Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Why The Need for Unbiased Timeshare Education? Read This.

Over the weekend I received an e-mail from a frustrated and very confused timeshare owner who wanted "out" of her contract.

I told her that there was no easy "out" as she had purchased it several years ago...rescission was not an option.

After exchanging several e-mails with her, I received this:

Do other companies ever take these points as trade-in on a purchase, or are they just as expensive & difficult to use?  Like RCI or Disney Vacation Club?

Thank you.

Wow.  Just wow.

Not only does she not understand that one company's timeshare has no value to other companies (and most companies won't buy back their own timeshare), but clearly there is no understanding of the differences between RCI and Disney Vacation Club.  On top of that, she finds her timeshare points expensive and difficult to use.

My point here is not to poke fun at this owner, who clearly has no understanding of what she owns and what she can and can not do with it, but to point out the need for a unified timeshare education platform that is not run by anyone with an agenda that includes anything else but education.

Unbiased timeshare education can't come from a company trying to sell you a timeshare, nor from a company trying to get you to give them money to ostensibly sell your timeshare.  It can't come from "owner updates" at resorts and certainly not from flashy companies who meet at Dennys restaurants.

Consumers bear a large part of the burden here also.  I'm glad this person sought me out...I only wish she had done so prior to purchasing.