My husband and I were invited by Direct Buy branch in Ottawa to assist to what they call a "open house" day. They called us several times to confirme our presence, which we did. My husband was very curious about that "free gift" stuff they were promising.
First, they told us there was no fee and that if we show up at the store, we will certainly win something. With those difficult economic times, we though "hey, why not"? We just bough a old house and need to do some stuff inside and outside.
So, we showed up! We drove about two hours from Quebec to Ontario to make it.
The men who welcomed us was very nice, probably a ferocious salesperson, but a nice guy. But It got ridiculous when a women who was calling herself "marketing assistant" met us in the hall. She looked like a crazy robot and forgot to tell us the schedule of the evening, even if we asked before...
In fact, that "open house" crap was all about selling memberships, which are thousands of dollards! We had to watch a scary video about the company and the mission and we have been refered to some "sharks" who wanted to sell memberships. When the scary women came to see us afterwards, I mentioned that I had to go to the washroom and she followed me just to make sure I wasn't leaving!
Impressions about the whole situation : scary and pathetic. We felt like if they were all on some hard drugs and that they were harassing us.
If they call you to assist to one of those crazy "open house day", refuse!! All you'll do is waste your time, energy and confidence in people!!!