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Old 02-28-2019, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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I did a couple of them a long time ago in Mexico and yeah the maintenance fees back then were $500 so I can imagine now.

I just told them firmly I am here for my free prize I ain't buy squat give me prize or I will raise my voice.
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Old 02-28-2019, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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I just recommended it as fortification in case the OP was subjected to the hard sell and needed ammo to resist. I'm pretty sure a high % of people go in planning to sit through it and not buy anything but enough change their minds to make it worthwhile for the timeshare company to offer the freebies.



I love it- wish I'd been there to watch! Pretty sad, though, to think that people like your wife, who can't follow the numbers as easily (and I'm sure they were thrown at you hard and fast) could get suckered in.
It was fun, but I find confrontation to be fun at times. My wife, who knows she is not great at math, simply refuses to make a decision without adequate consideration and professional consultation.

The numbers were thrown at a gallop. The sales guy and the sales manager were doing a tag team, each making a case so that I would not have the time to adequately review. Because of my career experience, I was able to deal with it, although if I did not have professional practice it would have been challenging.
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Old 02-28-2019, 02:27 PM
 
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DH and I sat through many timeshare presentations for all kinds of free stuff. Never even tempted to buy. At my time of life, I wouldn't do it again and would just find it annoying, as I would any hard sales pitch.


I have only known one person who was happy with their timeshare purchase. Several who were not.


If you are going with your spouse or SO (they usually require that) make sure you are on the same page. I knew a couple who wound up with one, each was waiting for the other person to say NO.
You don't know me, but I was happy with a timeshare purchase. We bought one on the way to the Orlando airport once about 25 years ago, I had to tell the guy, hurry up with the paperwork, our flight leaves in 2 hours lol. We used it for about 10 years straight in Orlando and then our family situation changed so we sold. Granted, we didn't get back what we paid for it, but to have a 3 bed/3 bath condo to go to with a big family would have cost more than "we lost" on the timeshare.

I think the gift was a boom box.
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Old 02-28-2019, 04:18 PM
 
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Most companies won’t even take them back for free .. what does that tell you ?
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Old 02-28-2019, 04:23 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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I am a member of the Hilton Honors reward program and I just recently received an email from them for $199 for 3 nights in Orlando or Las Vegas and 15,000 points. To get that rate you have to book it before March 5th and listen to a timeshare presentation.

Has anyone ever done this?

Here is the link:

https://www.hiltongrandvacations.com...ersion=chaserA
My cousin takes a free vacation every year courtesy of some timeshare offer somewhere. It doesn't bother her one bit to listen and then say NO. But they use every psychological trick in the book to make you feel guilty and obligated so you will buy something. It doesn't work on her though. lol

Be aware that a 90 minute presentation CAN turn into 4 hours. if your time is valuable, I would pass. If you have nothing better to do and can handle the sales pressure. Go for it.
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Old 02-28-2019, 05:26 PM
 
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only if you have no will power. Otherwise it can be worth the few hours and let me assure you,not everyone who buys a time share regrets it.
I know of one person who has a couple of timeshares he's happy with- both in Myrtle Beach, which he bought as foreclosures. That's different- he and his wife didn't buy after a sales pitch that they'd intended to resist and they didn't pay retail. They're my age (over 65) and it will be interesting to see how things work out as they get older. Typically the owners slow down their travel so they no longer want it but the kids don't want them due to the ongoing maintenance fees. That's when it gets ugly.

I'm not fond of Disney but they do one thing right; my understanding is that their timeshares go back to the company after X years. I'd be much happier to buy on that basis.
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Old 02-28-2019, 09:09 PM
 
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I am a member of the Hilton Honors reward program and I just recently received an email from them for $199 for 3 nights in Orlando or Las Vegas and 15,000 points. To get that rate you have to book it before March 5th and listen to a timeshare presentation.

Has anyone ever done this?

Here is the link:

https://www.hiltongrandvacations.com...ersion=chaserA
Go and listen and DON'T BUY!!!!!
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Old 02-28-2019, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Timeshares simply don’t make financial sense. You have to pay tens of thousands up front, essentially to receive a minimal discount and be tied into a specific property or group of properties in a limited geographic area.

I went to a timeshare presentation in Mexico 4 years ago. I am considering going back to Mexico in a year or so, but in the intervening time I have been to Italy, Turkey, Hawaii, and Indonesia. That would not have been possible if I had purchased that timeshare.

I simply d9nt see the sense in tying up a fair bit of capital, forgoing any investment income on that capital, and still paying a nightly fee to sta6 at a hotel, with the additional l8mitarions that your geographic choices are limited and the company owning the property can refuse your vacation because their property is booked.

Why would anybody pay for the privilege of being refused? It makes no sense.
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Old 03-01-2019, 06:49 AM
 
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I'll relate my experience.

I was given an ad several years ago that advertised a free vacation (inclusive of airfare) to San Diego. The ad made it clear you didn't have to buy the time share, but you had to sit through a two hour presentation. I took my wife down there and did exactly that. We listened to the presentation and than they asked us to purchase the time share. I declined. It was a presentation that used multiple sales people. One was pretty kind and told me that he understood and was sorry for taking my time. However, others were downright abusive. One actually suggested I couldn't be a good parent because a good parent would buy the time share so his children could enjoy family vacations. Others kept asking me to buy the time share repeatedly even though I had said no. Finally, they brought me my coupons for the vacation and we got up and left.

I have regretted it ever since even though we did get to go to San Diego. You see, I got put on a list and I get calls virtually every couple of weeks from someone else trying to sell time share. Even though, I quickly terminate these calls its a pain to constantly be getting them. This has been going on for literally years.

Its not worth it. Don't go.
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Old 03-01-2019, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Timeshares simply don’t make financial sense. You have to pay tens of thousands up front, essentially to receive a minimal discount and be tied into a specific property or group of properties in a limited geographic area.

I went to a timeshare presentation in Mexico 4 years ago. I am considering going back to Mexico in a year or so, but in the intervening time I have been to Italy, Turkey, Hawaii, and Indonesia. That would not have been possible if I had purchased that timeshare.

I simply d9nt see the sense in tying up a fair bit of capital, forgoing any investment income on that capital, and still paying a nightly fee to sta6 at a hotel, with the additional l8mitarions that your geographic choices are limited and the company owning the property can refuse your vacation because their property is booked.

Why would anybody pay for the privilege of being refused? It makes no sense.
My parents got stuck with 1-2 time shares, and every time they'd try to swap the week with another location/property, it would be booked up even though they looked months upon months in advance.

Time shares nowadays try to advertise that they don't have restrictions of the "same place every year" anymore, but they're still heavily limited. Your trip planning is still at their mercy.

Other problem is that many of these timeshares are either way out in the boring suburbs or some remote location. When my fiance and I travel, we like to take in the local scene of the city(ies) we're visiting. We live in the suburbs, so why are we gonna pay money to visit the suburbs elsewhere?
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