15 Questions to Ask at a Timeshare Seminar to Quickly Obtain Free Gifts.

15 Questions to Ask at a Timeshare Seminar to Quickly Obtain Free Gifts.

Nearly every person that attends a timeshare seminar has been incentivised to do so. Whether they eagerly arrive for a free vacation or a simple voucher, most aren’t exactly interested in purchasing a vacation package for tens of thousands of dollars. But it has been proven that uninformed consumers are easier to persuade. So if you’re going to show up at a timeshare seminar to quickly obtain free gifts, then you have to be prepared to have your mission sidetracked a few times.

Although your attendance may appear to be a simple exchange, the aggressive nature of the sales pitch can create an unexpected mirage of intrigue. For some, the appeal is too convincing to pass up. We know this because we talk to vacation owners every day. Those that understand the product – and what’s being thrown at them during the sale – typically endure with ease. While it may sound silly, preparing for the pitch will help you see past deceptive ploys and avoid potential pitfalls so that you can make an informed decision about the offer.

15 Questions to Cut a Timeshare Seminar Short.

Before disembarking on your timeshare presentation exchange, we encourage you to ask yourself a few questions: Would you sporadically purchase a boat, car or even an ATV you didn’t need and knew nothing about? How about a $20K travel trailer you can’t haul or store? Truth be told, most of us wouldn’t even spend $500 on a shed that’s needed if we weren’t able to inspect repairs, talk to the previous owner and cross reference the value. 

So why is it that so many consumers fall for the timeshare trap even when the outcome could be potentially devastating – emotionally and financially for an uninformed buyer? The answer is simple. Oftentimes a high-pressured, misleading sale may convince people that they need and want a timeshare. Now that we’ve covered most of the lies timeshare sales reps tell, we decided to start helping consumers qualify the purchase for themselves. So without further adieu, here are 15 effective questions to ask during a timeshare seminar. 

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1. Question the Gift Before Committing.

Aside from some of the things you can ask yourself beforehand, there are ways to confirm if the interaction will be fruitful or not before you attend. First and foremost, call and ask for the terms of the gift or promised incentive in writing. Inquire about any further requirements on your behalf other than a 90 minute demonstration. Will you be asked to provide additional details or personal information? This will most certainly help you avoid uncomfortable, vulnerable situations. 

If you’re able to confirm anything to protect yourself at a timeshare seminar then you have to weigh the outcomes. Is a $75 dinner-voucher or 1 night of fun worth a 90 minute high-pressure sales presentation? If you have an interest in timeshare ownership it may be worth it to you. If you prefer to utilize alternative methods to fulfill your travel needs, then it may not be worth your time.

Also, you may want to review the state’s statutes for truth in advertising laws (or similar), to ensure everything has been disclosed properly and that you understand your rights in collecting on the incentive offered. If you find inaccuracies, then this may be a telling sign of an unfavorable experience to come. You may determine that the $75-$100 value is not worth your time and choose to simply enjoy your vacation, presentation free.

2. Ask Sales Teams to Pull Up Retail Rates.

Picking up on the tactics of a misleading timeshare sale is difficult for most. But the little nuances should always raise red flags. Timeshares should be sold for the value of vacations experienced, not for financial gain. One of the easiest ways to determine timeshare affordability is to compare rates and total costs side-by-side.

If asked, your sales rep may deflect the request. Some have even been known to act as if the internet stopped working to avoid the comparison entirely. While it may seem like happenstance, be careful what you assume. If you can’t cross-reference the value and prove that it’s a “great deal” then you may want to just get your free gift and walk away.

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3. Request Buyer Feedback Outside of Presentation.

During a timeshare seminar, most everything is mapped out and predesigned. If a consumer were to truly consider the track record of the industry’s sales and marketing tactics, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to assume presented video testimonials may be fabricated. Since we prefer not to make accusations, one of the best things attendees can ask for is access to a current owner. This would allow them to question a number of things about the offer and ownership experience overall.

There is no better person to ask about timeshare benefits, availability and cost than someone currently under contract. If the timeshare seminar claims you can resell or rent your week for profit, finding an owner that can verify this is imperative. If a sales team refuses to let this happen, then it should concern you and signal that it’s time to get your free incentive and leave.

