• Report: #938516

Complaint Review: Global Resorts Network

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  • Submitted: Sat, September 08, 2012
  • Updated: Sat, September 08, 2012

  • Reported By: Delores — Charlotte North Carolina United States of America
Global Resorts Network
Internet United States of America

Global Resorts Network Is Unethical Money Making Scheme Ripping Consumers Off - Don't Join..Read This!, Internet

*Consumer Comment: Complaint Contains Little Substantiation

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Global Resorts Network is obviously a money game scheme for distributors to make huge commissions selling a product with a price that has no relationship to fair market pricing. After wasting $4,995 to join Global Resorts Network, I found this video online "Global Resorts Network overpriced by 1700% and I realized I had been duped by a high pressure selling GRN distributor.

I felt so embarrassed when I learned I could have bought access to Gold Crown resorts (the provider of the resorts to GRN) for only $697.

My husband is furious with me for wasting $4,995.00 and I learned about the $697 travel savings product after the 3 day refund period. Thank God I did not buy into the $12,500.00 GRN package that the distributor was pushing me to buy or my husband might be divorcing me over this. I have since learned there are several condo resort product companies that have 3 times more inventory than GRN in 150 more countries and all of these sell for less than $1,000.

I discovered  Hemisphere Travel Group is the Company that provides the resort condo inventory for the few companies that sell it for under $1,000. They all are business opportunities like GRN.

How could I ethically and morally sell someone a $12,500.00 package when they can get the same inventory as GRN plus three times more inventory for less than a $1,000??

I admit I made a mistake in judgement joining Global Resorts Network and I have to take responsibility for my poor decision. It is a legal business opportunity??? I am so mad at myself so that is why I wanted to write this report to warn anyone considering joining GRN so they will not go through what I am going through. It has been emotionally devastating as well as financially devastating ($5,000.00 LOSS) since I can not ethically go out and sell this money scheme to others!

Don't fall for the hype like I did hearing how Michelle Pescosolido made 6 figures in 6 months and retired her husband from working his job. It is true, but I have since learned only 5% of Global Resorts Network distributors make any money. They have been in business for over 20 years and sold thousands and thousands of distributors into this business but you only hear about a dozen or so names of distributors being talked about and most of them are new.

Here is more important information you should know if a GRN distributor is trying to sell you into the business....

Global Resorts Network started selling the same product over 20 years ago for
$1,995.00 for a 3 year membership
$2,995.00.00 for a lifetime membership

Now without adding any more value to the product management raised prices recently...
$1,995.00 2 weeks of "Hot Weeks"
$4,995.00 10 weeks of "Hot Weeks"
$12,500.00 20 weeks of "Hot Weeks"

Same Gold Crown inventory of 5,000 locations in 55 countries. Obviously the price increase was to try to pay higher commissions to a failing business opportunity and a more competitive online marketplace. The Hemisphere marketing companies have the same Golf Crown resorts plus three times more resorts in 200 countries and UNLIMITED Hot Weeks starting at $100.

I guess Mark Hoverson and others got away with it by comparing GRN to buying a $20K timeshare so the proposition made sense at $2,995.00 and can still be justified at $12,500.00. (As long as people do not know you can buy access to more resorts than GRN for only $697)

Just so you know, Hemisphere Travel Group is a private benefits package so when you go their site you can click on buttons and it does not go anywhere. They have sold a few license to marketing companies and that is how you can access the travel savings package. They do not sell to the public.

If you are a hardcore sales type and you have thousands to invest in advertising  and you have no issue doing a money game then Global Resorts Network may work for you...

If you are looking for a solid long term online business and you have good morals and ethics I am sure after reading the FACTS above I have saved you from making the same costly mistake I did. That will make me feel a little better knowing I stood up and spoke out to save others.


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#1 Consumer Comment

Complaint Contains Little Substantiation

AUTHOR: Ken - ()

The author of this complaint has the right to express her opinion, as we all do.

However, while we are all entitled to our opinions, we are not entitled to our own facts.

She judges Global Resorts Network as an “Unethical Money Making Scheme Ripping People Off, yet uses as evidence for her judgment a web link reference to a YouTube video by a man by the name of Greg Taylor..

