• Report: #938236

Complaint Review: Tropical Sails Corp. - Daniel Oppliger

  • Submitted: Fri, September 07, 2012
  • Updated: Fri, December 28, 2012

  • Reported By: Anonymous — Nationwide USA
Tropical Sails Corp. - Daniel Oppliger
18189 W Weatherby Dr. Surprise, Arizona United States of America

Tropical Sails Corp. - Daniel Oppliger Daniel Oppliger Tropical Sails Tour Ripoff - Beware - Daniel Oppliger Is A Crook And A Cheat - Solar Eclipse Surprise, Arizona

*General Comment: No Class Action Against Philip Seldon - Fake Report

*Consumer Comment: Philip Seldon Class Action

*Consumer Comment: Janet Deland is a scam - she is not a customer

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Amazing

*Author of original report: Not true - I was not notified in March and I was overcharged - Dan Oppliger is a crook

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Consmer is sadly mistaken

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I signed up for Tropical Sails' Transit of Venus tour to Maui for a four night package from June 3 - 7, 2012 for $769 fully expecting an outstanding tour based on their Internet postings of solar eclipse tours. I did not expect to get ripped off as I was. It turns out that Tropical Sails' owner Daniel Oppliger is a cheat and a crook to be avoided at all costs.

First, I told him back in February not to charge my American Express card until the end of April as I am on Social Security and did not want to be burdened with the charge until then. The charge was supposed to be charged to Tropical Sails but what this cheat did was to have the charge charged by the resort, the Royal Lahaina Resort on March 3, 2012 for $921,69 not the $769 that I was supposed to be charged. I did not notice this charge until July and all the while Dan led me to believe that he was going to charge my card not telling me that my card had already been charged. Had I noticed the charge on my card, I would have disputed it and canceled the trip as I would have realized that he was a cheat.

In April I spoke with him about the details of the trip and he assured me that he was going to be there with telescopes and that he had a lot of people coming and that we would be observing from the Lahaina Resort's beach. I had booked my airfare in March to get a good rate flying First Class.
As it turns out, he did not book anyone else other than me for the trip and there was no Transit of Venus tour as he advertised but he did not let me know. If I did not contact him the week before the trip and simply went to Maui expecting to meet the group at the resort as arranged in April, I would have been left high and dry at the resort with no telescope to observe the Transit.
He did not go to Maui and did not make arrangements for a telescope at the resort. He made no effort to contact me to tell me this. Fortunately, I called him the week before the event and he informed me of this and I was able to contact the local astronomy club and make arrangements to view the transit with them. Had I arrived on the night of June 3rd and had to try to make arrangements on June 4th to try to locate the astronomy club on June 4th I would have been unsuccessful and would have missed the transit and would have made the trip for nothing but more importantly missed an event that would not occur for another 105 years. This cheat should be tarred and feathered. He does not give a d**n about his customers.

From what I have been able to ascertain from the resort, Daniel Oppliger did not book a block of rooms for the event for his Transit of Venus Tour as advertised in his brochure. It is clear that he had no intention of actually running a real tour but simply was going to book rooms at the resort to earn a commission for himself. I am told by the resort that he told them that he was a travel agent when he booked my room and that he earned a large commission, upwards perhaps of $360 on my booking on the $921.69 charge he told the resort to charge me when he advertised $769. This guy is a total rip-off. He advertises tours that are nonexistent. Beware when you consider going on one of his total eclipse tours as you may find yourself in the same situation - being booked on a group tour of his that he does not go on and does not make group arrangements for. His tours may be nonexistent - BEWARE.

When I contacted him and asked him to refund the difference between the $769 he advertised in his brochure and the $921 he told the resort to charge me he was abusive and nasty and basically told me to go f**k myself. This was a mere $152 when he earned a $360 commission! This is the kind of behavior you can expect from the kind of crook that Daniel Oppliger clearly appears to be. Avoid this guy and his Tropical Sails Corp at all costs.

If you want to go on a Solar Eclipse tour I recommend MWT which you can find by an Internet search. They run excellent trips at affordable prices and are an honest and ethical company. I have gone on two of their trips and am completely satisfied with them. I am sorry that I did not go on their Transit of Venus trip but I wanted to go to Maui as I wanted to see the volcanic crater on the island.


