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RE: Bahia Privilege Club scam 2011/12/09 16:51:48 (permalink)
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We just got back from the Palladium.
We got 2 calls and 2 letters in our door from the Vacation Club or some such. They had a free gift for us. I just ignored them and never looked into it.



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RE: Bahia Privilege Club scam 2011/12/11 10:52:02 (permalink)
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They had a free gift for us. I


The timeshare sharks tried that one on us at El Dorado Royale once. Told us it was gift from the hotel management to thank us for staying there, so I told them we were very busy but they could just drop it off in the room and we'd get it. [8|]

Never heard from them again.[;)][:D]

I also discovered a way to fly under the timeshare sharks radar in Vegas and at the airport in Cancun. Don't walk together as a couple. Walk several feet to yards apart as if you are a single. Timeshare sharks are generally geared towards looking for couples and tend to not even look at single peeps walking by. This has worked like a charm for us many times in Vegas and now twice in CUN.
Plus remember to walk like you own the place and know exactly where you are going (ie. purposeful stride and don't look lost or confused in any way) and don't make eye contact with them.[:)]
post edited by Beachey - 2011/12/11 11:00:03

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RE: Bahia Privilege Club scam 2011/12/11 20:58:09 (permalink)
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[;)] im not in favor of the time share but.... it saved 100.00 per couple off the car rental in Hawaii last year .. so we went and listend to his speach for an hour i said nothing and he new i was there just for the saving ,,, so for an hour the 4 of us got paid 200.00 and it was worth it..the car rental only cost 50.00 in the end :)[sm=y-surprise.png]
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RE: Bahia Privilege Club scam 2011/12/11 21:21:21 (permalink)
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This is a NO to me.

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RE: Bahia Privilege Club scam 2011/12/12 10:56:52 (permalink)
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angella, you were lucky to get out after only an hour.
I did a presentation, just to get the free stuff and its a whole day affair, which was okay when we did it because we knew what we were in for.



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RE: Bahia Privilege Club scam 2011/12/12 16:46:52 (permalink)
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we booked an evening with the priates on their ship ,,, ahoy there...looking for a great evening ... have u ever been?
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RE: Bahia Privilege Club scam 2011/12/12 18:35:29 (permalink)
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do them if i get a offer of $200 cash or more.. i have 4 timeshares now and can get out of the sales pitch in about 10mins, get my money and leave. just tell them you only buy on the resale market and only pay $300 to $500 for a deed unit.
i'm not sure why people thing it a scam? just a sales pitch



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RE: Bahia Privilege Club scam 2011/12/13 05:03:04 (permalink)
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i'm not sure why people thing it a scam? just a sales pitch


I think it is much more than a sales pitch. A sales pitch has an air of honesty with some embellishment in it.

A scam is when they tie up precious vacation time for much longer than promised, haranguing folks into buying something they clearly do not want. Operating out of a concierge desk where you expect concierge services, to improve the vacation experience, and end up having hours of your time wasted on a sales pitch instead.

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RE: Bahia Privilege Club scam 2011/12/20 17:31:53 (permalink)
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never hot when where there.



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RE: Bahia Privilege Club scam 2011/12/20 20:07:14 (permalink)
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I would be ****ed at the hotel if they let the sharks hang around the front desk or concierge area. They seemed to stay at their desk clearly marked who they were when we were there .The manager will hear from me if I am approached by any unmarked sales person anywhere on resort I find this unacceptable on vacation.
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RE: Bahia Privilege Club scam 2011/12/24 09:39:11 (permalink)
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If they are like most places you'll most likely just end up getting this.............

  
All while they are nodding and telling you they will look into it right away!!!
Got the that treatment once, never bothered to complain again, just never returned there.
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RE: Bahia Privilege Club scam 2011/12/24 12:14:57 (permalink)
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ORIGINAL: crunch

21 years ago - our honeymoon - we fell for the "free breakfast".  Never again.  The Pacific side is much worse and they are on the streets all over and very aggressive.[:'(]
  We went to San Jose Del Cabo in 2006 & they had people in the grocery store!  They had employee uniforms & when you asked them where to find something, you got the time share pitch! [:'(]  That's where we ALMOST got shanghaied at the airport!  When we went to the San Francisco in Tulum, I was concerned about it, but it was lovely not having to deal with that while deciphering the Spanish food labels!! lol

Sorry you had such an unpleasant experience AND glad you didn't have a CC with you that day!

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RE: Bahia Privilege Club scam 2011/12/24 13:46:52 (permalink)
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The privilege club desk in the Tulum lobby is located directly with the Tao Spa desk, for those who try to look for the price for massages they easily get caught in the speach. Because if you "participate" you can have 2 free massages....

It's also writen in the back of the desk "Bahia Info".

We did got the paper in our roomm one day saying we could get our free gift as Privilege Club member at the front desk in Tulum Lobby, and at the first look I thouht it was because we were in Club Diamond. They also called in our room and I wasn't there, so my hubby (not enlish speaking) really thouht we won something, and he is aware of timesharing (been there done that 20yrs ago [;)]).

Newbies can be fool, be carefull. They dont jump on you, and can even be not noticeable, so when you know about it you just pass by without stopping.


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RE: Bahia Privilege Club scam 2011/12/27 19:06:35 (permalink)
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I've unplugged the phone at properties with time share phone calls..it works well. No morning calls!
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Re: Bahia Privilege Club scam 2015/11/27 15:30:04 (permalink)
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The best advice is NEVER buying a timeshare anywhere. It is a scam and the so-called timeshare you buy is sold over and over again to other people. It is very difficult to sell your timeshare now and renting isn't in the deal. It will cost you more to buy a timeshare and maintenance fee than to rent a hotel room or a full ownership of a condo. Don't do it. There is good information about timeshare scams:
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Re: Bahia Privilege Club scam 2015/11/30 05:56:19 (permalink)
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We avoid the "quick" orientation for check-in's as well.  They seem to have drifted towards an angle that we are not interested in.  They are great for info as to where to check for your shuttles and flight info., etc. but beyond that, it's time to start the vacation…..
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Re: RE: Bahia Privilege Club scam 2015/12/04 17:04:55 (permalink)
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I posted in 2011 that ABR didn't have them, and I hoped they never would.  Alas, the new ABWBR has them.  I've heard varying accounts of some that are pushy and insistent, and others that are fine with the answer "no". We had a card waiting in our room inviting us to the Fidelity breakfast, but, we never arranged it.  One time we were asked if we had our fidelity experience, and I thought they meant did we know about it by the way he asked us.  I said yes, and he was fine with my answer.  No further pushing.  Maybe if I had said no we would have been pushed more, but, at least our experience this time was low key, no pressure.  Truth be told, we vacation there every year, and if the perks were truly worth the price and the value was there we would join, but, we're not paying huge amounts of money.  We just don't have it to spend.  I think they would go a long, long way to selling time share units if they had a rethink on their pricing and made it affordable and a good value. Then they'd have guests lining up to have breakfast with them. For now, the price is just too high. 

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Re: RE: Bahia Privilege Club scam 2015/12/25 08:20:15 (permalink)
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What got me stung was way back, the ABR used to give a gift to their guests. Just a gift, absolutely no strings, a gift. I still have the letter opener and coasters and necklace. from my three trips there. Now, when someone offers a gift, I have to remember this is not the ABR of days gone by.

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