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Grandview timeshare experience

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Grandview timeshare experience

I'm in Vegas now and had the opportunity to do a timeshare presentation. I had planned on doing it before I came because I've never done one and was looking for the free goodies.

On Monday, we checked in at the venetian at 10 am. I tried the twenty trick and it worked. We got a 30th floor luxury suite with a strip view.

We checked in, walked up to our room and did the whole "OOOOO" "AHHH" then we got hungry. We were downstairs in the shops and not even within 5 minutes a lady stopped us and said "hey let me give you free gift" showed us tickets to mystere cirque du soleil at TI. I didn't realize what it was until the lady asked for some information, she offered us free lunch, $50 in gambling and $50 in dining and of course the mystere tickets. She asked for $25 from each of us and then I realized that this was the time share.

My girlfriend has very little patience but I convinced her that we should do it. I told her that I was looking to get cirque du soleil tickets since I had already got her phantom tickets for her birthday.

So we went through with the timeshare presentation, nice guy (of course) and a boring rehearsed slide show but we got free lunch, which consisted of deli sandwiches and donuts lol. Did the walk through of the property, blah blah blah, got to the table and I told my girlfriend to let me do the talking. NO, NO, NO, NO was what I said followed by some reasoning. Brought the manager over and they did their bs selling and NO, NO NO NO were my answers followed with more reasoning from me. My girlfriend actually chimed in with more reasoning.

We literally sat at the table for 40 minutes with them trying to get us to buy. We finally said no and the rep was pissed. I told him maybe in ten years, he goes "in ten years it will be another excuse". I wanted to say something back, but I hadn't got my goodies yet. He walked us down to a room where someone from corporate took a survey of our presentation. Of course there was another offer from her. I was getting irritated and just wanted to leave, I expected them to give us some bs about the goodies they promised us, but at that point we were just ready to go.

We were in a room with the other no's and waited about 30 minutes for them to call us. They took us back to a cubicle and gave us a few options for our tickets and stuff. We picked $50 in dining at MGM, $50 in gambling money at excalibur and a voucher for the cirque tickets.

We were at this presentation for a total of 5 hours. At that point, I started to calculate in my head if it was worth it and figured that we came out on top--the total value of their gifts was about $230 minus $50 that we paid puts us at $180. I overheard a couple saying they paid $100 so I was happy.

They gave us a shuttle to treasure island where we picked up our two tickets (section 206). My girlfriend has seen a cirque show before but I hadn't so I was super excited. I was planning on buying the tickets anyway so it was great.

Went to the show yesterday and got moved down to the second row from the stage. I was amazed by the show but thats another story.

Sorry this is long but I just want to contribute!

A few suggestions for anyone planning on doing a presentation:

-They tell you 2-3 hours but it will be 4-5 hours

-Went they ask you to buy just say "no, not right now" when you start explaining to them why not, it just keeps you there longer

-They tell you that you can leave at anytime but you really can't lol.

-It is very high pressured so be prepared.

-Take a drink before you go!

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1. Re: Grandview timeshare experience

Nothing to me is worth having to do that and especially on my Vegas vacation.

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Wow....5 hours....you're a trooper!! I'm afraid I'd let them have a verbal lashing and walked out without my stuff after the 'in ten years it will be another excuse'........

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haha I had to keep my eyes on the prize!

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Wizzard if you ever do that again hold them to their promise. At the time you book the tour they tell you how long it should take. When it starts to run long tell them you have to go you didn't plan on longer than what you were told that it would take. If you hold them to it you can leave after the 90 minutes or 120 minutes they tell you it will take. We have done it a few times when we really wanted to look at a place but I value my time more than the "free" gifts now.

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Well there it is, the value well quantified. Is your time worth more or less than 18$/hr? Is your vegas time worth more or less than $18/hr?

Kudos for sticking it out! They want you to get upset and forfeit your 'winnings'.

Edited: 24 August 2011, 16:08
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Thanks for sharing your experience.

