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oldbuddy

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Free Dinners
« on: October 12, 2018, 07:13:50 am »
Do you get invitations to a free upscale dinner to get you to listen to some pitch? Do you go?

Being retired I get them a lot and usually take them up on it, since it's good entertainment and I don't have much else to do.

Last night I regretted it (which is rare) since it was a two hour pitch for training on how to flip real estate and the meal was a box lunch with a ham sandwich and a bag of popcorn. Then they started in to an hour long pitch for a Stock selecting course and I left half way through.

I have had some delicious Steaks and Salmon dinners though and some of the presentations were actually interesting.

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Re: Free Dinners
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2018, 09:07:06 am »
I haven't had any invitations to free upscale dinners - yet -  I am not retired yet. 

I have however been to a presentation that included free lodging at a nice resort.  This was to listen to pitch for a time share.
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Re: Free Dinners
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2018, 09:15:31 am »
We have received them and usually pitch them especially when they about retirement.  I prefer to rely on my financial adviser as I consider him more trustworthy. 

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Re: Free Dinners
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2018, 09:28:59 am »
Yes, I have received them.  I have never been to one of these dinners.
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Re: Free Dinners
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2018, 09:56:30 am »
Never a free Dinner, but lots of talk

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Re: Free Dinners
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2018, 01:08:17 pm »
I haven't had any invitations to free upscale dinners - yet -  I am not retired yet. 

I have however been to a presentation that included free lodging at a nice resort.  This was to listen to pitch for a time share.
I own a Worldmark The Club timeshare and have received hundreds of dollars in Prepaid Credit Cards for attending upgrade pitches.

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Re: Free Dinners
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2018, 01:14:58 pm »
No, I've never been invited to an upscale dinner. If it does happen, I probably won't go.

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Re: Free Dinners
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2018, 01:46:49 pm »
I have received several of these offers, but have never taken them up on it.  Most of the time it is a waste of your time to sit and listen to the pitch.

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Re: Free Dinners
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2018, 02:25:48 pm »
I've never been invited. How do I get an invitation like this? I would be interested in attending.

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Re: Free Dinners
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2018, 02:58:07 pm »
We've started receiving them, mostly on health issue topics.  We haven't attended one yet but my husband, who is always up for a free dinner, wants to start going since we're both retired.   We'll see, I don't mind going but I don't want to be somewhere for 2 or more hours.   

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Re: Free Dinners
« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2018, 03:03:39 pm »
I typically wouldn't have time for that sort of thing, and I am not even close to retirement, but I know that some of them can be informative.

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Re: Free Dinners
« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2018, 03:09:56 pm »
I have found they are not  for me. If I want to sit for 2 hours  and listen to a pitch for some get rich scheme , I would just  listen to some pitch on TV. That way I can  just turn it off. I just cannot sit for 2 hours without  out  moving around anyway. Hubby is lucky when I don't have to get out of the car and move after just sitting for an hour to  hour and a half. My dad nicked named when I was little Jitterbug. Because of it.

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Re: Free Dinners
« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2018, 09:10:22 pm »
I haven't been invited to any upscale dinners. But if I was invited I would probably go

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Re: Free Dinners
« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2018, 10:18:53 pm »
I get invitations like that several times a year.I have never gone to one.
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Re: Free Dinners
« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2018, 10:53:17 pm »
Yes I have gone to those.  My bf called them money scams but he'd go with me for the free lunch and gift.  I went to some that featured real estate, setting up a websites.  I only got carried away once and bought a "system" for training etc that was almost $3k ( I was desperate to make money).  Luckily I came to my senses a few hours later and was about to cancel everything.  Haven't been to one of those in years.

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