Yesterday I received two postcards from the same company claiming to take my timeshare off my hands for only $585, although "some" may be higher. The postcard had the Better Business Bureau's logo on it.
This joins the pile of other postcards and mailers from other companies, the list of phone calls from companies claiming "no upfront fees" and of course the Facebook and other ads from similar companies.
I often marvel at the fact that so many timeshare owners are taken for a ride over and over again, oftentimes costing them thousands of dollars each time.
But then I thought about it and it becomes quite obvious why this continues...and it's not because there is a lack of consumer information out there...quite the opposite...it's because there is so much information from so many sources that consumers continue to be confused.
There are so many so-called experts and sources of information out there, including myself, that consumers give up and do the wrong thing. What do I mean? Well, let's start with the fact that timeshare owners became timeshare owners for fun and vacation, NOT for meetings, information and getting involved.
So, if you own a timeshare who do you turn to for information? Do you join the National Timeshare Owners Association for $100 a year? Do you pay to go to the Florida Timeshare Owners Group three times a year? Do you join TUG? Do you read the information that SellMyTimeshareNow.com puts out or subscribe to TimeSharing Today? Do you turn to the LTRBA or read the information that ARDA-ROC puts out (or CRDA if you live in Canada)? Do you read the forums on RedWeek.com? Do you hire Timeshare Insights to give you unbiased information?
And if you do one or more of these (and I'm only mentioning a handful of the organizations that I have no qualms endorsing),do you discount the information from the others? Because as you know, the LTRBA doesn't play well with SMTN.com, TUG doesn't like the NTOA and on and on.
The timeshare owner need to have ONE body to represent them and that ONE body needs to speak with ONE voice.
Timeshare Insights has been working for years to bring these various organizations (and others) together for some time now...but it's not working.
I hope to be able to bring home some workable ideas from next month's TATOC's (http://www.tatoc.com) Conference. In the meantime, what do you think?