4. Ask Them to Prove Resale Market Value.

One of the most deceitful ways timeshare sales reps close deals is by convincing people they can make money off the property. While speaking to another owner easily clarifies this claim, asking sales teams to pull up data is just as effective. Timeshares are liabilities and not investment properties or assets, therefore should not be sold as such. All you have to do is ask a sales rep to pull up sales prices for timeshares on eBay or Craigslist. Thousands of people are looking to get rid of them for $0.01, oftentimes with no bids.

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First off, why would you purchase one from them when a similar, if not the same unit is listed in the classifieds? This should make you question everything about the timeshare seminar. Secondly, why are owners so desperate to get out of the contract? Ask them to explain this and how you can expect to make money by buying one for more. Continued pressure here is a good way to determine the true value of the offer or if you should opt to get your free gift and go home.

5. Thoroughly Question The Trial Period.

Many new timeshare owners have no idea they may only have a few days to cancel the purchase and escape perpetual payments. Consumers may not be aware of the term “rescission period”. While this should be pointed out in the purchase agreement, a timeshare sales rep may omit this information or make it difficult to access (such as a tablet that doesn’t turn on).

Every state is different so no salesman should gloss over these things. If buyers knew they’d have to cancel within days, many may pass on the fractional ownership offer altogether until they can make a sound decision on a large financial commitment.

6. Ask About Your Ability to Cancel.

When you’re excited about vacation ownership, it’s awfully difficult to ponder potential regret. But just like any large purchase, it needs to be a thoughtful one. Hardships occur in life and – with a commitment like this – you have to have a contingency. Despite the blinding euphoria, consumers need to ask about their ability to escape the binding agreement if something were to arise.

Taking the time to pry here will most certainly help you realize what realistic relief options at your disposal. A timeshare seminar may try to tell you they have internal solutions that benefit owners, but unless you’re able to confirm free and clear cancellation in your agreement, it may not be a good bet. Pointing out a potential lack of favorable future cancellation terms during the presentation may help you depart quickly – and possibly be ushered out the door.

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7. Request Ownership Data to Confirm Potential.

For the most part, a deep level of discernment is required to determine the true value of a timeshare. This is something most consumers aren’t equipped with because valuations aren’t a part of everyday vocabularies. But it doesn’t mean you should buy into the seller’s valuation. In fact, you should request it in writing so you can better understand its worth. Ask what it equates to in usage and what factors played into their pricing. 

You can also ask them to go over daily availability expectations and previous changes that have impacted owners in the past. Data that shows how many owners sign up, how long they remain under contract and the percentage of defaults can provide you with an immense amount of insight into the company’s stability and how it may impact existing owner’s cost, experience, availability and similar. That is, if you’re able to get your hands on the data.

8. Ask About Online Customers Reviews.

If you’re planning on going to a timeshare seminar, then why wouldn’t you research the presenter? While the free gift can seem nice, you have to know there’s some sort of catch. Inspecting BBB reviews and preparing to ask questions about them will really help you paint a clear picture of the company’s reputation to determine if you feel good about them or not. In reality, nearly every single one of these questions can be supported by a real experience found in an online review.

We’ll Keep the Timeshare Seminar Questions Coming.

Not every vacation owner regrets their purchase, but oftentimes owners wish they would have been better informed beforehand. Buying a timeshare is a big decision and should never be taken lightly. If you have some questions that have worked for you, feel free to leave some in the comment section. In the meantime, stay tuned for the remainder of our list next week!

The Timeshare Owner’s Perspective During the Sales Presentation.

The Timeshare Owner’s Perspective During the Sales Presentation.

Nearly every victim of a timeshare sale is on vacation when they make the purchase. Because of this, many eventually regret it. While it’s easy to blame the ignorance of their decision on a gullible mindset and the euphoria of their travels, it’s important that we take a second to look at things from the timeshare owner’s perspective. Although consumers do have an individual responsibility to make wise purchases, the presentation of products shouldn’t look to take advantage of them. 

Whether travelers are solicited to buy a timeshare at a tourist-heavy location (boardwalk, strip, shopping center, etc..) or around the resort, they tend to be instantly intrigued by the lure of free overnight stays, dinner vouchers, tickets and other attractions. Cut-throat salespeople are positioned in these places to talk people into exchanging their time for these gifts. Even if the offer is something inexpensive like $60 GatorLand passes, most people take the bait.

