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mrsrobinvalentine
Master February 2014

Help me, I won; Bridal Registry?

mrsrobinvalentine, on March 26, 2013 at 11:28 AM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 1 44
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I received a call from Bridal Registry stated that I won a choice of one gift package. But I have to attend one of their Bridal Registry showrooms.

Packages choices:

Wedding bands (value $700)

All exclusive vacation to Jamaica, DR, Bermuda, (5 dys)

All exclusive vacation within the US from 22 locations (Fl, CA, LA, etc for 7 dys)

I'm trying to avoid wasting my time, its a 90 minutes demostration of products showcase at a local hotel, please help me

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  • Sabrina
    Super October 2014
    Sabrina ·
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    I also receivced this call...can anyone chime in on this situation?

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  • HisMrs
    Master September 2012
    HisMrs ·
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    Make sure you find out exactly what's required to receive your gift. If you only have to sit through a 90 minute presentation, I personally would totally do it.

    But if you have to commit to buying something, I probably wouldn't. Check the fine print! Smiley winking

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  • Kayla and Walter
    Devoted November 2013
    Kayla and Walter ·
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    I, too got this call...I personally turned it down. I was excited at first, but saw some other posts about how it was a scam and it didn't seem quite right with me. It's totally up to you, but I passed on it... Hopefully someone will chime in who has actually participated in it and can shed some light.

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  • Just Reenski
    Master December 2012
    Just Reenski ·
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    Also, ask about taxes, etc. -- sometimes the vacation packages only include a portion of the vacation, not taxes/fees.

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  • Jaclyn
    VIP April 2013
    Jaclyn ·
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    I had a call a few times very similar to that. i did it. and for me it was a waist of my time and i was very annoyed. but a lot of people seemed happy.

    our choices were $1,000 grocery gift card, gas for a yr., or a cruise. i was so mad cause at the very very end they mentioned the details......

    the grocery card was a business card with groupons web address! the gas for a yr was you had to go to chevron and you swiped a card and it gave you like 20 cents off per gallon. and the cruse you paid the taxes on and the dates were chosen for you and 1.i couldn't get the time of work to go at that time 2. i had to get from cali. to Florida! i couldn't afford it.

    but that's just my experience. like i said, at least half or more of the people there seemed plenty satisfied.

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  • mrsrobinvalentine
    Master February 2014
    mrsrobinvalentine ·
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    My understanding was that the presentation & demostrations would be about

    kitchen gagets, china, silverware, etc

    She did say that we weren't obligated to buy anything but he & I both had to be there.

    Or I MUST bring a guest. I couldn't come alone.

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  • HisMrs
    Master September 2012
    HisMrs ·
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    You just have to be really careful because sometimes "companies" can obtain your personal info with out you knowing it through places you have registered at. A co-worker got a call saying she was automatically entered into a contest when she bought her dress at David's Bridal. And she won a honeymoon. It was a total scam. DB never heard of it. And this girl had already given the "company" her credit card info to reserve her trip!

    Anytime you "win" something, always make sure you actually entered the contest. And always get the details before you agree to anything.

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  • mrsrobinvalentine
    Master February 2014
    mrsrobinvalentine ·
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    Thanx Ladies, I made my decision; I will not be attending.

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  • Almost Mrs. White
    Master September 2019
    Almost Mrs. White ·
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    I went to a similar event. You'll sit through a presentation (the 1 I attended was for cookware). Afterwards you'll be given the option of 1 of 3 gifts. Just know the vaca packages is not all inclusive & you'll have to pay for any addt'l nights out of your own pocket & make the arrangements with said hotel/resort. I chose the wedding bands instead of the vaca (3 night & 2 days) or a book of coupons that you purchase ( $30?annually) in order to recieve other discounts (restaurants, grocery, clothing & shoe store etc). Most couples went for the trips with the understanding that they'd pay for the addt'l nights stay & own transpo. Oh yeah & as @Just reenski said taxes are not included in the package deal.

