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Old 12-09-2018, 12:16 PM
 
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while we would never go to a time share presentation we did get nabbed for a travel club presentation .

in charleston the tourist information center works in co-hoots with a company .

it was a rainy day and they told us there is a new competitor to expedia looking to make its mark . if we check it out we can book trips with big savings .

hey , i am not locked in to expedia so we thought we would check them out . what the heck , if we can book trips cheaper why not . they give you no names to research .

they promise you 150 bucks in gift cards for restaurants and sites . so we went .

we thought it was weird when they had everyone shut off their cell phones .

so they give you this presentation , and it turns out it is a travel club .


it cost 7k or so to join . but for attending it was 5k . you get to book trips supposedly for a fraction of the price plus get rebates on your trips. plus family and friends can book and they will get the discounts . plus you get rebates on their trips .


when i said i won't give them a dime without doing my due diligence on them as i don't know who they are , they told me all discounts are off the table once i leave the room .

well we did get 150 bucks in coupons which actually were good . for laughs i looked them up . their reviews are a horrow show with many states already booting them out.

i could not believe how many people got snookered that day to buy sight unseen , no reviews , no nothing .

basically the trips are cheaper from expedia .
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Old 12-09-2018, 12:49 PM
 
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If the presentation sounds interesting MrsM and I will go. Our financial advisor is incredible. We have checked our funds and costs with 2 other banks and one of the major FA companies and they can't recommend any changes or touch her price.

We went to one dinner seminar talking about trusts. Extremely interesting. We decided that we needed a Family trust. Only problem, he was outrageously expensive.

I spoke to a good friend, a local judge, and asked for his recommendation.

We went to one of the top trust attorneys in the area and completed our trust at a thousand dollars under seminar sponsors "evening special price!"
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Old 12-09-2018, 02:17 PM
 
Location: northern New England
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while we would never go to a time share presentation we did get nabbed for a travel club presentation .

in charleston the tourist information center works in co-hoots with a company .

it was a rainy day and they told us there is a new competitor to expedia looking to make its mark . if we check it out we can book trips with big savings .

hey , i am not locked in to expedia so we thought we would check them out . what the heck , if we can book trips cheaper why not . they give you no names to research .

they promise you 150 bucks in gift cards for restaurants and sites . so we went .

we thought it was weird when they had everyone shut off their cell phones .

so they give you this presentation , and it turns out it is a travel club .


it cost 7k or so to join . but for attending it was 5k . you get to book trips supposedly for a fraction of the price plus get rebates on your trips. plus family and friends can book and they will get the discounts . plus you get rebates on their trips .


when i said i won't give them a dime without doing my due diligence on them as i don't know who they are , they told me all discounts are off the table once i leave the room .

well we did get 150 bucks in coupons which actually were good . for laughs i looked them up . their reviews are a horrow show with many states already booting them out.

i could not believe how many people got snookered that day to buy sight unseen , no reviews , no nothing .

basically the trips are cheaper from expedia .



I went to one of those once, they had set up (temporary) shop in a vacant storefront. When I asked, how do I know you will still be in business a year from now, they hemmed and hawed. And I thought it would be a few hundred, nope THOUSANDS like you said. Not gonna happen.
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Old 12-09-2018, 02:22 PM
 
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Yep , I think it was on meeting st if I remember. The nerve to not let someone google them before spending thousands
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Old 12-09-2018, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Pueblo area
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Marketing genius here. The technical phrase is “get them in the door”. Whatever it takes.

Get these all the time. Maybe they went to Zillow to find me. Doubt people on the east side of town get these invites.

Was at a software conference and talked to some guy about servers that I no authority to buy. Just to get a t-shirt.

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Old 12-09-2018, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Paranoid State
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It's all about the marketing funnel - generating prospects (or, as CatPeople describes it, get them in the door).

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