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Old 04-20-2006, 09:18 AM   #21
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I don't have any PC kitchenware but I do own a few of the cookbooks and they work out well with my current cookware. Its def. the price that deters me from buying anything. I found my cookbooks at rummage sales.
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Old 04-20-2006, 10:05 AM   #22
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I absolutely love the PC stones - pizza, bread pans, round baker, square baker. I cook everything on or in them - cookies, potatoes, wings, skins, pizza, bagels, cakes, pies, etc. Everything turns out so much better than on a cookie sheet.

I don't like the idea of the parties anymore - candlelight, southern living, etc. However, if I HAD to go to a party it would be pampered chef. I have been to them in the past and even hosted a "couples" party - lots of food and wine - hey guys like to cook too! We had a blast!

I think their products are on the pricey side too - I stick to the stones! Didn't know Ebay had their products, will have to check it out, I'm wanting the big jelly roll pan, I broke mine .
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Old 04-22-2006, 03:31 PM   #23
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I'm with buckytom in that I HATE people who have so-called "parties" to sell people stuff. That said, my sister loves the PC products, and the only one I've used (their mandoline) surprised me with its quality. I have the high end French metal one, but her plastic PC one was much better than I expected it to be.

It gets my goat sometimes when people I know consider themselves to be returning my hospitality by inviting me to their house to buy stuff, I don't care how good the quality is.
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Old 04-22-2006, 06:03 PM   #24
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Old 04-22-2006, 11:07 PM   #25
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It has been a long time since I have heard someone use this term, mandoline. Thanks for the memories...
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Old 05-06-2006, 12:50 PM   #26
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I hate to be a pampered chef party pooper but..
I attended a party for a friend and it was really pretty nice. There were gifts and small items to taste. Thats when it got interesting, like most TV adds talking about cookwear etc they state that the equipment is used by professional chefs. In my 25 plus years of working in professional kitchens these items could never hold up. As a professional Chef and Culinary Educator I have watched many gadgets and specialty cookwear fall apart. I think for home use where the items may get used once or twice a week they are probably excellent. We also watched a pampered chef representative perform at a State Fair and she did have a ton of spectators make purchases. I would just say buyer beware.
Sorry, personal opinion and observations only.

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Old 05-06-2006, 01:01 PM   #27
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I thought of becomming a PC consultant at one time then decided that wouldn't be for me. I am not a seller and don't like to impose on people. I do know PC has some good items out there, like the pizza stone, but some can be overpriced.
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Old 05-06-2006, 01:10 PM   #28
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I heard about this product line, but I never tried anything from them yet.


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Old 06-18-2006, 02:13 PM   #29
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the idea of pampered chef parties is to force your friends and relatives to buy overpriced kitchen items because they have to, or risk looking cheap and insulting the host. granted, the quality is good, but like caine said, you can get the same quality at more than half the price without really trying.
somewhere, some m.b.a. marketing guy realized the point of sale presentation was the key to moving product, and you can gouge a customer if you can work an angle like social stigma.
I couldn't agree more. I was asked a couple of times to attend a PC party probably because I do a lot of cooking. I found the products to be of pretty good quality but no better than I could have bought at a good kitchen supply shop and the PC prices were waaayy out of line. I did buy something at the last party only because a very good friend of mine had it and I felt obligated. I purchased 3 ice cream scoops and a pocket thermometer at a cost of $50.00. I could have purchased these same quality items elsewhere for $30.00. I won't do this again.
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Old 06-18-2006, 03:05 PM   #30
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some m.b.a. marketing guy realized the point of sale presentation was the key to moving product, and you can gouge a customer if you can work an angle like social stigma.
Bucky brings up a good point and this is a technique that most good salesmen incorporate, beit cars, wine, homes, etc. In the restaurant industry, this is the difference between those waiters that routinely get tipped 25% and those that don't. But I digress.

I do like their cutting boards. My GF went to a Pampered Chef brainwashing session and bought a set of cutting boards and some roasting pans. That was fine because I'd rather her use those pans than my Le Creuset ones. I don't really care for them because the food really tends sticks to them, even when their pans oiled down (at least from my experience).
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