(Closed) time share hard sell?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I did a couple of years ago in Orlando. After the 3rd one i told myself i would never do it again. We got tickets to all the parks for free so it wasnt bad, but the sales pitch and wasting 3 hours was too much. Good luck

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Little_Hedgy:  Its usually a fwe hours but they give something to drink. It really woud be depending on what the “free” gift is if I would do one again. Some are worth it while others are not

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@JessSeny:  I did it and the free gift was only 2 nights at the resort. I actually wound up purchasing a deeded timeshare at a good price with the exact intention to parlay that into a nearly free honeymoon. And I did. For nothing other than the annual timeshare fee, we’re getting 6 nights and 7 days in a suite at a resort in Bahia. We’re big travelers (and my job moves me to a different country every couple years) so I think this will actually end up “paying for itself” in our case. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Overjoyed:  Oh nice. I would do the same. Sometimes those are really worth it. I sat through one and the “gift” was a knife. A “never dulling knife” Granted I went with a friend but never again unless I get some real goodies haha

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My family went to one in Mexico, and it was SUPER uncomfortable. We already had a timeshare we couldn’t get rid of, so we were 100% sure were weren’t going to buy one. They kept us there way longer than they said and the guy got really rude (he pretended not to speak English and said “you are, what they call, a mooch?”) Which, I guess, technically we were, but that’s what the guy we had spoken to had sold us on (just go to the presentation and you get all these things, you can just say no.) Of course, it was all part of the scam, and my dad’s a lawyer, so he had no problem putting them in their place, but I didn’t like it. 

After we were done with our sales pitch guy, we met with someone else who promised he wouldn’t try to sell us anything (to his credit, he didn’t), but asked why we didn’t purchase. I didn’t mind him. And then we did get free “adventures” so all-in-all, we came out ahead, but I wouldn’t do it again.

Post # 8
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1471 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Time shares are REALLY dificult to sell (no matter what they tell you) and unless you are really flexible with dates and locations, can also be really hard to use. If you’re not 100% convinced you want one, then you have to go in knowing you will say no no matter what they offer you. They can be super convincing.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We went to a timeshare presentation in Vegas last time we were there, just because we  were offered a bunch of free stuff.  We figured it was a way to waste a morning where we could be spending $50 on breakfast and losing money in the casinos, and instead we got free breakfast, a $50 American Express gift card, a $50 gift card for food at a Harrah’s property, a free Vegas showgirls show, and an experience in “Just Say No”.

Some things to think about:

1. What are they offering you for coming?  Are you getting a free trip or do you still have to pay fees of some sort?  We also got a voucher for a cruise or something and it turned out to be one of those things where you have to pay $500 in extra fees, so we didn’t ever use it.

2. What are your plans for the day?  We were told that our presentation would be from 8-10 AM, and it ended up being more like 8-1:30 PM.  We were switching hotel rooms that day, and we had to keep calling the hotel to request an increasingly later late checkout from the first room.

3. Are you actually planning on buying a timeshare?  You might be bombarded with sales pitches, that start out with “hey, you guys are such a cute couple, you’re just like me!” to “my 18 year old KID can afford a timeshare, you really expect me to believe you can’t?” to “So you just showed up here for the free food?  Ugh.  You’re wasting my time.”  We had fun with it–once we realized they wanted a minimum commitment of $10,000 for the cheapest timeshare package, plus monthly fees, plus the financing plan was a ridiculously high int. rate, we were both on the same page as far as not signing up.  And we had fun psychoanalyzing the salespeople on our walk back.

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