This is Where the Story of the Timeshare Sale Begins.

From the timeshare owner’s perspective, attending a “90-minute” presentation appeared to be a win-win scenario. Yea, they might miss out on some of their trip, but they’ll get to do something else, that sounds amazing, for free! Everyone likes free stuff, right? But fast forward 8 hours (yes, 8 hours later), and the presentation is still going. They’ve now sat through a manipulated podium presentation, listened to a number of misleading statements and find themselves exhausted and relatively confused.

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Just when they start thinking a timeshare may not be their cup of tea, a new sales guy offers another “today only deal worth listening to.” This could be justified due to their shirt being blue or it being Tuesday. Almost anything is usually said to make the attendee believe they’re in for an even better offer or that they are special. Because they’ve come this far, they usually continue listening to offers – hoping something makes it worth their time. But in the end, it simply wears them down while remorse begins to settle in.

At this point, most people feel like they have to get something out of the wasted day. How bummed would you be if you lost some of your vacation with nothing to show for it? This is exactly how timeshare sales teams want travelers to think. Even when the white flag is waved and they request the “free gift” for their time, most are met by another closer that finds a better way to relate to them. Many become so bogged down by information that they don’t even check contract terms. Some even feel forced to sign.

Analyzing The Perspective of a Timeshare Owner.

From the outside looking in, you might wonder why they don’t just walk away. But victims are strategically distracted from certain elements of the purchase and continuously presented with perks. It can be awfully difficult to see the drawback of the product from a new timeshare owner’s perspective. Especially when they’re uncertain if they want to let the “today only deals” they’ve been presented with expire. While it may not be financially ideal, they almost feel obligated to buy because they qualify.

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You see, the timeshare sales process is extremely methodical with a strong level of urgency. The time invested and the commitment to the spiel can be misleading in itself. Salespeople know who they can persuade and how to persuade them. Sales teams pair up with relatable attendees and relationships are forged. The new “friend” spends hours getting to know them and uncovers everything about their financials, family, interests in lifestyle. Pretending to care helps salespeople garner trust and close the deal.

How Else Are Sales Attendees Sold on Timeshares?

Knowing someone’s wife wants to go to the Bahamas or that an attending couple has family in Hawaii could aid them in closing. The idea of letting children or relatives use the timeshare week could also encourage people to buy in. Improved financing options for lower income families that help soften the monthly cost may also do the trick. Many sales teams have even been known to lie about revenue opportunities to get contracts signed. 

From a timeshare owner’s perspective, having an investment property and a new friend that can help him make money sounds like a sweet deal. Sales teams nudge them by asking, “You can see the value in this right?” Some people are even told points or property values will increase over time. But there’s really no way someone can prove this during a timeshare presentation as historical data proves this to be false. So when attendees fail to see the value, more aggressive measures typically ensue.

But, What Happens When They’re Still Not Interested?

When friendly sales don’t work and an attendee really just wants to go back to their hotel, the sales demeanor usually changes drastically. The presentation pivots from a helpful friend to a critical one. Quick jabs are often taken to convict them for walking away. “You can finally afford to take your family on vacation, don’t your children deserve to go on vacation?” This is where some people even feel like they owe their sales rep a purchase – because of how hard they worked on the deal. 

Or they might be told, “Don’t you want to take your parents on a trip before they pass away? You said they wanted to visit Maine.” “What about your wife? Don’t you think she deserves a treat every year for watching the kids while you work?” “Don’t you think your husband deserves an escape after working so hard?” “You guys look like you could use a vacation.” All of these statements really get under the skin of someone who’s already wasted an entire day.

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What to Do If You Want to Go Home.

At this point, the attendee’s perspective will become defensive or succumb to the relentless sales efforts. They’re either going to want to sign up for something or get their gift and go home. In order to exhaust every possibility of the sales presentation, let’s assume the attendees dodge every sales pitch and communicate a firm, “No” on several occasions. Even after another supposed “price drop”, they demand their gift. It’s been far longer than 90 minutes and they’re ready to go to bed and prepare for a day at GatorLand tomorrow.

