Westgate Timeshares / Sales tactics
My husband and I wanted to get cheap tickets for Universal Studio's which were being sold for 25 dollars a piece through Westgate and all we would have to do is sit through a 90 minute sales pitch telling us about Westgate resorts. I know what your thinking...and we were very aware of the agressive sale tactics of these presentations. It's silly really how Westgate thinks people who can't afford to buy Universal or Disney tickets can somehow afford a timeshare but whatever. We were up for the challenge and of course we knew we were going to say "no", get our tickets and head over to Universal. It was a small price to pay. What we weren't prepared for was how calculating the sales reps really were. After our 90 minute presentation was over and my husband and I told the rep we could not afford the timeshare at this time, she left our table and said she had to get her supervisor to come over to the table and ask us questions on how we felt about the presentation. We waited for about 10 minutes and she came back with a lower offer for the timeshare. I spoke up and said "we would never make such a large purchase in this short of time. The answers still no and we have stayed past the 90 minutes and would like our tickets now." She said she was waiting for the supervisor to come to our table and she would check on where he was at. After leaving once more, we watched her walk over to an office across the room, go in and then leave and continued to walk along side of the room until we lost site of her. We waited for another 10 minutes and I told my husband to go look for her. He found her on the other side of a large pillar directly behind where we were sitting. She was just standing there eavesdropping on our conversation. My husband told her in a very direct tone that she is to get her supervisor now or he was going to make a scene. Not more than 2 minutes later the supervisor came over to our table and sat down. He was a rather large man with the looks of a Italian mobster. He said he had one more thing he would like to discuss with us and then we can go. My husband said that he can save his breath, that we weren't going to purchase anything. The supervisor very rudely told us too bad, if we want our tickets, we are going to listen to what he says, it will take 3 minutes and then we can have our tickets. He talked, none of us listened and then we had another oportunity to say no and then we got to leave. After I left there with my tickets, I shouted as loudly as I could to anyone who cared to listen that "I survived the presentation without buying there timeshare!!!" After careful reflection, I realized they truely did not want to give us those cheap tickets. Our sales rep was hoping we would walk out when we had to wait so long for the supervisor. If this resort is so great, they would not have to conive in order to sell there property. The fact is, it's expensive and most people don't have to money to buy timeshares with cash so they use credit. We are a society that lives beyond it's means and we are preyed upon by sharks. My advise is if you want a timeshare, shop around. Do not buy from a 90 minute presentation! Don't fall into there high pressure tactics! I'm not saying a timeshare isn't a good deal but it's only a good deal if you can afford it and they will tell you anything to make you think you can. I hope this post helps any unsuspecting victims. Unfortunately, the person who will probably read this will be someone who got duped.