• Report: #437159

Complaint Review: Apple Vacations

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  • Submitted: Tue, March 24, 2009
  • Updated: Wed, April 08, 2009

  • Reported By:McMurray Pennsylvania
Apple Vacations
Nationwide U.S.A.

Apple Vacations This Company is the Epitomy of Corporate Greed. They take money simply because they can. Newtown Square Pennsylvania

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We are in receipt of the letter from MariAne Matus, Senior Customer Care Specialist. We would like to state, for the record, that we are appalled by the way we have been treated by Apple Vacations, Inc. I understand that a cancellation of a day trip can be an inconvienience to you, but we feel, most ardently, that for you to keep our ENTIRE $200+ fee when we still have the voucher in our possession is nothing short of GREEDY. As a small business owner I believe the customer is always right. I had expected at least some respect and consideration but we have received none. Most companies would have, perhaps, charged a cancellation fee and returned at least part of our money, especially when we are still in possession of the voucher.

Instead, Apple has greedily and, in my opinion, unethically, taken $200+ dollars from us. This is despicable. Our trip to Punta Cana was our first Apple Vacation, and I promise you, our last. Because I believe in the power of "word of mouth" advertising I will make sure I post our story on the web in every location I can. I will also be more that happy to share our bad experience with our friends and neighbors. The least I can do is make sure that no one else is swindled by your company.

Apple Vacations does not allow its customers to cancel a day trip. We arrived on 2/13 and attended the "Apple Orientation." It wasn't an orientation at all, but a sales pitch in which we were sold day excursions that cost extra. We scheduled a trip for the next morning, 2/14 even though we were doubtful we would attend. We were only there for two days and really just wanted to relax at the resort. We hadn't paid at this point but received a call in our room informing us that we had to pay that night. We paid, again, even though we were doubtful of our commitment. After realizing we were exhausted we tried to cancel and were told there were no refunds.

Apple is playing a "he said, she said" game with us claiming that we were told during sales pitch/orientation that the trips were nonrefundable. We dispute this fact, but Apple is using this tactic to claim they have the right to keep all of the $200+ they took from us. We are in still in possession of the voucher that we were to present to the guide upon boarding. We were told that this voucher would prove that we did not attend and would help us in securing a refund from the corporate office when we returned to the states. This was, of course, not true. They refuse to give us a refund. We'd understand if they wanted to charge a cancellation fee and return only part of our money. But, no Apple, they've kept it all. In my opinion this is just plain old bad customer service. This was our first and last Apple Vacation.

Pennsylvania mom
McMurray, Pennsylvania
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 03/24/2009 12:39 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Apple-Vacations/nationwide/Apple-Vacations-This-Company-is-the-Epitomy-of-Corporate-Greed-They-take-money-simply-bec-437159. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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AUTHOR: Iloveapple - (U.S.A.)

When you go on an Apple Vacation you are encouraged to go to an Orientation (thats exactly what it is, not a "Sales pitch") so the in resort Apple Rep can answer any questions/concerns you have about the property upon your arrival and DURING your stay as well as RECOMMEND any tours/excursions that you may be interested in. You are not forced to purchase any additional excursions and are told (and I'm sure it is noted on the voucher as well) that excurisons are non-refundable. If you felt at the time that you were not going to be able to attend the excursion, why did you purchase it in the first place? I don't think that this comment/statement is vaild on your part and certainly do not see it as a "rip off". If you should be angry at anyone, it should be yourself.
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