January 1, 2016 — A couple of weeks back a reader who was looking for a new sales opportunity e-mailed me a classified advertisement she came upon that had been posted on one of those job-listing websites. Sally (not her real name) made some interesting comments about the announcement and after I reviewed it I agreed with her conclusions so I decided to dig a little further and find out who was behind the anonymous ad, as the entity did not post any company (or person’s) name, address or phone number. For contact purposes they only offered an unidentifiable e-mail address.
So Here’s The Scoop: This ad I’m talking about was seeking “…former sales persons from Westgate…” and claimed that those former reps, apparently, could make “…easy money…” ranging from “…$500 to $5,000…” for their “…past knowledge and experience…”
Additionally this ‘blind’ ad sought one or more of the Westgate Resorts’ training manuals from former WR sales reps. But then the ad somewhat morphed to suggest that the ambiguous entity was apparently eager to chat with sales reps from other timeshare companies, too – as long as said reps were no longer currently working with or for the developer(s) they would be providing info about.
In the ad this entity was also seeking information on “…accounts of real transactions…” and it stated they wanted information about any “free” first visit incentives that motivated the sales guest to put pen to ink (aka: close the deals), and if said incentives were “packed” (costs absorbed by the buyer) into the bottom-line price on the clients’ contacts, etc.
The ad went on seeking more info about terms and conditions regarding the use of the timeshare plans that were “…knowingly omitted…” during the sales presentation as well as any “false statements” made by the reps to the sales guests to hopefully make a sale and they wanted “sales worksheets” and much more so these “former” reps could earn a “research fee”; apparently that “$500 to $5,000”.
At the end of my research I did discover who the entity is and the person/company is not ‘new’ and indeed is well known in the Land of Time. However, I’m not publishing the name of the company, etc. because doing so would not be in the best interest of all developers around the world.
That said, and for the record, 95% (+) of all the information, tips and rumors that we’ve received weekly at InsideTheGate.com (ITG) during the previous 7+ years never got published even though we often confirm much of the ‘stuff’ we are given.
So with this week’s memo to Westgate Resorts to caution them, should they not already know, I also want to caution all developers that there are some evil doings going on behind the scenes and my investigation has also revealed another ‘entity’ that is offering quick money for any reps willing to reveal developers’ secrets.
I’m partially guessing here, but the thing about this other entity is they might be trying to get enough displeased former reps, for whatever reason(s), from one (1) developer – and then use those former reps’ assertions, statements, documents, paper work, training manuals, etc. – towards a huge class action against that developer.
And yes, developers can afford to defend themselves as many look at litigation as just part of the cost of doing business. But on the other hand, if that entity could get (e.g.) 30 – 50 or more reps to provide ‘info’ and then get a hold of ‘x’ hundred or thousands of the developers’ owners/members – well, it could get downright ugly and super expensive.
Forewarned is forearmed, as they say. 😉
Good Luck Out There
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