The thing is, they’re now committed to getting these tickets. Which can take another 3-5 closers to receive. At some point in the process, they’re going to either be forced to leave the event empty handed or commit to some deal to get their gift. Once people are told they can always take advantage of the contract cancellation period, they usually sign up to execute the exchange. Sadly, the actual value of most free gifts don’t match the original perceived value and a majority of people aren’t aware the rescission period is less than a week (3 days in some states).

Signing Up to Escape the Presentation Usually Backfires

So in this example, the timeshare owner’s perspective is rather muddy at this point. In most cases, the buyer isn’t going to even look into the purchase until they get home. If they immediately return to work (or their normal routine) then it could be days or weeks before they even get around to it. By the time they do, they realize there were some restrictions to cashing in their voucher and the timeshare purchase is now perpetually binding. The entrapment of the presentation is to blame.

When the new buyer tries to get in touch with the friendly sales rep, they’re unable to connect. Days after the purchase settles in, the owner then discovers a secret compartment in the binder his salesman forgot to mention. It’s then that they realize all of the verbal promises made were lies. Things begin to be more clear and resentment starts to settle in. From a timeshare owner’s perspective, they’re a victim. Because of this, most people want revenge – but few are able to obtain it.

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The Struggle to Escape a Bad Timeshare Decision.

Unexpectedly finding yourself under contract can cause an aspiring determination to find restitution. But like many buyers, it only causes more trouble. Whether they walk away from timeshare payments, attempt to resell the property or look into cancellation, there are a number of pitfalls. Added costs with no resolve is common in this industry. Frantically guessing on where to turn for a solution leads many to scams. 

A sense of hopelessness, bitterness or anger can then settle in if the financial burden gets out of control. Especially if the unit itself is disappointing. Although many buyers are led to believe they have an affordable $15K contract over 10 years; interest rates (15-17.9%), travel costs and unexpected maintenance fees are also contractually binding. This can be a tough pill to swallow. 

After failing to find a way out, many are forced to look for a new way to make the most of the purchase. From the timeshare owner’s perspective, making some sacrifices to afford payments is better than fighting a battle where the odds are stacked against them. But if they struggle to book ideal dates or the destinations they were promised aren’t available, a tipping point is usually reached. And the cycle essentially never ends.

Making Wise Timeshare Decisions.

While there are plenty of ways this scenario can play out, it’s important to understand the purpose of this story. Signing up for a timeshare agreement may seem like an amazing opportunity, but there are a number of moving pieces that can make it a regrettable decision. We’ve published dozens of articles on this in hopes you can find the answers you’re looking for. 

Knowing what to expect during the entirety of this process can be the difference between an extensive setback or nothing at all.

Timeshare Exit Team Gives Client a Refund After a News Story in St. Charles, MO.

Timeshare Exit Team Gives Client a Refund After a News Story in St. Charles, MO.

Like many vacation owners, Ron Russelburg eventually grew tired of his timeshare contract. Once his kids were all grown up and the family was somewhat dispersed, he didn’t have much of a need for the travel package anymore. After looking for an affordable way to offload the timeshare, Russelburg determined selling his weekly interval at the Calypso Cay Resort in Orlando, Florida was the best solution. This is a fairly common decision that’s often misunderstood. But once he came across an advertisement for the Timeshare Exit Team, he was ready to take action.

In an interview with KMOV4 in St. Louis, Ron explained how Timeshare Exit Team’s guarantees really convinced him that selling his property was a good idea. Although the relief market is quite muddy, he acknowledged that confidence in a beneficial outcome really encouraged him to go forward with the sale. This was in October of 2017.

Guarantees Encourage Timeshare Owners to Pay.

After discussing the process with the well-known, reputable cancellation firm, Ron said he felt good about proceeding with the transaction. According to Russelburg, the salesman insisted that Timeshare Exit Team would find a buyer within 180 days. But he was first advised to work with the company to eliminate his annual maintenance fees. So he agreed to pay a few thousand dollars in upfront fees to get the ball rolling. 

By February of 2020, Russelburg’s frustration with the effectiveness of the sale reached its tipping point. Aside from the guarantees to remove maintenance fees, 27 months had passed without any scent of a sale. So he contacted his local news channel for help. His main cause for concern was the reluctance of Timeshare Exit Team to follow through with their promises. “It was their guarantee that if it didn’t work out we could get our money back. It would be no harm no foul,” he said.

