• Report: #958392

Complaint Review: wholesale escapes

  • Submitted: Mon, October 22, 2012
  • Updated: Sat, November 24, 2012

  • Reported By: kate — philadelphia Pennsylvania United States of America
wholesale escapes
85 South Market Street Charleston, South Carolina United States of America

wholesale escapes wholesale travel connection, RSI, 1st choice sales & market FRAUDS!!!!! Charleston, South Carolina

*Consumer Comment: 1st Choice Sales and Marketing, Inc. Representatives Enter Guilty Plea for Travel Scam

*UPDATE Employee: Wholesale Escapes proper usage

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My husband & I sat through a high pressured sales presentation.  I tried to leave several times, but they continued to discount  their travel services.  They dropped their fees from 7,000 to $4,000.  Everytime I pointed out that I would not be interested in staying in a timeshare, they brought up other vacation packages that would get us the same savings.  They brought out a book that listed 5 star resorts around the world and told us that we would be able to book at any resort without black out dates or other restrictions, however this is not true. 

The hotel savings they quote you are only for Days Inn and does not apply to higher end hotels.  We tried to book our last trip through them, but we found that the savings they told us we would find were no better than other websites such as vacationstogo.com, hotels.com, travelocity. 

We obviously have been scammed.  Why would we pay $4000 for them to merely match prices we found online?  If anyone is interested in getting a class-action lawsuit, please contact me. 

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#1 Consumer Comment

1st Choice Sales and Marketing, Inc. Representatives Enter Guilty Plea for Travel Scam

AUTHOR: Reberto - ()

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE :   Tuesday, April 16, 2013 
CONTACT:  Sara Rabern (605)773-3215   

  
 1st Choice Sales and Marketing, Inc. Representatives Enter Guilty Plea for Travel Scam


PIERRE, S.D  -  Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Angie Lee-Barnes, 38, Daniel Island, South Carolina and Teresa Poston Duffee, 50, Georgetown South Carolina, pled guilty to one count of failure to inform buyer of right to cancel, class 2 misdemeanor. Sentencing will be scheduled in June.

Charges stemmed from sales presentations that were conducted at a Sioux Falls hotel in December of 2012. The questionable presentations generated numerous consumer complaints to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division. 1st Choice Marketing enticed consumers with fraudulent travel vouchers promising airline tickets from an airline that is nonexistent. In addition, the voucher notification includes a statement which reads “This is not a timeshare or land sales offer.” Once consumers called the number listed on the notification, they were instructed in order to redeem the travel voucher they would have to attend a meeting that would last approximately 90 minutes. In addition, they failed to provide consumers with the necessary three day right-to-cancel notification form.  

As part of the agreement, restitution in the amount of $19,304.00 will be returned to consumers. 1st Choice Sales and Marketing must send certified letters to each consumer who signed up for this “travel service” indicating that they may cancel the contract at any time. Upon receipt of the cancellation the company will have 10 days in which to issue a refund. 

This case was investigated by the Division of Criminal Investigation and the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division and prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.
 

 

Read the whole story here: 

http://atg.sd.gov/News/NewsReleases/NewsReleasesView/tabid/441/itemID/3123/moduleID/719/view/597/Default.aspx

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#2 UPDATE Employee

Wholesale Escapes proper usage

AUTHOR: wholesaleescapes - (United States of America)

I am sorry you are having trouble using your Wholesale Escapes vacation club membership. I assure you that every day members are traveling and saving money. Many thousands have joined but there are a few who have had trouble. Just yesterday a member booked a 3 bedroom condo in Clearwater on the beach for a week with a savings of $800 and this is not advertised on the online travel agencies.

I noticed that you wanted 5 star hotels but then you had a problem with Days Inn. Which kind of accommodation do you want?

To use the system you must use it properly. Make sure you plan ahead and be flexible. Sometimes you will get a deal on a short notice. The cheapest hotels like Days Inn may not be cheaper than you could find, however you only get the discount when you check out of the online system. Call the concierge for assistance and they will look for the deals for you.

There is a Fantasy Getaway right now to the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas thru Dec, 4 left, that is only $239 for 7 nights. No airfare. That is a great deal. The other deals include airfare.

Trust assured you can find great bargains. But you must use the system, have a clear idea of what you want and have patience.

If you feel you need an advocates assistance then RCB management has setup a help line with randy at rcbmanagement.com  704-892-4945
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