The Timeshare Promotion: Just another Cheap Trip?

Timeshare promotions and gimmicks
We stayed at a luxury timeshare resort — but at what cost?

My wife and I decided to take this year’s vacation as outlaws. We posed as an ordinary couple with an infant son on a one-week getaway in Orlando, Florida. But unbeknownst to others, we were running amok as charlatans and grifters, a modernday Bonnie and Clyde, and Clyde, Jr.

OK, so maybe I’m exaggerating. We really are an ordinary couple with an infant son and, come to think of it, we didn’t actually perform any real felonious act, as long as speeding through North Carolina on our way down to Orlando doesn’t count.

But alas, our ruse was far more subtle; we had booked a week at a luxury Orlando timeshare resort for the incredibly low price of US$ 52 per night (travel not included), but with the agreement that we’d allow them to try and sell us one. The whole time, however, we really had no intention whatsoever of buying one. All we did was visit Mickey on the cheap!

Most of us have heard of this scheme. You sign a contract agreeing that during your stay you will attend a brief presentation (usually a brunch meeting) where it is presumed that you will be mercilessly solicited.

You are under no obligation to purchase anything however, and if you can make it through the presentation without inadvertently buying a timeshare, you’re home free.

My only concern was that I’ve been known to be taken in by a good sales ploy, as my closet full of Sports Illustrated sneaker phones, ab-tightening gizmos and George Foreman kitchen gear will attest to. My wife, Laura, on the other hand, is a career salesperson, having sold products ranging from cosmetics to pharmaceuticals, so with her at my side I’d be safe.

Even if she had to resort to hiding my checkbook, the equivalent of lashing Ulysses to the mast to safely bypass the Siren’s Coast, I felt fairly confident that we’d survive this ordeal financially unscathed.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Timeshares have always been a bad buy. But for those who really feel they need one I make one recommendation: Never buy from the developer. Always wait for timeshares to appear on the secondary market, usually at half-price. People like you get excited at the new developments and jump right in, only to become disillusioned later and dump the property onto the secondary market, at a loss, for a patient, informed buyer to take advantage of

  2. Timeshare fraud has been around since the timeshare idea was created, but they increase during poor economy. When times are difficult, timeshare owners are stuck with properties they can´t travel to or even afford. Desperate to recoup some money to pay for bills, they can easily become victims to scams artists pretending to be their timeshare salvation who will take upfront fees -as much as five number figures in some cases- but fail to fulfill their promise.

  3. The truth is that Timeshare scams are increasing, and every day more victims fell for them. Fortunately, there are many solutions to get rid of an unwanted timeshare; however, the best way to dump a timeshare is by cancelling the contract. Timeshare cancellation has many advantages, but the most important is that once the contract is properly cancelled, there are no further responsibilities attached to the resort.

  4. Timeshare scams have been around since the beginning of the timeshare industry, but these frauds weren’t well known until recent years. What happen is that before there were not as many timeshare laws and regulations as there are now (as you can see on the article get out of a timeshare legally so many of the owners just resigned to the fact that they had to keep the timeshare they bought without thinking.

  5. You probably have heard of these sorts of timeshare promotions before. Why would a timeshare resort give you a free weekend in a wonderful destination for free, or for a very low price? The answer is simple: because there will be some strings attached. That means that you will have to sit through one of their timeshare presentations, and their main goal is to get you to buy a timeshare ownership.

  6. If you take a look on eBay, you will certainly find a cheap timeshare for sale. Some time shares are sold for even less than a dollar. Unfortunately, the majority of timeshare presentations, if not all, are high-pressure and misleading, and they use all type of deceptive sales tactics to get a sale done. However, a cheap timeshare for sale is not a good deal. Even when the timeshare is paid in full, there are still lots of financial responsibilities that are attached to them

  7. Great information there really enjoyable read .
    We have also been to about 7 presentations over the past 12 years for the best
    Deals and our policy was to tell the terminator rep we were not there to purchase
    Today but interested in what the outgoings would be , they would pretty
    Much be resigned to go easy on use and therefore no real pressure
    Regards
    Ian and Sara
    Uk

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