Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What REALLY happens if you respond within 72 hours...

We got a letter in the mail a few days ago:

"Congratulations!
Our Promotional Department shows that you have been awarded, TWO ROUND TRIP AIRLINE TICKETS TO ANY MAJOR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ANYWHERE IN THE CONTINENTAL USA, including a THREE DAY/TWO NIGHT GETAWAY that can be used at hundreds of Marriott properties bla bla bla...
Also, as an added gift, you will receive a $30.00 Dinner Card for Two to be used at any Red Lobster bla bla bla...
Our records indicate that if you respond within 72 hours you will also receive a Savings Bucks Book providing thousands of dollars in savings bla bla bla... Also you will receive a $50 American Express Gift Card.
To find out how to claim this special gift, simply call 1-800-bla bla bla..."

Now, when I opened that letter, I put it straight onto the recycle pile and walked away because I don't even like Red Lobster. A certain husband of mine (who shall remain nameless), considered it the chance of a lifetime, called the number and got us both signed up for a "no pressure 90 minute presentation about time shares..." tonight at 8pm.

I'm pretty sure it's going to be a crazy night. I am trying to work up my feisty side and reviewing everything I know about the rejection cycle of sales in my head so I can give 'em the "one-two-chop" if they try to weasel us into putting out a single dollar of our own money.

I'll let you know how it goes... I have a feeling it's not going to be pretty.

7 comments:

Kimberly said...

we sat through a supposed 90-min. presentation when we were using my parents time-share and it ended up being MUCH longer than that! They also tried and tried and tried to get us to commit to buying and the lady actually got teary-eyed when we said we weren't interested. :) Stick to your guns! You'll get free stuff out of it if you sit through the thing. Hope it goes well!

Susan said...

Fun stuff! Don't take any credit cards, check books, personal ID with you either!

Julie Smies said...

I'd make hubby sit through the pitch. Feisty Amber can make her appearance in the last 7 minutes.

joelandlizzy said...

I've very excited for the sequel to this blog. (This is Lizzy....Joel told me to tell you which one of us comments. I bet he's excited too though.)

Michelle said...

It doesn't matter if it's pretty, as long as you walk away with the goods and no cash spent! Woo hoo! I would totally go to more of these things- Bryan was mortified the one time we went, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. Free stuff- bring it on!!!!

Sarah said...

Ryan is taking his frugality to a new level! Can't wait to hear how it went.

Mark Beeson said...

I LOVE these presentations! Sheila and I have been through several....and each time Sheila grinds her teeth, bites her tongue and holds her breath until I say, "No Thanks, but we're sure glad to have all that free stuff!" Oh...it's so much fun! :-)