(Closed) American Prestige a scam or no?

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

This isn’t the same but similar.

But, in FL there are people who do this but you get discounted/free theme park tickets and you have to sit through a 90 or more presentation about those sharehold house that you use for vacation homes and share with like 4 people.

You really get discounted tickets at the end..but one of my friends did this and wanted to go to the 8 am presentation (thinking she’ll get out around 9:30) and be at the theme park with her free tickets by 10..lol. Nope, they wouldn’t let her go till about 11 and apparently the sales lady was extermely rude to her and her children. One of her kids is kind of teenager with a ‘tude and told the lady flat out that they weren’t interested in buying a sharehould vacation home and to please move onto the next thing..and the lady apparently didn’t like that she wasn’t going to make a sale and cussed at the teen with a message something along the lines of you aren’t the head of the household kind of speech.

But like I said, not the same…but I wouldn’t for a min really play along with the timeline because you might be there all day with the salesperson..and they might not be nice after they find out you are just there for the free stuff…

are there terms and conditions? Cuz there might be something in there that says you got to buy so amount to qualify or something..

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I don’t think you really “won” a vacation.  And yes, you’re not alone.  Years ago I won a scam prize at a bridal show from a vendor and it (when I married my ex husband and was engaged) was my own bakery I had signed with who screwed me over.  My bakery had already gotten my down payment on my cake and I won a drawing at a huge bridal fair and it happened that my prize was from my bakery and it was to be a FREE wedding cake..instead, they tried to re=write my contract and give me only a free delivery and set up of both cakes and some napkins.  Even back then, my cake was expensive and they said that I’d signed the contract blah blah blah and didn’t want to give me my prize.  When they wouldn’t honor the prize I won, I cancelled with them, contacted the BBB and got my down payment back and used another bakery. 

Sadly, I cannot understand why bridal shows let such things happen?  They do know (the vendors there) that most brides to be and fiances are just starting out maybe after college (well younger than me anyway..giggle)and could really use a break.  Your prize sounds good but there is for sure some fine print and I’d find out which city that business is located in and call the BBB there to see if there are complaints lodged against them.  I checked out their site, and while it may seem legit, and it may very well be, the whole idea of taking advantage or trying to hard-sell engaged couples (they also sell crystal, china, water filtration systems also according to that site) just doesn’t leave a good taste in my mouth.  

In your case, it would seem they are attempting to get you two to buy into a vacation club or some timeshare deal. 

I have some friends who got scammed into sitting for timeshare thing after having “won” a drawing a few years ago signed up for it and were really given a heavy sales pitch and felt as though they were almost held prisoner in there!  They couldn’t enjoy their vacation until they sat thru that sales session.

 

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

is it an actualy vendor at a show? i think it may be that someone got a lead list and contacted you from there.  in the future, you can always give a fake email or none at all…

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I actually went to an american prestige show with the fiance thinking we would get discounted tickets or something for just sitting through the show. It was extremely long, the basic set of cookware costs WELL OVER $2,000, and they didn’t offer you anything if you chose not to purchase anything.

A definite waste of time, with extremely annoying pitchmen. Don’t go.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

And we ended up getting a beautiful set of cookware off of our registry.. which led us to wonder why they think brides-to-be are going to be willing to shell out that kind of money??

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Run away!  Run far, far away!  For all of the reasons listed by the other ladies! 

Post # 9
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: March 2010

To those it may concern,

My name is Tony Miller and as owner and President of American Prestige, it is distressing to hear negative comments in regards to my company. I have been in the cookware business for 34 years and am proud of our product and our service to our customers.

American Prestige has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau due to our dedication to customer satisfaction and the quality of our product. I would like to stress, however, that whether or not you become a customer, if you are invited to one of our shows, you will receive a 3 day/2 night accommodations, of your choice.

I do understand that some may be skeptical. However, we work with travel professionals to not only promote our products, but to promote the hotels and resorts that the couples may enjoy.

American Prestige is one part of Royal Prestige, which has been around since 1959. There are many offices that are independently owned and some may go about their business in different ways.

I have worked hard to make sure that my business is run legitimately and with the highest of standards. Yes, our employees on the phones, are required to say certain things. Such as, the couples are “selected” from our drawings and have not “won” their hotel stays.

We strive to make everything clear before they even make an appointment to come and see our product. Our presenters go over everything up front, and stress that no one is obligated to buy anything to get their gifts. All we ask is that they let us show them our products, which includes a cooking demonstration.

For those who are calling this a “scam”, I can only ask “If you didn’t actually attend one of our demonstrations, how can you be so sure that we are not legitimate?”

Every couple that attends our presentation receives, not only their choice of hotel accommodations (one all inclusive, one a hotel stay), but $1,000 in grocery coupons, whether they become customers, or not.

In conclusion, I’m sorry if you have had bad experiences with other companies or other distributors, but American Prestige has not and will not ever attempt to mislead anyone.

If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to contact me:

1-888-966-7712
Or, at
[email protected]

Sincerely,

Tony Miller

Post # 10
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Wannabee

I got a call 2 saying I won.  My mom thinks its a scam, but me, my sister & fiancee are both ify about it.  Were planning on going just to see what happens

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

They make you sit through a high-pressure presentation where try to sell you crappy over-priced cookware and china.

You can go to the presentation if you want, but don’t buy thier crap! If you’re in need of cookware, you can buy a set of Le Creuset, All-Clad, Calphalon, etc. that’s cheaper and better quality!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

So, if you don’t buy anything, do you still get the freebie? I got a similar call today. We don’t need cookware, and if we did we would go with a brand that we like. I am curious but want to be cautous. Do others have experience from American Pristige?

Post # 14
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Wannabee

I went to the American Prestige presentation last night. I didn’t buy their $2,200 cookware, but got the package. First I chose the the vacation with the Bahamas in it and you have to pay $100 refundable fee and your airfare. The coupon thing you have to pay like $5 for, and the wedding bands are $25 s&h for each ring. In the end the the rings and vacation is cheaper than paying for it all. The bands themselves are close to $3,000, but bad news is I can’t find a location for the jeweler so you’re not able to try anything on. 

Post # 16
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2012

No it is not a scam. We have won a trip. Like @abrewer1987 said it’s legit. 

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