"Horror" was probably a bit exaggerated. I guess OP hasn't dealt with a lot of other things in HK, might be surprised and head for the airport.
This is what I would count as "horror" http://hongkong.geoexpat.com/forum/33/thread286238.html
@EastCoast, Now I get where you are coming from ;-)
Looking at your responses in " Asking for advice to dealing with the undesirable selling practices of California Fitness" and saying that "HKD 10k is a very expensive life lesson" perfectly explains why you seem to be a freebie hunter and accuse everyone else to be the same. I despise coupons, freebies, offers because I do not consider anything in life to be free. I instead try to make informed choices and that is the precise reason I shop around and look at how crowded gyms are at different times and days of the week which is why a 1-day trial is not sufficient. Aside that I do think I could have still evaluated the gym on a 1-day trial but at that point I already had no inclination to bend over and leave with a 1-day trial when everyone else can get a 7-day pass. So, most of my motivation why I posted here was for fundamental reasons and that I disagree with the ridiculous procedure of obtaining a simple membership at a gym in HK. Nobody in the US, UK, Japan, Germany, Canada ever had issues to let me trial gyms nor pressured me into contracts or lied in such stupid manner that it was blatantly obvious. This crap only seems to happen here. I tried to save others the same aggravation. Your 4000+ posts here on this site, condescending attitude and posting on Saturday nights on threads where you have zero value to add in combination with considering 10k HKD an expensive life lesson only shows we obviously live life in different spheres. I understand long-standing members of this site seem to somewhat believe they own this site and need to school others about the way to post but please accept that I make my own choices how to post, if you do not like it, simply move on and post elsewhere.
P.S.: You counted characters? Who is the drama queen here? LOL ( I hope you used a word processor and did not do it by hand you may have miscounted)
QUOTE=East_coast;2725818]A long but ultimately fruitless story. 3247 Characters
Do you use twitter? It could have been as per the below.[/QUOTE]
Last edited by hftvol; 09-02-2014 at 02:20 PM.
I can't really the the OPs problem though. His shortlist was reduced from 3 to 2, makes it even easier to chose now.
And considering the gym cost, IMHO a newcomer should rent a place with a gym. Many clubhouses have.
Everybody likes a good deal. Nothing wrong with that. Many posts here are about finding stuff cheaper and the request to try a gym I find totally reasonable.....freebie hunter....
Last edited by flameproof; 09-02-2014 at 02:05 PM.
yes I admit it was overstated, it was not a horror story. It was a little frustrating but I signed up with Pure this morning and am happy with my choice (thus far and hopefully going forward). And I was not clear in my first post and admit I lead others to get the impression I am after free trials.
I was after spending some time at each gym (in fact I trialed different gyms all in January together, rather than one after another) in order to get an idea how loaded they are at different times/days. Knowing about the situation at Pure IFC2 I did not want to get sign up for a place where one has to wait in line to use equipment. But what I found most bizarre and what I wanted to share was that someone seems to have to enter into a lottery just to be chosen for a gym trial. And it does compare with Apple making sure they do not have ample supply when products launch and have people lining up 48 hours before the product launch to create artificial exclusivity. It seemed to have worked well for Apple, but applying a similar concept to an average level gym in Hong Kong is preposterous. I have to sign up online (sales people refused to sign someone up for a trial on the spot at Physical) and need to wait DAYS without even being sure whether to have a chance to get a trial or not? Excuse me, but maybe freebie hunters have no issue with such BS. I do not have the patience nor inclination to bend over.
In summary, I find it funny how some people on a seemingly stringent budget and limited resources (obviously that seems to be the case when calling HKD 10K an expensive life lesson) accuse me of being a freebie hunter just because I was smart enough not to hand over a single id (other than showing them that I have a HK ID card) before knowing what I am getting into. Someone who hands over credit cards does not agree to a deal, but someone who is stupid enough to let others make him sign a contract MADE A DEAL and agreed to the terms. Nobody held a gun against his head.
Both are not horror stories, both are testimonies to ridiculous selling techniques and hopefully serve as a warning to others. One person was stupid enough to get pressured into signing without reading and thinking first. The other walked away not taking the garbage, presented. Same situation, two different outcomes.
Thank you for your "Horror Story" - it has been very helpful for those of us who would prefer a gym not populated by puffed-up windbags who feel the need repeatedly and loudly to remind those around them that they regard $10k as piddling small change.
I, for one, congratulate Physical on their discernment.
OP you may be better off spending that gym membership fee on a bit of passive-aggressive anger management.