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Lifetime Guarantee on cookware

Discussion in 'Products and Tips' started by babywings76, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. babywings76

    babywings76 Gold Member

    Have you all read yesterday's newswire? It talked about the Lifetime guarantee on cookware and how people have been getting replacements when they shouldn't have.

    I guess the question I have is, what if after 10 years the non-stick finish starts flecking off or something. Could they say that is normal wear and tear? Or would that be considered a manufacturing defect? I wish they'd show a picture of "normal wear and tear".
  2. Lisa/ChefBear

    Lisa/ChefBear Gold Member

    I was just going to try and send back a couple of my own pieces that have "hot spots" in them. No matter if I use on my stove or at shows, there's a couple of spots that stick and burn when using my 8 qt. stockpot and one of the fry pans. It's not "damaged" but there's something not right, wonder if that will be a problem. I couldn't believe some of those pics. WOW.

  3. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Gold Member

    I usually don't get my newswire on time, can you post what they said in here?
  4. NooraK

    NooraK Gold Member

    You can also read the whole newswire and see the links here:

  5. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Gold Member

    Makes sense, that's what it's always been about in the first place. I do agree that a lot of people are returning things for things that don't fall under the guarantee.
  6. babywings76

    babywings76 Gold Member

    Here's what it said:

    New Process in Place for Returned Cookware

    Our Lifetime Guarantee on cookware is one way we exceed customers' expectations. As you are aware from the Use and Care guidelines, our Lifetime Guarantee is for non-commercial use. The Guarantee excludes damage caused by abuse or misuse, such as improper cleaning, overheating, dishwasher cleaning (Professional and Executive cookware), use of caustic or other unapproved cleaners, ordinary wear and tear or an act of God.

    Unfortunately, we've noticed an increasing number of returned cookware products that show clear signs of abuse or misuse, which are not covered under our Guarantee.

    In order to maintain our cookware prices and Lifetime Guarantee, we will be inspecting all returned cookware for signs of the following:
    Damage not covered under our Lifetime Guarantee. This includes ordinary wear and tear, use of metal or sharp-edged utensils on a non-stick surface, improper cleaning, use of machine dishwashing on non-stick cookware, along with use of non-stick sprays on Executive Cookware.
    Damage covered by our Lifetime Guarantee, due to manufacturer's or materials defects such as dents or scratches upon delivery, a broken handle or a silicone tear on the handle. In these instances, we'll gladly replace the customer's product or issue a refund.That's not very many instances. If that's all it covered, why would it be a Lifetime Guarantee? You discover scratches and dents within the first several months, I'd imagine.
    If the damage is not covered under our Lifetime Guarantee, we'll return the original product to the customer with a letter of explanation and a copy of our Use and Care guidelines.
    Please note that this is not a change to our Lifetime Guarantee, but simply enforces what the Guarantee states.

    Here are some examples of damaged cookware with issues not covered under our Lifetime Guarantee, and therefore not replaced nor a refund issued:

    Improper cleaning
    Use of metal or sharp-edged objects on non-stick cookware
    Use of machine dishwashing on non-stick cookware

    We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the Certificate of Guarantee on the back of the Sales Receipt so you can accurately communicate the Lifetime Guarantee to your hosts and customers. Learn more about all of our product guarantees on the Online Training Center. Go to Consultant's Corner > Consultant and Leadership Training > Online Training Center. Click on "Products" and scroll to the bottom of the page, where you'll find a downloadable PDF.

    I think normal wear and tear should be covered. When we say something has a Lifetime Guarantee, we are saying that this will be the last set of cookware they will ever need to buy. That they can buy with confidence. But if after several years of taking good care of your cookware, following the U&C instructions, you have a problem with the non-stick coating, I would hope it could be replaced. And maybe it would be, but their focus on this is making me nervous that a lot of people's returns aren't going to end up being accepted.

    I know the phrase "normal wear and tear" is common w/ products in other companies that offer lifetime guarantee. It's just a little pet peeve of mine, I guess.
  7. babywings76

    babywings76 Gold Member

    I agree, there are probably lots of people abusing PC's generous replacement policy. They have every right to be stricter about things like this, because it's not fair to them to replace cookware where people have not followed the U&C instructions.
  8. nancycookspc

    nancycookspc Gold Member

    Here's MY question regarding this-

    I have all the cookware, have since it came out...been a consultant for 8 yrs I KNOW not to use anything that will scratch the pans, however- 2 of my fry pans are in need of replacement. There are scratches I think from food if that is possible. And my griddle is has not been non-stick for a LONG time. I just have been lazy to call.

