I swear our jCPenny's Cooks.com branded cookware is made by Cuisinart. It looks identical in every single way to this exact same set. And since JCPenny doesn't actually "manufacture" anything, SOMEONE must make it for them. I've seen variations of this Cuisinart design before from other brands, but the cooks.com stuff is IDENTICAL.
That being said, I love my set. Mine is the tri-ply that heats quickly (This set doesn't specify, but says it has stainless interior and exterior, leading me to think it has a middle layer). If it does, make sure you don't crank your stove top past 8 or so, its about the same as a 10 for cheap pots and pans and I read in many places it can ruin your cookware as it gets it too hot or something like that. I've never put mine past 8 and they heat up FAST, even the stock pot full of water. (I have glass tops).
***EDIT: Found this one their website for the Chef Classic Stainless series:
Aluminum encapsulated base; Stainless Steel Interior and Exterior
so yes, Tri-Ply.
Make sure to get yourself a non-stick cheapie pan for non-stick duties.
Cleaning isn't fun for the frying pans, being non-stick. But if you do some of the old kitchen tricks such as mix a little soapy water in the pan and set it back on the stove as it cools (or re-heat it and let it simmer for a minute) most stuff wipes right out.
Also, the best way to clean these completely and give it back a mirror shine is to get some Barkeepers Friend (like Comet, but slightly different). It's good for any kind of metal, glass, etc. I use it on all my pans once in a while and it buffs the burnt stuff right off and brings back the mirror shine. I also use it on my glass stop stove and it buffs stuff right out of the glass that nothing else will remove. (I've also used it on watch glass, car headlights, ets, its a very fine abrasive).
Oh yeah, and this is a GREAT set. Killer deal on this, anyone that has only a walmart set of pots and pans, THROW THEM AWAY and buy this set ASAP. (Make sure to keep your walmart non-stick pan though, and a non-stick deep skillet comes in handy too to supplement this set)