Original web offer details & such: $29.97 + $27.75 S&H. After 30 days (if kept), 9 additional monthly payments of $29.97. State taxes may apply.
Typically, we don't pull out the S word unless there's a real reason. Shock titles on reviews get older after about, well, 1 time. But in the case of StoneLine and their 10-monthly payment plan of $29.97, well, well we thought we'd take a look. For those who don't remember layaway plans at stores, they would spread out payments too, but it's typically less common in online ordering unless it's an auto-ship / continuity program. So before we go cry foul, we're gonna take a look first.
StoneLine bills itself as restaurant-quality cookware that is not at non-commercial prices. It claims over 1 million (we presume "sets") sold and comes with a 30 day trial. If you cancel within the 30 days you get the $29.97 back but you forfit the $27.75 - if you order from the product website.
The set includes a frying pan, cooking pot, saucepan, stewing pot, roasting pot, 3 glass lids & an assortment of free gifts to help keep the restaurant style cooking alive.
There's a link on the side where you could by the pan for like $105 bucks - when you add up the payments, shipping and taxes. But there's supposedly stone in the equipment (thus the name, StoneLine ) like in restaurants which will help even up cooking temperatures.
According to stoneline.com, StoneLine Cookware claims the following features and benefits:
- more flavorful, perfectly cooked food
- reduced cooking time
- sratch resistant
- wipes clean with a paper towel
- high quality
Order Process: We don't get it. Why one offers 10-payments is beyond us. But, if our intel is right, you should be able to get it as a 1-pay option in the upsell process (after you purchase it at the ten-pay program). Looks like their system is straight out of 2006.
Product Performance: The research has turned up mixed results. We wouldn't stake our reputation on saying the product is 10x longer than other non-stick pans, but if you don't have a set of pans and need a pan, you can do worse. Some people seem to like it. It's the archaic order form that has people set off.
We expect that if you are willing to treat the StoneLine system as part of your monthly bills for nearly the whole year, then you might get some decent cookware - though I wouldn't start a restaurant with them. I'm a snob. Shoot me in the toe and call me Sterling Archer.
We wouldn't pull the S word out on StoneLine quite yet. Unless it's a Chinese DVD copy scam or a case where the inventor takes the money and run, we won't use the word. What we're wondering is how many people are really willing to be satisfied with the payment process. We're wondering how this is going to play out when all is said in done. If you want it and pay it in one shot. Not only that but if you look at the right time, you'll probably be able to find a used set at a cheaper price. Tell you what, the product company keeps dumping a ton of money into TV advertising. They probably know something we don't know.
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