As of writing this, I am positively livid and seething as to how this supposedly "deal" site is scamming all of its members. Why? Let me count the ways. If you're a regular reader of this blog, then you might be familiar with my post regarding their travel scam. No? Let me refresh you by clicking on this link. Well, if you think they stopped there, think again. After writing that post, I've had some people comment on how CashCashPinoy has scammed them, and a friend even told me that his officemate bought a "supposedly" authentic Lacoste bag, except that when it arrived, it wasn't. Pure fake. Today, I've had the pleasure of experiencing another one of their schemes. Thank goodness I can proudly say that I haven't fallen victim yet. I called and asked about the deal first before going ahead and purchasing it. Guys, ALWAYS call the merchant before buying any deals. Ask all the questions that you have, so that you won't have any regrets afterwards.
Going back, today CashCashPinoy sent me an email regarding their Sofitel Manila Dining Experience deal. Usually, whatever email that comes from CashCashPinoy immediately goes to the trash. But today what struck me was that they were offering 40% off at any of Sofitel's Restaurants, including Spiral. My birthday is coming up next month and I was thinking of treating the entire family to Spiral for my birthday dinner. But I had a few questions like "do they limit the number of people who are availing the deal?" "is the day I want already fully booked?" and "do I need to pay any other charges other than the deal amount?". So I called up Sofitel for clarifications. Well the answer to my questions 1 and 2 were no, which was a good thing. But question #3 came up and I was told that since I want to use the voucher for dinner, then I am to pay an additional Php215 per head. HUH?! Before going any further, I would like to show you the deal in question. Please read thoroughly and tell me what you think:
So... what do you think? Did you see, in ANY part of the deal wherein it states that you'd have to pay an additional Php215 per head? Because I surely DID NOT. Look at the part encircled in red. It says that the deal is valid for Spiral for lunch during Monday to Friday, then dinner Monday to Thursday. If you were me, what would be your understanding of this? It means that as long as you buy the voucher, then you can use it M-F lunch, and M-T dinner. Right? Well, according to Sofitel, since there is a difference of Php215 from lunch to dinner, the deal holders will have to settle the difference with the hotel if they want to dine during dinner. That particular part was NOT mentioned in the deal. And when I told them that it wasn't mentioned, the reservations officer then pointed out to the clause that I highlighted in the blue box. For me, when you say "any amount in excess of the voucher price", it means that when you incur any additional expenses like drinks which is not part of the buffet, THAT is the one that you'd have to settle directly with the hotel. Actually, Sofitel is not the one to blame on this. This is purely CashCashPinoy's sheer genius (if you can call it that). The only fault Sofitel has is choosing CashCashPinoy to advertise their deal. You see guys, it's not about the money. I mean, if you are paying for Php1590, what is another Php215 right? My point is, instead of just stating the additional charges clearly in their ad, CashCashPinoy chose the twisted route of scamming their buyers into thinking that Php1590 is all you have to pay for a great lunch or dinner. This is beyond low. Somebody please share this post so that it goes a long way and people will not be duped into buying from CashCashPinoy. I personally will start boycotting this company from now on. You should too.