Happy Ending for one Caribbean Dreams Customer
Posted 27 January 2011 - 06:46 AM
Here's an email she just sent me:
"Just wanted you and anyone else whom I had contacted or emailed about the fake Tanzanite jewelry, that today I received ALL $1200.00 in my checking acct. from Caribbeans Dreams, because of PROFECO being brought into the situation. A lot of credit and thanks goes to all the people who were so supportive and encouraging. Someone please tell Charles....!!
Posted 27 January 2011 - 12:02 PM
This makes five cases reported to this forum regarding this store alone in the past 14 months, how many others in the last three years. I know the honest merchants are hurt by each complaint. The vast majority of merchandise for sale is what they state it to be, they may be charging way too much, but it's real. This is all accelerating the retail sector of downtown turning into a ghost town. Wanna have a contest to guess the number of vacant spaces for rent?
Posted 27 January 2011 - 12:05 PM
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Posted 30 January 2011 - 08:53 AM
Sorry you get ripped off. You speak in another thread about 'all the places' you were ripped off in Cozumel. Which is why we would like to know which stores exactly. We can't do much about it but give some bad publicity for those particular business here on the forums. Because it is horrific for all the very fine and honest business that are here to be tarred by the same brush as the bad eggs. Can you help us out with more details?
Posted 30 January 2011 - 11:49 AM
I wasn't even planing on purchasing any jewelery, but, it being my daughters birthday and the illusion of expensive not Fake pieces and also the fact of having a heart for people less fortunate, I decided to go ahead. All I can do now is advice people not to fall into the same trap as I did and stay away from making purchases of any sort in Cozumel.
I also took the island tour which was suppose to be 3.5 hours and paid 35.00 per person which was a joke. We were in a run down van big enough for 8 people and there were 12 of us packed in like sardines. They drove us around the island which I thought would be exciting, but in fact all we saw was run down shacks and road side vendors in which we were encouraged to buy from, but we did not.
Posted 30 January 2011 - 12:01 PM
You had a heck of a time, poor dear! I think others will know more precisely re the location of Carribean Dreams but that sounds like the same store where Fran Yates and others were also ripped off. So it's just one store in all likelihood and not the entire waterfront and back in the hoods.
Who did you go with for your island tour? Do you remember? Because some of the concerns that run these adventures here get nothing but brilliant reviews. We'd like to know the name of a bad op so people can steer clear and pick another operation with a confirmed good rep. Of which, I can assure you, there are many.
Was it a cruise sponsored trip? Did you pick it up on the fly on the ferry or by talking to a taxi driver? More details would be helpful if you don't mind.
Posted 30 January 2011 - 12:16 PM
You took a Carnival cruise, the worst of the worst. Like being in a 24 hour infomercial or a time share presentation with your only escape of heels over the railing. The deceit practiced by the cruise ships has attracted an unsavory element to the island that did not exist prior to the current market practices that dominate the industry now. It is now the same in every cruise ship port, but mostly worse than in Mexico.
If you wrote checks, that you expect to see endorsements, not travelers cheques, stop payment. Foreign bank checks are virtually unheard of in acceptance, Travelers Cheques yes, but they will be cashed through a third party. Was your island tour purchased through the cruise ship or something you chanced on after arrival. The changes in the manner of operation of the cruise industry has changed both the market place and the demographics of the residents here. The original inhabitants of the island have been leaving, displaced by persons well schooled in the practices of the cruise ship trade from destinations the ships have now used up and abandoned.
Would you have bought this merchandise in the States without a legible receipt from an unknown merchant? No excuse none, for fake merchandise sold, but the honest dealers lose far more in sales from being tarnished by the few.
Posted 30 January 2011 - 12:21 PM
Posted 08 March 2011 - 08:02 PM
Congratulations. I will have to go back and read about your struggles and how you got to this point. I am a new member to this site - how I got here? Because I was cheated by Caribbean Dreams and googed them and got here to this site and was shocked that I was not the only one.
I took my first cruise ever Feb. 21-25 2011 - stopped in Cozumel and bought a diamond/tanznite ring for $400. Went today to my jeweler to find out the diamonds are fake and the tanzanite is fake. I am so upset. Glad you had a happy ending.
Posted 09 March 2011 - 10:09 PM
if you paid $35 and ended up being packed like sardines, why didn't you tell the driver this is unacceptable, get your money back, and go for a 3 hr snorkle trip which would have been much more interesting and fun than being in a van all afternoon? you could have nipped that in the bud from the get-go.
regarding the jewelry, it is sad, but it is NOT that common, just in this particular store and a small handful of others. for many years, diamonds international, lapis, and other HUGE stores, are totally legit. before living here and just being a frequent tourist, my jewelry purchases were pretty silver pieces with gemstones (amethyst, opals, jade, etc). THAT is mexico. was the chain stamped .925? tanzanite has NOTHING to do with mexico. but to each his own.
and i have to point this out.... your comment about half the men in mexico have the name jose is a little out of line. people can give their charity to whom they choose. even moreso was your comment "MEXICO is full of natives with such deceit". i am more than willing to bet a butt load of money that these folks were NOT cozumel locals. very stereotypical and unappropriate. i personally was offended by the comments. i doubt i am alone.
p.s. i don't get the cheque deal either. no one takes personal checks unless issued by a mexican bank and they are usually accompanied by a check registry signed by all. would only be travellers checks which, as stated, can be called in and cancelled. but probably too late for that anyway.
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Posted 10 March 2011 - 07:01 AM
You are describing the area directly in front of the cruiseship piers when you talk about the "sad little town". Just to set the record straight, you were not in the town of San Miguel which is charming, eclectic, bustling and quite the opposite of 'sad'. Merry -- even in the face of the current economic diversity would be my adjective.
Sorry you had such a bad time. But blame it on your cruiseline and also, well, sorry to rub it in, but it would have been great if you had done just a wee little bit of online research before your trip and you would have understood that
A. the cruiseship pier for carnival is out in the boonies with its own manufacturered Lil Mexico.
B.If you want to shop, again, do your research re what is a good deal in the port you're visiting. In the jewelry department Nauticab laid that out in a later post.
C.There are plenty of reputable indie operators for tours. But you need to get on that via email in advance and make your arrangements that way rather. Try that on your next cruise. The suggestions apply no matter what your port of call.
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