September 2, 2011 — There is an unresolved debate within the halls of the timeshare industry going back decades whereby one side of the argument, without so much as wavering a fraction of an inch, insists that an ‘up is an up’ and as long as a sales guest meets specific qualifications they indeed are a good candidate (aka: prospect) and are fully ‘qualified’ to be a ‘buyer’ (aka: a “tour”).
Those who support that proposition are on the marketing side of the equation, yet there has never been a shortage of Developers, Senior/Executive level management, PD’s and sales managers/reps who believe likewise. It is for those supporting the business model and/or theory that an ‘up is an up’ that I submit the following.
According to the U.S. Justice Department website, the Federal drug paraphernalia statute (U. S. Code Title 21 Section 863) makes it “unlawful for any person to sell or offer for sale drug paraphernalia; to use the mails or any other facility of interstate commerce to transport drug paraphernalia; or to import or export drug paraphernalia.”
The DOJ website goes on to inform the public that “Drug paraphernalia can be obtained through various means. Many large manufacturers market their products over the Internet and through mail-order businesses. In addition, drug paraphernalia frequently are sold at tobacco shops, trendy gift and novelty shops, gas stations, and convenience stores.”
The Feds then state that drug paraphernalia includes but is not limited to: “Pipes (metal, wooden, acrylic, glass, stone, plastic, or ceramic), Water pipes, Roach clips, Miniature spoons, Chillums (cone-shaped marijuana/hash pipes), Bongs, Cigarette papers, Cocaine freebase kits”, etc.
With that in mind, keeping in mind that although people in need of such ‘items’ come in all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles, etc., it’s curious that either the marketing folks for Starpoint Resorts, GEO Holiday Club and SCA Promotions (out of Dallas) or one of their ‘vendors’ have concluded that setting up an “Enter 2 Win” (cash) program at an off off-strip Las Vegas, NV “Head Shop” (a retail outlet specializing in drug paraphernalia) is a great location and source from which to generate qualified “UPS” to attend a timeshare sales presentation.
This particular “Head Shop” is several miles away from all the tourist activities of Sin City, caters exclusively to a ‘local’ neighborhood and along with oodles of the standard drug paraphernalia they also carry a variety of incense that can be used to mask odors as well as candles, some adult magazines, tobacco products and an assortment of jewelry that sells for a few dollars apiece.
The ‘shoppers’ at this “Head Shop” surely must think things are pretty far-out when they discover they have a chance to win some big bucks (CASH) and all they are required to do is fill out one of those “Enter 2 Win” short forms, declare they are at least 25 years old and have an annual household income of NLT $40-K and then drop the form in the box…
On the front side of that “Enter 2 Win” form the consumer is also asked if they are “interested in purchasing a new vehicle in the next 90 days” and to then check either the yes or no box. And on the back side of the form they are duly notified in small font that the purpose of the “CASH” giveaway “is to attempt to sell you a timeshare interest in GEO Holiday Club”!
Oh no man, what a bummer! I just read that very small print man and discovered that all you Stoners working for GEO, Starpoint or SCA are not allowed to enter for a chance at those big bucks and that is a total downer because man-oh-maaaan with a little extra cash-o-la in Vegas you know for sure you could score some mind-blowing spiritually twisting s*** that is guaranteed to f*** u up big time!’
Wooooow! I wonder if they’d sell ya a car, maaaan, like maybe one of those really cool monster pick-ups with those super colossal tires for some serious off road gigs, with flames painted on both sides that are like really bright red and orange and with some midnight black and royal blue colors to show the smoke from pealing out, ya know, and that swoop up all the way to the tailgate. And then maybe have some of those chrome exhaust pipes installed that could be twisted and turned back towards the cab and then pointed upwards towards the heavens, man. And then you could have one of those Mack-truck horns put in and cruise down the Strip and blast it at each intersection and really freak out all the tourists by playing ‘White Rabbit’ while the windows are down and then head over to the mall and hit the shoe stores and, like, count how many freaks try and put the right shoe on their left foot and stuff, man, and then hit the food court and pig out and scarf down everything on the menu and, ah, ah, what was I talking about?
Oh yeah maaaan, an up is an up. But I gotta crash for now…
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