So a bunch of their reps post up at sporting events like Dodger, Padre and Clipper games and target couples who might be interested in a "presentation". They give out all kind of incentives and even give out a free shirt or hat.
@wlisa89 and I attended the Clippers vs. Grizzlies game at Staples Center on December 11, 2010 (let's not talk about the outcome of the game) and one of their reps approached us and talked a million words per second about some kind of resort where they give you a presentation and drive you around in a golf cart. I figured it was some kind of timeshare thing and my sister and my parents had gone through some of these presentations and scored some pretty cool stuff. So I said, why not, let's give it a shot and decided to sign up.
They ask for a deposit, which they return to you if you show up to the presentation, other than that, they just promise you all kinds of stuff, like a 3 day trip to San Fran, a trip to Catalina etc. We opted for the Catalina trip and a bunch of dodger tickets. In the back of my mind I'm thinking that we'll probably never end up getting the stuff anyway (being a Clipper fan will make you think like that about everything).
The scheduled presentation was for the following weekend, we got a free shirt and then parted ways with the rep.
I decided to get some background info by researching on the Internet about this place and oh man I was not expecting the terrible reviews on Yelp. People said it was a disaster but there was 1 or 2 semi-positive reviews. Not really a great sign but still decided to go through with it, really how bad could it be?
The next week, it was raining but luckily it didn't take too long to make it out the resort out in Escondido. They have a parking lot where they shuttle you to the resort entrance via a golf cart.
We made our way into the lobby and met up with our guide. Her name was Rita and she was friendly. Almost immediately, I told her that we were in a hurry and only had 90 minutes. This was because on the reviews, I read that people were stuck there for 4 hours. Rita honored our time constraint and sat down and talked with us in a big room with about 20 other couples.
She went over what our vacation preferences were and what we like to do on our free time etc and explained that what they were offering was ownership that wasn't really like a timeshare. She threw out all kinds of numbers and explained that it's better to own one of their rooms rather than go on vacation and pay for hotel rooms where none of the money goes toward an investment.
She also took us around to look at the models and some illustrations about the history of the place. Since it was raining, she wasn't able to show us the actual rooms or tour the entire place. Not a problem.
Overall I wasn't very impressed and it looked pretty clear I wasn't interested in buying. To make a long story short, I declined and she didn't really question it much and sent us to get our gifts.
The next person she sent us to, gave us some last deals that we also declined.
He thanked us and shows us the exit but not before handing us 6 vouchers for Dodger tickets, 2 vouchers for LA Kings tickets, a receipt for a refund for my deposit and a handout on how to claim the Catalina trip.
I was pretty surprised especially after reading such bad reviews of the place. I wasn't expecting to get anything so I was pleasantly surprised. A 90 minute drive, a 90 minute presentation, a bunch of gifts and the rest of the day to spend around San Diego. Not too bad.
Overall, I think that buying their property wasn't for me but I think some people might be very interested. It seemed like there were a number of people there who ended up buying and Rita also showed us a huge book of pictures of herself and her buyers.
So I say, give it a shot, listen to what they've got and at the very least, you'll walk away with some gifts!
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A resort community, developed by Welk and promoted heavily by him on the show, is named for him. Formerly known as "Lawrence Welk Village," the Welk Resort and Champagne Village are just off Interstate 15 north of Escondido, California, about 38 miles north of downtown San Diego. Lawrence Welk Village was where Welk actually lived in a rather affluent "cottage". The resort is open to the public and contains two golf courses, dozens of upscale timeshares, and a theater containing a museum of Welk's life. The Welk Resort Theatre performs live Broadway musicals year round.