Deceptive in-home cookware sales busted!

sushipup1November 25, 2009

For thos ewho fell for the deceptive practices and in-home sales pitches and high interest rates, you may have a refund coming.

Consumers hoodwinked by cookware scam can seek refund

Daily News Wire Services

Posted: 11/24/2009 02:08:23 PM PST

Updated: 11/24/2009 02:11:50 PM PST

Consumers who bought expensive cookware in high-pressure home sales can seek refunds through a $350,000 restitution fund, officials announced Tuesday.

"Hy Cite (Corp.) hoodwinked hundreds of consumers into purchasing high-priced pots and pans by using deceptive in-home demonstrations and scare tactics," Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. stated. "We want people to know that if they were scammed by Hy Cite, there's refund money available for them."

Hy Cite's preyed mostly on Spanish-speaking residents in Southern California, according to the Department of Justice.

To get into homes, salespeople told consumers that they had won a prize or asked them to participate in opinion polls. Once inside, they often used high-pressure, deceptive tactics -- claiming, for example, that toxic chemicals were being transferred to families through their existing pots and pans.

Hy Cite's "Royal Prestige" cookware ranged in price from $2,000 to $4,500 per set. Financing plans charged interest rates of 24 percent or more.

Two separate credit plans were offered based on customers' ethnicity -- white customers were offered 90-day payment deferral, contract cancellation and the use of post-dated checks to buy the cookware. None of these options were available to Hispanic buyers.

As part of a million-dollar settlement reached between Hy Cite and the California Department of Justice in September 2008, the company was required to pay $350,000 in restitution to consumer victims.

The Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs has already distributed $250,000 to victims, but $100,000 remains unclaimed.

Brown urged consumers who bought cookware from Hy Cite to call Consumer Affairs at 800-593-8222 to claim refunds.

Here is a link that might be useful: the newspaper story

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thank you for posting this information, sushipup. Let's see whether any of the spammers/shills weigh in now. :-)

    Bookmark   November 25, 2009 at 10:57AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Club cast aluminum still made?
I am new to the list, so forgive me if this subject...
Kitchen Selective food slicer
Would anyone know of source for parts for Kitchen Selective...
Pasta rolling pin aka mattarello
I'm planning on purchasing a mattarello or pasta rolling...
induction stove power boost function
Have a set of Zwilling cookware and their brochure...
Mauviel m'150s and m'250c
I'm looking at some pans in these two lines -- I understand...
Sponsored Products
Bayou Classic 8-gallon Stainless Steel Stockpot with Spigot
Circulon Carbon Steel 2-qt. Circles Teakettle - 56591
$29.99 | Hayneedle
Rachael Ray Hard Anodized II 3-Quart Covered Oval Saucepan
Parchment Paper Cooking Bag - Set of Four
$5.99 | zulily
Professional 12'' Nonstick Covered Deep Skillet
$39.99 | zulily
Calphalon 1779206 2 Slice Toaster - 1779206
$59.99 | Hayneedle
Cuisinart CPT-122 2 Slice Compact Toaster - CPT-122
$29.99 | Hayneedle
Champagne Nonstick Aluminum 3-Qt. Covered Straining Saucepan
$22.99 | zulily
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™