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    Time share presentations

    by mazatlanfan Written Dec 8, 2003

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    Many who venture into Mexico and other destinations have heard of the pitfalls of time share presentations.. They can high pressure and a waste of time ( time is such a prescious commodity on vacation) Be wary and just say no if you are not interested. I must say that I have not experienced the real negative reactions from the presenters that others may have but.... I got a free trip to Stone Island which I thouroughly enjoyed

    Unique Suggestions: Get what you can.. Shop around to get free Blanket, t-shirts,golf trips and excursions etc..to name a few

    Fun Alternatives: shopping is way more fun......

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  • Marina Grand Warning

    by joannemit Written Mar 18, 2014

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    We attended a presentation at Marina Grand, Mazatlan and after listening we decided to buy into the resort on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.
    We gave them a deposit of $5000 USD on my credit card.

    They told us we could have 2 free weeks at their resort in Mazatlan, Ixtapa or Huatulco and also accelerated use of the vacation weeks instead of using only 4 weeks per year we could use 12 weeks if we wanted to
    The next day we thought we would check out the resort at Ixtapa.
    After going online we found out there is no website for Marina Grand Resorts and in fact there is warning that it is a scam.

    On Friday, January 24, 2014, I spoke with Tony Lopez of Marina Grand and told him we wished to cancel our contract with them as it was within the 5 day grace period allowed by Mexican law.
    That evening, I also sent Tony Lopez an email confirming my earlier conversation with him and his representative regarding the cancellation of our contract.
    I have sent repeated emails to him with no results.

    Below is the contact information I have for Marina Grand :
    Viridiana Morales....marinagrand2@gmail.com
    web page....www.marinagrandresorts.com.....does not exist..there is a Marina Grand Resort (no S on the end of resort) in Michigan
    Avendia La Marina #2204 Marina Mazatlan C.P 82010
    Director Pacific Division...tonymarina01@gmail.com also known as Tony Lopez and Tony Alvarado
    ph 01152 1(669)-913-10-53
    Alex Diaz...669-933-0008 ... alexdl21@hotmail.com

    The phone number on the brochure for Signature Residences Club is 877-855-0755 for Canada and 800-611-4835 for Mexico
    .
    website for SRC is www.signatureresidencesclub.com..
    this site connects me to Residences Club .com
    and in turn this site connects me to Multimarketing Group
    and when I look for contact info for Multimarketing I am notified the site is invalid

    The address I found on line for Signature Residences Club and Residences Club is:LaRue 360 1st Piso, Suite #18 Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico C.P. 45116

    877-855-0755 connects me to i-reservationsnetwork.com...email info@i-reservationsnetwork.com
    This company on their website states that 2 of their clients are Residences Club and Signature Residences Club

    I also received a call from a person saying he was from Signature Residences Club.
    When told we wanted to cancel and receive back our deposit, he hung up.
    The phone number was 949-930-1984
    This is a landline in Irvine, CA

    I continue to research these companies and their connections.

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  • Marina Grand Warning

    by joannemit Written Mar 18, 2014

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    We attended a presentation at Marina Grand, Mazatlan and after listening we decided to buy into the resort on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.
    We gave them a deposit of $5000 USD on my credit card.

    They told us we could have 2 free weeks at their resort in Mazatlan, Ixtapa or Huatulco and also accelerated use of the vacation weeks instead of using only 4 weeks per year we could use 12 weeks if we wanted to
    The next day we thought we would check out the resort at Ixtapa.
    After going online we found out there is no website for Marina Grand Resorts and in fact there is warning that it is a scam.

    On Friday, January 24, 2014, I spoke with Tony Lopez of Marina Grand and told him we wished to cancel our contract with them as it was within the 5 day grace period allowed by Mexican law.
    That evening, I also sent Tony Lopez an email confirming my earlier conversation with him and his representative regarding the cancellation of our contract.
    I have sent repeated emails to him with no results.

