V.I.P. Tan

★★☆☆☆

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This location used to be a Tan Rio, which has a negative review on this site. The new business, V.I.P. Tan, is a totally seperate entity but may have some of the same staff, I'm not sure. I don't know about the equipment, it could all be new or it could all be left over from the Tan Rio days. I chose this salon because at the time, it was in a convenient location to my work, and I thought since it was brand new, they'd have some great specials and package deals. Their "Grand Opening" banner caught my attention and I decided to give them a try. Unfortunately, this salon is overpriced for what they have to offer. I understand they are just starting out but to compete with the dozens of other tanning salons around here, they have to have more! They charge $70 a month for unlimited tanning in a regular bed. No perks, no extras, no discounts on lotion. At least, I assume not because the staff person didn't mention any. They don't even have the standard flyer with the packages outlined. I had to sit there and listen to him rattle off all these numbers and try to make sense of it myself. I asked if they offer a stand-up bed: NO. What about a leg tanner? NO. The gentleman went on about how these kinds of beds are worthless and customers generally don't even use them. I beg to differ!!! They have a very, very small selection of lotions behind the counter and none of the staff I encountered ever said a word about them. Well, I was feeling really pale and desperate to tan so I decided to go ahead with their "deal" of $50 down then in 30 days I could pay around $160 and then I'd have a whole year's worth of unlimited tanning (in the regular, lie-down bed). Yes I would have to pay that in a lump sum, as they do not offer any electronic deductions from bank account or credit card like all the other salons do! I wasn't thrilled with this deal due to the limit of the type of bed, but I figured the price was good in the long run. So I tanned for a month. I like the waiting room atmosphere. They have a TV and lots of magazines. The decor is cool; a lot of mirrors and overstuffed couch. The tanning room is fine, clean, etc. The beds do have music, but I found the fan to be extremely weak and I overheated quite badly while tanning. The bed was very hot, which is great I suppose, you get more tanning power for your time. They offer a dry or damp towel which is something I have never seen before. The damp towel was very refreshing. One thing I didn't like was the confrontational way I was asked if I had my goggles. I said I did, and the woman demanded to see them. She was very short with me. Luckily I really did have them, but I think that is very rude of them to "call people's bluff". All they have to do is ask, if the customer lies and they really don't have goggles, then the liability falls on the customer, right? The salon can only state their policies and make sure that the customer's know what the rules are. I think it's inappropriate to try and enforce the rules this way. Well, after a month of tanning I was generally disappointed. I had those annoying white spots in those pressure-point areas and other areas where the skin creases when lying down (even though I changed position regularly, the best that I could). My face and chest were also noticeably darker than my lower body. For me, it is not worth settling for a salon without a stand-up or a leg tanner. I need a salon where I can really customize my tanning, I do this to look my best after all. After my 30 days were up I decided not to continue on with the unlimited year package. I figured I can find a salon with more to offer and better monthly prices to meet my needs. BUT, when I called the salon they said I could not get out of the package I had purchased, no refunds, etc etc. I did not fill ANY paperwork out when I put the $50 down, there was no contract or outline of charges of any kind, it was all verbal. So I am wondering how in the world they think they have me in any kind of binding agreement. This will be an ongoing thing, I'm sure!

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★★☆☆☆

This location used to be a Tan Rio, which has a negative review on this site. The new business, V.I.P. Tan, is a totally seperate entity but may have some of the same staff, I'm not sure. I don't know about the equipment, it could all be new or it could all be left over from the Tan Rio days. I chose this salon because at the time, it was in a convenient location to my work, and I thought since it was brand new, they'd have some great specials and package deals. Their "Grand Opening" banner caught my attention and I decided to give them a try. Unfortunately, this salon is overpriced for what they have to offer. I understand they are just starting out but to compete with the dozens of other tanning salons around here, they have to have more! They charge $70 a month for unlimited tanning in a regular bed. No perks, no extras, no discounts on lotion. At least, I assume not because the staff person didn't mention any. They don't even have the standard flyer with the packages outlined. I had to sit there and listen to him rattle off all these numbers and try to make sense of it myself. I asked if they offer a stand-up bed: NO. What about a leg tanner? NO. The gentleman went on about how these kinds of beds are worthless and customers generally don't even use them. I beg to differ!!! They have a very, very small selection of lotions behind the counter and none of the staff I encountered ever said a word about them. Well, I was feeling really pale and desperate to tan so I decided to go ahead with their "deal" of $50 down then in 30 days I could pay around $160 and then I'd have a whole year's worth of unlimited tanning (in the regular, lie-down bed). Yes I would have to pay that in a lump sum, as they do not offer any electronic deductions from bank account or credit card like all the other salons do! I wasn't thrilled with this deal due to the limit of the type of bed, but I figured the price was good in the long run. So I tanned for a month. I like the waiting room atmosphere. They have a TV and lots of magazines. The decor is cool; a lot of mirrors and overstuffed couch. The tanning room is fine, clean, etc. The beds do have music, but I found the fan to be extremely weak and I overheated quite badly while tanning. The bed was very hot, which is great I suppose, you get more tanning power for your time. They offer a dry or damp towel which is something I have never seen before. The damp towel was very refreshing. One thing I didn't like was the confrontational way I was asked if I had my goggles. I said I did, and the woman demanded to see them. She was very short with me. Luckily I really did have them, but I think that is very rude of them to "call people's bluff". All they have to do is ask, if the customer lies and they really don't have goggles, then the liability falls on the customer, right? The salon can only state their policies and make sure that the customer's know what the rules are. I think it's inappropriate to try and enforce the rules this way. Well, after a month of tanning I was generally disappointed. I had those annoying white spots in those pressure-point areas and other areas where the skin creases when lying down (even though I changed position regularly, the best that I could). My face and chest were also noticeably darker than my lower body. For me, it is not worth settling for a salon without a stand-up or a leg tanner. I need a salon where I can really customize my tanning, I do this to look my best after all. After my 30 days were up I decided not to continue on with the unlimited year package. I figured I can find a salon with more to offer and better monthly prices to meet my needs. BUT, when I called the salon they said I could not get out of the package I had purchased, no refunds, etc etc. I did not fill ANY paperwork out when I put the $50 down, there was no contract or outline of charges of any kind, it was all verbal. So I am wondering how in the world they think they have me in any kind of binding agreement. This will be an ongoing thing, I'm sure!

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