I was a sales asistant for Simplicity Gourmet/ Simplicity Brides/ Pink Apron Preview. The company had only one name when I was there, but I do understand why they need many different names now so that they can try to hide who they really are from people they are about to rip off.
The owners of Simplicity are also the owners of the New Era Cookware factory in Clarksville, Tn. and Equitable Acceptance Corp in Golden Valley, Mn.
They make their livings by selling overpriced and crappy cookware. They try to get young brides to finance large amounts of money at Equitable Acceptance and charge them a crazy APR of 24%-30%. They also tell these poor brides that they can make half payments on their finance accounts for the first year to make things easier for them, what they don't tell the brides is that the half payment is all interest and that after the first year their account balance will be the same as it was when they started, thus tricking the bride into thinking she is getting a good deal from people who care about her future when in fact she is being lied to and screwed out of here hard earned money at a time in life when she needs to save every penny for her wedding and all the things in life that came right after the wedding.
They also lure these poor brides into their so called Pink Apron Previews by promising them a free honeymoon and other gifts that are a total scam. The vacations are nothing that they are promising. Cheep hotels, many blackout dates, hidden fees,(Simplicity pays about $2 per vacation that they give away, how real can they be if they only pay $2 per vacation) but by the time the bride finds all of this out she has already purchased the crappy cookware, paid all kinds of finance charges and not given any kind of refund or option to cancel the contract she now has with the finance company.
They teach their so called Chefs (I call them HIGH PRESSURE SALES DOUCHBAGS) to do things (tricks) with the products when they demonstrate them to these poor brides that the bride will never be able to do without months of training. The product is ok but not what they make it out to be. They give false promises of cooking meals in half the time that store bought cookware will cook in. Promises of saving money on replacements because they have a lifetime warrantee (which they DO NOT honor).
Promises of food not sticking to the pans when in fact EVERYTHING sticks and burns in these pans.
They calim to have a top notch customer service department (it's one woman that is never there to answer the phone when a customer calls and dosent return a phone call until a customer calls at least 4 or 5 times.)
On top of screwing their customers, they also screw their sales people and factory distributors out of pay and make false promises to pad their own pockets.
The president is like some kind of cult leader that their stupid salespeople follow until they can't pay their rent, car payments and are flat broke before they realize what is really going on.
Their so called leaders are a bunch of cast offs from other sales companies that no longer wanted them.
I caution anyone that gets a phone call form them (they will call and tell you that you WON all of their crappy bogus gifts in exchange for a few minutes of your time to preview their products) DON'T BE FOOLED!!!! YOU DID NOT WIN ANYTHING!!!! THEY CALL EVERYONE WITH THE SAME LINE
I also caution anyone that is thinking of taking a job with them or doing any kind of business with them. YOU WILL BE SCREWED TOO!