Why Would Timeshare Exit Team Do This?

When the Missouri journalist asked him why he’s yet to receive a refund, Ron replied by saying, “That’s a good question.” Thousands of vacation owners are not only trapped in their timeshare contracts, but left without answers by relief agencies. Sadly, many of these “guaranteed” services are scams. What makes this story interesting is that Timeshare Exit Team has had some success helping consumers get out of timeshare contracts in the past. 

At the same time, convincing someone that you can help them sell a timeshare, then charging them to cancel annual fees seems a little odd. Once the interval of transferred to another owner, the original buyer shouldn’t have to worry about annual responsibilities. Nonetheless, Russelburg was out over $4k with no resolve.

When the St. Louis news station reached out to the Timeshare Exit Team for answers, a refund was initiated within a few days. This is encouraging because it shows that the company isn’t willing to inconvenience a customer in order to make a few thousand dollars. At the same time, it’s fair to wonder if a refund would have transpired had Mr. Russelburg not gone to the media for assistance.

Timeshare Exit Team’s Refund Statement.

Due to the negative attention caused by the public media, Timeshare Exit Team released the following statement: “Since 2011, [we have] successfully helped more than 20,000 consumers find a path out of their timeshares. Most of these people were unhappy with their timeshare purchase and faced numerous traps, loopholes and maintenance/other fees. Unfortunately, there was some confusion by this customer regarding the time frame detailed in our contract and a separate agreement that one of our third-party vendors had made with her. 

Timeshare Exit Team has never had a 180-day guarantee and we’re very sorry for any frustrations this may have caused. We have clarified this and she has relayed that she understands [our] time frame. We completely understood their frustration at this process, made unnecessarily complicated due to the hurdles that developers put up to keep people stuck in their timeshare, and have reached out to make it right. We offered to find another exit option for them, which they declined, so we are providing them with a full refund.”

Truth be told, Ron paid for a straightforward service and a very specific outcome. Whether Timeshare Exit Team made guarantees or not, we can’t miss the big picture here. Resale just can’t be viewed as a realistic option to get rid of a timeshare. Participating In this type of relief can ruin a company’s reputation fast if they’re not careful.

Sapphire Timeshare Cancellation Review for Struggling Vacation Owners

Sapphire Timeshare Cancellation Review for Struggling Vacation Owners

Last week, we kicked off a blog series that analyzes and reports on some of the red flags or general concerns within the timeshare exit industry. Thousands of cancellation companies and third party agencies have made a comfortable living targeting unhappy fractional owners with convincing solutions – that sometimes help buyers kind of get out of a timeshare contract. Sadly, consumers don’t know who or what to believe anymore. So we’ve recently spent a lot of time digging up and organizing the facts. If people want to be able to combat misleading, disadvantageous sales pitches, then they need to know what to look for. With that being said, we thought it was a good time to review Sapphire Timeshare Cancellation and some of the question marks they’ve accumulated over the years.

Identifying Deceit Only Takes a Little Effort.

In today’s economy, major purchases are confidently made when a slew of positive reviews are prevalent online. But when it comes to timeshare travel, for whatever reason, consumers tend to follow their emotions while bypassing intuition. In most cases, you can look at a timeshare product and tell if it’s questionable or has the potential to backfire. Unfortunately, salesmen (especially those working for timeshare cancellation companies) are often able to talk people into handing over thousands of dollars based on possibilities.

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If you’re crossing your fingers or investing in hopeful solutions, then you’re setting yourself up for failure – or extreme disappointment. If this gullible decision-making presumes, a timeshare problem will turn into financial hardship in the blink of an eye. Vacation owners looking to cancel should have learned their lesson from the timeshare purchase itself. Walking away from anything that sounds too good to be true or seems a little sketchy shows you’ve learned your lesson

When a business listing or a cancellation company’s information lacks consistency, why would you trust them to go after some of the most powerful conglomerates in the world? How effective do you really think they’re going to be? If there isn’t much evidence of relief, then why buy into what they’re telling you? Always be sure before buying in.

The People Behind Sapphire Timeshare Cancellation.