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  • Susanstephen
    Expert July 2014
    Susanstephen ·
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    We got the same call and actually went to the demonstrations. They demonstrated cookware. The rings were the JVL ones and then we got a free apron, some coupon thing and engraved champagne flutes. It was not bad since we did not have plans to do anything else anyways and it was really close to our house.

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  • All Smiles
    VIP September 2013
    All Smiles ·
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    We got the call too and went to the 90 minute demonstration of cookware that they later try to sell to us. Your not obligated to buy anything but at the end of the presentation we had to choose between the JVL bands, trips and coupons. It was a waste of our time.

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  • MrsReed
    Expert November 2013
    MrsReed ·
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    I got this too except we didn't have " options" to prizes though. We simply recieved a free vacay to Mex, Costa Rica or DR and a discount on Wedding stationary for invites, etc.

    FH and I went, watched the cookware demo which was actually pretty decent, and got our free all inclusive trip. We chose DR. You only pay the hotel taxes before you checkout of the resort and for your flights (our family is paying for our flight as a part of our gift). There are no hidden cost, food, drinks and alcohol are included in the "inclusive" and the hotel is a well known resort that some of my co-workers have been to as well.

    It's legit. Go and get your free trip. The only thing you'll lose is an hour of your time right? Smiley smile

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  • J
    Just Said Yes October 2014
    jen ·
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    MrsReed...did you follow through with your vacation, and if so, how did it go? My fiance and I just attended the presentation and purchased the pans. I think they seem awesome. We got the two free trips and coupons. I'm going to mail in the voucher tomorrow. i Just wanted to hear if you actually went through with it and how you felt it went?

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  • T
    Just Said Yes July 2015
    Tonya ·
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    Did you register with David's Bridal? That seems to be the common factor in all of these calls. I sat through the presentation, which was informative and interesting, but then saw the prices for their products starting at $2,000 and we opted out. You still get the incentives (wedding bands or a 3 night trip) but you have to pay airfare and taxes. Some others have said it's not worth it. We haven't cashed in ours, since we just got them last week. I have read a lot about the company in reviews over the past several days and the majority of them are negative. I checked out the BBB and got an even more negative response: http://www.bbb.org/new-york-city/Business-Reviews/cooking-utensils/chefworld-inc-in-monroe-ny-116606

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  • M
    Just Said Yes October 2014
    Melinda ·
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    Hi, I just got a call that I won this package too --- a 3day/2 night trip, certificate for $1,000 worth of coupons and 20%-40% off of their cookware. In order to pick up my gifts both my fiancee and I have to attend their presentation tomorrow night, it's being hosted about 25mins from our home.

    over the past several months, I've received other messages from this company but never answered or returned the call... thinking it was a scam. Has anyone had any recent experiences with this company?

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  • T
    Just Said Yes August 2015
    Traci ·
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    I have received a missed call and two text messages. I have not responded but after looking at the reviews I wont. Its probably the same the scam as the people who try to sell the time shares.

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  • V
    Just Said Yes July 2015
    Valeria ·
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    I had a missed call yesterday about the same thing in very interested cause its only 90 minutes of my time so Friday my fiance and i will be attending but i also know I'm not giving anything i just can't passed this opportunity up cause I'm going to always wonder what if

    val c.

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  • Nina
    Beginner August 2015
    Nina ·
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    I left this on another post, I think it should be mentioned here!

    OH WOW ok so I JUST got back from a 90 minute (really more like a 2 hour +) demo presentation at The Radisson in New Rochelle. I got a call after a bridal expo stating we 'won' a free gift from Bridal Registry Events Promotions.

    We were SO interested! Let me explain why...

    SOOOO the free gift was $1,000 in coupons (which it turns out you need to pay $5 to mail in and 'redeem', not to mention their offers actually suck), plus you can choose between two offers of 2night/3day vacation at an all inclusive hotel, or more destinations at a non all inclusive package (WHICH It turns out there is FINE PRINT stating you need to pay $178 upfront before you can even talk to a travel agent, and you Must check in on a Monday or a Tuesday, AKA no weekend vacations!), or a $700 value of titanium/tungsten rings (which I found the coupon code online to get them free with $25 shipping anyways). So at the time we were interested in the all inclusive vacation.

