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  1. Mystik

    Mystik Member

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    A spin-off from the guess the new products thread. :D

    I was flipping through the catalog today trying to guess what's going to be discontinued. And I couldn't find too many items.

    My guesses are:

    the outdoor tumblers
    Drink Charms


    Those are the only two items I could find. [​IMG]
     
    May 20, 2009
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  2. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

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    Window Pane Linens
    Nylon tools
     
    May 20, 2009
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  3. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    I hope not the Nylon Tools. I hate the Chefs Tools...all I use are the Nylon Tools.


    The Drink Charms have been a joke since they were introduced.

    Scoop Clip
    Stainless Cleaner
    Rectangle Stone (not that I want it to go...but they've already discontinued the other flat stones.)
     
    May 20, 2009
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  4. Malinda Klein

    Malinda Klein Advanced Member Gold Member

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    Seasons best...
    Woven baskets
    Striped towels
    Suds pump
    Creative cutters
    Window pane linens
     
    May 20, 2009
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  5. DebbieJ

    DebbieJ Legend Member

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    Have you used it? It's quite effective! I know Bon Ami is cheaper, but the Stainless Cleaner works way better.
     
    May 20, 2009
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  6. BlessedWifeMommy

    BlessedWifeMommy Veteran Member

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    One of the older cookbooks.
     
  7. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    I've not sold one. That's what I was basing my guess on...I just looked through the catalog, and picked some things that wouldn't be missed.
     
    May 20, 2009
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  8. jbdowd0798

    jbdowd0798 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    drink charms, linens/placemats, the napkin rings, scoop clip, easy clean kitchen brush, gravy seperator (??), baster & cleaning brush. I think I've sold a TOTAL of 10 of these items.

    Who knows- these are just my guesses. :)
     
    May 20, 2009
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  9. Ginger428

    Ginger428 Legacy Member Gold Member

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    I totally agree! I use mine all the time, I rarely use the Chefs Tools....
     
    May 20, 2009
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  10. chefsteph07

    chefsteph07 Legacy Member

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    I don't think I"ve sold ANY of these items...at all!
     
    May 20, 2009
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  11. DebbieJ

    DebbieJ Legend Member

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    You guys aren't cross selling the Easy Clean Brush with your Stones?? C'mon ladies!
     
    May 21, 2009
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  12. legacypc46

    legacypc46 Senior Member Gold Member

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    I think the Easy Clean Kitchen Brush rocks! We use ours all the time (we have four: one under both kitchen sinks, one in the garage, one for cleaning bathrooms)

    The stainless steel cleaner is amazing. Since I'm more of an executive cookware-gal, I use it mostly to touch up my stainless steel bowls before shows and to keep my stainless steel flatware looking sparkly. If they discontinue it, I'm stocking up!

    I agree with the linens and drink charms.I wouldn't be surprised to see the finger guard, herb keeper, can strainer go either. (The herb keeper and strainer are now readily available elsewhere; PC has to get rid of somethings to make room for the new toys!)
     
    May 21, 2009
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  13. chefann

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    When I show the can strainer, I always sell several. I think it's one of those things that, even if it's available elsewhere, people don't think they need until they see it in action.

    I would not be sad if they eliminated:
    Scoop Clip
    Drink Charms
    Dots Stemware
    Corn Cob Nobs
    Corn Butterer (although these last 2 are on my top 50 list... but I haven't sold any in at least a year)
    Table linens and napkin rings
    Woven Selections (I love mine, but have never sold one except when they were host specials)
    cutting board with measure cups
    Cut N Seal
    Suds Pump
    Coating Trays and Tool (I've heard such bad stories here about the trays and tool warping and breaking. I don't even own a set of these - I use "real dishes" when I bread things.)
    Pinch Bowls
    Creative Cutters
    Pie Gate

    I agree with the above that the rectangle stone will probably be redesigned to include handles sometime soon.
     
    May 21, 2009
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  14. raebates

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    Funny, Ann. You just posted a list of my really good sellers. I think a lot of it depends on where you live.
     