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#1 General Comment

No Class Action Against Philip Seldon - Fake Report

AUTHOR: Andrew_Spinnell Esq. - (United States of America)

I Andrew J. Spinnell, am an attorney located in New York City. I did not post the ripoffreport.com postings claiming that I seek to commence a class action against Philip Seldon. I have no intention of commencing a class action against Philip Seldon and am not aware of any basis to do so.

I do not know who did this posting and it was done without any foundation or basis in fact and certainly was done without my knowledge or permission.
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#2 Consumer Comment

Philip Seldon Class Action

AUTHOR: Andrew - (USA)

This report was filed by a litigant of a law case, Philip Seldon, to defame, harass, and damage an indivuidual with libel causing pain and suffering.

Philip Seldon harasses people with fabricating libel Internet postings on Ripoff Report. Below is some of his methods of the past.

Revenge 101: Don't Get Mad, Get to Class :  New York: Night school offers instruction on striking back. But don't forget libel insurance. You might want to get a lawyer lined up now.

October 01, 1995|ELLEN WULFHORST | REUTERSNEW YORK Want to get revenge on a cheating spouse? Wash his underwear with fiberglass and give him a really nasty itch.Sick of lousy service? In place of a tip, leave a few drops of a chemical so foul-smelling the restaurant will have to close for weeks.Need more ideas for getting back at a noisy neighbor, a nasty co-worker or a no-good girlfriend? Try taking a night school course on "Getting Even" offered in New York, where turning the other cheek is unsatisfying and forgiving and forgetting is no fun.The class is taught by seemingly mild-mannered Philip Seldon, a food and wine expert by trade. Seldon is a man to be handled with kid gloves, who by his own account has exacted revenge on business rivals, neighbors and even bullies from his childhood.His philosophy - and the reason he says he offers the class - is that revenge is a healthy cure for anger. "A great way to get it out of your system is to plan to get even," he said. "You can go to sleep with a smile on your face because that person is going to wish they never met you."Some students at a recent class looked determined to follow that advice. One was a bearded man who would say only that he wanted to hire some women to help him humiliate someone who had done him wrong. Another was a wild-eyed woman who complained of losing a lot of sleep and some of her sanity from living over an unrepentantly noisy restaurant. Three women in the back row, apparently more light-hearted types, insisted they were taking the class as a lark, but their eyes lit up at suggestions on how to settle scores with ex-beaus.None of the students was willing to reveal a name.Tops on Seldon's list for getting revenge is printing up posters or handbills, which he says are largely protected under freedom of speech laws, denouncing the offender. Stick to the facts and use only descriptions such as "screwball" - which he contends is libel-proof because no one can say what it means. Whether a judge or jury would agree with his legal interpretation is, well, subject to interpretation.He also offers a list of insults to be spat out at the deserving and the telephone number of a company that sells the malodorous chemical for clearing a building in seconds. And he suggests planting tidbits about business rivals in local gossip columns--truthful tidbits, presumably, to avoid libel laws--or informing authorities if someone cheats a bit on his or her taxes.Send every stitch of an unworthy mate's clothing to the dry cleaner - particularly one across town. Complain to the sanitation department about recycling at your apartment building and even the most tidy landlord is likely to get slapped with a fine.Seldon says he emphasizes revenge that stays on this side of the law. Letter bombs are out, sending pizza deliveries is a no-no and signing someone up for junk mail is taboo. No changing someone's door or drawer locks and no smearing a windshield with petroleum jelly either. And that malodorous chemical? Hmmm..."Some things he told us not to do I've already done," confided the woman waging war with the restaurant downstairs. "So I'll be a little more cautious."But since even the best-laid plans can go awry, Seldon can also suggest the name of an insurance company that offers coverage against libel.Exacting revenge requires biding your time, planning carefully and staying closemouthed, Seldon stresses. And not all problems can be solved by revenge. One woman was visibly crestfallen by Seldon's complicated suggestion that she trap her ex-husband with another woman and videotape the affair."Everything else I can think of with ex-husbands is illegal," Seldon admitted. "That's the problem with a lot of things."

