- 290 Posts. Joined 3/2009
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Global Vacation Network - Ski Show SCAM Alert, Don't fall for it like we did
The problem was, after sitting in on the 90-minute sales pitch, you said you weren't interested in buying their product. At that point, they have no use for you and will blow you off. Once that happens, they make redeeming the prizes as difficult and cumbersome as possible, knowing that most people won't bother.
Technically, you probably weren't lied to, as the fineprint of the sweepstakes form you signed probably had all the subtle details hidden in there somewhere. 'Sweepstakes' type raffles are really means to get your contact info and demographics. In addition to trying to get you to buy something, the information is also sold to marketing consultants who in turn sell the information to other vendors looking to pitch their products. They know you are interested in skiing and travel, so don't be surprised if you start getting e-mails and calls from other vendors in the industry.
I don't buy all the response of "it's your own fault for believing the sales pitch"!
Time share sales are high pressure sales. No question about that. But I've been to several time share sales without buying anything. And I ALWAYS got what they promised, EVERY TIME!
For many, the value of the "prize", ultimately, isn't really worth the time wasted. But that's a different matter. If they show up at a ski show, offer time share at ski resort, then they're creating the expectation for making that available as prize! When they don't, they lied.
Should anyone buy time share? A lot of poeple say no. But if you want to buy time share, would you buy from a property that lie the way this resort does? Or do you steer well clear of it?
Again, thanks for the warning.
UPDATE, I'll give Global credit for one thing, they have already made a couple of phone calls apologizing and according to the last person I talked to this "Kathy" in their marketing department is in deep &%$#@?. Just to be clear, I don't necessarily blame Global, I blame this person who lied!
Had them too.
I do and the person; don't let the company fool you, they know whats going on, they wrote the script.
The company in hiring people who lie are responsible for the lies their "representative" made while on their payroll.
They should be allowed to make amends to remedy such "mistake" by their employee. Although the amends should be more than just an empty "sorry". If I were in the position, I would for example send out a gas coupon for the drive. And take it out of the pay check of the employeee.
However, if it's the company that's hiding behind their employee, they would do nothing. And you should treat that company accordingly.
- 145 Posts. Joined 10/2006
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Have you received your prize? Pretty sure not; they are just telling you they are dealing with Kathy to keep you quiet. Heck of a lot cheaper to keep one person on the payroll that phones pissed off people to tell them that "Kathy was outside of her limits" than it would be to give you an actual prize. They probably piss of 50 people per week. WHat would that cost in terms of 7 night stays at resorts? Cheaper to play the "Management is pissed at Kathy" card.
I am thinking about doing an update to this story because I noticed more and more people are becoming victims.
I am doing an update to this story because I noticed more and more people are becoming victims.