Aside from one of the company’s Youtube videos, where two Florida women claim to manage the family business, the legal counsel behind their cancellation process is disturbing. Tom Heeler is the only public profile on Linkedin that’s tied to the businesses’ relief services. After reviewing his profile, we found he served in the Army as a traffic controller for a few years before graduating with some sort of creative writing degree from a Harvard extension school. Nothing about his experience tells us he’s qualified to adequately advise Sapphire Timeshare Cancellation on legal matters.

Further inspection shows Heeler is actually listed as the Co-Founder, amongst several other companies in the “creative realm.” Currently, he’s listed as the Timeshare Debt Relief Consultant for Resolution Timeshare Cancellation LLC, which is also listed in Orlando, Florida. Finding these types of details, where inexperience is evident, should help you make an informed decision about who represents your attempt to cancel vacation ownership.

Personally Confirm All Statements, No Matter What You’re Told.

While the following “red flags” for Sapphire Timeshare Cancellation are worth noting, it is up to the consumer to further investigate and informedly decide on who they do business with. Understanding how to research effectively in the timeshare industry is vital prior to hiring any company. Fractional owners can easily identify fraud and avoid it altogether when they commit a little bit of their time. At the same time, the evidence below is enough cause for concern and can be applied to companies with similar timeshare solutions.

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Red Flag #1: In Business for Less Than 3 Years.

As a timeshare cancellation company with 40+ years of combined experience, we’ve seen hundreds of phony businesses come and go. While some scams are investigated and prosecuted rather quickly, many aren’t discovered until the fraudulent activity has run its course for several years. Because of this, anything that Sapphire Timeshare Cancellation claims should be cautiously taken in. 

Some timeshare owners are victimized for a long time before realizing they’re being lied to. Because Sapphire has only been in business since May of 2018, treading carefully is a good idea. When push comes to shove, the Florida Corporation Commissions doesn’t even have any public information on the business.

Shedding Light on Truth Does Take Time.

The dirty laundry of new timeshare exit companies is rarely aired out unless thousands of people have fallen victim to an unethical ploy. Until people start realizing the service isn’t working or deem it a loss, evidence of an unrewarding experience just doesn’t exist. Therefore, labeling it as a scam is nearly impossible. Even when consumers are bamboozled to the max, greedy sales schemes don’t immediately become public until consumer protection agencies get involved. 

Organizations like the FTC or BBB aren’t able to review companies due to public concerns until a trend of negative reviews or complaints grab their attention. While exit customers wait in limbo, more are sold on the service. It’s a sad reality that continues to grow due to internet technology.

Practical Insight That May Apply

Since most unethical timeshare cancellation companies solicit vacation owners with a random, pressure-filled phone call, research isn’t usually a part of the process. People tend to think they’ve been personally selected because of their dissatisfaction with the timeshare purchase. When stolen information aids scam artists in building trust, owners see the decision to cancel as an easy one. Anybody can file for an LLC for a few hundred dollars. Tenure and reputation is key for this service. No timeshare resort is obligated to give you a refund or take back the mortgage just because you hire a company to ask them. Far too many people pay for nothing.

Now we’re not accusing Sapphire Timeshare Cancellation of doing this, rather stating this is a very common occurrence in our industry. Assuming every exit company is capable of deceiving you will help you find one that won’t – so you can experience a clean break from the resort. At the end of the day, Sapphire has been in business for 1 year and 8 months. It’s extremely difficult to feel confident about their outlook when proof of competence just doesn’t exist yet.

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Red Flag #2: Affiliate Businesses Are Questionable.

In the cancellation realm, many companies have a clear cut agenda to maximize profits. One of the ways they do this is to establish and launch complimentary businesses that allow them to continue targeting the same customers. For example, a timeshare resale company can also manage an exit firm and a credit repair service in addition to offering new vacation packages as a travel agent of some sort. What this allows them to do is maximize earnings on a failed resale, process a phony cancellation, follow up to fix damaged credit, then harass them to satisfy their traveling desire. It’s the perfect scam.

After investigating Sapphire Timeshare Cancellation further, we noticed that they launched Sapphire Mediation Group LLC on February 2, 2019 – 10 months after their exit service opened business. Also known as Blue Stone Financial Recovery LLC, it’s safe to say the operation is geared towards repairing poor financial decisions. Could that be a follow up sale or conditional service for the cancellation? It’s hard to prove anything right now, but there are definitely some perplexities here. The oversight for all three companies is managed by both Chelsea Wiles and Jeremiah Smith. Red flags like these, coupled with a lack of customer affirmation, is enough reason to cause hesitancy.

