Timeshare Hostages! How To Avoid Being Held….
Timeshare Hostages! How To Avoid Being Held…. Have you ever been a hostage, or so it seems, to a timeshare presentation during your vacation that was supposed to last 90 minutes? Well, we have and we should have known better. Over the last 13 years, we have been to over 20 timeshare presentations. We own 3 deeded weeks at 3 – 5 Star rated timeshare resorts. Not one was purchased at retail prices. All 3 were purchased on the timeshare resale market for 10 cents on the dollar. Before we make a commitment to a timeshare presentation, we always mention that we already own 3 deeded weeks, and we make sure that the person doing the registration makes a note in the initial paperwork. That has saved us some grief and in some cases outright hostility by a sales person or manager. Our conscience was clear when we have pointed out the notation on the reservation paperwork. Here’s the clue to recognizing that you will probably become a timeshare hostage. It begins with a bus ride with a group of other people to the resort where the sales pitch begins. The story: We had exchanged one of our timeshare weeks into Las Vegas, NV. As we were strolling through several hotel/casinos on the strip in Las Vegas enjoying our vacation, we were approached by several sales people representing timeshare resorts. This particular hotel/casino was at the Excalibur. The draw to us was show tickets to Excalibur’s show called, “Tournament of Kings” along with a meal for two. The timeshare presentation, however, was to the Grandview at Las Vegas, which was 4 miles South from the Excalibur and we had to go as a group, enough to fill the bus. It was tightly controlled and managed by the Grandview employees. Now think this through. Timeshare presentations are for 90 minutes, right? But many of you have been to presentations that have lasted 4-5 hours. That means if one or two couples or more feel like a hostage for 2-3 or more hours, the whole bus load of people is held up for 2-3 or more hours. No more bus rides to timeshare vacations for us. The show tickets were well worth it, but the hostage part will never be repeated.