Thanks for the heads up, Judy! I know mine were still very expensive in the day, but they have served me well. A lot of houseware companies are serving similar fates; being bought for name and reputation and then gutting the qualities that made them famous. Pyrex and maybe Corelle are a couple of other examples. I grew up in SE WI; where are you? I rarely get back, and do not miss winters, but wish I could visit good friends there more often... Valerie On Jan 2, 2010, at 8:54 PM, Judy s. wrote: > I'm going to wave a red flag of caution concerning Royal Prestige pots. > They're made by a company called "Hy Cite" which is headquartered here in > Wisconsin. Sadly, I think the company has changed drastically over the years > since when Valerie purchased her super cookware. I heard about this because > of living here in Wisconsin, and it was a big deal because it is a > Wisconsin-based company. > > The California attorney general successfully sued them in 2008/2009 for > unsavory business practices. He (Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr). said > (quote): ""Hy Cite hoodwinked hundreds of consumers into purchasing > high-priced pots and pans by using deceptive in-home demonstrations and scare > tactics." > > From an article on the Attorney General's website: "Brown's office > investigated Hy Cite and found that the company violated the state's unfair > competition and false advertising laws, as well as a previous injunction > prohibiting such practices." (url: http://www.jerrybrown.org/node/579 ) > > There's more information about this recent case on California's official > website ( do a search on "Hy Cite" on the Attorney General's page at > http://search.doj.ca.gov/AGSearch/search ), or, for example, at the Los > Angeles County website ( http://dca.lacounty.gov/artRPSettlement.htm ). > > The pans are very expensive nowadays, running from $2000 to $4,500 for a set, > and consumer sites list a lot of complaints about how the quality of the > products consumers receive after ordering is nothing like the quality of the > products that they are shown in the demonstrations. > > So just a "for what it's worth" caution. smile. > > Judy s. > > To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to > bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of > available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line. > To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.