I am usually quite observant when it comes to these things, and usually very quick to spot a scam, but honestly this one snuck by me. A banner mentioning a "free" seminar to learn about marketing on the internet, I should have known better. But it caught my attention so well, that I actually went back to click on it, 5 minutes after I passed it by. I don't know why.
But I am reading all your reports, and it would seem that they have gotten even slicker since you were all taken by the same company. NOw they don't even advertise the company who they are fronting for, until you get the sales pitch at the 90 minute presentation. And they keep doing quite 'fair' things during the presentation, so you would think they are fair... and I paid attention to all that, yet some how they convinced me to pay $20. to attend another one of their workshops, the 9 hour all day one, next Sat. at an even fancier hotel here in Atlanta, than the one we went to for the sales pitch.
They also convinced me that $98 would be a terrific investment to be an affiliate on a vacation sharing program that works a lot like a time share but you don't own it, it is just for taking vacations. But that you can take week-long vacations and get the 1,2 or 3 bedroom suites for the whole week for $99-$599.00.
They pitch it so well, that even as a single mom of 3, I signed up without out thinking because they said they would wait a month before actually charging my credit card. and I would love to take my kids away. But even at these rates I could never afford it. Who has $600 just to go away, without $ for food and fun?
But what's more ironic is going to the vacation site, in StoresOnline's paperwork it says because we are affiliated with StoresOnline, we will be waived the $19.95 monthly access Fee, yet when you go directly to the website, the site says it is only a $11.95/a month charge. Why is there a difference?
Nor do they let you know that there are actually several different levels of Affiliate, so you are now boxed into something you may not want, not realizing there are more options.
NOR do they let you know that in actuality almost all of the vacations are in the $499.00 range.
NOT only that, but this vacation company is based in UTAH... I have no doubt in my mind (since they don't list a company address on the site) that it is owned by the same company. But they are setting it up fraudulently.
I will say this, I am very grateful for Ripoff Reports existance (I've posted here before) as well as to those of you who posted here before me about StoresOnline, because I was truly waivering on whether or not to go next Sat. and I know now that I will not waste another penny in gas or parking or my time to go see these people who lie about even their own websites (which, if they were to follow their own advice, should be at the top of every search engine, yet I could not find ANY of their sites unless I typed in the site name precisely).
Thankfully all I have lost is $118 & a couple of hours, which I WILL be fighting to reclaim (and have already contacted the FBI about).
Thanks and good luck to the rest of you...