    May 21, 2009
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  15. kcmckay

    kcmckay Advanced Member Gold Member

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    The rectangular stone??? I don't see that, I can't see that being used with handles. I think it's best the way it is. I love mine!! I use that most often when I make pizza and when I make chicken or beef curry I like to make homemad naan bread on it. If they do I might have to buy one or two more.

    anything else they do I can't think of anything I want to see go. But we'll just have to wait and see.
     
    May 21, 2009
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  16. coriatc

    coriatc Member Gold Member

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    That's what I was going to say! I totally sell it with my stones... you can't have a stone without the Easy Clean Brush ... it's the easiest and most effective way to clean your stone! It beats the heck out of the nylon scrapers.
     
    May 21, 2009
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  17. pamperedlinda

    pamperedlinda Legend Member Gold Member

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    ditto that! Love it.
     
  18. pamperedlinda

    pamperedlinda Legend Member Gold Member

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    I'm ready for the Cranberry and White linens to go.
    I'm not a fan of the Dots, but I don't see them leaving just yet.
    The Outdoor items - restyle them and bring them back in new colors next spring.
    Cranberry Scrapers - I can't stand that they always look dirty.
    Pinch Bowls
    Drainer
    Stoneware Inspirations cookbook
    It's Good for You cookbook
     
  19. BettieC

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    I agree the drink charms are a joke....lol. Has ANYONE sold any?? LOL

    scoop clip
    creative cutters
     
    May 21, 2009
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  20. raebates

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    I've sold 2 sets of drink charms. That's the one exception to Ann's list being good sellers for me.
     
    May 21, 2009
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  21. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    could you just imagine the rectangle stone w/ handles?! Why, it would almost be the bar pan! :D
     
    May 21, 2009
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  22. legacypc46

    legacypc46 Senior Member Gold Member

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    Same here. I never take them shows anymore...and don't really like having them in my own kitchen...except the shapes are so functional. I would much prefer them in white. (I use the skinny scraper and the really big one a lot)
     
    May 21, 2009
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  23. Jules711

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    The table linens
    Drink Charms
    Stemware would be fine too, though I have sold some of them (and the charms)
    Scoop Clip
    Jar Opener (or restyle it without the teeth...rubber or something instead)
    Sud's Pump (too top-heavy)
     
    May 21, 2009
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  24. ChefBeckyD

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    Yes to most of this list. (except the Dots - I LOVE the Dots!)

    I thought maybe it was just me with the Cranberry Scrapers...I love the shapes, but they need to be white. I took them out of my kit, because I was always embarrassed to show them.
     
    May 21, 2009
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  25. pamperedlinda

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    I don't hate the dots, I'm just not a huge fan of them. I do love the shapes of the bowls though.

    I don't think I have sold any of the drink charms.
     
  26. pcchefjane

    pcchefjane Senior Member Gold Member

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    I love my Can Strainer and sell them quite a bit, especially when I make the deliveries to someone at their workplace and one is in the order. I had heard a rumor the older cookbooks (Stoneware Inspirations, All the Best) will go this time. I think it is mainly because we don't sell some of the stones referred to any more. Hopefully they will just re-work the recipes to use what we have now. I'd hate to see the Creative Cutters go. I use them in my KITK shows.
     
    May 21, 2009
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  27. chefann

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    I put this in the new product guesses thread, but it bears repeating here... if there's something you want changed about a current product (or a suggestion for a new one), don't just wait to write it on the suggestion paper at Conference. Go to Consultant's Corner and send it in. HO uses customer/consultant requests, along with market trending and research, to determine which new products to introduce as well as how to better current products. Your note may be the one that shifts the item to the "go ahead" list.

    There's a link under Managing Your Business > Home Office Contacts, then select New Product Suggestions.
     
    May 21, 2009
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  28. ChefBeckyD

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    You are referring to the little can strainer, I think. It's the Pot Drainer that wouldn't be missed. I've never been able to work that thing.

    I cannot imagine the All The Best cookbook leaving - it's one of my bestsellers!