    Below is the contact information I have for Marina Grand :
    Viridiana Morales....marinagrand2@gmail.com
    web page....www.marinagrandresorts.com.....does not exist..there is a Marina Grand Resort (no S on the end of resort) in Michigan
    Avendia La Marina #2204 Marina Mazatlan C.P 82010
    Director Pacific Division...tonymarina01@gmail.com also known as Tony Lopez and Tony Alvarado
    ph 01152 1(669)-913-10-53
    Alex Diaz...669-933-0008 ... alexdl21@hotmail.com

    The phone number on the brochure for Signature Residences Club is 877-855-0755 for Canada and 800-611-4835 for Mexico
    .
    website for SRC is www.signatureresidencesclub.com..
    this site connects me to Residences Club .com
    and in turn this site connects me to Multimarketing Group
    and when I look for contact info for Multimarketing I am notified the site is invalid

    The address I found on line for Signature Residences Club and Residences Club is:LaRue 360 1st Piso, Suite #18 Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico C.P. 45116

    877-855-0755 connects me to i-reservationsnetwork.com...email info@i-reservationsnetwork.com
    This company on their website states that 2 of their clients are Residences Club and Signature Residences Club

    I also received a call from a person saying he was from Signature Residences Club.
    When told we wanted to cancel and receive back our deposit, he hung up.
    The phone number was 949-930-1984
    This is a landline in Irvine, CA

    I continue to research these companies and their connections.

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    Time Share Hell

    by VictoriaMB Written Mar 29, 2008

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    Try to stay away from visiting the Time Shares. Unless you are interested in buying, they will hard sell you using just about any line possible. They pay you for going to the time share properties...so I took advantage of the situation and went to 3 and made $250 total. But, if you aren't interested, gotta tell them no....they don't like you anymore but oh well.

    Unique Suggestions: Say no if you aren't interested and walk away....with their cash!

    Fun Alternatives: Make the trip to a Time Share with an opportunity to use their facilities for a day. These time share resorts have amazing grounds, pools, restaurants, beaches, workout centers, spas, etc. Enjoy yourself but be prepared to say no at the end.

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  • Marina Grand Warning

    by joannemit Written Mar 18, 2014

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    We attended a presentation at Marina Grand, Mazatlan and after listening we decided to buy into the resort on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.
    We gave them a deposit of $5000 USD on my credit card.

    They told us we could have 2 free weeks at their resort in Mazatlan, Ixtapa or Huatulco and also accelerated use of the vacation weeks instead of using only 4 weeks per year we could use 12 weeks if we wanted to
    The next day we thought we would check out the resort at Ixtapa.
    After going online we found out there is no website for Marina Grand Resorts and in fact there is warning that it is a scam.

    On Friday, January 24, 2014, I spoke with Tony Lopez of Marina Grand and told him we wished to cancel our contract with them as it was within the 5 day grace period allowed by Mexican law.
    That evening, I also sent Tony Lopez an email confirming my earlier conversation with him and his representative regarding the cancellation of our contract.
    I have sent repeated emails to him with no results.

    Below is the contact information I have for Marina Grand :
    Viridiana Morales....marinagrand2@gmail.com
    web page....www.marinagrandresorts.com.....does not exist..there is a Marina Grand Resort (no S on the end of resort) in Michigan
    Avendia La Marina #2204 Marina Mazatlan C.P 82010
    Director Pacific Division...tonymarina01@gmail.com also known as Tony Lopez and Tony Alvarado
    ph 01152 1(669)-913-10-53
    Alex Diaz...669-933-0008 ... alexdl21@hotmail.com

    The phone number on the brochure for Signature Residences Club is 877-855-0755 for Canada and 800-611-4835 for Mexico
    .
    website for SRC is www.signatureresidencesclub.com..
    this site connects me to Residences Club .com
    and in turn this site connects me to Multimarketing Group
    and when I look for contact info for Multimarketing I am notified the site is invalid

    The address I found on line for Signature Residences Club and Residences Club is:LaRue 360 1st Piso, Suite #18 Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico C.P. 45116

    877-855-0755 connects me to i-reservationsnetwork.com...email info@i-reservationsnetwork.com
    This company on their website states that 2 of their clients are Residences Club and Signature Residences Club

    I also received a call from a person saying he was from Signature Residences Club.
    When told we wanted to cancel and receive back our deposit, he hung up.
    The phone number was 949-930-1984
    This is a landline in Irvine, CA

    I continue to research these companies and their connections.

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  • Stay Away from Marina Grand Resort in Mazatlan

    by Call-Me-a-Sucker Updated Jul 30, 2014

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    Last February, 2014 I took a quick trip to Mazatlan. While there a pleasant woman on the street (“Nerry”) convinced my friend and I to attend a presentation at the Marina Grand Resort which turned out to be a nice looking small condo located at Avendia La Marina #2204 Marina Mazatlan.

