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Emma

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Oct 31, 2008
 

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Dont believe it--Nothing in life is free!!
I too got the promotional mailer offering free plane tickets, went to their sales pitch, and sat through the whole 90min. presentation in an uncomfortably hot room all while being subjected to horrible steel drum "Island muzak". Sorry I cant afford a $10,000 travel club membership--Instead of receiving my "no strings attached" plane tickets, I got travel vouchers that I had to send back within 21 days and include $65 per ticket (non-refundable) to cover "taxes and fees." I also had to choose three alternate travel dates (at least 45 days apart) and they would supposedly send me the tickets only two weeks before the travel date, without any other prior notification (and other fees may have applied according to the info). The amount of legal jargon that I had to agree to in order to receive the tickets was scary enough to turn me away and dont even ask about the $150 gas rebates! Its all a scam to get you in there, but I bet if you buy their product they probably give you a different (and better) package! Their loss, I certainly will never recommend their business to anyone--DONT WASTE YOUR TIME!
p yder

Johnson City, TN

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Nov 5, 2008
 

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just told i was just picked as a winner lincoln navigator don't fall for this crap!i didn't no body wants a damn gas guzzler these only dealerships really give a way cars or trucks i hope they dont insult my intelligence again by calling us again
joe the plummer

Johnson City, TN

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Nov 5, 2008
 

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these guys are con artist they say call and check us out , they give away a knock off or reconditioned ( like you buy a rex) electronics or offer you a trip but you have to join a club that cost way more than the trip is worth to stay at some fleabag roach motel sound a lot like obama's tax plan doesn't it steer clear don't blame me i was for the other gut and doll
J Goodrich

Salisbury, NC

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Nov 28, 2008
 

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Thank you for these postings. I too, got the call that I "possibly" won a Lincoln Navigator. When they insisted that my husband must be with me to pick it up, I started to get suspicious. Thank goodness for the internet!
Riley

Franklin, NC

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Do not do business with Grand Discovery in Asheville. I have had a very similar experience that started at the end of 2008. I tried to book a condo as soon as I was elligible and have been given numerous excuses why they haven't been able to accomodated my request. Don't let them tell you if you book far enough in advance you will be OK. I tried to book over a year in advance and that still hasn't helped. I did send them a complaint letter asking for my money back. They sent a letter back which denied that request. I am starting to realize that I will have to get a lawyer in order to resolve this issue. It is very upsetting in this economy to be scammed in this manner. I will do whatever it takes to make people aware that this company is not reputable. If anyone has had a similar experience we need to ban together because it could be vitally important to have a group rather than a single complaint.
William

Arden, NC

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Feb 2, 2009
 

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We have booked numerous trips in condominiums since purchasing our membership. We love it. They gave us paperwork that told us all the details of the membership. If you use it like ti says.. it works and you can get great discounts on condominiums. We have been to Myrtle Beach, Nashville, Williamsburg, Orlando and Edisto Island all during prime time and all for a BIG savings. It is so much fun to talk to people who are staying in the same resort paying full price to tell them how much we saved! We have recommended the program to 4 of our friends and they have all bought and love it. The people here who are complainers don't want it to work.. they just want to find an excuse not to go on vacation!
Riley

Franklin, NC

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Feb 2, 2009
 

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It is wonderful that you have had such great experiences with your membership. I truely hope that the deception and lies that have surrounded our experience will be replaced with such complacency.
Elaine

Arden, NC

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Feb 3, 2009
 

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They told us exactly how the progam worked away from everyone else where we could really see all the "fine print". Most companies dont do that. When we bought a car they rushed us through the paper signing part. At Grand Discovery they took the time to make sure we really wanted to buy the membership and the paperwork they have you sign is detailed. There is nothing hidden about it. They asked us at least 10 times to make sure we read everything and agreed with it all before we bought it. We have been thrilled with the places we have gone. We have been to several timeshare presentations and we already know that when you get an offer for a promotional gift and have to attend a sales presentaion, you will have to make sure you know the terms and conditions. The marketing company that called us told us everything up front about the fees for the tickets adn the process for the gas rebate. We got a condo for the race in Daytona Beach on the beach. We are paying the same amount for whole week in a 2 bedroom condo that we paid for 2 nights last year in a hotel room 2 blocks from the beach. We are happy happy happy customers
Mimi2435

