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The Third Age Trust / U3A bans SellMyTimeshare.tv adverts

KwikChex in the capacity of its role leading the Timeshare Task Force, recently received a request for assistance from the Third Age Trust, a registered charity with over 360,000 members dedicated to promoting and assisting education for those no longer in full time employment through the U3A Movement.

One of their members had responded to an advert in the U3A magazine for SellMyTimeshare.tv. They had then been pressured into buying ‘Monster Travel Credits’. This is a bait & switch technique operated by Hollywood Marketing SLU, based in Tenerife and is the company behind Monster Travel and Sell My Timeshare. A recent report by the Direct Marketing Commission (DMC) highlighted the practices of Hollywood Marketing and recommended that their membership of the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) be terminated – see report here

KwikChex is now assisting their member with a refund claim – and The Third Age Trust has confirmed that they will no longer accept advertising from SellMyTimeshare.tv.

The Third Age Trust / U3A bans SellMyTimeshare.tv adverts

KwikChex in the capacity of its role leading the Timeshare Task Force, recently received a request for assistance from the Third Age Trust, a registered charity with over 360,000 members dedicated to promoting and assisting education for those no longer in full time employment through the U3A Movement.

One of their members had responded to an advert in the U3A magazine for SellMyTimeshare.tv. They had then been pressured into buying ‘Monster Travel Credits’. This is a bait & switch technique operated by Hollywood Marketing SLU, based in Tenerife and is the company behind Monster Travel and Sell My Timeshare. A recent report by the Direct Marketing Commission (DMC) highlighted the practices of Hollywood Marketing and recommended that their membership of the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) be terminated – see report here

KwikChex is now assisting their member with a refund claim – and The Third Age Trust has confirmed that they will no longer accept advertising from SellMyTimeshare.tv.

Direct Marketing Commission responds to complaints about Hollywood Marketing, Tenerife

DMC

A report has been published by the Direct Marketing Commission (DMC) which is highly critical of the businesses owned by Hollywood Marketing SLU. It recommends that Hollywood Marketing’s membership of the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) be terminated.

The DMC carried out a lengthy investigation after being contacted by KwikChex, acting in our role leading the Timeshare Task Force. It contacted affected consumers and other organisations, including a UK Trading Standards Officer who has been dealing with complaints from consumers.

Their conclusion was that the practices of Hollywood Marketing and its principal brands – SellMyTimeshare.tv and Monster Travel breached the DMA code of conduct, citing four rules that had been broken. The report details several aspects of the operation, including what would be termed as ‘bait & switch’ methods between SellMyTimeshare and Monster Travel – the promising of one service which is subsequently replaced by the sale of an unwanted product. It also casts doubt on the value of the ‘Monster Credits’ product.

The report also reveals the scale of the Hollywood Travel operations with the figures quoted for selling Monster Credits over the last two years appearing to exceed £100 million.

UK consumers that have been affected by these operations can report them to:

For the full DMC report click here

Direct Marketing Commission responds to complaints about Hollywood Marketing, Tenerife

DMC

A report has been published by the Direct Marketing Commission (DMC) which is highly critical of the businesses owned by Hollywood Marketing SLU. It recommends that Hollywood Marketing’s membership of the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) be terminated.

The DMC carried out a lengthy investigation after being contacted by KwikChex, acting in our role leading the Timeshare Task Force. It contacted affected consumers and other organisations, including a UK Trading Standards Officer who has been dealing with complaints from consumers.

Their conclusion was that the practices of Hollywood Marketing and its principal brands – SellMyTimeshare.tv and Monster Travel breached the DMA code of conduct, citing four rules that had been broken. The report details several aspects of the operation, including what would be termed as ‘bait & switch’ methods between SellMyTimeshare and Monster Travel – the promising of one service which is subsequently replaced by the sale of an unwanted product. It also casts doubt on the value of the ‘Monster Credits’ product.

The report also reveals the scale of the Hollywood Travel operations with the figures quoted for selling Monster Credits over the last two years appearing to exceed £100 million.

UK consumers that have been affected by these operations can report them to:

For the full DMC report click here