I got married a few years ago, and registered on this site for the sole reason of WARNING all brides about Simplicity Gourmet. I went to the preview in 2008, and my fiance (now husband) and I decided not to buy the cookware. We received our vouchers, and thought we were in the clear. Boy, were we wrong. When we went to use the free vacation vouchers (plenty of time before they expired), we sent in our $50 deposit, and our preferred dates and locations for the trip. We then waited the six weeks, only to find out that all of our choices were filled, or blacked out. We were told to send in alternate dates and locations. We did that, with the same results. We played telephone tag with the company several times over before we gave up. So it IS a scam-- even if you don't buy the pots and pans, they'll get your $50 deposit. So proceed with caution, and don't trust them!
Have to say, 13 months after getting married, we're enjoying our cookware we bought for 300 bucks. And in the event, we'll have to replace it, we'll shell out the 50 bucks or so for a new pot or pan. What I am enjoying now, though, is not having to send 40-50 bucks a month to a company for years to come for cookware that doesn't seem to allow for use of oils and other wonderful flavors we've used in our recipes developed over generations of time.