The Most Unusual Timeshare Sales Pitch I've Ever Heard
by Wendy Perrin
Just one more story from my recent Caribbean adventures before I get back to covering travel deals and advice:
So we're driving through St. Martin when two women wave us down so emphatically that we pull over. We assume we're going to hear "There's a bridge out up ahead!" or something on that order of magnitude. Instead they hand us Scratch & Win "Free Jackpot" tickets, urging us to scratch and find out if we've won a prize.
Tim and I decide to play along, just to see where this might lead. We scratch and--lo and behold--each get the exact same number. The women profess extreme shock at our unbelievable good luck and explain that if we go to the Oyster Bay Beach Resort by 3:00 p.m. that day we can win one of the three prizes listed on the back of the ticket: a $500 shopping credit, a luxury vacation for two, or a video camera. Nicole whips out a form and starts filling it out, instructing us to take it with us to the resort so we could collect our prize and they would collect their $50 commission.
All we had to do to get the prize, they advised, was claim we'd been on the island at least 36 hours (a lie; at that point we'd been there less than a day), claim we were staying in a hotel (as opposed to the villa where we were actually staying), and show up no later than 3:00 p.m. (not to worry about the children: they could swim in the resort's pool while Tim and I sat through the 60- to 90-minute presentation!).
Needless to say, Tim and I opted to spend our afternoon otherwise. But I thought the story was worth sharing.
What's the most unusual timeshare sales pitch YOU've ever encountered? Please click on "Comments" to tell me about it.