How to waste a day of vacation and get stuck with a Timeshare

One of my long-time readers on this blog noticed a post on my Niume.com blog and suggested I post it here for all to read.  

The 90-minute tour and presentation lasted for two monotonous hours, followed by tables set up with salesmen in cheap suits and people seated around the sales rep appearing confused.  They transported you by bus from your hotel in a group, therefore, there’s no choice but to linger around until others are leaving.

You’ve sat through pressured pitches for another two hours by 3 different sales reps (the last one was the harshest) and said you weren’t interested at least a dozen times. The stagnant warm air in the room was making you agitated, then suddenly they promised you extras and dropped their price and maintenance fees by $7,000.00. You just wanted to get out of there and it didn’t sound like a bad deal so you signed up for a timeshare and handed over your credit card.  You are also committed to doling out $500 per year for maintenance fees.

Later on, you realize that an entire vacation day has been wasted, possess a timeshare week that you didn’t want in the first place, jumpy as hell at what you got yourself into and now you have to figure how to get yourself out of this mess. A few other forlorn souls are seated by the pool, some you recognize from the timeshare tour and you question if they purchased the same deal.

Links to helpful information on before buying a timeshare

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0073-timeshares-and-vacation-plans

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2015/06/timeshare-resale-scams/index.htm

Foreign Territory

Be especially wary of timeshares outside of your home country. The laws of your home country will not apply to your real-estate dealings elsewhere, and if you are the victim of a scam, working with foreign authorities to get your money back will produce additional difficulties.

Source: http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/timeshare7.htm

Article written and copyrighted by Deb/2016

2 thoughts on “How to waste a day of vacation and get stuck with a Timeshare

  1. Thanks for the warning. My husband and I almost went to one of those meetings in Las Vegas because they gave you free tickets to see Celine Dion if you went. But my hubby was adamant – no, we aren’t going. Lol I’m sure he was right.

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    1. Such a scam! If they were so fantastic, why are they hard-selling you for the product? Your hubby was very smart! This has been going on since the ’60’s (perhaps before?), don’t people read how timeshares are a rip-off?? Thanks for commenting 🙂

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