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Old 11-19-14, 10:37 PM
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So we went a show in downtown Phoenix at the US Airways center and Diamond properties were there. Basically the offer as everyone know is stay during a 90 minute promotion and get a free gift (southern Cali theme parks) with no obligation to buy. The wife booked us this weekend.

Is this even remotely true? Do we really get 2 nights and 2 tickets tor theme parks and walk out only paying taxes and nothing else. I can tell you right now I wont buy anything...hell I can't afford to. Should
I go for the free vacation or just bail on it

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Old 11-19-14, 10:41 PM
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I went to one of these with my mom ages ago and all I remember is that they grill you and then you have a chance at a free vacation, not a certainty.
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Typically, yes, they give you the free gifts at the end of the presentation. I've sat through several of them...been thrown out of a couple, although I've always gotten my cash.
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Old 11-19-14, 10:47 PM
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I know someone that did just that, except it was a free weekend in Vegas. She took me a couple of years ago. I remember she sat through some almost day-long spiel, but ended up getting a free weekend and some vouchers for the casinos.
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So it may just be a rough 2 hours for a free trip. May try it out then
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Old 11-20-14, 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Sgtsnake View Post
I can tell you right now I wont buy anything...hell I can't afford to. Should
I go for the free vacation or just bail on it

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You can't afford not to buy!
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Old 11-20-14, 08:48 AM
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Typically, yes, they give you the free gifts at the end of the presentation. I've sat through several of them...been thrown out of a couple, although I've always gotten my cash.
^ this

They give you a very high pressure sales pitch, and can generally finance you

Just be prepared for a sales pitch like you have never seen, and you don't get anything free until the very very end.

IMO - do one, but I no longer feel the 'free' is worth it, because it really isn't free, they keep you hostage for that 90 minutes.
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See South Park's "Asspen"
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Old 11-20-14, 10:46 AM
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I've been trying for a looong time to figure out how to get rid of a timeshare that I inherited.

Still haven't figured it out, I just want it gone.
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I see commercials on late night TV: "have a timeshare? Sell it for CASH!"
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Old 11-20-14, 10:57 AM
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To the OP: be wary. Like you said, you can't afford it... but they'll do everything they can to PROVE to you that you CAN afford it, and you'd be stupid to turn it down, and etc. etc.

In other words, be strong and hold your ground. Don't get swayed by ANY of their bullshit. If you're going with someone (you mentioned your wife), make sure they also don't get swayed. You both have to go in 100% certain that neither of you will agree to anything, because if ONE person is conned, the other person will get dragged in too.
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Beyond the advice about very sure about not buying no matter what lies they throw at you, also be very clear that you'll keep them to a schedule. Doesn't always work, but it works often enough to try.

Even better advice - Find a timeshare you would be interested in because they can be great if you get the right one.
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Old 11-20-14, 11:15 AM
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This reminds me of The king of Queens episode where Doug and Carrie attended one of these for a free HDTV. They literally chased them, with high pressure sales pitches all over the compound. Danny and Spence got married to go, since it was only for married couples.
Anything for that tv! lol
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Old 11-20-14, 11:24 AM
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I take timeshare presentations as akin to people waiting in line for Black Friday. You have to "waste" your time (however valuable it may be for you) to get the chance to save on something that you may or may not need in the future.

You may get some free tickets to a theme park for sitting in the presentation but is the monetary value of the tickets, ~$100-200, worth it on the off chance that you get suckered into something that you are not prepared for? It's just like people who line up in front of Best Buy or other stores just to potentially save a couple hundred bucks,

Only you can determine if your time and energy is worth the value for these things.
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My parents sat through one when I was a kid (think it took most of the afternoon). They absolutely hated sitting through the sales pitch (and said they'd never do it again, even for the free stuff), but they declined the timeshare and we got a free trip to Disney World and Universal Studios out of it for a family of 4.
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I think your mom gave you the free trip
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They're miserable, and be aware that your 90 minutes doesn't start at the free breakfast (if they have one) but at the start of the the sales pitch. I went to one years ago to get free Disney tickets. After an excruciating morning, I was called stupid for not wanting the fabulous deal they were offering. Basically they started with sweet talking, but when that didn't work, they moved into bullying to get me to buy. If you EVER feel like maybe you should buy, remind yourself that the second hand market for timeshares is glutted and you could buy a timeshare for much cheaper elsewhere. I enjoy timeshares and own with the Disney Vacation Club--still would never buy one from the developer.
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Also, if you go, be prepared to hear from them again and again and again with other offers. My Ex and I sat through a presentation once and ended up with a shitty set of 'free' 'luggage'. I believe we even went to another one and never got the 'free' tickets for some crappy two-day vacation. Basically had to flee the conference room. It was pretty awful.
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I did one of these for a trip to South Florida back when I was 22. When they saw how old I was for the presentation (and knowing I had no disposable money as a 22 year old), they said I didn't have to stay for the presentation.
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This reminds me of The king of Queens episode where Doug and Carrie attended one of these for a free HDTV. They literally chased them, with high pressure sales pitches all over the compound. Danny and Spence got married to go, since it was only for married couples.
Anything for that tv! lol
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Old 11-21-14, 11:30 AM
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I just got thrown on the work schedule per the count increase so I'm not going. Do I need to call and cancel?
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Old 11-21-14, 12:12 PM
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I just got thrown on the work schedule per the count increase so I'm not going. Do I need to call and cancel?
Hell no.
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