OH WOW ok so I JUST got back from a 90 minute (really more like a 2 hour +) demo presentation at The Radisson in New Rochelle. I got a call after a bridal expo stating we ‘won’ a free gift from Bridal Registry Events Promotions. <br />We were SO interested! Let me explain why…<br />SOOOO the free gift was $1,000 in coupons (which it turns out you need to pay $5 to mail in and ‘redeem’, not to mention their offers actually suck), plus you can choose between two offers of 2night/3day vacation at an all inclusive hotel, or more destinations at a non all inclusive package (WHICH It turns out there is FINE PRINT stating you need to pay $178 upfront before you can even talk to a travel agent, and you Must check in on a Monday or a Tuesday, AKA no weekend vacations!), or a $700 value of titanium/tungsten rings (which I found the coupon code online to get them free with $25 shipping anyways). So at the time we were interested in the all inclusive vacation.
We get to the presentation, there are a few other couples, and we are educated about a company called ‘Cook World’ cookware.
Turns out the pots seem pretty legit. But once he brought up the price of $2000….everyone in the room was like NOPE!…Until he mentions that you ALSO get a 7night/8day stay at almost any hotel in the world you want – aka honeymoon paid for. SO WE WERE IN!!….problem is, no paperwork. You are only given a limited amount of time full of excitement and thrill about to make a impulsive decision while the representative (‘JERRY’ – WHO WAS ONE OF THE RUDEST STRANGERS I EVER CAME IN CONTACT WITH, I’ll explain) half pressures you into deciding what you want to do. But when I asked my representative named JERRY for the terms and conditions BEFORE I sign on any dotted line, he came up into my face, got very loud so the entire room could hear it and told me that if I was interested in purchasing for the vacation and I wasn’t interested in the POTS then I shouldn’t even purchase. My non-confrontational fiance and I were pretty taken back.
We ignored his absolute disrespect, and when I asked him again for terms and conditions, he quickly snaps ‘there are none! Do you see any terms and conditions? There are none! I am giving you my cell phone number, you have my word, I will write down ‘7 night 8 day stay’ and you will initial it!’…..so….no terms and conditions eh? Well not in that room, but there are ALWAYS terms and conditions especially when you are signing a contract you don’t even get to read before you agree to abide by it (not even sure how this whole ordeal is legal to be honest). He interrupts every word I or my fiance try to get in and insults us by hollering in front of the other couples (part if his business tactic – peer pressure, fear, demeaning, etc) to ‘go sit down and figure it out’, and when we do, he mumbles loudly ‘I have 5 kids, I know how to deal with kids’. OK WOW.
From that point on we decided Forget it, A. he is obviously hiding something if he feels it necessary to conduct his business in this fashion, B. I dont even want to give him the sale right now with that kind of mouth, C. This is sounding reallllly sketch and I dont have a good feeling about it. So we decided to drop it and leave with our ‘free’ 2 night/3 day stay’ (which is only to 5 hotels that are OK – [ex: Wyndham Aztec and Maya], that you must Only check in on a Monday-Tuesday, you obv pay taxes and airfare, but you also are required to pay fees ahead of time before ‘redeeming’ it or speaking to Any travel agency, which I don’t trust).
I did my research this morning….and it turns out it is a VERY good thing I did NOT go through with the purchase because I then read the terms and conditions of all of our ‘free’ gifts, and guess what..WE FOUND THE SAME POTS (different company but same manufacturer, same exact thing with a different sticker slabbed on top) ON AMAZON FOR $250!!! MIND YOU, he was selling them for $2,000 and explaining what a great deal that was! HAH!!! He claimed the ENTIRE night it was ‘LIFETIME WARRANTY’ which in fact was a LIMITED lifetime warranty…oh I can go on and on about how Sketch this was.
SO I don’t want to say ‘oh it is a 100% scam’ because I think I read how people have gone on these vacations and jumped through all of these loops and holes, but in the end, the saying ‘too good to be true’, once again, wins. Praise GOD for revealing this to us before it was too late.
Do your research. <br />I will be getting the pots (with over 100 4-5 star real reviews on amazon) Amazon for 1/10th of the price, and hopefully I can still get a good deal on my honeymoon through a MUCH less sketchier means:) But I wish I could go back in time and stick up for myself to the rep, as well as help the other couples realize this information before they went through with their purchase.