    The units are all 3 bedroom, two bath and fully equipped. The salesperson was Alex Diaz, a charming and well-spoken fellow who originally presented the deal as fractional ownership and then amended it to a “right of use” arrangement. My deal was to have the right to use a unit for 80 weeks with no cost for the first 20 weeks and then at a cost of $399 per month. I would be able to use up to 24 weeks a year and be able to book 18 months in advance. Wonderful, I thought. I could get away from the winter. I could invite my family and friends to come and spend some time with me at no cost. I was delighted and so on February 2014 I happily paid them $6950 US on my credit card and another $349 USD in cash.

    They were to send me some outstanding information and passwords when I got home. I was given Alex’s personal e-mail if the additional information didn’t arrive.

    The information never arrived. Neither Alex nor Tony Lopez, the Director for the condo, responded to my e-mails regarding the missing information. At this point I became concerned I’d been taken and tried to make a reservation…repeatedly. Despite going through the contacts at the condo and through a website I found for them, (http://www.marinagrandresorts.com/ubicacion/), I was unable to get a confirmed reservation and realized I’d been scammed.

    Fortunately I hadn't paid for the purchase yet and was able to show Visa that I was not going to be provided with the services I’d purchased and the credit card charge was reversed. Once the money came out of Marina Grand’s bank account, Tony called repeatedly (as “Tony” never left a last name, I’m assuming it was Tony Lopez or possibly Tony Alvarado, whose name appears in other complaints). I did not return any of the calls which on call display show as coming from Arizona on call display.

    It might help to know that their paperwork says the contract is final and cannot be cancelled. I learned that it's against Mexican law to do that. Contracts can be cancelled and all monies returned if you cancel within the first 5 days.

    My payment was split in two for reasons unknown to myself with the payment going to the Garden Lounge Restaurant, not Marina Grand Resort. I believe that restaurant may be related to the Restaurant El Jardin in the Plaza Machado. (Alex & “his wife” bought us dinner there when he then took my friend for $349 USD supposedly for 4 weeks at the condo at no charge. (The certificates were in Spanish and Alex promised to send her the English version which we presumed would tell her how to make the booking. No surprise, despite repeated requests, no English versions were forthcoming.)

    Marina Grand Resort claims to be part of Signature Residences Club which if you google, you will find nothing but negative reports on them. (Don’t confuse Signature Residences Club with Signature Vacation which is a very credible company.)

    So like the previous report, the people who were working there last February & March and who you want to be aware of should you encounter them ANYWHERE are:

    Tony Lopez, Director Pacific Division (who according to Alex Diaz, is the owner of the condo). ...tonymarina01@gmail.com

    Viridiana Morales, 669–913-1053, marinagrand2@gmail.com

    Alex Diaz, the sales person, 669-933-0008, alexdl21@hotmail.com whose photo can be found (5th down) at webdesignsofmexico.com/peopleofmazatlan.htm

    Unique Suggestions: Get the promised goodies and get out! They kept us there for 5 hours so be prepared to leave and catch a bus or flag down a taxi. The Marina district is much quieter than the tourist areas.

    Fun Alternatives: The best alternative is not to go!!

    Marina Grand Resort Condo - View from the back Alex Dias - The Salesman you Want to Run From!

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  • Marina Grand rip off

    by phyllis702 Written Oct 14, 2014

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    My husband and I were ripped off!
    I wish I would have read some of these warning before my husband and I wasted our valuable vacation time! My husband and I have been to a few presentation (time shares) and never have we not received the gifts we were promised. Until this time.....after we wasted 3 hrs. Marina Grands personal (4 different peoples) came out and made excuses why they wouldn't give us our gift.
    Beware!!!! read these reports!

    Unique Suggestions: Read the reports on each and every timeshare if you are going to any presentations.

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  • Street Huslters

    by Hub1 Updated Jan 9, 2003

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    People are paid to get you into the time-share presentations. Many times you can get decent rewards for your time. Be very careful. Make sure you know how you will be paid or rewarded upfront. We received 2 tickets for a dinner theatre show, a free buffet breakfast, and free RT taxi fare for our 3 hours in a presentation. We were only obligated to go for 90 minutes, but somehow they got us to consider buying a time-share. The good news is we left without buying one.

    Unique Suggestions: Make certain who will pay you for your time before you decide to sit through the 90 minutes presentation.

    Fun Alternatives: Don't let them talk you into going to the presentations if you don't have the time or willpower.

