(Closed) help! is this a scam?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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745 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve heard about stuff like this and I’ve heard it’s a bunch of crap…that they do try to sell you on memberships for things, timeshares, shopping centres that require an annual fee, things lik ethat.  It makes me weary, I won’t go to anything like that.

Post # 4
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1403 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I went to a similar one (maybe the same company).  They did a demonstration and then proceded to give us the opportunity to purchase some of their products if we wanted to.  They didn’t pressure sales us at all.  I actually ended up buying something because I liked it…

There’s no harm in going.  If they’re like the one I went to, they’re probably offering you some kind of free gift.  Beware, if you hear the phrase “time share,” beat it out of there though.  😀

Post # 5
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4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

It’s basically a huge sales pitch – no harm in going if you’re interested – I had a friend who went to one of those and ended up buying some cookware that she is super excited about. 

Post # 7
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464 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I got a call for something similar, where they also said I would get some kind of “free” vacation if I went. I think the people who called me were called Pink Apron, or something like that. It sounded very scammy to me, so I didn’t go. Not sure if it really was a scam, or if its the same people who called you, but the notice that I’d “won” a vacation I never entered a contest to win seemed dubious to me.

Post # 8
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1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I would tend to agree with jenbrander- it sounds more like a cookware demonstration to me. There’s no harm in it- some of us like that stuff- but just remember: there’s no such thing as a free lunch!!

Post # 9
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33 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve received a call similar to yours a couple of months ago saying I won a free honeymoon after entering in a drawing at the expo. As any bride would be, I was excited! They said all I had to do was bring my Fiance with me to the hotel that they were having a seminar at and complete a survey after they show’d us a demonstration of cookware.

I ended up not going because I googled their website along with the word scam, and sure enough, it was a scam.

What a way to get my hopes up, but I’m so glad I checked before I went.

Post # 11
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5823 posts
Bee Keeper

There’s been a lot of posts about these kinds of offers on the boards lately.  Try searching for the company on Weddingbee and see if one of the old threads comes up.  That may give you an idea.

Post # 12
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1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

we have been to a thing like that. What’s the name of the products? If its what we’re thinking, they ARE AMAZING!! and I really wish we could have gotten some. But its a really cool thing to go to!

Post # 13
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57 posts
Worker bee

I’d be very wary.  I wouldn’t want to sit at a hotel for 2.5 hours watching someone demonstrate their product to you–that sounds really tedious to me!  If you want nice cookware, it would be much easier to just research the good brands online or at the store and pick the ones you want.  What’s probably going to happen is the people selling the cookware are going to make you feel very pressured to buy, either because you feel sorry for them that they went through all the effort of doing the presentation, or because you feel obligated since there aren’t that many other people there.  They might even have a “fake” couple there oohing and ahhing over the products and buying them to encourage you to buy.

Now I could be wrong about all this, but I guess I just don’t see how you’re likely to get much good out of it.

I also had scammy type people call me after I went to a bridal expo, telling me I had won a free honeymoon and I just had to sit through a demonstration.  After googling, I figured out it was a total scam.  Beware!

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