We're living in a tourist town, Cabo San Lucas. We're only here for a month or so, and ever now and then we have to shop where the tourists frequent (we try to avoid it as best as possible) However there we were shopping in the walmart and being pitched to come to a timeshare presentation.
So, we went to a Cabo resort time share sales pitch.
I know you are thinking, "Wow, what a waste of time!" or "what were you thinking?"
We had done 2 other time share presentations in the US... both simply for the free stuff promised. One went very well, we listened for an hour, they accepted our "no" and gave us our free items and we were on our way. The other time share/vacation sales pitch was terrible. They wouldn't take no for an answer and though we pushed for our freebies, they were stonewalling us. We finally decided to leave without anything 3 hrs later.
So, when presented with the promise of free activities here in Cabo we thought we'd give it another try. We wanted to help the kids have fun passing the time until the dogs were ready to leave. We did our research (very normal for us) and got some tips on getting through a timeshare sales pitch smoothly. The tips were GOLD!!! Here's our basic summary and what we stuck to:
- Don't make small talk. Stay stone faced (or bored) and answer as curtly as possible and offer no extra information. Any personal information you offer will be used against you! Oh and if you are boring the sales person they'll want to finish with you. They enjoy the chase and the process. Offering them nothing to chase or nothing to work with stops them.
- Hold them to the time commitment. Get each person in the process to write down on the invite how long the presentation is for, and what time you will be done. Have them print and sign their name next to it. There's no law holding them to this, but you can stick it into their face and explain that they lied to you. You do not purchase anything from liars. Insist upon your freebies at that point.
- Tell your presenter immediately upon meeting that you are not going to buy and that you are simply here for the free things promised. It's about being honest with them. You're not trying to mislead them into thinking they have a potential buyer. Instead explain why you are here and that you are not interested in purchasing, just in receiving what you were promised.
So, we prepped the kids to be as quiet and unfriendly as possible. The big kids understood easily, and we decided to bribe the two littles with cookies! :)
It worked like a charm!
We arrived at 7:30, had a short breakfast, informed our salesman why we were there and with 4 little kids in tow (ages 9, 8, 5 and 3) he knew we were serious. He started skipping parts of the tours by asking "you're not even interested in seeing a room are you?" He even skipped the part where he calls his manager over. Instead we were brought to the next room where we had to "complete a survey" which was indeed another sales pitch. After beating that one too (by not offering up any information) we were brought to the place where we could pick up our freebies. Two hours, we were only supposed to be there for 75 minutes, but we gave them a 10 minute grace period and the ticket booth lady was swamped with "regular people" buying tickets so that didn't count.
- A 3 day pass to the resort pool
- A dinner cruise on the "Cabo Ledged" a pirate ship!
- A tour on one of the glass bottomed boats.
Beating the Timeshare sales pitch is Easy Peasy!
So, we spent the next 3 days laying around and swimming at The Villa Palmar kid's pool. Fabulous! Nothing like poolside waiters who bring whatever you want to help pass the time in Cabo!
Just because we spent three days at a resort doesn't mean that Paul could stop working. It was kinda funny to be around a bunch of people on vacation while we were not on vacation. Paul was able to work a couple hours each day and swim/play as well. All in all not a bad deal!
We met some pretty great people who were staying at the resort. The Carpenters from Montana and Baileys from Rhode Island were such fun! Our kids played together for 3 days and we helped each other out with kid supervision. It was nice to hang out with other families that were like minded. We shared all our swimming/snorkeling paraphernalia, our lunch food, and tips about everything from natural remedies for sunburn to new smart phone apps that we hadn't heard of. We had A LOT in common and enjoyed spending time with them! When Paul had to take a phone call, Jeremy was on hand to give our little boys rides across the pool on his back and when the 4 big kids wanted to go to the slide, I took them and Jennifer watched the littles. Paul and I even got a "date hour" in one afternoon...Thanks Jennifer!
We learned about the Refuge Foundation in Montana (An awesome place in Montana where they take care of ministers/pastors and leaders of non-profits) And discovered that we have a place to stay in Rhode Island if we ever find ourselves there! :D
Before the Bailey's flew back to the US they were able to stop at our RV park to see Gracie! What fun to make new friends!
Score one for the time share sales pitch!