Chillicothe, IL

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I agree with Elaine. We bought a membership too. They took us in a quiet room and went over all the paperwork. We also went to several timeshare sales pitch places, and the telemarketing gift it was better here than at the timeshare places. We already called to use the membership and they were really nice to us. They called us back in two hours with a place for us to go. The lady we talked to said sometimes it takes longer.
lawrence

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Mar 17, 2009
 
I fell for it the plane ticketa are a joke the $250 in gas rebates are worthless. you hahe to send off 4100 wothh og gas receipts a month for a $25 rebate after sending them for 4 months with no rebate then the letters started coming back with "return to sender refused unable to forward.
Kim and Kurtis

Concord, NC

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Step one: Creepiness
We were greeted by a dude with peroxide hair and an untucked hawaiian shirt with jimmy buffett playing a little too loudly in the background. The place was in a shopping between Anytime Fitness and some ham place? We reluctantly drank some of the coffee because we were so tired, but we're still not sure if was just "coffee."
Step two: Events in the Waiting Area
While we were waiting, one of the sales reps got two glasses of orange juice and went back into his office. We thought it was kind of weird that someone needed two glasses of orange juice at two in the afternoon, but whatever... We were the only two customers in the waiting area, and our soon-to-be sales rep walked past us calling our names and looking overly confused and he finally turned around and said "HEY!!! There ya are!" in an over-enthusiastic tone...
Step three: Sales Pitch
The sales guy spent most of his time discussing how he uses his membership to the resort club as a way of making money on the side -- booking trips for friends, etc. We couldn't help but think, "Why can't we just call you when we want a good deal on a trip, and that way, we won't have to pay $10K?" Somewhere in the middle of his 30+-minute customer testimonial spiel we saw peroxide man come out of his office, orange juice in hand, and offer his drink to a fellow salesman. Did the orange juice really look clearer on the top? Who shares his orange juice with a co-worker at 2:30 in the afternoon? Who uses peroxide?
Step four: Closing the Sale
He brought in the big gun to close the sale. Since we're a couple, he told us that couples that go on vacations have a 33% lower divorce rate. When we started laughing, he asked us if we had been drinking. When we responded, "no, but it looks like your employees are drinking screwdrivers" he asked us if we were ADHD. We said we were taking meds (we're not). He finally asked us to go when we suggested our sales rep give us his number to cut us some deals on the side.
MountainMama

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May 26, 2009
 

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I am so glad for the internet & all you folks who submitted the real deal about these guys.....I told my husband(as he was getting excited & said, "I think I really won something") to give me the name and I would check it out and saw that they WERE a bunch of b-s-ers' just as I suspected so watch out ya'll if someone calls and says you or hubby has won a prize......
Jason

Knoxville, TN

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Jun 11, 2009
 

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I spoke to a rep earlier today after receiving the mail offer for 2 airline tickets anywhere plus a free 3 night stay. The lady was pleasant enough, but increased in pushyness (sp?) when I kept being honest about the few reasons why I couldn't make the 3-hour round trip drive to Asheville within her desired immediate time frame. Finally after being annoyed at the fact that she wasn't listening to me I replied, "Look, I understand that in sales you're told to 'seal the deal' before you get off the phone or at least get some kind of commitment from the person you're speaking to, otherwise you'll most likely lose them, but I promise you that after talking with my wife [which the rep continually wanted me to by-pass doing before I made an appointment] if I'm still interested I will call you back, but I won't make the decision now." She shortly replied, "Okay, well thank you and enjoy your vacation [one of the reasons why I couldn't come in to speak to her right away--we were leaving on vacation in a few days]." I was told within this conversation that she'd send me an email outlining all the details of coming down to Asheville, "so your wife can read it if she has any concerns." Still haven't received the email.....shocker!
Yep

