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Old 08-31-2006, 11:30 AM   #11
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ok... for 12 dollars a year it's worth a shot. I'll try it and if I don't like it I'm not losing much.

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Old 10-26-2006, 02:29 PM   #12
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I just received the offer in the mail this week to join this club.... was going to ask you guys about it and found this thread. I knew you guys would know about this!

thanks for the links, FryBoy.

sounds like everyone who has a lifetime membership loves it and those that just pay for the magazine hate it and are unable to cancel without incurring collections. I think I'll pass as the recipes are available online on their website. Although the free stuff sounds good - but it seems as if you have a better chance of getting that if you sign up for the lifetime, which I can't afford right now.

I do like the book closeouts site!!!! Now those prices I can handle

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Old 10-26-2006, 02:35 PM   #13
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Was a member for quite a few years and was on their testing panel, too. Although I was never sent anything to test. Overall I thought it was a waste of time and money.
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Old 10-26-2006, 03:58 PM   #14
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I just got solicated to join thru the mail, I may join, if for no other reason the magazine...
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Old 10-26-2006, 04:12 PM   #15
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I signed up to be a recipe tester for Cooking Pleasures. We did two of the recipes Sunday night for dinner and they were wonderful. I'm looking forward to the last two.

There isn't a lot of activity on their forums, but I love the magazine, the cookware, and all the little goodies they send. I've been a tester for products - so far nothing great; some flavored coffee and some stain remover (which really worked). For people who roast their own coffee beans the coffee wasn't much - but it wasn't too bad.
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Old 10-26-2006, 04:33 PM   #16
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We were 'founding' , members, or whatever they called. And had pretty much the experiences that were detailed in FryBoy's link.

Finally we just told them to cancel and that anything they sent after a certain date we would keep because we did not request the stuff. We never heard from them again. No refund, just blessed silence.

Maybe the club has improved and maybe it is better for life members. But at $279 that is about 23 years of $12 dollar memberships and I somehow doubt I will be interested in it for that long for both practical and longevity reasons.

Hope it is working better today than when we joined.
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Old 10-27-2006, 10:52 AM   #17
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I used to be an Ambassador on the CCA website. I loved it over there and there are tons of really wonderful people there. Barbara L, Dina, tancowgirl and I all migrated here and found our true home though.

As with any place there are pros and cons. For me, the money was an issue. I wasn't willing to fork over more than $500 to become a lifetime member. I couldn't see how they arrived at that number in light of the exchange rate. I tested a few small things and was generally pleased with what I got. I LOVE their magazine and some of the recipes from it have become staples in my house. (After modifying some of the recipes I may have even posted them on here!)

It is worth a trial run for anyone who wants to give it a go. Their stuff is good quality and the magazine is mouthwatering. Their site is not as good as ours, it is difficult to access sometimes and their archive system is nearly nonexistant. The only reason I gave up on their site was because my computer HATED that website and would either not let me on, or would crash when I DID get on there.

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