The first of the worst tourist traps in Las Vegas are the time-shares. Some of the big resorts sell these, and they’ll prey on whomever they can. You could tell them all day that you can’t afford it: however, they’ll try to shove it down your throat anyway and tell you every reason you should buy in. My best friend, at the age of nineteen, got caught up in one of these when he was in Las Vegas with some of his coworkers. What happened was that Wyndham Hotels and Resorts convinced my friend, who looked about only sixteen since he looks young for his age, that he should purchase a time-share. He was told that he’d receive all of these benefits: but, what he was not told about were the hidden fees and the stiff stipulations of a contract that he’d be locked into for the rest of his life. Keep in mind that my friend was only a college student barely making it.
When he tried to get rid of the time-share, as it was causing him severe hardship financially and emotionally, he was told that he’d never be able to get out of the contract. Him and I both worked together feverishly filing financial hardship letters and trying to negotiate with the company but to no avail. When we lost that battle, we tried turning to time-share brokers. Unfortunately though, nothing worked in our favor. Now, he has an eighteen thousand dollar charge off on his credit, and we are taking steps to consult with credit repair specialists to clean up his credit and get it removed so he can get back on his feet again. If you don’t want to end up like my best friend, save yourself the trouble by staying as far away from time-shares as possible. Don’t listen to anything they tell you. They are not as good as they make it seem. It looks good on the surface: but, once you are locked in and see what’s below the surface, it’s then too late to do anything about it.
The second of the worse tourist traps in Las Vegas are the vendors who will try to sell you VIP passes to bars and clubs. There have been times when some of these are legitimate: however, too often, they are not. These people usually lurk on the strip at night, as they want to catch as many tourists as possible when the nightlife is starting. If you are interested in deals to certain bars and clubs, it is best to talk with the establishment directly.
The third of the worse tourist traps in Las Vegas are the hustlers on the streets. These people will try to hustle you for money, even if it is for a buck or two. If you should come into contact with such people, don’t give in. Chances are that you’ll be giving money to a hooker, as this has known to have been the case. What’s more, some of these hustlers will give you porn magazines but lie to you telling you it is something different, as they are paid for each one they give away and want to get rid of as many as possible. To make life easier on you, walk past them and pretend you didn’t hear them. If they persist, which some do, pretend you don’t know English.
The fourth of the worse tourist traps in Las Vegas are the cab companies. Cabbies here are known to be crooks, and they’ll do whatever they can to get the most money out of you. A couple of their tactics include engaging you in a friendly conversation so you’ll lose track and forget about the time, and before you know it, you’ve been taken for a ride in more ways than one. Additionally, they’ll try to take the longest routes so as to charge you more. To avoid falling into this trap, don’t get into very engaging conversations. It would also be practical to take maps containing the routes you’ll be taking. Lastly, don’t tell them you are a rookie or that you are traveling to Las Vegas for the first time. Telling them this is just like a child telling a bad man that his parents aren’t home so as to give the predator a chance to have his way. The cabbie will have his way with you also should you tell him you are new: so, it is best not to mention this at all no matter how friendly he may seem.
The fifth and the final of the worse tourist traps in Las Vegas is the steep, rip off prices you’ll pay when shopping on the strip. To avoid being victim of spending more then you have to, it would be beneficial to go off strip for the things you want to buy, such as for trinkets or clothing. Should you shop on the strip, you’ll be paying a fortune: plus, you’ll need to give up your first-born child to afford the steep prices they are asking.
Don’t let these worse tourist traps in Las Vegas scare you away from vacationing in this awesome town. You’ll have a wonderful trip if you know what to watch out for.