8pm!
this loan should be considered fraudulent, the salesperson told us on demonstratation night the free honeymoon would not cost us anything, well we found that wasn't true and no exceptions were made once we explained, what we were told, asked for my $50.00 dollar deposit back well that didn't happen either.My fiance and I had the so called china and crystal looked and it is not authentic as we expected and were told so, the interest rates are ridiculious.These thieves should be out of business completely, and penalized.
I have been paying on this since July 08 and still received no products. I have found out that the items are way over priced and do not want to waste the money on this scam. can i get out of the contract?
My daughter is all stressed out and we're considering legal action against Simplicity Gourmet, a cookware company promising a free trip. She's trapped in a contract for FIVE PANS for $1800!!!
She was told she'd be able to return them, but when they arrived and she called immediately to cancel, realizing it was JUST FIVE PANS for $1800, they told her she had to cancel within three days of the contract. OF COURSE, the pans arrived weeks after the contract was signed. She is so stressed, we fear it will affect her physical health. YEARS of payments for FIVE PANS! I've never seen such a RIP OFF as Simplicity Gourmet.
Also, the trip options don't include air fare even.