The Berkshires, Massachusetts
I filled out two identical entry forms in two different malls that said, "WIN!" in huge letters across the top. The main prizes advertised were $49,000 cash or a new car.
I went on this site after receiving an excessive amount of calls from Silverleaf and saw all the terrible reviews of Silverleaf's resorts. Their phone calls were made to set up a time when I could come claim my prize after a 90-minute tour of their facilities.
I'm a college kid anyway, but this site reinforced my decision to not buy anything when I went.
The prizes you can win are: a new car, $49,000 cash, a trip to Orlando (not in Disney) or Vegas, a cruise to Mexico, or $500 cash -- this is the lowest valued prize. So how can Silverleaf get away with giving every person who comes to their tour five hundred bucks?
They can't, which is why you WILL win your choice of the cruise or the trip to Orlando/Vegas. Why? Because they are in fact free EXCEPT you have to pay the taxes and actually register for them. (I assume this is why Silverleaf gives them out -- because no one will actually take the vacation if they find out they have to pay) I chose the cruise and will have to pay around $200 per person for a flight to LA and a 4-day cruise to Mexico. (The flight is included, even though their original advertisement said it isn't, so ask the prize person!)
So this is how it will go:
-Go to the resort -- plan to spend two hours there. Check in, eat their free cookies, wait for your name to be called.
-Someone will lead you on a tour of the resort. Needless to say, they will show you lots of appealing amenities.
-After walking around, your guide will sit you down and offer you a deal on the vacation package of a lifetime.
-Your guide will call her boss over, who will tell you about a limited time deal. He will make an amazing offer.
-This guy will come back and maybe even offer you a more unbelievable deal! You'll say no, he'll pressure you, you'll say no again.
-You will be taken downstairs and they will give you a scratch ticket to win a prize. If your ticket does not match the key they hand you, then you win your choice of the cruise or Vegas/Orlando. You have to decide then and there which one you want.
Register in 60 days and book your vacation for two people. It will be around $400 for the both of you.
OH, and that "free vacation" they offer you in Hawaii/Puerto Rico/Bahamas etc. is the same deal, but airfare is not included. They'll basically pay for a 5-day stay at a resort. If you can afford the airfare, go for it. If not, then it's just a piece of paper you'll never have to worry about.
That's it! Hope this helps people trying to outsmart the scam artists. :)
Product or Service Mentioned: Silverleaf Resorts Vacation Ownership.