    Just went and checked - I've sold 8 in the last 2 months. As many as Vol. I & II of 29 Minutes!
     
    May 21, 2009
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  29. babywings76

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    It is kind of funny to go through older cookbooks and see how many products have been restyled or retired! :)
     
    May 21, 2009
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  30. DebbieJ

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    Stoneware Inspirations is not that old of a cookbook. I've been a consultant for 4 years and it was introduced after I started.
     
    May 21, 2009
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  31. rennea

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    I think the table linens will change, and maybe they will introduce some of the products we already have in new colors.

    Maybe restyled chef tongs!!!
     
    May 21, 2009
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  32. flemings99

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    Love my "pot" drainer. I use it all the time for the kids mac n' cheese or smaller things that I want to drain. I use it on sauce pans, put the longer side handle with the sauce pan handle and drain.

    Here's what I'd take out:
    drink charms
    New linen's
    suds pump--loved it at first but the pump doesn't come back up when you push it down--totally need to redo it.

    adjustable measuring cup--I've broken the bottom off of 2--didn't bother with getting it replaced again.

    Finger guard
    beaded servers
    Pastry blender
     
    May 21, 2009
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  33. chefsteph07

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    I broke the bottom off of 2 of my measuring cups as well! But, I do love them, if they could find a way for them to lay flat instead of having that piece that breaks off, and when I show it, I sell a ton...now, I havent been able to show it lately due to them being broken, but still...

    I agree w/ the finger guard and the drainer.

    After going through the catalog, I wouldn't be heartbroken if these went:

    linens
    wovens
    Petite squares
    herb keeper
    scoop clip-I think it's interesting that they introduced this the same time they d/c'd the coffee/tea
    funnels
    pinch bowls
    splatter screen
    meat lifters
    crown cake pan
    creative cutters
    pastry cutter

    These are all items that I have sold none or very little of.
     
    May 21, 2009
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  34. gailz2

    gailz2 Senior Member Gold Member

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    I think it looks like they will get rid of all the unglazed stoneware (since they have been decreasing these pieces).

    I personally am not a fan of our ice cream scoop (I know many of you are). I have a fabulous Kitchen Aid one with a nice colorful handle, nice and sturdy, and dishwasher safe (I ruined my PC one first time I put it in the dishwasher).

    Don't get rid of the turkey baster/brush -- I bought it and it is very, very nice.
     
    May 21, 2009
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  35. rennea

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    I love the funnels and use them all the time. Our meat lifters are the best on the market!!! I always cross sell them with our roasting pan.
     
    May 21, 2009
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  36. diradt

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    I love the dots wine glasses. I get requests for the "crust cutting thingy" (cut n seal) all the time.

    But yeah the scoop clip thing is so silly. I bought one b/c I was so excited for it but it is HUGE for a single bag of coffee. LOL
     
    May 21, 2009
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  37. JDooley

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    someone suggested Corn Cob Nobs...PLEASE dont get rid of these... I can rarely find them anywhere and when i do they are junk and break before i am done with one ear of corn! really ours are the best and I have several customers that would be brokenharted!
     
    May 21, 2009
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  38. chefann

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    My issue with the CCNs is not that they're not good, it's that people don't read the use and care. "Loser error," as DH says. :) I've explained to my MIL DOZENS of times in the last several years that they go into the corn BEFORE cooking, and she never does that. Then people end up burning their hands trying to screw the CCNs into hot corn.
     
    May 21, 2009
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  39. pamperedlinda

    pamperedlinda Legend Member Gold Member

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    I like the CCNs - I just hate removing them from the gnawed-on corn cobs :yuck: even if it was me that ate it.
     
  40. baychef

    baychef Senior Member Silver Member

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    scoop clip (unless they bring back our coffee that everyone STILL asks for)
    grill cleaning brush
    BBQ Jumbo turner
    all linens
    all beaded serving stuff
    basil infused oil
    just wondering if the cranberry has run it's course yet. No up on my "in" colors!
     
    May 21, 2009
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