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Re: Free dinner for attending a sales pitch [Re: SteezMacQueen] #14435464 07/31/22 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by SteezMacQueen
My time is worth more than the meal.

Yup. I think the people that attend are no different than the guys putting them on- they deserve each other.

Re: Free dinner for attending a sales pitch [Re: Mudshark] #14435466 07/31/22 03:23 PM
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I get the invites in the mail often. They go straight into the recycle bin. When you reach 65 you will start getting more of them.


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Re: Free dinner for attending a sales pitch [Re: Mudshark] #14435469 07/31/22 03:28 PM
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My wife and I did this on some land development in the hill country. Took the tour, endured the beating, but we left with a new iPad and no land.

Re: Free dinner for attending a sales pitch [Re: Mudshark] #14435605 07/31/22 05:50 PM
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Just give the wife an out phrase like - we should really consider this when our bankruptcy is finished. They will move on from there.

Re: Free dinner for attending a sales pitch [Re: Mudshark] #14435618 07/31/22 06:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Mudshark
So how does this work, I keep getting offers to get a free dinner at some decent restaurants to listen to a sales pitch from everything from solar panels, financial stuff to gutter guards. I’m thinking about going to each and every one of them. I like free food.



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Re: Free dinner for attending a sales pitch [Re: Mudshark] #14435646 07/31/22 06:32 PM
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I think you already know how it works.

Drive
Ask which room is the seminar meal
Find a seat
Wait for the intro
Watch the meal courses start coming out, (prepare to pay for any food/drink item that is not part of the "free meal")
Once the final course is done, prepare for the final pitch, "and it's a one time, sign up now or miss out" pitch
Learn to say thanks, but no thanks and then get up to leave, OR, if you like the pitch, sign up.
Drive away and decide if it was all worth it.

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Re: Free dinner for attending a sales pitch [Re: Mudshark] #14435647 07/31/22 06:33 PM
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Addendum: The meal is not "free." It cost you your time and effort!

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Re: Free dinner for attending a sales pitch [Re: Mudshark] #14435669 07/31/22 07:01 PM
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I'm a cheap SOB but I'd have a PB&J at home before I'd sit through a dinner with a solar sales pitch


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Re: Free dinner for attending a sales pitch [Re: fisherinok] #14435682 07/31/22 07:14 PM
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Originally Posted by fisherinok
Just give the wife an out phrase like - we should really consider this when our bankruptcy is finished. They will move on from there.

I like this idea.

Re: Free dinner for attending a sales pitch [Re: Indianation65] #14435877 08/01/22 12:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Indianation65
Addendum: The meal is not "free." It cost you your time and effort!

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Exactly. It will be a controlled menu and you will be seated with a salesman. After he pitches you and you don't commit then a "closer" will join you, sweeten the pot a bit and then really put the hard sale on you. Time share deals are the worst, and they are never worth the krap you have to endure trying to get the hell out of there.


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Re: Free dinner for attending a sales pitch [Re: Patriot Guard Rider] #14435966 08/01/22 02:43 AM
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Addendum: The meal is not "free." It cost you your time and effort!

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Exactly. It will be a controlled menu and you will be seated with a salesman. After he pitches you and you don't commit then a "closer" will join you, sweeten the pot a bit and then really put the hard sale on you. Time share deals are the worst, and they are never worth the krap you have to endure trying to get the hell out of there.


I used to love going to the time share ones cause I knew I was not going to buy and I was good playing the game. Probably went to a dozen or more and would never have bought one in a million years but then we went to St Martin and the 3rd day just sitting in the court yard talking to a older gentleman about the resort. About 10 minutes in and I said "Just sign us up We are home" That was 14 years ago and best money I ever spent! cheers

Re: Free dinner for attending a sales pitch [Re: Mudshark] #14435970 08/01/22 02:52 AM
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Like many others, I did a time share sales pitch years ago. We were taking the daughter to Disney anyway, and got 3 full nights at a really nice place. Sales pitch was 45 minutes as per the rules, didn’t give them a minute more.

Re: Free dinner for attending a sales pitch [Re: Mudshark] #14436112 08/01/22 11:27 AM
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These dinners usually start at 7 pm and I am already in bed by then!

Re: Free dinner for attending a sales pitch [Re: Mudshark] #14436222 08/01/22 01:31 PM
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Years ago we kept getting pestered about a time share. We declined again and again. Finally a water main broke in our housing area and every time they fixed one place it would break somewhere else. Since the weekend was coming I called the timeshare and asked for 2 nights. We went to a beautiful spa in Sedona AZ, right on a small "river" We had our own hot tub on the balcony. Free wood fired pizza, massages and $200 worth of spa lotions, we were laughing through the entire presentation because we couldn't afford to buy even if we wanted to.

Re: Free dinner for attending a sales pitch [Re: Mudshark] #14436332 08/01/22 02:55 PM
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I can't legally attend one due to an incident in California. police


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