    SO How can that be If I follow the rules, no pam, no metal.

    I hope they exchange it.
  9. elizabethfox

    elizabethfox Gold Member

    It is pretty hard to determine who is voiding their warranty and who isn't, so I wonder how that is going to work out. I mean of course the pics they showed are all extreme examples of misuse or abuse of the product, but some instances aren't clear cut like that.

    Lifetime means lifetime to me... Otherwise they should just have the cookware under limited warranty and list the instances in which it will or will not be replaced.
  10. Chefgirl2

    Chefgirl2 Gold Member

    I have issues with this statement. First of all, when the Professional Cookware was introduced there was nothing in the use and care guide about putting the pans in the dishwasher voiding the warranty. It wasn't until a year or two later that was added. Secondly, it's only been recently that using non stick sprays would void the warranty.

    Lastly, just send the grossly not washed stainless skillet back with a note telling them to buy bar keepers friend.

    If we have a lifetime warranty on our non stick cookware that should include daily wear and tear...not abuse. I never use non stick sprays, put in the dishwasher or cook too high. If my cookware becomes sticky over the years then it must be a defect...or an outright lie saying that we have a lifetime non-stick coating.

    Which is it? I'm picking up the phone to find out.
  11. chef131doreen

    chef131doreen Gold Member

    I think it is going to be hard to explain to people that had there pans for 10-15 years and use them all the time they are going to get abused just by daily use and want to return them . I have my pans for 9 years and wash them by hand and fell I take care of them but they do have scraches on them ect I don't abuse them and they still could be changed ,
    I think that now is when they are starting to return them cause they have had them awhile it does say life time and with the amount of cookware sales they should expect that to happen
  12. cookinforyou

    cookinforyou Gold Member

    I was going to send some back too, I have a couple pieces I use daily. ( I have had it for 7 years) and the bottoms have barely any of the non stick left they look silver. I have not abused but do use!
    Since I have become a rep I tell people they will never have to buy another set of cookware, I guess now I will add if you DO NOT USE IT!
  13. Chefgirl2

    Chefgirl2 Gold Member

    According to Gina at HO 90% of the people don't follow the use and care directions once they get our products in their home.

    Really? Are my customers the exception? Gina then said she didn't say 90%. She said most. What? It sounds like someone is making this up as she goes. I am fine with no metal, no abuse, no non stick sprays...I'm not fine with an evasive warranty that does not say if our coating is expected to last a lifetime with regular use. If not, this is not a Lifetime Warranty. Send me lables now to put in all of my catalogs that clearly state that our cookware has a Lifetime warranty.

    I consider my customers pretty smart since they are investing in their kitchen when they buy our products. No one leaves a show without knowing exactly how to handle any non stick cookware and what will void our warranty.

    This new policy reads like the only thing we cover (other damage in transaction) is the handles. According to "Gina" they will replace the item if company deems the cookware was properly used and the coating is defective. But, normal wear and tear would not be covered.

    She could not tell me if the coating is expected to last a lifetime with normal use and care (AKA normal wear and tear).

    Buy Our Cookware! We have a Lifetime Warranty on Our Cookware! {On the handles only...I'll quickly whisper under my breath}

    This needs to be clarified if they want us to continue selling the Executive cookware.

    I'm waiting for Gina's supervisor to call me back...:indif:
  14. chefjeanine

    chefjeanine Gold Member


    I’m right there with you on this issue.

    My stomach sunk when I read the email. Not guaranteed for normal use? In my vocabulary, that means it doesn’t have a lifetime guarantee.

    I’ve been selling cookware for nearly 9 years. Don’t know what I’ll tell customers that are planning to buy now and SERIOUSLY don’t know what I’ll say to people who contact me regarding previous purchases. This seems like an attempt to avoid making good on a promise. I’m not pleased.
  15. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Gold Member

    I'm there too. In fact, I'm thinking I may not even feature the cookware anymore. I HATE those prescription med commercials where the warnings and exceptions to the meds are longer than the commercial itself, and I would feel like I was doing the same thing to my customers if I even brought up the lifetime warranty. "It has a lifetime warranty, except if...............................................................................)" :rolleyes: If there are more exceptions and exemptions then there is rule, then it's not really a lifetime warranty, and I feel like it's misleading advertising.
  16. babywings76

    babywings76 Gold Member

    I'm wondering if I should e-mail HO with my concerns. If enough of us e-mail, maybe they will revisit their wording and explain things better, and take off the "normal wear and tear" clause.
  17. Consider the reason they don't cover "normal wear and tear".

