Grand Haven Resort Scam

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Grand Haven Resort Scam 

I was wondering if anybody has been scammed by Grand Haven Resort in Cambridge Ohio (Part of the Cardida Resort Group) the way I was scammed or in a similar method?

Basically I entered a contest somewhere (that was sponsored by Grand Haven Resort) and I "Was a Winner of at least 2 Prizes" with a possibility of winning the grand prize which was a new car!  There were about 6 possible prizes and I would randomly win at least 3 of them... those prizes were a Camera, a trip to Las Vegas, $500 Cash, and some other really nice prizes like a Plasma TV etc... All you have to do to claim your 2 prizes is to go through a tour of Grand Haven Resort....

So we took the bait and went to take the Tour for our free guaranteed prizes... At first glimpse the place was pretty trashy.. but then we had our presentation by one of the sales people that dazzled us with all of these great things... Then we drove around in the sales person's car and saw all of the cabins and other cool things this place had to offer...

3 Hours later, it was time for them to make the sale.... A Membership was like $5,000 for the basic membership, but that didn't include half of the cool stuff they were talking about... The good membership was around $10,000 if memory serves me... Of course that was out of our price range... but they just happened to have a trial membership for 1 year... well we had someplace to be and it already was taking a long time, so we decided to do the trial membership.... it was at a reasonable price for what it supposedly offered...

Well we did a down payment on the trial membership and went to get our guaranteed prizes... we won a camera and a trip to las vegas (which required 1 person to pay full price for a plane ticket in order to get the trip)... of course that is basically what everyone got, because they had a pre-made stamp that they stamped on your sheet that had your prizes as a camera and the Los Vegas Trip... The camera was a piece of crap and the trip was a sham because you had to pay for 1/2 of it...

This is where we really got scammed

Well a few weeks later we were ready to give the resort a try... They had some really nice cabins for dirt cheap and some even had Jacuzzi.... So we were going to get 2 or 3 cabins and bring a bunch of friends and have a good time... after all, that was the main reason we got the membership...

So I call and apparently there are only a couple cabins that actually have a Jacuzzi... not the impression we got during the tour...

Next, the pricing... The cabin price was nothing near the price we were quoted on the tour... it was at least double the price to get the cabins than we were quoted... this didn't include the hidden pet fees which we were NOT told about, or the hidden Guest fees which we were NOT told about... of course during the whole tour I was talking about how this would be a great place to bring my friends and my two dogs and how cheap it was... no mention on the hidden fees....

Basically the whole sales tour we were told things that ended up not being the case once we tried to get it... They hid a lot in fine print, wear you down so that you just want to get out of there...

This was definitely a lesson learned... So buyer beware if you ever get a call to tour Grand Haven Resort!

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June

If any one wants to give away their mrmbership I and myfamily would love to have it.  When my kids grandma was alive we used to go there all the time.  We would pack up a lunch and drive down for a day of swimming.  I would really love to do that with them again but can't afford the membership costs they charge when they sell you one. 

Dec 10, 2012 02:31 PM #258
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Jeff

Anybody that wants to purchase a deeded membership, give me a way to contact you here in this blog and make me an offer. You might be surprised how cheaply you can get my membership that I frankly haven't used in years.

Dec 10, 2012 02:43 PM #259
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Bryan

Same here! I have one that I will let go for CHEAP!!! I won't "give" it away, but at the price I am offering it, you would think I was. Ready with the paperwork to transfer the DEEDED MEMBERSHIP into your name. It's that simple. Contact Bryan at bryan.boatright@gmail.com.

Dec 10, 2012 02:58 PM #260
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Laura

We have a deeded membership that we have been trying to sell for a while. We would be willing to give it to anyone who is willing to pay our fees up to date and any transfer fees. If interested contact me at soccermom_1963@yahoo.com.

Dec 10, 2012 04:25 PM #261
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bobotron

You should be able to get one from someone for free. There are many people depsarate to get out of the annual dues. You might also want to look into getting one of the "free certificates" that they were giving to members to give to other people. Although I never found out if they pay more dues when joining with that free certificate. But at least there are no transfer fees that I am aware of.

We gave our deeded membership away when they started hounding us and threatening us that the deeded members were going to get hit with some big assessment fees if they didn't pay about $4k to upgrade to the newer memberships.

Dec 10, 2012 06:00 PM #262
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lawrence

looking to buy a deeded membersahip

campground only

u can reach me here at

ldanna@columbus.rr.com

Jan 20, 2013 09:01 AM #263
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keith

membership for sale cheap.  contact kixcoach@gmail.com

Feb 11, 2013 10:38 PM #264
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bob

i have a deeded membership would sell cheap kids r gone have not used in years .    email  woodpony8@hotmail.com

Feb 25, 2013 01:59 PM #265
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Jeff

I have a deeded memebrship that also hasn't been used in years. Free to whomever wants to take ownership of it.

Feb 27, 2013 09:34 AM #266
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Brya

Jeff,

   I am interested. Can you email me at bryan.boatright@gmail.com?

 

         Bryan

Feb 27, 2013 09:47 AM #267
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June

Jeff I would be very interested in taking over your deed please email me at chulajune@yahoo.com.

 

Feb 27, 2013 11:31 AM #268
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Dan
 

I  have a deeded memebrship that my wife and I no longer use.  Free to whomever wants to take ownership of it.

 

Membership dues are paid up to date, just pay the transfer fee

Dan (draleigh@airtahoma.com)

 

Mar 12, 2013 07:52 AM #269
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Erika
We live states away and haven't used in years! Willing to sell for cheap!
Mar 28, 2013 07:26 AM #270
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Karen

I have a membership to Grand Haven/Rocky Fork that I would love to GIVE to someone.  Please contact me at my email address if you are interested.

Jun 11, 2013 07:11 PM #271
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Chris Wyatt

Have lifetime menbership for sale. Will take a loss, just to far away to use. If interested please contact me at adamwyatt@ymail.com

Nov 25, 2013 07:43 AM #272
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Michelle

I have been nothing but unhappy with our membership.  Shortly after getting the membership we got a bill for a large sum of money for "fees" that we were told we wouldn't have to pay till after we had finished buying our timeshare.  When the group was purchased by Grand Haven basically all our dues we had paid were gone and now we owe for 2 extra years.  All i want is this stupid thing gone!  Buyer stay away!  Biggest waste of money ever!  Absolutely horrible! 

Nov 25, 2013 12:50 PM #273
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Karen C.
I have a liftetime membership to Grand Haven/Rocky Fork I would like to give to someone.. We no longer use it. Membership dues are paid through the end of this year and I will even pay the transfer fee to anyone interested in it. Pls. email me at klcollins1215@yahoo.com.
Jan 23, 2014 05:05 PM #274
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Thomas H
I have a deeded membership willing to give it away to any interested party. Includes the Coast to Coast membership. Contact thowellgm@gmail.com
Mar 21, 2014 11:33 AM #275
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Laurie
We ha ve a membership x2 for anyone that wants to take over payments
Apr 29, 2014 09:08 PM #276
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kathy

We are trying to sell our membership too. Includes coast to coast I think, but not sure how the whole transfer works with that. $500 plus transfer fees. contact kathyraber@wildblue.net

Jun 09, 2014 07:58 AM #277
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