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Oct 23, 2006 01:54 PM

Cooking Club of America

I received an invitation in the mail to join the Cooking Club of America. For $12 a month I get to test different products, techniques and sometimes keep the appliance. Also comes with a monthly magazine filled with recipes, cooking secrets, etc.

Has anyone tried this club or heard anything about it? I'm tempted to join but it sounds too good to be true and I don't want to be hassled.

Any feedback is much appreciated!

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  1. Put the invitation into the trash. CCA is exceptionally aggressive in their marketing techniques and the items that you are sent for "testing" or as premiums are cheap.

    On occasion, the magazine has had some decent recipes, but once you subscribe, it is nearly impossible to get rid of them, even after you unsubscribe.

    Trust me. In about six months after you join, you will get a notice claiming that you have been selected for life-time membership into CCA, all for a small fee of around $300 or so. It simply isn't worth it.

    On top of that, I consider their marketing predatory as they will send you invoices for subscriptions, even though you haven't agreed to them. Three years after not renewing my membership, I still get the fake invoices stating that I need to send in X dollars to reactivate my membership.


    7 Replies
    1. re: Seth Chadwick

      Yeah.....everything HE said!! And more.....

      They are the WORST! I joined unawares and now cannot get them off my back and haven't sent them money in ages and I keep getting their mag, their notices and their letters. I started stuffing everything back into the postage paid envelopes and sending them back to them- i think they may have finally gotten the hint!! The recipes are loaded with fat and calories and the few I have tried never tasted very good.

      1. re: cooknKate

        Call their Member Services line and be forceful. My husband once worked for the parent company of this magazine, and believe me, predatory is the name of the game. Member Services might not deal with you right away, but keep it up. If nothing else, contact the USPS about fraudulent demands for membership dues after you have cancelled. I wish you luck.

        1. re: cooknKate

          I actually signed up and then I got my first thing to test. It was a poorly designed measuring device, Supposedly to replace measuring spoons. I concluded after seeing a small return form (for my testing opinion)that THAT was just an inducement to get one to pay for their book. I think it is an insult to ones intelligence to let us think they are evaluating our 'evaluations.' How patronizing! I quess I was reading too much work related material and thought this would be a fun respite!! Even a memebership card! Please!! Now I'll have to go through the tired routine of getting them off my back!! HA!! I quess I deserve it! Sandi

          1. re: britzbeads

            And the membership card didn't even have MY name on it!!! "Personalized" indeed! It was personalized for Geneva someone or other! (I'm Stephanie!)

          1. re: Seth Chadwick

            Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!!! I just received an "invitation to join" too and I'm glad I looked it up here first. The dues that they ask for is $12/yr, not $12/mo. as the original writer of this subject wrote. I must say that the low price was very tempting at first. But alas, thanks to all who put their 2 cents in.

            1. re: Seth Chadwick

              I was a member of CCA and Seth is right. You have to really try hard to get rid of them. They sent me an unsolicited cookbook, one which I had already. They then started harassing me about paying for the book after I told them they had sent me a copy of this very book several years ago. It was like putting pajamas on a tiger to get them to pay for the postage so I could return it. And then there is the "lifetime" offer Seth mentioned. Forget about it. Throw the invitation away.

            2. Here's my post on it a while back... In a nutshell, don't do it!

              1. Thank you for responding so quickly. I'm sooooo glad I decided to ask about this, I guess my suspicions were right on.

                1. Save your money for some really good kitchen equipment that you will use!

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                  1. re: Seattle Rose

                    Now that sounds like a plan! Something you will use...and enjoy. :-)

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