Instructing people in the tenets of the revenge catharsis is Philip Seldon, who teaches the New York learning annex class on payback. Seldon sees revenge as the natural order of things."I have had a lot of people mistreat me in my life and I have seen a lot of people go through a lot of anguish," says Seldon, rattling off his own personal tales of revenge at a head-spinning pace, punctuated by gleeful chuckles. "I thought they could benefit from learning to how to get justice."If someone insults you, you can't have them arrested or sued. But you can say to someone at a party who is snide to you: 'That is a very pretty dress you are wearing. Do they make it in your size?'"I teach in my course that you should forgive and forget," says Seldon, who claims to have orchestrated revenge on his childhood bully by having the man publicly humiliated on the "Maury Povich Show." "If that doesn't work, then they concoct a plan, biding their time so they don't act compulsively, get obsessed and do things that are illegal."Seldon says sometimes just fantasizing a revenge scenario offers enough of a catharsis that a person doesn't need to enact it.Still, plenty of folks passing through his three-hour class see their fantasies through. For example:* A man who lost a promotion because of a false report in his personnel file turned in his boss for embezzlement.* A woman whose date stood her up on New Year's Eve (he reportedly told her it was because she was ugly) enlisted a friend to romance the man, standing him up for expensive engagements, ordering the most expensive meals, and last week, as the coup de grace, standing him up on New Year's Eve.* A woman romanced by her dancing school instructor discovered that he was giving her jewelry he stole from other women and stealing her jewelry to give to them. She reported his misdeeds to the dance community, and his career crashed and burned.*With no signs of a reversal of the revenge boom in sight, Ronan, whose testimonial about the teddy bear murder was published in the British newspaper the Observer, offers insights. Ronan claimed to be so damaged by his lover, both physically and emotionally, that he had pondered suicide. By shredding his lover's threadbare teddy (apparently he slept with it nightly) Ronan found a redemption of sorts."By a lucky accident I achieved the perfect revenge," he wrote. "The object I destroyed was inanimate and of no value to anyone but the owner, but in some way I paid him a small measure of the pain he had so liberally dealt out to me. . . ."I broke a pact in which I had agreed to be good and suffer and take the blame for loving someone who hated himself. . . . With one melodramatic and symbolic but effective bound, I was free."(BEGIN TEXT OF INFOBOX / INFOGRAPHIC)It's Payback TimeSome popular tactics for revenge are against the law, and for good reason. But others can bring nearly as much satisfaction without landing your nemesis in the hospital--or you in jail.Some to avoid:* Making annoying phone calls may be aggravated harassment.* Squirting glue into someone's locks counts as vandalism or criminal mischief.* Sending mystery pizzas to an unsuspecting recipient is a form of fraud.* Putting someone's name on a mailing list for pornographic material may violate postal laws--and they might actually enjoy the subscription.* Slashing a partner's cherished Armani suits would be vandalism or criminal mischief. Instead, try sending them across town to be cleaned and telling the dry cleaner there is no rush.Better approaches, experts say, might include:* Plant bulbs in a pattern designed to send a message to your rude neighbor, or cut your topiary into a symbolic gesture.* Obnoxious neighbors throwing a big party? Hang all your dainties out on the clothing line.* Getting harassing phone calls? Tell the caller in great detail about your day. ("First I flossed and then I clipped my toenails, but I had this infected hangnail. . . .")* If a clerk is rude and tries to rush you into buying something, leave the store temporarily and return to buy the merchandise from another clerk.* If two men are hitting on you, call one up and tell him you are finally ready for him, and give him the other guy's address.

Sources: Philip Seldon, instructor of "How to Get Even Within the Bounds of the Law," a class offered through New York City learning annex.

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NOTICE: If you're a male or female, immigrant or US CItizen, and have information and evidence that you've been harassed, stalked, or sexually abused by Philip Seldon currently or in the past, please contact Andrew Spinnell LLC, Attorney in NYC, New York for possible representation of a class action law case against this individual. Our firm has been awarded sucessful monetary judgements in court against this individual. We can help you.

