It really is true that when something seems too good to be true it probably is. We went on a family trip to Pigeon Forge as we do often. It was my husband and I and our son.
I had never been approached on previous visits about going to a "90 min presentation." I wasn't sure what the time share was really about and I am never rude or impolite to people. I know we all have jobs to do and many of us don't really like what we do. I always try to remember that when dealing with people. I sat and heard them out and agreed that I would attend. They told me I would be served a 5 star meal and we would walk away with $100 even if we didn't buy anything.
I was very naive and should have read the reviews before we went. Rarely do I stay anywhere or go to places without checking the reviews on trip advisor. I don't want to waste my time or money on something that is horrible. But I didn't check and went into this blind.
We went and it was all pretty and picture perfect. They were all so friendly and polite and showed us all around. We hadn't ate all day waiting for our 5 star meal. When we arrived to the place where we were going to be shown a presentation, and eat we were disappointed. The meal was on a buffet table with lunch meat bread and chips. We still remained optimistic.
On several occasions they tried to separate our son from us and take him off by himself. They assured us he would be safe. I refused. I didn't know these people and I would NOT trust my son with them. He was 10, and a very good boy. He doesn't cause problems or throw a fit. So his presents there was not disturbing anyone. They knew what was coming down the pipes however and they wanted him to leave.
The presentation started and they began throwing out prices. Telling us how they don't check credit scores if that is why we are saying no....I said no that is not it we are saying no because we live debt free and we do not want any debt. They went on about how this isn't really debt...I again told them No. That is when they stopped talking to me. They began to only look or speak to my husband. They wouldn't make eye contact with me or answer anything that I was asking or said. We continued to say no no NOOOOOO. He kept getting up and finding his manager and then all of a sudden they found cheaper and cheaper units. We continued to hold fast and say NOOOOOOO. The entire time they would stand up and make these announcements about these people just bought their first time share and everyone clapped and cheering. All I kept thinking was how bad I felt for them. How in a few months I would read their reviews on how horrible their experiences continues to be. At least ours would be over soon and we would learn our lesson.
The final time we said No absolutely not no matter what you do or say we will NEVER say yes to you. The manager jumps up and slams his chair against our table and yells at us. He said that we were just going to continue to throw our money away on hotels the rest of our lives instead of owning a piece of the smokies! Everyone was starring at us. He was really yelling at us. At that point I just didn't care I wanted to go!
We were finally able to be free. He lead us down this long steep stairway and wouldn't speak to us. People where coming up as we were going down and they were smiling, and he was so polite to them. I bet they would soon be disappointed over their 5 star meal! LOL
He practically pushed us to the receptionist who handed us 100 bill and out the door we went. All in all it took 5 hours for a 90 minute presentation.
When we left we were all in a terrible mood. We all felt as if we were in a major battle of good vs evil. We felt like we were so glad to come out alive! :) We will NEVER EVER do that again.
I was disgusted that my lovely town of Pigeon Forge was not crawling with timeshare sales people. I have no idea why they would allow them into such a wonderful place. From that day on when we were going in or coming out of a place and they said..."so yáll from around here?" we would yell YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and take off running!
This is by far the worst most high pressured sales pitch I have ever been in. Please take my advice and do not ever get duped into one of these.
I have read reviews that rated this place 5 stars and said things like people who rate poorly are only trying to get something free. I can assure you that is not the case. We knew nothing about timeshares or what they offer. We had no problem touring and the whole explaining and trying to sell something to us. It was the intense high pressure sales. When we say no they held us hostage. We told them several times we wanted to leave and they would keep bringing in the manager. That was what we object to. Sell but don't try and force something down our throats! Plus when the manager didn't win he had to slam his chair into our table and scream at us. It was terrible!
STAY AWAY!!! When they approach you run!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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