I cancelled the membership as soon as I got home from the presentation, and saw the word scam associated with them. After several letters back and forth, I sent a compliant to the South Carolina Consumer Affairs. In reply to their questions, they were sent by Gayla Smith a note that ITS had changed their way of business and I would get the remainder of my money refunded. Even having this in writing, I have note received my money. Thru advice from the Lawyer at consumer affairs, I have contacted Landrum County Court. I am in the process of filing out their papers. The new person at IVS is Michelle Vann. Please note you can file at the court, but claims can not be older than three years.
Stay far away from International Vacation Servies. They are a scam, no matter what the comments saying this is not a scam company - it is. If it was not a scam company they would return phone calls and have a customer service department. They promise cheap vacations and a "high top" customer service department, well they offer neither. All they do is take your money and never return your calls. If you get a postcard in the mail from this company THROW IT AWAY!!!
These guys were in Evansville, IN at the Clarion Hotel on hwy 41. Didn't buy into this...so glad we didn't. They did ask to see credit card, which didn't leave our hands. Also asked for drivers license. Covered numbers and info with our finger. After saying NO to the deal, we were asked why we came to the meeting if we weren't going to buy. We were given the "free airfare and cruise certificates". You have to pay non refundable fees to use these. The cruise tickets are for a room with a porthole and bunk beds! We probably have to clean rooms and "bus" tables in order to qualify to use them! Will shred these certificates. Lesson to this: "Free ain't cheap."
1) High pressure initial phone contact.
2)Sales personnel misrepresent or omit critical details of the program.
3) The only chance you have to rescind the contact without incurring major penalties is prior to your signing the "acknowledgement of Benefits."
4)The documents sign place many legal limitations on the buyer while effectively eliminating the critical responsibilities of the travel agency.
5) The sales person does NOT mention The high "cancellation fees." After checking out the company on the web (immediately after I got home from the presentation where I signed up) I discovered a penalty clause. The penalty clause states:"IN WITNESS WHEREOF, You may cancel this agreement with only the $399 fee plus a 20% administration fee charged, and no further obligation, with 3 business days after signing this agreement." The statement does not say exactly what the 20% refers to so I assume it is the amount that was charged to my credit card ($2995 membership price + $399 administrative fee + $199 annual service charge) for a grand total of $3593. 20% of 3593 is $718. $718 + $399 = $1117.60 which appears to be the cancellation fee! THE PENALTY IS ABOUT ONE THIRD OF THE AMOUNT PAID! Also the Cancellation request must be sent by certified mail within 3 business days or there will be no refund whatsoever.
I received an unsolicited call from this company on my cell phone. That is a flag right there. It's an unlisted phone, they shouldn't have it. Well they called me up and said that they were a new vacation rentals agency in my area and they were running a promotion where you receive either free airline tickets or 8 nights in a hotel of choice. You get the free gift if you attend a 90 minute seminar. I thought this would be your typical time share presentation where they try to sell you, but at the end you get your free gift. So I foolishly made an appointment. Well, upon doing my research I found out that they won't give your the "FREE" gift unless you pay all of these processing fees and surcharges. I had also read worst stories, so I decided to call and cancel my meeting the next day. When I call up they act as nice as can be. When they find out that you would like to cancel your visit, they try to intimidate you by saying that I HAD to come out that night because they had already purchased my gift. Well I told them no still and said that I did not feel comfortable with doing business with them. He then proceeeded to get pissed and tell me to do him a favor and not waste his time. Then he hung up on me. What kind of professional company takes business personal? What kind of professional business hangs up on potential clients? Professional businesses don't do that. International Vacation Services is not a legitimate honest business. They con you into a sale and try to bully you if you catch onto them. Ignore phone calls from [protected] and from [protected] DO NOT FALL FOR THESE ###.
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