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    OK, I admit...you are going to...

    by Amanda_mzt Written Aug 26, 2002

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    OK, I admit...you are going to get invited to see timeshare presentations. From the moment you arrive in the airport, on the street and in the restaurants...they will pose as information/activities booths and restaurant hostesses. If you are not interested at all, just tell them you leave in the morning, and that should take care of them...BUT! A lot of places are great to see, you can often get up to several hundred US dollars just for visiting, and you can always say no at the end.

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    Timeshare Presentations.

    by Tolik Updated Apr 29, 2003

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    We had an impression that 70% of locals are the street vendors trying to hawk timeshares by sucking you in with cheap site seeing tours. But it was not that bad during our last visit (maybe due to Christmas).

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  • If you go to a timeshare tour...

    by Mindy97 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    If you go to a timeshare tour for the freebies, remember, there is no such thing as a 'free lunch.' They will try very hard to sell you a timeshare. Better you should pay for your tours, and then if you want to buy a timeshare, check out the resale market when you get home. Try Timeshare Users Group for your education.

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  • If you go to a timeshare tour...

    by Mindy97 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    If you go to a timeshare tour for the freebies, remember, there is no such thing as a 'free lunch.' They will try very hard to sell you a timeshare. Better you should pay for your tours, and then if you want to buy a timeshare, check out the resale market when you get home. Try Timeshare Users Group for your education.

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    La Jolla beware..do not make a $60,000 decision!

    by scott0424 Written Aug 8, 2011

    We went to Stone Island and were approached by a guy telling us that for a non committal presentation,we would be paid $200 and have a free breakfast. My wife and I decided that because the guy was nice we would give it a try. We were picked up outside of our current timeshare (thank goodness down the street). We were shown a unit that looked like a small hotel or motel room. We were then showed the excuse for a pool (our Villa pool was bigger). The woman that was trying to sell the timeshare looked like she was going to cry and told my wife it seemed like she was not paying attention. When we told them we would not make a $60,000( plus closing cost's) decision in less than a hour (even if they wanted to buy our current timeshare) they got upset. We took our $200 an left (even though my wife felt guilty)..I figured we earned it.

    Unique Suggestions: If you want to make a fast $200 go for it. I even thought about writing a blog on how to enjoy Mazatlan on $200 a day. All you need to do is show your id and a credit card..I made sure nothing was written down. The breakfast was standard continental,but still o.k. Plan on staying for about 2 hours,if it's worth the money for you. It's just like any-other hard sales pitch (like buying a car)..but you do get rewarded at the end. Check out this post:

    http://www.timesharegateway.com/forums/timeshare-rants-raves/316-beware-boutique-resort-la-jolla-mazatlan-mexico.html

    Fun Alternatives: If you want there is plenty of other things to do.

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  • Marina Grand is not grand!!

    by henrettykaren Written Apr 13, 2013

    Beware of Marina Grand. It was Villa Mar 2 years ago. First time in 13 years that we got

    stiffed on a time share presentation after bring there for 90 minutes.

    Unique Suggestions: Don't go. If it sounds too good to be true, it might not be true.

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  • Presentation rip off!!

    by medtecdawn2 Updated Mar 11, 2015

    Approached by gentleman when stopped in traffic-would give 4000 pesos and breakfast to attend 90 minute time share presentation-said no-they upped to 5000 pesos-said ok. Got picked up the next morning to go there. Did have nice breakfast and took tour sat back down and discussed details After letting him do his presentation I said i decided it was not for me and i was not interested. Pressed me some more-kept saying no-brought me into his boss-they started to get icy and very rude-"do you think we're stupid?? We wouldn't last if we gave everyone the promised pesos" "you are blacklisted"
    Now I found out from my travel partner who they separated from me saying they could only give us the promised money for attending the time share presentation only if we did it separately. She said she never got money they had owed her as well. She said she gave them money which she said she will be able to get back thank goodness.

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  • Dec 4, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    December 4, 2013
    MARINA GRAND IS A SCAM. They lie, lie, lie to you. After a 2 hour presentation we decided what they were selling was way to much for what they were selling. We were promised $5,000.00 peso's and once we found out that they only had 3 bedrooms, not Ocean front & they were fractional ownership it was not for us. We do own a Timeshare in Mazatlan since 1996 & it works very well for us. So once we said no they hurried us off the property & threatened to call the Police to get rid of us. Please don't ruin your time on MARINA GRAND IN MAZATLAN..

  • Apr 11, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Please pass this around. A new scam at Marina Grand in Mazatlan. Get you there with a promise of at least 5000 pesos and then, if you don't buy, you do not get the promised money and they are very rude. CAREFUL!!!!!!!

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