    We get to the presentation, there are a few other couples, and we are educated about a company called 'Cook World' cookware.

    Turns out the pots seem pretty legit. But once he brought up the price of $2000....everyone in the room was like NOPE!...Until he mentions that you ALSO get a 7night/8day stay at almost any hotel in the world you want - aka honeymoon paid for. SO WE WERE IN!!....problem is, no paperwork. You are only given a limited amount of time full of excitement and thrill about to make a impulsive decision while the representative ('JERRY' - WHO WAS ONE OF THE RUDEST STRANGERS I EVER CAME IN CONTACT WITH, I'll explain) half pressures you into deciding what you want to do. But when I asked my representative named JERRY for the terms and conditions BEFORE I sign on any dotted line, he came up into my face, got very loud so the entire room could hear it and told me that if I was interested in purchasing for the vacation and I wasn't interested in the POTS then I shouldn't even purchase. My non-confrontational fiance and I were pretty taken back.

    We ignored his absolute disrespect, and when I asked him again for terms and conditions, he quickly snaps 'there are none! Do you see any terms and conditions? There are none! I am giving you my cell phone number, you have my word, I will write down '7 night 8 day stay' and you will initial it!'.....so....no terms and conditions eh? Well not in that room, but there are ALWAYS terms and conditions especially when you are signing a contract you don't even get to read before you agree to abide by it (not even sure how this whole ordeal is legal to be honest). He interrupts every word I or my fiance try to get in and insults us by hollering in front of the other couples (part if his business tactic - peer pressure, fear, demeaning, etc) to 'go sit down and figure it out', and when we do, he mumbles loudly 'I have 5 kids, I know how to deal with kids'. OK WOW.

    From that point on we decided Forget it, A. he is obviously hiding something if he feels it necessary to conduct his business in this fashion, B. I dont even want to give him the sale right now with that kind of mouth, C. This is sounding reallllly sketch and I dont have a good feeling about it. So we decided to drop it and leave with our 'free' 2 night/3 day stay' (which is only to 5 hotels that are OK - [ex: Wyndham Aztec and Maya], that you must Only check in on a Monday-Tuesday, you obv pay taxes and airfare, but you also are required to pay fees ahead of time before 'redeeming' it or speaking to Any travel agency, which I don't trust).

    I did my research this morning....and it turns out it is a VERY good thing I did NOT go through with the purchase because I then read the terms and conditions of all of our 'free' gifts, and guess what..WE FOUND THE SAME POTS (different company but same manufacturer, same exact thing with a different sticker slabbed on top) ON AMAZON FOR $250!!! MIND YOU, he was selling them for $2,000 and explaining what a great deal that was! HAH!!! He claimed the ENTIRE night it was 'LIFETIME WARRANTY' which in fact was a LIMITED lifetime warranty...oh I can go on and on about how Sketch this was.

    SO I don't want to say 'oh it is a 100% scam' because I think I read how people have gone on these vacations and jumped through all of these loops and holes, but in the end, the saying 'too good to be true', once again, wins. Praise GOD for revealing this to us before it was too late.

    Do your research.

    I will be getting the pots (with over 100 4-5 star real reviews on amazon) Amazon for 1/10th of the price, and hopefully I can still get a good deal on my honeymoon through a MUCH less sketchier meansSmiley smile But I wish I could go back in time and stick up for myself to the rep, as well as help the other couples realize this information before they went through with their purchase.