Asheville, NC

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Jun 12, 2009
 
Are they still in business? I had a round with them last year, but they didnt get a dime here.
Jim

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Jul 4, 2009
 

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Stay away from this scam. When you call after receiving their mail information, their representative tell you no "strings" attached to the free air tickets, lodging, gas, etc..
Then you sit with a high pressured representative in a "boiler room: situation. After 90 minutes of this, they pull out the $9995 deal and then say they will discount to $7995, even lower if you don't sign right away!
Then, the free trip items are all full of restrictive stipulations that they didn't allude to on the introductory phone call. What a Rip-off. Maybe, if you pay the $9995, you get the promised trip without problems!
Hall the welder

Simpsonville, SC

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Jul 8, 2009
 

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Thanks for the info... just called them back to cancel my visit, told Mr. Mike what I had found on the this web. site... He said anyone can say that stuff.... You are right Mike ! I have some Ocean Front For Sale in Tn. Come and see me !
Disappointed

Charlotte, NC

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Jul 16, 2009
 

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I just recently purchased a membership with the grand discover in Fort Mill and there was a lot of pressure to purchase. They tell you basically that you can stay anywhere in the world (condos, resorts, timeshare)for these low rates, but I go to book my first trip (international-all inclusive resort) and I'm going to end up paying more with the travel company than I would booking with the resort itself because the additional all inclusive rate which are probably 2-3 times more than what the resort charges per person per day . This is the main reason that I went with this company, because of the rates that I was quoted. I guess if you're going somewhere domestic, with your family where you would just want to cook all of your meals yourself (doesn't sound like much of a vacation to a single gal) then the membership is probably the BOMB.com to you. I am very disappointed. The money I paid for my membership could've gone to the trip that I have to book with the resort. Definitely believe if it sounds too good to be true....then it probably is
Shipmaster

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Baaad.. experience. Same as others lot of sales pitch and promises. They reduced our package after we showed lot of reluctance to $2500.00 by which time my wife thought it is a bargain !!(After all they came down from $9995 to only 2500). We signed up in February 2009. Now I have tried to book twice, first September in Vancouver and also in Hawaii. NOTHING yet. Excuses being made that it is labor day weekend which is not true. The so called free airline tickets is another lies. I have fulfilled all their lousy conditions none of which were told to us ! How can you give 3 dates 45 days apart and also avoid blackout datys which are a lot ? DO NOT go to these guys I am going to sue them let us see what happens.
matthew stevenson

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Aug 1, 2009
 

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me and my wife went to ashville nc just the other dat. we were really amazed such a great time we had. People put bad reports on the internet when they are unhappy about what they have recieved. It's really a shame that people would make terrible sites like this.they really need to find a life and not ruin others.
Disappointed

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My question to you Mr. Stevens is did you purchase one of the packages? I had a wonderful time at the presentation as well, and everyone was really nice. However, they were also very misleading. What is sad is that these nice and wonderful people mislead you into thinking that with this membership you can save so much money on your travel anywhere that you go, when the reality of it is that if you're trying to go anywhere outside of Myrtle Beach from the looks of things....its almost impossible or you would be better off booking through the resort/hotel itself because the rate would be much less and you have a better chance at getting the availibility that you want. There is nothing sad about the people posting their experiences on this site. You have both good and bad stories here. I feel that this is a great tool for someone who doesn't know to use and make the decision wether to/not to purchase a membership from grand discovery. For some reason, I feel that this is the reason you post is here?!?! With the way the economy is today no one has money to just throw away on misleading representation. That's what's sad!!!! I WISH that I had found this site prior to purchasing this membership, even prior to goin to the presentation.

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