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Red Flag #3: No Certified Ratings or Accreditations.

Any company just getting started in the timeshare cancellation marketplace has a long way to go to build evidence of validity. But for those defrauding people, a shortage of reviews due to pending results gives them quite the advantage. Suppressing or disguising deceit is a lot easier when no one has complained yet. With that being said, you should use caution when giving a company like Sapphire Timeshare Cancellation the benefit of the doubt because their about page says, “we provide ourselves in transparency and assertiveness.” (Yes, it actually says that.)

Some Fake it Until They Make it.

Just because a registered company promises to “cancel your timeshare contract with almost any timeshare developer,” doesn’t mean they can. Taking the time to investigate how far along the operation is, who’s involved and what they’ve accomplished is important. For the most part, qualified exit programs know they need to invest in credibility from the get go. Since the cancellation process can take a year or more, they understand it may be awhile before customer support is accrued. So before they open for business, ethical solutions typically ensure they have valid certifications and accreditations that relay a level of competency until reviews do.

Even though Sapphire Timeshare Cancellation has been operating for nearly 2 years, they still have yet to be accredited with the BBB. In this industry, this is one of the platforms you kind of want to be in good graces with. So it’s odd that they haven’t set themselves up for success here. After taking a look at some of the company’s reviews, it appears as though they’re asking clients to leave them a review immediately after hiring them; based on the process thus far. This is especially peculiar because they shouldn’t further solicit customers for positive feedback until they’ve delivered on their promises – and they know it.

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Sapphire Timeshare Cancellation Reviews Are Telling.

“I was very confident that this company will do a great job for me. I was at a point where I wasn’t sure what to do without spending a lot of money for their help. All the Timeshare places I’ve talked to in the past I had a gut feeling they were scams. When I found Sapphire I felt comfortable inside so I’m hoping it won’t take too long to get rid of my Timeshare. Thank you Sapphire.” Avoiding a BBB accreditation and asking customers to leave a review before promised services have been rendered is definitely a red flag worth keeping an eye on. 

Building a reputation this way is asking for trouble. At VOC, we’ve never even considered asking our clients to promote our company until the process was complete and final. From our experience, getting interviewed by the BBB is essential. Providing proprietary information not only shows a willingness to be transparent, but also protects the businesses from false claims that may arise. It’s difficult to trust when transparency claims aren’t apparent.

The Truth isn’t Always Evident.

Entities like the BBB are beginning to crack down on our industry due to the number of unethical companies that come and go at the consumer’s expense. Reviews like this one are sure to grab their attention. “I am disappointed, I signed up in September of 2019, never received monthly updates, as they advertise they would. They also said that they would protect my credit, but that has not happened either. Upon checking my credit report there are two remarks. Yet ALL their reviews are 5’s, this is a little unsettling as I can’t be the only one unsatisfied. It seems that just the good reviews are shown. I find that to be suspicious.”

Red Flag #4: No Reviews Anywhere Else Online.

Last but not least, it’s important that we point out the scarcity of Sapphire Timeshare Cancellation’s reviews. Outside of the seemingly directed posts on the Better Business Bureau’s website, customer feedback doesn’t exist. While the lack of completion may be the cause, it’s still rather unique. Consumers tend to have their preferred platform for leaving reviews. Whether that be Facebook, Google or even Yelp. The simple fact the customer experience is somewhat guarded tells us there’s a good possibility reviews are being manipulated.

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The Bottom Line with Sapphire Timeshare Cancellation.

Many companies in the exit industry are a facade that sell you on hopes, possibilities and things that you want to hear. It’s hard to find a timeshare cancellation service that’ll provide you with realistic options and outcomes. Far too many use failed promises to collect your money before tucking their tails and running at the first hint of litigation. Sadly, a majority of them transition right into another unethical scheme without thinking twice of the destruction they left behind. Proceeding with caution, not haste, will only benefit your immediate and long term future.

