-by Scoop (December 08, 2017)
here are those within the worldwide business community who firmly believe they do not require government interference with their marketing, selling and business activities, including the products/services they develop. Many claim that they will police themselves, that they only have the best interest of the communities they serve at heart and that should they ever do anything wrong they would correct whatever that problem might be immediately. Hence, their position is often: “Government regulations? We don’t need no stinkin’ government regulations!”
So Here’s The Scoop: Quite frankly I can often agree with them because sometimes when any agency of any government “gets up in your business”, so to speak, it can be as unpleasant as undergoing multiple root-canals and a colonoscopy all at the same time by a newly trained and government certified TAT (Tooth & Anal Technician).
Of course there are times when companies discover that their activities are questionable, offensive and/or deceitful when dealing with the general public, yet the offenders may refuse to accept responsibility for their company and/or employee’s actions and correct their wayward methods.
In such instances when their activities are repeated so often that customers begin to complain, the customers generally approach the company first to seek redress for their grievances, but the company may just tag them as “disgruntled” and dismiss their complaints.
That, of course, leaves the consumer with very few options, one of which is to then remedy the issue by knocking on the appropriate door of the government agency that deals with consumer-related problems, complaints and/or concerns involving the private citizen and a company (or an employee) in question.
Once that occurs the government agency starts a file w/the first dissatisfied person and should more peeps come forward, in time the issue(s) and multiple complaints may very well garner the agency’s full and undivided attention – and it’s game on baby!
In due time, after extensive investigations and perhaps some ‘court’ time, the agency will often prevail and when the dust has settled a ‘new horizon’ is at hand and the offending company AND all other businesses peddling the same products/services, etc. must adhere to the new rules (aka – laws) or face the consequences.
That said, I was wondering this week just how bad was it several decades ago during those ‘dark days’ in the Land of Time when enough consumers, after seeking redress at the developer level, found it necessary to complain to one or more government agencies (GA) regarding timeshare developers’ ‘practices’.
Considering how slow most GAs move or act I then wondered, in all, how many, how frequent and how egregious were those complaints that in time forced many U.S. States to enact laws in order to prevent all timeshare developers and their employees from continuing their unique business ‘methods’.
Take for example the many U.S. States where laws were put on the books regarding advance disclosures – prior to even being ‘chatted’ with by a street OPC – including revealing other mandatory information before those consumers can be offered and accept a
bribe gift to attend an “…informative 90-minute get-together…’
“…THIS ADVERTISING MATERIAL IS BEING USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF SOLICITING TIMESHARE SALES…”
Or: “…This is a timeshare sales presentation. By law consumers have a right to cancel…”
Those two statements don’t even scratch the surface of legal requirements aimed at industry practices and the pathetic thing about timeshare developers not ‘policing’ themselves so long ago is that they actually conceived and introduced a superior vacationing product & service that to this day is still top notch, yet all around the world – 50 years later – those early marketing and selling practices are as pervasive as they were back then.
Good Luck Out There
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