fyi, i too received such a call. I purposely tested them by saying i used to patronise their hotel.. but somehow i got a bit of difficultly paying this 200 at the moment... can give me as a donation by mail ? they put off the phone after that.
See... business is business... it is not a charity show.
I only heard that it is a time share thinggy from this forum. When Marriot contacted me, they invited me for a 'showcase' to show members of the public the various Marriot hotels around the world. That is why I'm quite suspicious.
It may not has anything to do with Marriot Hotels itself.
It could be a 3rd party which bought Marriot rooms in bulk hence with some economies of scale & then 're-sell/re-package' it out as time-share/holiday-share or whatever grand name they call.
Why would a Marriot company not have an office/presentation in Marriot itself, give vouchers from Taka & not Marriot?
Hence don't fall for the brand name of Marriot.
Try this, tell them you are currently retrenched, out of job, but can they still give you the voucher?
I got peace from them ever since. & whatever survey or lucky draw I take part, I use my office phone numbers & address. This way whoever telemarkets can only kachao me during office hours. I have peace after work, & when I travel, I dont pay for their irritating calls on autoroam.
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For all those who got tele marketing calls on timeshare....
recently i get call from them too... now they offer $100 Tang Voucher...
must i show them my IC?
Last edited by steventay; 24th February 2009 at 03:02 PM.
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yup...its for real. but if you want to go, you better be very firm about not buying. i didn't have a problem cos i made it clear from the start that i was only there for the $200 taka vouchers.
anyway the guy tried to do his usual sales pitch but got bombarded by me until he had to call his supervisor to help. supervisor also kena bombarded and gave up. in the end i chit chat with the sales guy and countersell him financial services.
after all the fun i got my $200 taka vouchers and a complimentary parking coupon.
In the past they offer $200 cash card. Dunno anymore as I don't even bother to listen through the whole story - i simply say not interested.
so expert.. much teach me....
tomorrow night going for the talk...
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to be fair, when it came to the taka vouchers, i know of at least 3 parties who went, and came back satisfied. said that they tried to sell, but weren't overly pushy, that's fair enough.
i mean, you don't expect to just take $200 off them and run, do you?
In any case, the sales pitch is in your exchange for the voucher/free stay etc. if you want the voucher, then listen.
I have heard of great things said abt Marriot vacation club. In fact, timeshare is a good thing. Just that you need to understand the concept, go with a reputable company and have the time. The main grip is always you cannot book certain hotels during some peak season. But you think abt it and you will know why. They must use those period to earn the returns to give u free stay. Also, more people will think like you and book in advance. If they are all kiasu singaporean, then all the more unlikely to book it! LOL.
So the best people to buy timeshare is actually retiree. They have time to go any place at any time. If property A occupy, rent property B. Or book like 3-6 mths ahead also can. :P
I wonder why all the timeshare companies need to sell with gimmick like free vouchers, free talk, lucky draw, and sometimes even package as an overseas property scheme. Cant they just tell the customer they are selling timeshare and explain to the customer properly? (if they are so good??? )
I attended a session at Mariott Vacation Club at Taka before. They do give out the vouchers for real. Only thing is that you need to stay through the entire session where they will try their darndest to sell you $30,000 worth of hotel stays
Well, there is no gimmick with the Marriott Vacation Club as I have attended it before. What you need to do is spend 90mins of your time listening to all those "Rubbish" talks and at the end of the day MAKE SURE you do not buy their plan or idea or carry away by the presentation. You will promised what you will get your FREE $200 Voucher without obligation. Marriott Vacation Club claims that there are no timeshare company but holiday concept vacation. This timeshare companies always change their tactics and come with beautiful name to attract you claiming they are NOT RELATED to timeshare but they are Holiday Consultant. Once you buy their story, they will slaughter you with a HUGH sum as their proposed membership fee and said that you will entitle for this and that at very good and special price to holiday aboard.
If you will to sit down and think logically, why should you pay them such hugh sum of money to join as a member and at the end you still have to pay for your holiday and your membership does not have any value in the future. It is just a piece of paper to state that you are a member. You cannot even sell it off after that at any profit not like property whereby you can make money out of it. Their tactics are first offer you a sum and if you say you cannot afford it then they will ask you what holding you back and your budget. Next they will then hold you up and get their manager to talk to you again and try to convince you with another amount until you accept their offer. All those money you pay will go into the Manager, Sales Consultant and their teams' salaries. Don't you think you are stupid to pay them such money to feed all of them and you get nothing out of it, not even an interest ? Always REMEMBER - DO NOT ACCEPT THEIR OFFER and let them close the deal. You SHOULD CLOSED their deal NOT ACCEPTING the offer and get your FREE $200 Voucher as promised.:
I've been to one of these.
It is not timeshare because in timeshare, a property is shared among X number of people. Example: If the property cost $520,000 then with 52 owners who share the time, it would cost $10,000 per owner. Each owner would have 1 week's use a year, and they can swap their use with another property in another location in the world that is owned by another person, etc... etc...
So, for Marriott to say it is not timeshare, it is true, because Marriott owns the property. What they are trying to do is to get you to "invest" in your future holidays, and you get to stay in Marriott owned or shared property round the world. They will ask you things like how much you spend on holidays, how many times a year... and use maths to show you it is worthwile to buy the package with them. They will show you great pictures, and throw in stuff so that it lures you. If all this fails, the manager will come and then do bargaining with you. I had a manager that was hard-selling me, which I did not like.
If you want to go for one of these, be firm that you are not going to buy. When I stepped in and met the sales guy, I told him already that I was not going to buy, and I know he has to do his presentation, and that I'll sit through it. Each time I ask him how much, he told me he cannot say (I wonder why), and said that the manager will come and talk to us later. At the end, he called his manager and this guy got a bit pushy. I rejected all his offers. He even tried to show me how it is an investment (what a joke!) and I told him that if I wanted to make an investment, I'd rather go for options that would have better returns... then he suan/insult me saying that if I know of such great investments, why am I sitting here?
So... I graciously sat through the barrage and went to collect my gift (which at that time was a 2 night stay in Rennasiance KL at a low rate... i think...).
My take is that if they want to give you something in exchange for your time, you have to ask yourself is it worth your time. They want couples to go so that they can use the couple thing to pressure each other (like when your wife gives you a sweet smile and say, "Honey, how nice if we could stay at such a place once a year...").