I've been a member for many years now. I did join the lifetime membership - I think it was 279.00. For that, as long as I live I will get their magazine (which I love). I have the cookware set - it's not All-Clad, but it's very good stainless and I use it a lot (I also have a full set of Kirkland SS that I am passionately in love with and other pieces as needed). So far I've gotten a couple of magnets for the fridge, a china trivet, a small trivet for a coffee cup, a nice apron with my name on it, the pinch and dash spoons. I've gotten to test a couple of products - you have to sign up for that. I do have some of their cookbooks, and some low life borrowed the "knife skills" video I got from them.
I like the magazine, lots of good ideas and recipes. They do send a gift of some kind a couple of times a year. Would I do it again????? Yes. I've been a lifetime member for almost 8 years. At 12.00 a year for just the magazine I'm happy with the investment. If all you want is Saveur and a lot of free stuff for your 12 bucks a year - don't waste your time.