I entered to win a $50,000 prize at the "tour de elk grove" (a summer festival) when I "won!" a trip for 3 days, 2 nights at a Marriott of my choice.. After being very spektical, as I should have been, then HARASSED me almost by calling me nearly 2 or 3 times a day.. The telemarketers are EXRTEEMLY pleasant and REALLY make you feel like they understand your sketisim.. SOO she now offered me "free airfare" and a "free $1,000 online shopping spree" ahhhhh RIGHT! but I figured they specifically said this is NOT for a timeshare or to buy anything.. that its just their way of "advertising their travel discounts" So what DO i have to lose?? well over an hour and a half of my time and LONGER if you dont have the "i'm out of here" attitude..
They insisted I bring my boyfriend because we live together - so we went.. It was a rainy friday night, we didnt have anything special to do, its right down the street - and if we can just stick to the little weekend get-away they we offering - cool! then I had NO problem listening to the "presentation"
To my surprise a room full of people also showed up! I figured that we ALL couldnt be suckers!! but anyways - The presentation was short but introducing us to their sales pitch.. for a FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLAR TRAVEL PACKAGE!!!!!!!!!! $15,000!?? WOW! for not 25 BUT 30 weeks of VACATION! (on special that day! of course!) Then Dwayne ends the presentation by having a SWARM of sales people wisk us away to their desks to see if we would like to right a check or finance the $15,000 package...
I just started laughing!! my boyfriend asks the kid that "has been there 4 weeks" if he was serious!? of course he says, "yeah, why!?" He said well its $12,000 today - with the 20% off not $15,000 BUT THAT MONEY HAS TO BE PAID THAT DAY - AT THAT TIME - NO time to even think about it! Then or never they said!!!
When I made it clear that we ARE NOT interested in purchasing ANY type of package and that I would NOT be writing him a check or having the package financed.. He brought his "boss" over to the desk.. The boss then does us a "SPECIAL deal" of $7,800 for a smaller package.. which we were so aggravated that I wasnt even listening what it was for.. So I said NO.. please just let us go - we arent buying anything.. the kid throws in there "wow! he never passes that out! he must have liked you guys.."
Then they sit us in another little room to wait for the manager to "validate our vouchers" I asked the girls that were sitting in the room waiting with us if they were offered the "special deal.." and the guy must have liked them too because they were offered it!! SURPRISE SURPRISE!!
After being there for an hour and a half they wisk us away now to the manager's office.. who now offers us "a special package that they only let him use twice a year.." for $895 and he could waive some fees.. blah blah blah - THAT was in fact the final attempt to get me to turn over a check to them.. but a scam none-the less..
I then checked on here (because a friend told me about ripoffreport.com) and of course the place that our FREE TRIP is from is called Spirit Incentives and there's pages and pages of horror stories.. not to mention the complaints about Sundance Vacations..
I know now to check this whenever skeptical!! and just wanted to give a heads up to anyone willing to WASTE their Friday night like we did - DONT DO IT!! its a waste of time and is a complete JOKE!
I have tried calling the location I went to - to question this "free trip" that they gave us.. along with the Online shopping spree that I did not receive and it keeps looping me through an automated system that wont even get me thru to the receptionist.. And I've been calling the number that they had me do the reservation to hear the "presentation" thru and they gave me a bogus number to contact Spirit..
I never thought of myself as a stupid person - but holy cow- today I feel like SUCH an IDIOT for going to this thing!! the only thing making me feel better is to warn those of you that are considering going!!
Elk Grove Village, Illinois