Respond for help: Philip Seldon Victims Class Action phone 212-684-0317 or 888-654-1504 nationwide in the United States. Collect calls accepted from victims located Europe, Asia, or Latin America.

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#3 Consumer Comment

Janet Deland is a scam - she is not a customer

AUTHOR: Inna - (United States of America)

Janet Deland claiming to be a happy customer posting a photo of the transit of venus is a scam. She was not on the transit of venus tour as I was the only person booked on the tour and the only person who was at the Royal Lahina Resort booked by scam artist Daniel Oppliger, owner of Tropical Sails. Clearly, this was posted by Daniel Oppliger as Janet Deland was not in Maui for the transit of venus - I know this as I was there.

I can not imagine that Daniel Oppliger has too many happy customers as he advertises tours at a low price and then eventually charges his customers a higher price on their credit cards when it comes time for billing claiming additional fees in addition to his advertised price. This is a classic "bait and switch" scam in the tourism industry.

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#4 REBUTTAL Owner of company


AUTHOR: President - (United States of America)

Venus Transit by Janet Deland

A Very Happy Customer !

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#5 Author of original report

Not true - I was not notified in March and I was overcharged - Dan Oppliger is a crook

AUTHOR: Anonymous - (USA)

The information provided above by Dan Oppliger is not true. I was not notified in March that the trip was not going through and my credit card was charged in accordance with Dan Oppliger's instructions in March. He told me in April that the tour was getting filled up with others and then again in May that another was booked on the trip.

He did not send me an invoice but on February 9, 2012 he sent me an email wanting $993 for five nights which I disputed saying that I was supposed to have four nights including a Luau for $769 according to his brochure. He then agreed that I was right and that was what I was going to be charged. Then in March rather than put the charge through his company as he was supposed to he had the hotel bill be for the higher price of $991 which was never agreed to and was not the correct charge. He was paid a high commission on this. In my opinion, Dan Oppliger is a crook.

I was never offered a trip to Tahiti in March but only at the end of May when he told me that I would be the only one going. He gives the impression that this was his tour but it is not - it is the tour of another tour operator, Air Tahiti.

Dan Oppliger's statement that I called the hotel directly and changed the reservation is a total lie. I did not change the reservation as he booked the reservation telling the hotel to charge me the $921. I was not aware that he made the reservation when they charged me on March 6th for the $921. I never added an extra night - at all times I was reserved only for the four nights per Dan Oppliger's brochure. Dan Oppliger is a liar.

Dan Oppliger's claim that I was very difficult is again a total lie. I was not difficult - it was Dan Oppliger who was difficult and who waffled about who was going on the tour.

He says that I saw the Transit of Venus but this is no thanks to Dan Oppliger who left me high and dry in Maui with no telescope provided by his Tropical Sails Corp for an advertised Transit of Venus Tour. I was fortunate to have been able to hook up with the local astronomy club which Dan Oppliger did nothing to help me arrange.

Dan Oppliger says that the hotel prevailed in my dispute of the charge (It was American Express not Master Charge) but he fails to tell you that the hotel provided me with a refund of the $151 overcharge between his advertised $769 and the $921 he told them to charge after realizing that Dan Oppliger defrauded me on his brochure price. The hotel agreed with me that Dan Oppliger is a crook and refunded me the difference. He knows must about this and does not tell you this. Shame on him.

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#6 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Consmer is sadly mistaken

AUTHOR: President - (United States of America)

The customer was notified in March that the tour would not run and had ample time to make other arrangements.

He was offered another package to Tahiti where a tour did run.

His invoice sent by email did indeed show a figure of $921.

His bill was charged by the hotel directly as he called the hotel directly and changed his reservation that he originally made with Tropical Sails Corp including the addition of an extra night the increased the cost. 

He protested his bill with Master Charge and using the email as evidence, the hotel prevailed in his complaint for the full $921

The client was very difficult and we cannot always put together tours.  We have over 1700 past clients and most of them are very happy.

The client uses words that are not accurate. He spent four nights in five star resort and saw the Venus Transit. He recieved substantial value for his money.
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