May 13, 2014Aimfair is in a very unique position. Why? Because members and non members contact us with all sorts of feedback. Some about resort operations, some about sales operations, about changes to the properties and some about people who cold call with offers that are too good to be true.
Its the latter issue that has captured our imagination today.
Since January 1, 2014, members and ourselves have been contacted by the following non-companies:
- January 10, 2014 - Link Marketing Solutions
- January 21, 2014 - 3PL Management
- February 2, 2014 - Business Events International
- February 14, 2014 - Principal Global Investors
- February 26, 2014 - ATC Brokers Inc.
- March 12, 2014 - Marketing Hatch
- March 21, 2014 - Lions Gate Estates LLC
- April 9, 2014 - Investors Management Co
- April 11, 2014 - Management Services LLC
- April 15, 2014 - World Equity Value
The offers are all the same. First the cold callers phish for personal and confidential information. "We notice you own Grand Luxxe weeks and we have a buyer. Please send us your contract so we can prepare an offer for you." Or some other similar dialog. Don't give any information like that to anyone!
Second, we suspect the activity of calls come during the first half of the year. Why? That is we all take our vacations. When we return from our vacations in Mexico, it is almost impossible to keep from feeling that there is tangible value to our ownership.
Well, that speculation is right! There is real value. But the value is in the use of the weeks, not in the resale of the contracts.
Too often, we perceive after we return from our vacations there is a high probability of success at turning a profit by selling contracts. Certainly, that notion is reinforced by our sales representatives.
Thirdly, these cold calling experts swoop in for the sale and retreat to the dark world they come from. That is why they can't be found. It is really quite an efficient business plan, albeit unethical and maybe illegal.
We anticipate that the number of cold calls will go down from now until the beginning of the new vacation season in Mexico. Breathe a sigh of relief....no more calls for another six months.
Look for the cycle to start all over again in December. We will all be deluged by calls from people we don't know enticing us to accept offers that too good to be true. Don't fall for the bait. But do send us the source of solicitations so we can post them here.