    You use your cookware for 10 years and it shows a little bit of use and wear. You return it, they replace it. 10 years later you do it again and they replace it. 10 years after that you return it, they replace it.

    All because it had a little bit of "normal wear and tear" now you just got 3 sets of cookware for the price of one. That gets to be a hefty load from their pocket to replace USED cookware. That's 3 sets in 30 years.

    I can just about gaurantee that my mother has had the same cookware she got when my parents got married 20 years ago. If she tried to have it replace NOT only would NONE of it be covered because it was a gift and wasn't purchased by a company as wonderful as ours, but there are minor signs of "normal wear and tear."

    I honestly think that we have a GREAT policy on cookware in comparison to a frying pan or stock pot you go in to Wal-mart and purchase for $30 a piece.

    Does that make sense?
  18. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Gold Member

    Not when you've been telling people for the last 8 years that "this is the last cookware you'll ever have to buy". Where is the great policy? What else, besides "normal wear and tear" would be covered for a lifetime? Defects would be discovered well before a lifetime was up. As Elaine said - no one has given any info regarding if the Autograph coating was supposed to stand up to normal wear and tear for a lifetime. If it won't - then there should be no lifetime warranty. But that puts those of us who have been selling it with a lifetime warranty in a very sticky situation, because WE are The Pampered Chef to our customers, and we are the ones who will look bad to them, when their cookware, which they thought was covered, isn't really.

    Oh - the language - "this is the last cookware you'll ever have to buy" is verbiage I've used for years - and straight from training tapes from PC.
  19. I always tell my guests that our cookware is just like L.L. Bean slippers! This is the last cookware and/or last pair of slippers you'll ever have to buy. People are interested in the lifetime warranty and I know that a lot of my customers have purchased them based on the warranty alone.
  20. Becca_in_MD

    Becca_in_MD Gold Member

    I was thinking about the LL Bean slippers, too. :)
  21. chefjeanine

    chefjeanine Gold Member

    Exactly! I think that's why this is making me feel so horrible.

    There's been a change in quality over the past few years and customers are noticing (believe me, it’s not something I go around discussing). I have had one Host (who was a huge fan) stop buying. This issue with cookware just adds more fuel to that fire.
  22. Right, but think about it more. Just because it shows signs of use doesn't mean it's useless! It still works just as good as the day you bought it!!

    Now I'll be the first to admit that sometimes a customer has an issue that is most likely an error in the product and that our company has had some quality issues recently, but just because the color has grayed a little or you get a bit of a scratch here and there, doesn't mean you can't still use it!

    This is just my opinion. I was raised to believe that until something is destroyed, it's good enough to be used. If you're not willing to use something because you're angry you spent $80 on it and it has a slight scratch on the bottom of it, then that's YOUR waste of that $80 and YOUR choice to discontinue using it.
  23. elizabethfox

    elizabethfox Gold Member

    If I pay $148 for a 12" skillet that is non-stick and has a lifetime warranty I expect that to be upheld.

    PC is the one who decided to put a LIFETIME warranty on the cookware. LIFETIME means LIFETIME. We have been selling it as the last cookware you will ever need to buy like Becky said and if one of my customers sends back a 12" skillet and pays at least $20 or more to ship it only to receive the same skillet back with a note saying.. sorry charlie.. we aren't replacing it because it has been misused and abused I will be the one getting the brunt of the customers wrath for supposedly selling them a lifetime product who's warranty is not being upheld. Especially if they were following the use and care. PC also will be losing good customers!

    In fact this notice couldn't have come at a worse time. I just had a host bring out her stir fry skillet and 12" skillet and show me that the whole bottom of the pan(s) are discolored and looks like the non stick coating has just been eaten away. She doesn't own a dishwasher so she has always washed by hand.. all her utensils are from PC.. either executive tools or silicone spatulas.. never used metal utensils on it.. yet the inside of the pans look like they have been through a war zone! I would hate to have her pay to ship both of those heavy pans back only to have them sent right back to her and have her told it wasn't replaced because she didn't take care of them properly.

  24. In that instance she needs to call HO and tell them about her issue. Like I said, yes, there are sometimes defects and I'll be the first to admit the company is having some quality issue.
  25. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Gold Member

    Like I said, if you'd been selling LIFETIME WARRANTIED cookware for 8 years, and had 8 years of hosts and customers who think they've invested(another word we've been taught to use to explain the cost) in the last cookware they'll ever have to buy, only to find out it may or may not be true, you might have a different perspective on this. PC has changed the rules midstream - and that's not right.

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