Reader WannaBeRocker has had it with the nickel and diming, tight machines, and other various Vegas things.
I have a small rant to share about Vegas in general. First off by way of introduction, I live on the Canadian side of the border with Buffalo. I have visited Vegas 7 times in the last six years. But soon that will stop, and therefore my rant. Don’t misunderstand; I love the atmosphere, the vibe, the weather, the anticipation of another Vegas trip. I read the Vegas blogs and websites nearly every day. I check out Southwest for prices 3 or 4 times a week. I get email offers every week from Caesars and MGM as I am on their mailing lists. I guess you could call me a Vegas junkie. Sadly I will soon reach my tipping point of no return.
Casinos are everywhere nowadays. I would suspect the majority of the population has a casino within a short drive. I have 2 Canadian casinos and 2 American casinos all within a half an hour drive from me (suggest you check out Niagara Falls, great vacation area). Las Vegas is not that unique or different anymore. All the latest machines are right at my local casino. And you know what? I can win a little at my local casino. On my last two trips to Vegas, my biggest payout was $60. It gets very discouraging when the machines just suck your money with no reward. I am not a high roller by any means, but over $1500 was put in on my last trip with nothing in the way of winnings. That gets tired fast!
Okay, so Vegas has lots of shows. I try to hit a show each night of my stay, save for the night on Fremont Street. I have seen nearly every headline show, and most of the smaller shows Vegas has to offer. Some shows I have gone to a second time. Yes the ticket prices are outrageous, but you know, I’m on vacay and might not get the chance to see that performance again. But wait. A lot of the second tier shows have started touring, right to my local casino. And guess what? My tickets are comped! If I have to buy tickets, they are at half the price of what they would be in Vegas. So I am reluctant to pay for any more.
I have stayed at Flamingo, Monte Carlo, Harrah’s, Excalibur and Paris. So definitely not high class but comfortable. I mean after a day out you just flop and sleep, so I don’t need a fancy room. I have received comp offers for two “free” nights and some very low room rates of $21 a night. C’mon when your resort fee is higher than your room rate, it’s pure false advertising. Why not just tell people the real price to stay a night? It’s time for Nevada to stop this misleading sales gimmick.
One of Las Vegas’ pulls is its food and restaurant choices. I have my favs like anyone else. I recently saw that a certain buffet has again raised its prices. It would cost over $100 for two peeps to eat dinner at this buffet. Really? Only you can decide if it is worth it to you. That used to be one of the perks of Vegas. Cheap eats, gone gone gone. Replaced with high priced fare with top chef’s names attached to them. Are the named chefs ever there preparing the food? Thankfully there are still some reasonable places with good food and huge servings.
I think that when out and about in Vegas, I am open game for the hawkers of Cd’s, porn slappers, grand canyon trips, picture ops, costume characters, face cream and homeless. But to be constantly harassed by timeshare sales inside my home for a week? Is that any way to treat your customers? They must pay a good rental fee to occupy that space in front of the elevators or reception desk. I want to feel good on my vacation; I shouldn’t be forced to be rude to a pushy sales person every time I go out.
I read that Las Vegas set records for visitors last year, and this year’s predictions are even higher. So Vegas must be doing something right. Vegas used to have a lot of pulls to get you there. You used to come home with a suitcase full of coffee mugs, t-shirts, other gaming souvenirs, all gone, in exchange for exorbitant fees, watered down drinks and lower odds. As a Canadian, my money is only worth $.75 on the American dollar, not Vegas’ fault, but it is hard to justify a trip when my local casino seems to have better odds and comps. Vegas pulls are being replaced with pushes. All I can say is I’ve reached the tipping point. Las Vegas are you listening?
The thrill is gone!
[Cover: Michael Movestro]