A free trip, or maybe two tickets to a sold-out show, a cruise, discounted airfare; there are no limits to the kind of incentives that timeshare companies are willing to provide, simply to have the potential to sell you the opportunity of ownership. We all know why the gifts are difficult to turn down, because a timeshare presentation is designed to be an offer you can’t refuse.
If you are heading on vacation and you have never sat through a timeshare presentation, should you spend some time and experience one? If you have seriously considered purchasing a timeshare (new or resale) in the past, you can learn a lot about the timeshare industry, and the nature of timeshare contracts by sitting through a presentation. And, of course, there is the added benefit of getting a free gift in exchange for a few hours of your time.
Benefits of Sitting Through a Timeshare Presentation
Aconsumercredit™, is a timeshare cancellation company, who has helped hundreds of families save millions of dollars in timeshare fees, by canceling their contract with the resort or developer. It may seem strange that we endorse sitting through at least one sales presentation (without buying) to learn more about the timeshare industry, but it is the best way to see how the model works and frequently, who profits from it the most (the timeshare).
We also believe that sitting through one presentation helps educate consumers about the nature of high-pressure sales tactics used by timeshare teams. We recommend that seniors also attend an in-person sales presentation, so that they become familiar with the traps and pitfalls consistent in many sales propositions; it can also help seniors detect a fraudulent timeshare offer and contract.
There are three main benefits to attending a live timeshare sales presentation:
1. To Gain Insight into a Specific Timeshare or Resort
If your friends or other family members own a timeshare with the same resort, you might be curious to learn more about the amenities and other services provided for timeshare owners. At Aconsumercredit™, we know that some timeshares (while expensive), do strive to keep their members happy. All timeshares are not created equal, and if you want to learn more about a timeshare, after researching it online, the best and fastest way is to attend an in-person sales presentation.
2. To Learn About Timeshare Financing and Average Offers
Affordability is an issue for most timeshare owners; after all, if they had an unlimited vacation budget, they would not be looking to economize their vacations through a long-term lease option. Financing a timeshare usually involves an investment of an upfront purchase fee, or balloon payment, and additional closing costs. If you want to learn how affordable a timeshare is at the entry-level (remember, fees and expenses increase on an annual basis for most resorts), attending a sales presentation will help you explore financing offers. Get the details and numbers, and really weigh how much you would be spending or saving on an annual basis, compared to other vacation opportunities and options.
3. To Resist High-Pressure Trained Sales Tactics
It can be very educational for sales professionals, marketers and entrepreneurs to sit through a timeshare presentation. If you are confident in your ability to decline the offer of buying a timeshare, there are many things you can learn, and to be honest, the experience is interesting.
Adults interested in helping protect senior relatives and parents, can also experience a timeshare presentation as a training tool. Teach seniors how to spot suspicious offers, and how to handle high-pressured sales tactics that will protect them from online and telemarketing fraud.
The timeshare sales team may not be impressed by the fact that you have managed to sit through an entire presentation without buying, but whether they permit you to ‘qualify’ for your incentive or not, it is a valuable learning experience.