Vine Vera Pressured my husband into buying stuff and kept changing prices Oklahoma City Oklahoma
Was 9 months pregnant walking through a mall in Oklahoma City with my husband. We were stopped by a man at a Vine Vera kiosk, who offered a free sample. I said thanks and looked away. I know better than to deal with people at kiosks like that, however my husband is Japanese and is not used to scammers. He had only lived in America for less than 2 years at the time, and we had moved to OKC from a small Midwest town. He didn't speak English all that well at the time, so I feel like that made him an easy target for these guys. When I reached for the sample he grabbed my hand, which I immediately did not like, and said would you mind a free demonstration of some luxury skin care products? I said I was fine (in a very polite, smiley way), when my husband said, I don't mind if you don't, we're not in a hurry. I wanted to say no, but he was already rubbing the Dead Sea facial peel on my inner forearm. He had me and my husband feel the arm that had nothing, and then the arm that had been treated. I admit, it was softer, but it also felt gimmicky to me. But my husband was supper impressed. Japan is known for its nice skin care products, so I guess he assumed they would be long lasting like they are back home. I had a feeling that this was just temporary. Anyway, I felt super uncomfortable standing there, and I felt like everyone that walked by me getting the demonstration thought we were suckers. I just wanted to end this and leave, but the salesman said that his wife is actually Japanese and started using some basic Japanese with my husband, which made him feel like he could trust him. Then he started telling us how amazing these products were, and asking me how I liked it. I didn't want to be rude and insult the products or the man, especially since it had worked. I said it was nice, and he was telling my husband how he should get me something nice since I was pregnant, and how I should be pampered and relaxed, which of course my husband already thought, so he was buying into this. I told him I didn't need it, and that I appreciated how he wanted to do something nice for me, but that I just didn't need it, which I think made my husband think that I actually wanted it, but was just to nice to ask directly. But actually I was just trying to politely leave. The salesman kept talking to my husband and basically said that if he didn't buy the stuff that he didn't care about me and how much I am doing by carrying his baby. They haggled over the price and he said it is originally $150 for the Dead Sea peel, but because he was Japanese and the mans wife was Japanese, he would give us a special discount of $50 and foot cream for free. I couldn't believe the price, but my husband is used to high skin care prices in Japan for quality products, so he didn't bat an eye. I tried multiple times to say, no, it's fine, I don't want it, but my husband agreed to get it, thinking he was giving me a special present. It's honestly, so sweet of him, but I wish he had done that for something I actually wanted, or actually good skin care, lol. But, he proceeds to pay for it, and up until that point there had been nothing that actually made me feel bad, except for the instinctual it's a scam! screaming in my head from just being at the kiosk in the first place. I mean the products *seemed* to work, so although I was uncomfortable, nothing proof-worthy jumped out at me until he went to pay. The price was in the $80s. I said, that wasn't the price we agreed on, and he fiddled with his cheap calculator, and then told us that it was the correct price with the discounted facial peel and the foot cream. I said, I didn't even want the foot cream, you said it was free. He played with his calculator some more, and then said, okay, this is the price I can do, and showed us the calculator and it said $65. My stomach dropped and I KNEW this was a rip off, and that my gut instinct had been correct. My husband pulled out his card, and said that's fine. I think me arguing with me man had made him uncomfortable, and I knew that there was nothing I could say to him at this point, because he was now determined to prove that he cared about me by buying me something luxury and special. So I just accepted my fate. We walked away and my husband was happy that he thought he had made me happy, so of course after he had spent that money I acted happy. I didn't want to make him feel bad, he only wanted to do something kind for me. I was hoping that it was just the salesman that was the scammer, and that the products would be at least a little decent. But the foot cream was super watery, which I immediately knew would work well on feet since the skin is tough and needs a heavier formula to penetrate the skin. But, I was determined to use the two products, so I mixed it in with my gold bond foot cream (which is amazing btw). I didn't notice any difference from using it. Now, the facial peel...it worked decently enough, except it dried out in a month! I always put the cap on fully, but it seemed like having it off for any amount of time dried it, and I noticed each time I went to use it, it was stiffer. It ended up getting so tough I couldn't use it, so I had to throw the rest away. My husband asked me a few weeks after that how I had liked the stuff, and I told him I did, and how nice he was, etc. I told him I had used it all, and he asked me if I wanted to get more, and I told him that I liked it, but the Japanese is better, so let's just go back to that. He seemed pleased. So at least I was able to get through it without making my husband feel bad or feel like an idiot. And I don't have to deal with those greasy, sneaking, manipulating Vine Vera jerks again.