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Tourist Traps

Discussion in 'Las Vegas for the Frugal (not Cheap)' started by surfside, Jul 12, 2012.

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  1. surfside

    surfside Tourist

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    Ok Peeps:

    In the name of saving my hard earned bucks for a really good time in Vegas, I wanna avoid obvious/not so obvious tourist traps! Doesn't have to be related to gaming tables..

    I will be there for 8 days (and yea, i know I gotta more than just gamble :evillaugh)

    Anyways, can you please list/explain things that is a total WASTE of money?

    Thanks

    DH
     
  2. Hyperfocal

    Hyperfocal High-Roller

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  3. thenuke1

    thenuke1 High-Roller

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    ill make a list for you ... these are my opinions so be nice fellow VMBers

    1. The Peppermill
    Unless you want to pay ridiculous prices for so so food tacky and annoying neon lights. You could probably get a better meal at dennys lol

    2. Anyone that says "would you like FREE tickets to a show?"
    Unless they have the tickets on them and are just handing them to you with no catch avoid these people. Or you could sign up and pay the $100 fee (i was actually able to talk that guy down to $30 bucks before we said yeah let me get my I.D and never returned) to hear a 4-6 hour timeshare speech.

    3. Guys selling Club passes on the street.
    Ive known many people personally and on the board that have gotten money taken and when they get to the club they find that the passes are fake. Your better off tipping the bouncer $20 - $40 bucks.
     
  4. Iamrice

    Iamrice High-Roller

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    Well, to be honest the whole town is a tourist trap...

    But to answer the question.

    1. I'd agree with points 2 and 3 of thenuke1's post. But the Peppermill is great. Both parts, the restaurant and the lounge. They make great(and huge!) food and the cocktails are expensive but tasty!

    2. Criss Angel. STAY AWAY!!!!!!!!!

    3. Generally I'd add stay away from promo play at places like Hooters or Casino Royale, but if your there for eight days (and the bankroll is a little thin) it might be kinda fun wasting a couple of hours.

    Good luck!
     
  5. celticnoel79

    celticnoel79 Low-Roller

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    I totally disagree with the 1st two posters regarding the canyon trip and Peppermill! The canyon tour and skywalk were AMAZING! True once in a lifetime experience I thought and we still talk about it and that was on our 1st visit to Vegas almost 4 years ago now. We have been back 5 times since and although its prob a do it once only is enough experience I'd defo recommend doing it! Peppermill we also thought was great, portions way too big but that's just USA food portions I feel in general! Fireside lounge was great also to chill out and have a drink afterwards, totally agree with the street vendors tho with their so called 'free' passes, total waste of time and money, stay clear!
     
  6. dmr

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    I was gonna say timeshare tours, but somebody beat me to it.

    Nothing wrong with Peppermill. (LOL, a Fireside Lounge is the last thing you want at this time of the year!)
     
  7. Nevyn

    Nevyn VIP Whale

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    hmmm, lets see:

    The "Minus 5" bars: It is a cool sounding concept and kinda neat to try out, but expensive, and you won't be hanging out or picking up in there. They'll put a jacket on you, you'll drink your included drink, and then 15 minutes later you'll probably leave.

    The people selling water on the street: plan ahead, buy a big bottle of water cheaper and bring it along. And/or when gambling, get water while getting your drink.

    Party pits: These are placed in the most high traffic casino areas, and designed to look like a great time. And they are filled with terrible odds and higher than needed limits.

    Topless shows at box office prices: some would say the shows are tourist traps at any price, but that is a matter of opinion. But all of these shows (and pretty much any show other than the top sellers) are available at the half price booths, so don't just buy from the casino box office.

    "Free limos" - not so free
     
  8. xizor

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    Over-sized slot machines are only good for photo ops, don't put real money in them.
     
  9. smartone

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    Stay outta the "Girls from Glitter Gultch Strip Club" downtown. If you wanna do a strip club, there's lots of great ones... but GGG's location (well lit, under the canopy right downtown) allows them to get a lot of folks who just wanna say they've been in a strip-club. It's not where you wanna be, if the "experience" is what you're looking for...
     
  10. willy_bones88

    willy_bones88 Newbie

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    Stay away from ordering a girl from one of those magazine while very intoxicated... They are ugly and you have to pay them to leave:grrr:
     
  11. shiny

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    It's so true! I haven't seen anyone won money from those big vampires. They are located at Caesars Palace and in the walkway between Paris and Bally's.

    :vomit:
     
  12. searchin

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    I would only go to the top of the Statosphere if it were free. Usually free if you stay there.
     
  13. C0usineddie

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    The tourist traps are where the best prices are.

    Obviously flying in helicopters is going to cost alot of money so dont do that if you want to save money.

    The main cost outside of gambling and hotel will be food. lots of insanely expensive places to eat but right around the corner from those will be something affordable.

    Also dont be ashamed to use coupons. everyone does and you can get some great deals.
     
  14. C0usineddie

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    never seen the one at caesers, where is it located?
     
  15. ardee

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    Not a problem any more. They've been outlawed.

    Anything offered to you by someone on the street is a rip-off.
     
  16. xmarksx

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    I may irk some people with this but believe the chain-themed restaurants are a huge waste of money. IE, Hard Rock, Planet Hollywood… About the only exception would be sitting on the deck of Margaritaville, eating nachos. In general, mediocre food and service can be had at all of them.
     
  17. MisterJJ

    MisterJJ Low-Roller

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    6:5 BJ

    And I hate that your message has to be at least 8 characters long.:Þ
     
  18. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    The obvious joke here: any casino!

    Look, whatever makes you happy, then its not a tourist trap. For me, anybody hawking something on the street is a waste of time, money, and space. Avoid them
     
  19. jerseyguy

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    Mostly covered,but dont believe

    or trust anybody who approaches you anywhere. Dont worry about offending anyone either.
     
  20. DotHaze

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    Do people still do the "bump and take" technique? Where they bump into you and take your wallet? Should I walk with a fanny pack? Lol
     
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