Resort Release is the most recent example of this. After a multitude of lawsuits, they escaped further penalty by filing for bankruptcy. This left plenty of timeshare owners out of a lot of money and their perpetual agreement still under their name. Rumor has it, they’ve re-entered the cancellation industry under a new name. This is why the tenure and track record of these companies are important. While it’s too early to confidently accuse Sapphire Timeshare Cancellation of total misconduct, we’ll definitely continue monitoring the situation closely.

Helping You Understand Timeshare Cancellation.

Since 2018, we’ve invested a lot of time in educating consumers about vacation ownership and how appealing upgrades, resale or cancellation can be. We encourage you to browse our blog library to learn more before buying an interval or trying to eliminate the burden of one. You never know what you might get yourself into. Almost all of our clients learn the hard way and we’d rather help you avoid the same outcome – even when you don’t hire us. 

Although we hope that Sapphire Timeshare Cancellation has good intentions, some of these warning signs shouldn’t be overlooked. Even though they use a “money back guarantee,” filing for bankruptcy is a common escape route for many. Don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions and don’t allow anyone to talk you into their solution. Businesses that last more than three years tend to show a lot more promise. It’ll be interesting to see how long this operation lasts. To learn more about our attorney based process, you can schedule a free consultation or proceed with the qualification form below.

Another Conspirator Sentenced for Orlando, Florida Timeshare Resale Con.

Another Conspirator Sentenced for Orlando, Florida Timeshare Resale Con.

Last summer, we covered a large scale scam where Daniel “Wolf” Boyer paid dozens of co-conspirators to sell fraudulent timeshare resale services to vulnerable owners. While a majority have already pleaded guilty, the investigation presumes. Paul Michael Marciniak is the second primary co-conspirator to receive his sentence. After the group of greedy entrepreneurs he joined fleeced more than a thousand fractional owners for over $3.3 million, you can’t blame consumer protection agencies for doing their due diligence to ensure justice is served. The well-known Florida timeshare resale con is rounding out to be quite the ploy.

How Did the Con Men Pull it Off?

Boyer, Marciniak and their team of con artists solicited timeshare owners with offers to sell their timeshare and remove the financial burden for nearly 2 years. The telemarketing scheme used personal data illegally to contact their victims and aggressively pressured them to quickly hand over thousands of dollars before the interested buyers found another property. 

The problem was, there was never a potential buyer – or any opportunity to sell for that matter. This has come to be known as “the buyer’s pitch.” Everything about the sale funneled towards a limited opportunity that never developed. While this allowed them to bamboozle a lot of people, it didn’t take long for consumers to catch on.

What Eventually Gave the Con Away?

 When assessing timeshare exit companies, it’s always best to initially examine public business information. With scams, you’ll often find noticeable inconsistencies, mirages and even duplicate information. That’s right, some people actually use the names of legitimate businesses to operate the fraud. Some end up using multiple aliases as a way to continue defrauding consumers. While a Florida timeshare resale con like this may seem valid at first glance, a little bit of research can go a long way. Unfortunately, tons of people didn’t catch this glitch.

Boyer and Marciniak’s operation was ironically listed under a number of business aliases that include: First Capital Financial Services Corp, Beneficial Business Solutions, Holiday Advertising, Vacation Funding Partners LP, Great West Funding and Property, People, Travel. In order to use these company names, accomplices scoured the internet for inactive businesses that were once licensed to operate in different states. 

This allowed them to purchase and promote the entities as their own, across the entire country. By using old company information and reviews, they were able to build trust with unhappy timeshare owners. They even went as far as buying local phone numbers so those they solicited wouldn’t be caught off guard. 

While it may have seemed like Boyer and Marciniak had sustained businesses nationwide, they were actually running a ghost scheme from their headquarters in Orlando, Florida. The Florida timeshare resale con was even renting interim office spaces and using false identities to carry out the misconduct. But the paper trail eventually caught up to them in the long run.

Marciniak Pleads Guilty, Joins 17 Others in Prison.

So far, 20 people have been charged for pleading guilty to mail and wire fraud. Paul Michael Marciniak, who has now been deemed as one of the main suspects, will spend 5 years and 10 months in federal prison for his selfish decisions. Aside from handing over $3.37 million as a restitution payment to the victimized timeshare owners, he’ll also receive 3 years of supervised release. Now that Paul’s involvement has officially earned him jail time, only three co-conspirators are waiting for their sentence.

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