After a mailing my fiance received, he called the # & was told he was a "winner" of a trip and also may be the winner of 1 of 4 other prizes. He went back & forth, over the phone, with the rep & was assured no $ was required & if he went to the Oak 'N Spruce Resort to meet for 90mins, he would be awarded prizes, regardless of whether he purchased their timeshare or not. He was also told he would be "well taken care of and well fed", while there. He was urged to bring his family, myself & our children, included.
We made a 3 hour ride up there with the kids and by the time we got there we were all starving! We sought out the "free" meals and found nothing more than free popcorn, cookies and coffee (yay). We were sent back & forth between 2 desks, in 2 different buildings. First, we were directed to an arcade/games area where there was a concession stand & a menu on the wall of over-priced fast foods & plenty of games the kids wanted to pump OUR money into. (haha, NO WAY!) This is when my fiance called the 888 phone# he originally called and asked about the "free meals". We went back to the "main building" and asked the sweet girl at the desk where we could find this "free meal". She brought us out a door & into a hallway & directed us to go up an elevator, but to "please not speak of this to ANYONE because if anyone found out she would have stuff THROWN at her"! (Huh?!?) I thought this was included in the "tour"? We finally found this tiny room & there were 3 things to choose from on a small 6' table. 1 hot dog left in the heating pan, some alfredo slop and some chili in a pot. My fiance asked the slob, eh hem, employee if there were any more hot dogs..."Nope". So, we grabbed the (1) hot dog & (half frozen) hot dog rolls & the other kids opted for the other choices, they were hungry! There were some soda, literally in a COOLER over against a wall. Looking around, while choking down this "chili", I noticed the floors were littered with trash & food particles EVERYWHERE. The other few eating in there who, I'm assuming, were "owners" of their timeshares, we're nothing less than "white-trash", bottom of the barrel looking people. Like they paid bums off the street to "act" for the day. P.S. - I AM white. so please take no offense to this statement!
After this nightmare, we were finally called, on his cell phone to meet with "Ted". Ted seemed really nice & was great with the whole presentation, we were sold! He said HE was sitting where we were years ago & HE purchased his timeshare & ended up working for the company. He described the many vacations he & his family have taken, being owners here. He repeatedly used our children as the MAIN REASON we should purchase this "deeded" timeshare. (by the way, I had my kids CLEAN the room/mess THEY DIDN'T make because there were toys EVERYWHERE, it was a MESS!) And tell also made reapeted sexual references to the time my fiance & I could share in Silverleaf's resorts. The rooms WERE nice, but we all know these are just SHOW rooms. But, we truly wanted to believe we could go here, any weekend, as promised if we purchased the timeshare and enjoy the arcade, pool, mini-golf, sauna, gym, free movie theater and all other empty promises.
Finally, got down to cost. They asked for close to $4,000 as a down payment & then almost $700 every 6 months to own this "deed" we could pass on to our children when they had families of their own. (once again making my blood boil, dragging my KIDS into this". We said this cost was impossible for us and after 2 more reps coming in, they said $150 down, $85 a month for a $1,000 "sampler package". Which ONLY includes a 5 night stay at their resorts, when paid IN FULL, at the end of 10 months! Oh and we could go hang out at their 3 hour away resort ANY day, for free, but not stay overnight (super-yay!). At the end of 10 months, we begin payments into out lifetime deed ownership and can stay almost anywhere in the world via a second time depositing program they are affiliated with, but only on white, blue or red level weeks we buy into. Red being best, white being maybe 4 weeks out of the entire year. Which proves what I'VE read on the internet - people who buy the timeshare NEVER get to BOOK at these resorts because they're always FULL. One guy said he hasn't been able to book in over 3 YEARS because there is never available rooms!!!
Anyway, we were coerced into this fraud because it seemed like an investment, something our kids could enjoy with THEIR kids! Ha! This place will be OUT OF BUSINESS well before THEN! We signed the paperwork, $150 to be withdrawn next week, because clearly we did not have the deposit THAT day. ANd on the way out we saw our sales rep, leaving with his family. As friendly as he seemed during our meeting, do you think TED could even LOOK over at us and wave goodbye on our way out? Nope, he stared straight ahead and drove out of the parking lot as if he did not even see us cross in front of his car...like HE DIDN'T EVEN SEE US!!! Guilty conscience, ya think?!?
Needless to say, we are RESCINDING from our contract via certified mail TOMORROW! This is on the bottom of your contract, if you were suckered in, as well. Must be received by Silverleaf by mdnight, on the 3rd day, after date of signing contract - so HURRY UP! Mine is being mailed out tomorrow, as I mentioned, and I WILL follow up HERE. Mail cancellations to: Silverleaf Resorts, Inc., 1221 Riverbend Drive, Suite 120, Dallas, TX 75247.
As for the free gifts, crappy "trips" you need to put your own $$$ out for in "taxes and reservation deposits"! Oh and good luck finding a convenient date and time to use those "FREE GIFTS"! Psh, what a JOKE! At least my kids got to see the beautiful "Berkshires" in MA, for the 1st time! We WILL be back to the Berkshires, but we will NOT be staying with SILVERLEAF at Oak 'N Spruce Resort!!!