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Timeshare Question?

Bemidji, Minnesota
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Timeshare Question?

Ok i know most people hate the timeshare people that are constantly stalking you at casinos but I have to ask what do you do when you participate with a timeshare person? I saw on another post that somebodys friend went on a timeshare tour and got a bunch of stuff for participating, how does this work? I always see them when we're in vegas and avoid them is it worth it to listen to them?

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1. Re: Timeshare Question?

Depends how good you are at saying "No" - and how much time you have.

The 60/90 minutes you spend will end up more like 3 hours and it's VERY high pressure. You will go through a minimum four people that you'll have to say no to...

"Oh, did Phil not tell you about this extra offer? Oh that Phil. He always forgets that. Let me tell you about it...."

When I was young and foolish the timeshare started at $8000 USD (I'm a Canuck and the exchange at the time was about CA$0.60 to a USD) - So about $11,000 Canadian. I was actually delighted, being 26 and having just bought a house.

Me - "No."

Them - "Why?"

Me - "Because I don't have $11,000."

By the time I left the cost had come down to $4000 CANADIAN.

Made it hard, but still said no, and left exhausted. For $100 not worth it.

Edited: 22 June 2012, 15:58
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Personally, i don't go on vacation to be aggravated. The dinner or show tickets aren't worth a)2-3 hours of my time and b)my getting aggravated by constantly having to fend off a high pressure sales pitch.

Some people, however, don't place a high value on their vacation time and may actually enjoy the cut and thrust duel with a sales team, so it may be worth it for them.

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They will usually offer free show tickets, cash, attraction tickets, a free hotel stay, etc. for participating in a timeshare presentation. They tell you that all you have to do is watch a 60-90 minute presentation and tour the timeshare property. Unfortunately that 90 minutes can go up to 4 hours or more while they are giving you high-pressure sales pitch after high pressure sales pitch trying to wear you down to accept the offer. The 60-90 minutes is just for the presentation, it doesn't include the time they take to try to sell you the timeshare and they won't give you your free items until you have gone through everybody. Everybody I have heard from has described it as a grueling and insulting experience with the sales representatives. They just won't take No for an answer. I think, if you do accept an offer, you have 3 days or some amount of time to call and cancel that agreement. So you could potentially save yourself time, say yes at the sales pitch, receive your free items, and then call and cancel it. But I have also heard that it can be really hard to get ahold of them and even to get them to agree to cancel over the phone.

I have never done it but have considered it for free things like a hotel stay or park tickets. I still haven't been able to give up so much time out of my vacation to do one. Just think, for every hour you are with the timeshare people, that's an hour you are missing out on vacation.

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I would also comment, being a member of an exchange program, Vegas properties don't have the kind of "buying power" that you need to exchange for, say, Hawaii.

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We have gone to a couple in Vegas to get free Cirque tickets. We were up early anyway with not much going on in the am. You just have to know that you aren't buying ANYTHING no matter how good they make it sound. They use every psychological trick - physical and mental - they can to get the sale. We look at it as a game. Heavy bargaining on our part up front to get the most for free (show, dinner, etc) then how quick can we get out by keep saying "no, we aren't buying." if you are short on time or could be presuaded even the least little bit, don't go. Their sales tactics aren't for the faint of heart! BTW... We inherited a timeshare week. Trading power of any now days is dismal. You can rent timeshares cheaper on places like endless vacations.com. We've stayed a week in Vegas at the Jockey Club and Sunbay, not thru trading. I privately rent our week out and make my own reservations other places.

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I'll try and put a positive spin on this for you - may be tough though... a few positives of going to a timeshare presentation:

*gets you out of a casino for a few hours - if you're bleeding money, it's a good way to slow the losses

*when we attend, we had some time to kill (we went for 8 days) so it didn't eat into our vacation really because we were kinda burned out (read: had no more money)

*can get you some good freebies - that's all up to you and what you deem worthy.

*it's air conditioned

so there - some positives for you...

but sadly, the posts above are very true and unless you really, really need those show tickets, free buffet or cash - save yourself the "arguement" - because in the end it will feel like you fought for your freedom

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I went to one about 3 years ago and received 4 free nights at South Point.

It started at 8 am and was over in 2 hours.

The company was “Consolidated Resorts”. They use to advertise on TV non-stop.

We had to put down $129 deposit which we got back in cash upon attending presentation.

For me, 3 hours during a 7 night vacation was no big deal and 4 free nights was great.

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8. Re: Timeshare Question?

We've attended many of these presentations in various places over the years and view it as a healthy competition that hones our people skills and keeps us on the ball. In addition, we enjoy looking at properties and sometimes even go to real estate open houses at home just so we can see new design ideas, etc.

That being said, how hard sell the presentation is depends completely on the company. All of the presentations we've attended in Vegas have been very low key. One even gave us our gifts and let us go after our first refusal with a thank you for attending the presentation! Perhaps we've been lucky.

And too, we've been on trips to Vegas where the free show tickets were the only way we were going to see a show at all. Ah, youth.

I think the decision whether or not to invest your time in their presentation is a very individual one but there can be some fun involved. As was stated before, unless you're positive you can stick to your guns and not buy anything, you probably should stay away.

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