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  • K
    Just Said Yes October 2017
    Kelliann ·
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    Just did a search on this and saw this post. I received a similar call today. It came from a number with no caller ID.the number to call back was 631-824-6570 and i had to give an extension. apparently I won a similar package to what everyone is describing, but it was a "drawing" from the bridal show I attended in March..its now May. I thought it was strange but decided to call back anyway to just see what it was about. First, they all spoke so fast that I still do not know the name of the company. I see above its called Cook World. I would get the choice of the vacation or the wedding bands, a coupon package, and a discount on their products and would have to go to the demonstration. They only had 2 spots open on Friday in Elizabeth NJ and in New Rochelle over the weekend. I told her no thanks because my fiance works evenings. It seems to have worked out for other people but it seems off to me. Too many hoops to jump through, its not truly free, and if I won something, just send it in the mail. I find it wierd also how they got my name in the first place. At the Bridal show, they had legitimate door prizes that they announced that day and the vendors also had raffles that I put my name into. I don't remember this company ever being there or being involved--it was not a huge show so I remembered all the vendors that were there. It didn't feel right to me so I declined.

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  • L
    Just Said Yes December 2015
    LadyBird ·
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    Thank you Kelliann!

    This is the same phone # that called me! 631-824-6570 ex 5634

    They called me from a number that's been reported in gardenside ny as a telemarketer landline:: I do not live in NY!

    They made me give an extension to the person who answered the phone .... Not type it in the phone like a normal extension

    5634 was the extension.

    Any way I've been doing a lot of research the number itself is from a telemarketing company with "no name" .......

    The "company" I talked to on the phone was calling itself bridal registry. Here is the website with the free winning information::

    Bridalregistry.events/promotions.

    She said I won 3 gifts. -------

    1) first gift :::A choice of 2 wedding bands from jvl (you pay shipping handling and tax) OR a 3 day 2 night trip through windom viva resort land packages ---to ""select"" all inclusive locations I think they have 3 locations you can choose from OR ""select"" locations that do not have the all inclusive you are just getting a hotel room for 2 nights. There are more locations domestic USA primarily (I think) you pay a deposit and taxes and you need to buy your own airfare --- so basically this is just a 2 night free hotel deal occasionally with three day all inclusive benefits if you pick the correct hotel/city------

    2) Then the second "gift" was a passporttovalue.com membership. -- You have to sign up for this recurring membership and the company gives you your first $1000 coupon dollars for "free"------------------

    And then::::::

    3) a discount of 20-40% off cookware that apparently their company bridal registry makes. This isn't a gift at all just a sale on the items they're pushing on you which you can buy on Amazon for a fraction of the cost.------------------

    ------My take??--------

    Gift 2 is a serious scam look up reviews on passport to value they will just steal and sell your credit and personal information.-----------------Gift three isn't a gift at all because that's just a jerk named Robert ROBERT giving you a 90 min hard sell. Guilt trips the whole horrible salesman thing-------------- Don't buy these UNLESS you go to the meeting with a prepaid visa to use.

    --------NEVER give your personal checking or credit information. --------------If you want to buy the pots and pans go with a prepaid credit card-------- always ----------I can NOT stress that enough.

    --------------as for gift one----1::: I have no idea how the rings work but the other reviewers seem to have a good grasp on that part---------on to talking about the trip-- --------You will get a voucher for a 3 day 2 night stay.---------There will be strings attached Pinocchio ... Many strings.--------------- But if you know this ahead of time and want the trip please use these tips::::::: Do not take your personal credit cards, debit cards, or checks to this 90 min meeting. (If you want cookware bring a pre paid card --- if you just want the free 2 night 3 day trip bring nothing with you)

    --------------If you want only the free trip:

    Bring no personal forms of money

    Tell them at the beginning of the "meeting" that you're there for ONLY the free gift and that they have ONLY 90 mins to give you their speech. Tell them you're setting an alarm on your watch or phone. --------Then set that alarm! ---------

    Get the voucher and leave after the 90mins. You do not have to set up your vacation until later. -------

    When you do set up your vacation They will ask you for a deposit-- pay it with a pre paid credit or debit card! Pay for the taxes with a pre paid card. --------

    Even if the vacations are real... do NOT set yourself up to have your information stolen. !!!!!!!!!

    -----------Ask for all terms and conditions in writing. Sometimes they give it sometimes they don't. If they aren't giving it to you in writing -----> then video tape them on your phone.

    _________________

    These are the hoops you go through for a vacation discount---- PROTECT YOURSELF. --------

    Good luck fellow brides and congratulations on your nuptials!

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