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I think I'm "over" Vegas

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Timbuck, Mar 28, 2016.

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  1. hammie

    hammie VIP Whale

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    Vegas sh!t the bed in 2009, so your trips started at a fire sale. I think crude oil is the only thing that costs less now.
     
  2. franco802

    franco802 Low-Roller

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    Hell yeah it was a fire sale. I remember staying in a nice suite at theHotel for only $50 a night. NyNy was $30 a night. I think resort fees were only $10 a night back then. Rio had rooms for $12 a night weekdays and $40 for a Friday or Saturday. No resort fees back then at Rio I think.
     
  3. haroldws

    haroldws Tourist

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    Couldn't have said it better!

    I couldn't have said it better! Vegas used to be fun now it is just a huge ill mannered crowd of people cussing and acting like fools. Or maybe I'm just getting old....:nono:
     
  4. bigalbr

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    I've taken a long break from Vegas and it's mostly because of consolidation on the Strip. The first time I went to Vegas, I came back with around 12 player's cards. There we a bunch of lower end places that all had coffee shop specials to try to get you in the place. One trip I had prime rib every day. I think the most I spent was $12.95 at Barbary Coast. Buffets were about crab legs. I wouldn't step into a buffet unless it had all you could eat crab legs. MGM was 19.95 for king crab, Ballys was $15.95 for snow crab. Everybody competed to get you in their place.

    Resort fees and paid parking would have been a non-starter. It's easy for MGM to start charging for parking with only CET as significant competition on the South/Mid Strip. CET will have to toe the line and start charging also, or their guest won't be able to find a spot in their garage. The same with resort fees. Harrah's gave a little resistance, but the reality was that they really wanted to come along. Once they saw that MGM was making it work, the fell right in line.

    Vegas has basically gone from being a commodity where there were a lot of players who really had to work to beat the other guy to a specialty product. There are only a few suppliers, and while they don't collude, they really don't have any incentive to cut each others throats.
     
  5. VegasDawg

    VegasDawg Low-Roller

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    This is in my all time top ten Vegas posts.....you can never know why a person has a crappy attitude, but a little kindness never hurts a situation.
     
  6. farkingidiot

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    I'm with TimBuck on about everything he said. I've been going to Vegas with the Midwest as my starting point, since 2000. Despite my now decrepit age of over 50 now, my big draw for going to Vegas are the clubs. I may be older, but I ain't no old fogey. My last trip was with my wife, sis-in-law and my two nephews, both early twenties.(We treated them to successive trips to Vegas when they both turned 21) Once I hit the 30 mark, in terms of amount of trips, I quit counting my trips to Vegas. I, too, have had EVERY kind of trip, family trips, guy trips, pseudo solo trips... and I've had some wild times, an almost physical fight with some Russian strippers, a shared cab ride with a hooker, talking my way into clubs for free...I have had some big fun in Vegas. (Look up some of my trip reports)

    My last trip is this June, though.

    It's just too, too much anymore, in terms of lack of service, comps and most importantly, ridiculously bloated prices for EVERYTHING. I know there's a given that things are going to be more expensive, but between charging for parking now, the regularity of getting long hauled (Happened twice last year and the driver and I got into it both times), the insane resort fees (Cosmo is now up to $34 a nite? ) and this feeling no mater what you do, Vegas is trying to get into your pocket no matter what.

    I read where someone mentioned 2009 as a point when Vegas was trying harder due to the bad economy. That really was true. I made more relationships back then with Vegas staffers that lasted for years. Vegas was trying harder to get your business and it showed; Things like the front desk girl sending chocolates and a mini champagne to my room because she overheard my wife and I talking about our anniversary, or getting the same treatment from a different hotel when I surprised my parents with their first Vegas trip. I feel like that try harder attitude has been replaced by an unyielding arrogance now. Don't get me wrong, I'll make my own fun and I don't need free stuff to do so or comps, etc. There's just a vibe now that has become increasingly off-putting for my wife and I. It's a little disheartening for me to see youngsters drinking the proverbial kool-aid, thinking this is how things should be. ($1000 for bottle service! What a deal!)

    This June is our last trip for a long time. Congrats Vegas, your now incessant greediness, coupled with slowly declining lack of service/personal touch has made us turn our vacationing plans elsewhere. :(

    I couldn't agree more. We had a doorman at the now closed Blush who could not have been nicer to us cause we always had the kill them with kindness attitude. He used to let us sit in VIP until the place started getting busy, just cause we were nice to him. We even became facebook friends due to our interactions with him and going out of our way to say Hi to him when we were in town, even if we were'not going to his club.
     
  7. spdandpwr

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    Flame me if you'd like, but I feel like this thread has become a conversation absent of the realities of broader macro-trends. Everywhere you go, we're getting nickel-and-dimed. Heck, I can't even write off property taxes on my cars. The rent in the NYC Metro has evolved to the level of absurdity and a cocktail here can fetch into the twenties. Of course, buying a house is no better with the home prices along the Connecticut coast nearing a one million dollar median. I say the Vegas experience hasn't eroded any more than going out anywhere -- have you been to San Francisco lately :( . By the way, it's not only the casinos that are finding new ways to take our money, remember when we weren't charged for everything on flights? And, just so we're clear, I agree it's madness, but who's to blame? I think it's us -- companies will only charge as far as we're willing to spend, right?
     
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  8. Bubbavegas

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    :nworthy::clap: Very much agreed!!!
     
  9. NJS24

    NJS24 Voice of Reason

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    Get off my lawn!!!
     
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