I have toyed with the idea of doing one of these, but it costs so much to get all the way to Vegas from Scotland, and our time is just so precious when there that it just doesn't make sense for us.

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I have another recent timeshare experience to share, in case anybody is interested.

We stayed at Planet Hollywood in June, and as we walked out of the hotel on our first day there, a young girl pounces on us, asking if we’ve seen the Cosmopolitan Hotel. For some reason I still can’t fathom, my wife and the friend we’re travelling with actually stop to listen to her, and this girl ends up promising $300 in Cosmopolitan gaming chips, a $50 Visa gift card, and a variety of coupons if we’ll spend 90 minutes listening to the Jockey Club time share spiel and getting a tour of the Cosmo. Sounds too good to be true, so I’m still skeptical, but the girls think we can afford to spend some vacation time in return for some free stuff. So, we agree to go, especially since we want to see the Cosmo anyway.

We walk across the street to the Jockey Club and sit in a big waiting room with at least 15 other couples. After 10 minutes a guy walks in the room and calls us, as if we’re in a doctor’s office. He gives us the general song-and-dance about the benefits of time shares, then all the couples and ushered into a small room where we watch a silly video showing satisfied customers, and then we see a couple of rooms in the Jockey Club. We never set foot in the Cosmo, which is one of the things we wanted to do in the first place.

Next, back to the waiting room area where they start the hard sell. No matter what they offer, we’re not going to bite, so we say “no” about 50 times. They shuttle us from person to person, each one offering a lower price than a previous guy, and they really apply the pressure.

After about 40 minutes, they’re eventually convinced that we’re not going to bite, so we’re shown into a small room where two women sit behind desks. The first gives us yet another hard sell, but this time it’s for a “travel club”, which she claims is nothing like a time share… Whatever she calls it, we’re not buying, so she turns us over to the other woman, who is responsible for the “gifts”. Remember the $300 in Cosmopolitan gaming chips? Turns out to be $300 in slot play at Casino Royale. NOT what we were told, but at this point we just want out so we don’t complain. We also get the $50 Visa gift card and get out as fast as we can. The 90 minute presentation was really more like 2 ½ hours.

Later in the trip we found ourselves at Casino Royale so that we could redeem the $300 in slot play. We’re told that the certificates can be played in one small bank of slot machines, and then we see that cash payouts are ONLY made if the slot hits one of the jackpots. Not at ALL what we were told when the day began; we didn’t get anywhere near a jackpot, so the $300 in slot play was effectively worthless and the original girl on the street completely misrepresented what we received.

The girls got a good laugh at themselves, and had to endure the “I told you so’s” from me, but they said they STILL had the $50 gift card so they claimed that it wasn’t a TOTALLY worthless experience…

Icing on the cake: we’d heard good things about the Wicked Spoon buffet in Cosmo, so we decided to try it out for lunch. Cost was $22/person, but we figured we’d use the $50 free Visa gift card from the time share folks to defray the cost. We hand the card to the cashier and tell her that it’s worth $50, so she runs it through… “I’m sorry”, she says, “but this card was declined.” WHAT! Oh, those slimy timeshare people…. The cashier was quite nice as my wife is muttering about punching that girl in the face, and offers to try running the card through with a smaller amount. She tries $40, and it is accepted. OK, so at least we were paid $40 (I called the toll-free number on the card to check the balance later that day, and $2 remained; we’re not sure why the original balance was $42 instead of $50).

Sorry for the long-winded response; just couldn’t stop typing.

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8. Re: Grandview timeshare experience

I don't understand...you have to PAY THEM for a presentation? I didn't know you had to give them money for the pleasure of them trying to sell you a timeshare. Now i'll really stay away!

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We didn't give any money to the timeshare folks for the Jockey Club experience and they didn't ask for anything other than our time. They fully expected us to cave under the relentless pressure, and THEN they'd get our money...

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I was blown away by the fact that they had you pay!?!