Recently, my fiancee attended a Bluegreen timeshare tour in exchange for a free weekend vacation in Myrtle Beach. I told her not to buy anything the day of the tour. The tour was supposed to be for 90 minutes. At around 120 minutes, I became worried and called her. She told me that she wanted me to come by the sales office and hear what the "salesman" has been pitching. "It was too good to be true" she told me. I knew then and there that this was a scam.
I came up to the sales office. Tim ( the salesperson) started to tell me that I missed the tour but would give me a quick recap. He pulled out several folders listing all of their vacation destionations. He then told us that because we seem interested in buying a timeshare, he would offer us a charter membership ( which supposedly is only available if you buy 20,000 points). In addition, we would access to unlimited bonus nights, Bluegreen discount on airfares and crusises, and our own yacht club for approximately 450 pp for one week. TOO good to be true???? ALl this if we agreed to buy 4000 points with $1349 down payment and $181 dollars a month payment plan until the $10000 was paid off. Oh, he also threw in a free 4 night cruise and 1 week in Orlando vacation package.
I can go on and on about all the promises and offers. So as any reasonable consumers would do these days, I asked for two things. ALl this to put in writing and that I can take it home, read it, and call them back if I agreed to sign it. ALl of a sudden, the tone of Tim's voice changed. He became agitated that I somehow did not trust his offer. He started to pull out photocopies of previous years Forbes saying how Bluegreen has been ranked as a top 100 small business in America. I then remarked, " So was Enron and Exxon!".
In a last ditch effort, he told us we could sign up for a starter package. It would be a one year deal for $995 for 9000 points, but no unlimited bonus nights, no free cruises, no Orlando vacation...
I said "NO thanks" and the lying *** starts telling my financee that we were not married yet and that she should be able to spend her money as she see fit. At this point, I got up and told my fiancee that we were leaving. We got home, researched Bluegreen and are now very relieved we have not signed up.
If you get caught in this situation where you are "forced" to accept some lucrative offer on the spot, ask the salesperson to write it all out and then give you 3 days to look over it. It it's a legitmate business, they will honor that request. If they are simply trying to get your signature and banking account number, they will tell you it's a one time offer and expires the moment you leave the premises. Remember, if it's too good to be true, it is. If you want timeshare vacations, just checked Ebay, but do your research there as well.
Product or Service Mentioned: Bluegreen Resorts Vacation Ownership.