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The Biggest Rip In Vegas

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by VegasGroove, Jun 13, 2012.

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  1. VegasGroove

    VegasGroove VIP Whale

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    I just had a conversation with a few of my Vegas-nut coworkers. Combined, we have well over 200 trips between us spanning the last 25 or so years. Our conversation took a turn to, "what do you think the biggest rip in Vegas is". Well the answers ran the gamut from buying a round trip shuttle fare and not getting picked up for the return to the Criss Angel show.

    So, I thought I'd pose the question to the board.

    What do you think the biggest rip in Vegas is? Past or present?

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  2. mrstealth

    mrstealth High-Roller

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    I'd say it would have to be the Hooker's at the bellagio. They all quote like $500 or so. You can get the same thing downtown for under $100.
     
  3. Ike

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    Resort fees...
     
  4. zlanga

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    Amen to that!
     
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  5. iamcomped

    iamcomped Tourist

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    Resort Fees & Bottle Service
     
  6. LushLife

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    I'd say Bottle Service, high prices for food (200 for a steak dinner? come on!) and night club lines for the dudes.
     
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    crussader Low-Roller

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    Resort Fees
     
  8. Nevyn

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    Cabana/daybed rental

    With bottle service, the money is way more about the space/exclusivity/VIP treatment than it is the bottles. Still not my bag, but people get what they pay for. And its not like its really changed the club experience for those not bothering with bottle service.

    You might think Cabana is the same sort deal, but the space about the pool used to be for hotel guests and included in the cost of staying there. So when they fill the air with bad music, and rent out half the space in cabanas and daybeds, leaving many unable to get any sunbathing room without coughing up the rental fee, it is a rip to the rest of us.
     
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  9. thecarve

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    All that “free” stuff.
     
  10. technolight

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    The $100 drink at the slots.
     
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    I don't agree that resort fees are the biggest rip, because in most cases, they are known in advance and can be considered in the overall cost. Even 6:5 - while certainly nasty - I don't consider to be a rip off because once I spot a table with the odds clearly posted, I can walk away.

    To me, rip offs are more like things you have to pay for but can't know how crappy they are until it is too late. Like the Las Vegas Mob Tour and Haunted Vegas Tour... they cost a pretty penny and (as was the case with my Mob Tour) I got crammed in the back of a mini-van for three-plus hours, watching clips from Casino on a DVD player and listening to the driver tell stories. We didn't see a lot of sites, and only got out of the van once.

    Another rip off that comes to mind would be if you get an offer for $100 in free slot play, but are then told that it is only a limited number of machines (likely set to pay almost nothing).
     
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  12. Vegasing

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    Getting long-hauled.
     
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    Not getting comped properly because you happen to be playing the wrong machine.
     
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    I find it astonishing that people will spend thousands for bottle service!
     
  15. Ike

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    The club scene certainly is a racket of epic proportions, but I don't at all find it amazing people pay that for the bottle service. It's not about the booze, it's about the real estate. Supply and demand. People are alotted a prime area in the club for what they may lose in an hour or two at the blackjack tables.
     
  16. luvnvegas2

    luvnvegas2 Guest

    Totally agree with resort fees. Most everything else you have a choice to buy or not to buy.
     
  17. NickPapageorgio

    NickPapageorgio OG of the Sal Sagev Hotel

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    You find it Astonishing? Really? Remember that there is a LOT of money out there. Folks that work in the financial sector, entertainment industry....Not celebrities, but managing partners, recording execs, fund managers..... on and on.... thousands is pocket cash. Really.

    To many people, playing blackjack with stacks o' barneys or canaries is unfathomable..... To others, again, pocket change.

    My comfort level is $250- $300 for bottle service and green chip table play. I don't make nearly what a career pharmaceutical exec, recording exec or commodity trader makes, but I can understand that they can justify a few g's for a night out.

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    Roman tower rooms at Caesar's palace
     
  19. shifter

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    $3 per day to store your golf bag when staying at the Mansion and it's not comped.
     
  20. Drambler

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    A small tube of sunscreen at the Mandalay Bay pool for $18.95. I know it's not that big of an amount but you can't do without it and if you brought you own it'd be $4.00 at Walgreens. I felt really ripped on that one.
     
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