• Report: #39943
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  • Submitted: Fri, January 03, 2003
  • Updated: Thu, November 04, 2004

  • Reported By:paterson New Jersey
OMAHA, Nebraska U.S.A.

MWI, SIMPLE ESCAPES, Dealpass.com rip-off This is false & misleading advertising OMAHA Nebraska

*Consumer Comment: Thanks for the heads up, Cindy!!!!!!!!

*Consumer Comment: Its a Rip-off if not authorized! I NEVER signed up for this program!

*Consumer Comment: simple escape is money saving.

*Consumer Comment: Too good to be true? Read the fine print.

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I signed on to the site thinking I was going to get discounts for shoppers, but actually they want you to but gift certificates to recieve your discounts. I was told I was going to be charged a 1 time processing and non-refundable fee of $1.00. But when I looked on my bank statement I saw I was charged 2 times for the processing fee and some other charges. I went on the net to look for the site when I came up with a search I saw the Rip Off Reprt.com and I said to myself oh my god. All these complaints for this company.Now I haven't been ripped off in hundreds of dollars yet but I want to stop it now before it gets too far.

And also there is another company in conjunction with Simple Escapes called Galleria it said if you sign up with Simple Escapes you will get free $25.00 gift card to K-mart and a another store of your choice.I have recieved the information packet for Simple Escapes , I then got to cards in the packet also saying to fill them out to recieve the gift card and it takes 2-4 weeks then they will send you a survey after the survey, and when they recieve it then you will get your gift card. By that time my trial period is up and I have to pay. Thats stupid. That's not what the ad advertised.

This is false and misleading advertising. They also changed their website from www.SimpleEscapes to www.DealPass.com. After I saw all of the reports I decided to file one too. These Bastards charging to my debit card taking my hard earn money!!!

Paterson, New Jersey

CLICKE HERE ...*EDitor's NOTICE ..MWI Lawsuit filed

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#1 Consumer Comment

Thanks for the heads up, Cindy!!!!!!!!

AUTHOR: Anna - (U.S.A.)

I just received a phone call from Simple Escapes during which I was solicited to join. I was told that I would receive a $25 gift certificate to Wal-Mart as a thank you from the businesses I used--Target was mentioned and there were a couple other names slurred in there that I didn't make out.

Now, I was told that the marketer had to read me a script before we could get to the gift certificate. He stated that this was an "old script" used when they signed people up for their services so when I heard words like agreement, sale, credit card, membership, etc. I could disregard them because I was getting the service free for 21 days. After 21 days, it would automatically lapse. No strings. As a lawyer and a breathing human being, this sounded quite fishy.

How long does it take to re-write a script??? Why have the script when he gave me the spiel already??? SCAMMER SCAMMER SCAMMER SCAMMER SCAMMER. I'm willing to bet that the only part of the conversation that would be recorded is the part with the old script and the poor schlep on the phone saying yes to joining.

So, while he was talking, I googled Simple Escapes and found this site as well as a couple others of the same ilk. I told him that I wasn't interested because I had looked the company up on the internet and wasn't pleased. Oddly enough, the first 5 or 6 sites pulled up were complaints about the company. Boy, was he pissed. The last words I heard were "Why don't you want to save money...." I do want to save money--but the venn diagram on the Simple Escapes website explaining how their system works looks like a shell game. Too good to be true. Think I'll just live within my means.
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#2 Consumer Comment

Its a Rip-off if not authorized! I NEVER signed up for this program!

AUTHOR: DenBrent - (U.S.A.)

In my case, I NEVER signed up for this program! If some kind of misleading pop-up or internet ad is used to "recruit" unsuspecting members (that don't always read the "fine" print if the "fine" print is even made available) then it IS a rip-off and is unethical and just plain misleading and WRONG for anyone to be able to do business this way! Your credit card should NEVER be charged any kind of recurring (annual or otherwise) charges without your written approval (or at least verbal via recorded conversation)! This company banks on the fact that few people go over their credit card statements with a fine tooth comb. They hope that the charges go thru undisputed or "overlooked"! No company should be allowed to do business this way.
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#3 Consumer Comment

simple escape is money saving.

AUTHOR: Victor - (U.S.A.)

thru simple escape, i saved money. when i bought my scanner, i used a gift card which i ordered from simple escape. i got a refund of 20% back to my credit card. i ordered gift card for olive garden and red lobster, i got 20% back to my credit card. i don't know why some are complaining about simple escape. may be they want to recieved a discount without purchasing nothing. today i ordered again a $100.00 target gift card. i strongly agree that simple escape can save me money.
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#4 Consumer Comment

Too good to be true? Read the fine print.

AUTHOR: Andrea - (U.S.A.)

In reply to the complaint against Simple Escapes, I would like to state that I am a customer, and I received exactly what I expected. This occured for two reasons: I did not have unreasonable expectations, and I read the material carefully to understand exactly what the offer entailed.

The author of the complaint was upset that the time it would take to receive his free gift certificates would be beyond his free trial membership. In order to receive the gifts, he would have to buy the membership. Did he really expect to get $50 worth of gift certificates for nothing? At that point, he had the choice of joining the program (now that he had ample opportunity to look it over) or cancelling and avoiding the $140 or so fee. Furthermore, the company has a satisfaction guarantee. Call them if you have any questions or reservations about the program: 877-836-6903.

I have been a member for almost a year. I have received more than my membership fee back in the form of refunds (not even counting the free gift certificates mentioned above).

If someone does not want to go through the effort of signing up in order to see if they would like the program, you can now check out the items on which you would be eligible to receive refunds at DealPass.com. See for yourself, and understand that these guys cannot stay in business by giving away the store. You get your refund after you have paid for the product (as the term refund implies). That's their protection. It's fair, but it can be upsetting if you did not understand that this was how it works. So, read all about it before you buy. Decide for yourself if it's worth it.

Personally, I love the convenience of receiving gift certificates through the mail, and then getting 10%, 15%, even 20% back on what I would have spent anyway. That's the key. Don't buy it if you would not have bought it otherwise. This means, don't join if there aren't enough things within the program that you would normally buy anyway. That's how you save instead of just spend. It's the way to make the program work for you.

This program is not a rip-off. It does require you to spend money. That is not unethical. Yes, you have to buy the gift certificates to get the refund. It's explained in the material. If you don't want to do that, just don't join.
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