The general rule of thumb to know about sales is this: If there is a deal that seems too good to be true, it probably is. So I was on vacation in the Wisconsin Dells this past week (great vacation place by the way) and my parents and I were walking around the shops when we came across a guy at a stand who offered us free stuff. Wanting to know what the catch was, my mom decided to talk to him. He assured us that there was no catch, and that he could get us free tickets to nearby attractions if we sat through a presentation put on by Fairfield Resorts. The reason he gave us was that this was just a way of promoting Fairfield. The free tickets sounded good so we told him the tickets we wanted and signed up to see the presentation. There really was no catch to the free tickets and we did get them, but now about Fairfield. We go and watch this presentation and first of all there has to be a guy that explains to us what the thing actually is. Basically, you buy a package that gives you a point system that lets you choose really nice vacation spots. It's complete with the video of satisfied customers and the examples of how they can get you huge cruise trips for 60 dollars and whatnot. At the end they bring you into this big room and sit you at a table and actually try to sell you the deal. It turns out being a total payment of over 20,000 dollars and my parents are very smart financially and they never buy something big that they learned about the same day. Of course we didn't buy it, but plenty of others did. I'll admit, it did look very cool and it seemed it would be a good deal in the long run, but as soon as we got home from the vacation my mom looked up customer comments about Fairfield and it turns out being a major scam to tons of unfortunate customers that can't back out of the deal. It just makes me sick thinking of the tactics of salesmen and the fact that they know exactly what they are doing to customers when they screw them over. So just remember that you should ALWAYS check different sources when making a big financial decision.