So it went something like this: First we met in a big group and got a quick introduction from a guy who really thought he was funny. And who was really impressed that I travel so much (p.s. I don't travel THAT much). He kept saying "everyone except her..." and pointing to me, because I was already a traveler. Good start.
Then we went back to sit and talk with a salesman one-on-one. This is where the fun really started. Things were going okay (I am being very generous here), until he started laughing at me. He kept asking how much I pay for hotels. I kept saying that I never stay in hotels. This was unheard of to him, how could I travel so much and not stay in hotels? Apparently it was not acceptable to him that I stay with friends and family. And weird to him that I have friends and family in so many places. Here is part of our conversation:
Him: "You are going into debt for your hotels"
Me: "I don't stay in hotels"
Him: "But paying for hotels that you do not own is like going into debt"
Me: "I don't think you understand the concept of 'debt'"
Him: "Yes I do, you are paying money for something you do not own"
Me: "No, debt is when you spend more than you earn. It is a very simple concept. I do not spend more than I earn, therefore I am not in debt (except for my condo, but that is a different category)"
As we went on I just got more sassy and more fired up. Eventually he said "Now, you are a smart girl, so..." at which point I cut him off and responded "Yes, I am." He wasn't expecting that.
Next we had a great conversation where he insisted that since I often do not pay for hotels in the places I go, then I must not be traveling where I want to go, only where I can go. We argued this topic for several minutes. Apparently smart travelers are not part of their time-share. And I am not allowed to enjoy vacations that are inexpensive or in which I visit friends/family.
So then his sales-person friend came over and tried to give me pricing. He made a big mistake by starting with "can you afford $10 a month?" I said "yes, I can afford $10 a month, but the real question is whether I want to pay you $10 a month." He just got up and left the table. But since he had not quite had enough, he came back and asked again if I could afford $10/month. I said, "that sounds great and all, but I really hate paying interest. It makes me mad. And if I pay you $10/month for the next...forever... then I am paying an awful lot of interest to your company, and that seems like a bad idea to me." His amazing response "But it is only $10 per month, even if all you pay is interest it is really inexpensive." Seriously. Do I really want to just pay interest and never actually pay down the cost of the time-share. And, to top it off, the actual price was much higher than $10/month.
Is anyone surprised that I did not take the bait? Is anyone surprised that when the 4rd guy sat down to talk to me about my overall experience that day I told him it was a 6 (scale of 1-10), and that I was being very generous in rating the experience a 6?
At least I got a lot of laughs out of it. And $40 in Home Depot gift cards. And a 4 day, 3 night stay in my choice of Las Vegas, Orlando, Reno, Kona (Hawaii) or Los Cabos (Mexico). Where should I go?