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Trena
Master July 2013

I won a bridal show giveaway... is it a scam?

Trena, on January 12, 2012 at 12:24 AM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 0 13
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I just got a call saying my fi and I won either a mini-moon to a variety of locales, or free wedding bands. The only hitch is to go to a cooking demo. I made absolutely sure that there is no financial obligation, and she assured me there is not. Fi is really good at turning down salespeople, so I'm not worried about that, and the lady also said that there is no timeshare thing or hiccup like that. We figured it doesn't hurt to at least check it out. It seems legit, especially since it is endorsed by the Bridal Show people. And if they ask us for any private info or to pay, we'll just leave. But a mini-moon is worth it IMO!

Has anyone else won something like this? What were their experiences?

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Latest activity by Samantha, on December 9, 2021 at 9:48 AM
  • Ashley C (formerly P)
    VIP March 2012
    Ashley C (formerly P) ·
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    It's a scam.

    We got the same phone call - and they kept calling until we accepted to go (but never showed up and didn't give them our real information).

    They can "assure you" as much as they want but you still have to purchase there stuff to get the honeymoon. The one that called us was pampered chef.

    It's like those Mary Kay people that call you and say you have a free gifts waiting if you sign up for a free make-up trial (where they come to your home and try to sell you stuff). Then they want you to have a party and you get the free gifts only if your party hits a certain amount of sales.

    Yeah, all garbage and a waste of time to me.

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  • krisalicious
    Master April 2012
    krisalicious ·
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    Can you look up reviews for the company online or check with BBB?

    I've had friends win major stuff at bridal shows, like a dress or an AI honeymoon stay, and I don't either any of them had to attend any sales demos. The companies just congratulated them and gave them vouchers. So I would check it out just to make sure it's not a gimongous waste of your time.

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  • Irchykk
    VIP August 2012
    Irchykk ·
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    There was a thread about this yesterday with a lot of comments, same exact thing ...

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  • Honey B.
    Master May 2012
    Honey B. ·
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    The same thing happened to me and they kept calling until I told them that we had already gotten married so they would stop calling.

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  • Jen H.
    Master October 2012
    Jen H. ·
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    The "free" wedding bands are always free, you don't have to go to the cooking demo. They are tungsten bands that they charge $25 shipping & handling per ring. If you are interested, I'll dig up the link. A lot of ladies have bought them for their men, and seemed petty happy.

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  • Mrs. Clark aka Mrs Awesomepants
    Master November 2011
    Mrs. Clark aka Mrs Awesomepants ·
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    Jvljewelry.com and enter the code "brides"

    I believe thats what you are referring to Jennifer. We each got one (i wear mine when I dont want to wear my ering and band, like camping or theme parks) but he got a black one which I advise against. They scratch easy and the silver underneath shows through

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  • Jen H.
    Master October 2012
    Jen H. ·
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    Yup...that's the one =)

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  • Stephanie Hickerty
    Stephanie Hickerty ·
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    In addition to paying a fee to have a booth at a bridal show, each vendor is asked/required to provide a gift with no strings attached.

    The last show I did I provided a free Rock the Dress Session and a fee Engagement Session...no strings, no gimmick, and they're the same sessions I provide my paying clients, so they don't get anything "less". If the vendor providing your giveaway tries to pull some snarky stuff, I'd get in touch with the bridal show coordinators. I doubt they would, but there are a few bad guys out there that make the rest of us look bad too.

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  • Nafeesah
    Devoted September 2012
    Nafeesah ·
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    We had the same thing offered to us, we went to the show and liked what they was selling but is was very exspensive. But you have to read the fine print on the vacation, you have to pay $50 deposit with a major credit card. And travel exspenses, like the other brides were saying the bands are always free. I plan to get FH from jvljewerly.

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  • Trena
    Master July 2013
    Trena ·
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    Thanks ladies! I missed the other thread apparently, whoops. And good to know about the rings! Smiley smile

    @Stephanie, I don't think every vendor was supposed to at ours (Portland, Oregon), because not that many did. I'll just not go, but still try out the free ring code! Smiley smile

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  • Stephani
    Expert April 2012
    Stephani ·
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    We got the same thing for a free 3 day vacation. Just had to show up and listen to this guy talk about pots and pans for an hour or so. He was funny and the pans were nice, just can't afford pans for thousands of dollars even if they do last a lifetime. We got a voucher for the vacation, you get to choose your location and date. But they pick the hotel. You do need to place a $50 deposit. I'm not trusting it fully, but I will try to use it to add extra days to our vacation in costa rica.

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  • N
    Just Said Yes April 2020
    Nicole ·
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    Hi Stephanie,

    I know you posted this a long time ago, but I've been googling because I got the same phone call saying I won at the bridal expo and it was people that were selling the pots and pans. I was wondering if you could share how this worked out for you? did you end up using the voucher? was it worth the $50 deposit, is there anything scam like or fishy about this? Thank you so much in advance for your help!

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  • Samantha
    Just Said Yes October 2022
    Samantha ·
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    Hey I’m following up on this. Did that vacation voucher workout?
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