If you take the time to watch the video, Mr. Taylors first claims to be a best selling author on Amazon (for his estimated 40 page book "Cheap Holidays"), he goes on to tell you what a horribly bad deal Global Resorts Network is and that for a much better deal of $697, all you need do is go to the website earn500overandover.

The problem with his suggestion is the website is non-functional.

Hmm...I delved further to learn more of Mr. Taylors amazing better deal and found gregtaylorblog.com. There, I discovered he offered an even better deal than his first seemingly non-existent one. By simply using Greg's generous by 'invitation only', you have the chance to become a member of Bon Voyage Elite where you can join for a one time lifetime membership fee of only $287....wow! what a deal!...beats the heck out of the earlier $697 deal, does it not?

Alas, another obstacle though, if you eagerly rush to the site Mr. Taylor suggests, cheapholidaysinfo.net, you see below the video, the instructions: Receive Private Invite Submit Name & Email

But again, to your dismay, you discover there is no way to submit your name and email....

Drat the luck! Oh well...sounded good anyway...

By all appearances, Greg Taylor’s “best selling book” is primarily a sales pitch for a ‘condo resort product company’, he just seems to find it a challenge which one he wishes to promote on any type of consistent basis.

Back to the complaint.... to say she realized 'she had been duped' implies she was tricked or deceived, but there is no evidence that supports that statement, at least from the example she gave.

Moving on....the author of the complaint then states: "I have since learned there are several condo resort product companies that have 3 times more inventory than GRN in 150 more countries and all of these sell for less than $1,000."

And goes on to say: "I discovered  Hemisphere Travel Group is the Company that provides the resort condo inventory for the few companies that sell it for under $1,000. They all are business opportunities like GRN.

I tried to contact the owner of the above mentioned site using the address provided in godaddys 'who-is' lookup feature.

I know it will sound crazy, but my attempt to contact the site owner resulted in the reply: Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently and No such person at this address"

Hmm…again....Could this be the explanation as to why when you go to their site you can click on buttons and it does not go anywhere???

And ‘if’ there is no way to find more info about the Hemisphere Travel Group, where did the complainant obtain the information in her claim that “The Hemisphere marketing companies have the same Gold Crown resorts plus three times more resorts in 200 countries and UNLIMITED Hot Weeks starting at $100.”??

To her credit, she did admit making a mistake in judgment, and said she had to take responsibility for her poor decision. However, she still is lacking a bit in accepting full responsibility by redirecting the majority of blame toward GRN.

The time to research a rather substantial purchase is ‘before’ you buy, not ‘after’.

I am empathetic to the author feelings, but at the same time, I cannot blindly accept her attack on Global Resort Network.

She said she was emotionally and financially devastated and calls it a ($5,000.00 LOSS) since, as she stated, she can not ethically go out and sell this money scheme to others!

First, there was NO purchase required in order for her to sell GRN products 'if' she chose to become an affliate. Second, she bought a product that she can still use and there is no need or requirement to sell produts to others. Could she have bought a better, less expensive product? Possibly. She claims so. Yet she fails to offer verifiable evidence.

So, it is in fact, ‘not’ a total loss as she suggests. She can actually use the product and save money if and when she chooses to use it. She can sell it. Perhaps not for what she paid for it, but she still has that option.

I am not questioning her morals and ethics, but I mustquestion the evidence she presented as facts when the majority of them can not be substantiated.

I am in agreement that the Global Resorts Networks products are a bit pricey, but again, the responsibility of the choice of whether or not to buy something and/or if the perceived value is worth the asking price lies ultimately with the buyer.

It seems if a couple were going to buy a GRN package given the prices of the GRN packages she gave that it would make better sense for them to each buy the 10 week deal for a savings of $2500 and still have a total (together) of 20 weeks per year.

Perhaps, that is not allowed. I personally know no one who can afford to vacation 20 weeks out of each year.

I just felt the complaint was overly harsh and offered no viable solution or alternative.

Global Resorts Network's products do offer value and potential savings to those who buy them and actually use them. 

GRN no longer operates as an MLM company, but still accepts affiliates who wish to sell their products. Again, there is NO purchase required to sell GRN products.

Best wishes to you in all your endeavors!

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