How Timeshare Prospects Are Worn Down During Sales Presentations.

How Timeshare Prospects Are Worn Down During Sales Presentations.

When it comes to timeshares, the amount of time and money that goes into the sale is staggering. But it’s not because travel has become extremely competitive over the last decade. Instead of advertising intervals online, timeshare companies prefer to meet with timeshare prospects in a secluded environment they can control. It’s just too big of a purchase for consumers to sporadically make anymore. Vacation rentals have taken over and nobody is actively searching for vacation ownership – giving resorts even more reason to utilize shady methods to fill presentations and sell their timeshare product. 

Pressure filled environments have always helped sales teams wear down attendees and increase their chances of closing the deal. While most attendees escape the arranged demonstration unscathed, many timeshare prospects don’t. Sadly, they become victims of the timeshare sales cycle. This is why it’s important that all consumers understand how deep the sale of vacation ownership weeks and points can go.

How Are Timeshares Leveraging Sales Presentations?

In our last two blog posts, we did our best to explain the process by which timeshare companies use misleading promises to coralle consumers into a persuasive presentation. Now that you know how these aggressive selling swindlers get in front of unexpecting consumers, it’s time to take a closer look at the exposition itself. While it may seem like we’re bashing the industry for selfish gain, just remember we’re trying to help those that have yet signed up for the agreement. 

Even though some of these occurrences may qualify you for our services, we would still need to inspect your contract(s) before advising you on relief or further restitution. While we do believe many timeshare operations aren’t consumer-friendly, our intent isn’t to sell you on our services. With that being said, here are some of the ways timeshare prospects are worn down during sales presentations.

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1. Short Meetings Usually Last a Long Minute.

If you’ve been invited to a timeshare sales presentation, then you’ve more than likely been offered something in exchange. Whether it be a free night’s stay at a prominent resort or a voucher for dinner and a show, you’ll be required to attend a “meeting” to receive the gift. Since most people balk at this, it’s often presented as a brief, 90 minute presentation to explain the details of the offer. Sometimes this isn’t disclosed until timeshare prospects arrive on location. This is done so consumers don’t change their mind or research the experience beforehand.

When you find yourself being talked into attending a meeting in order to receive something that was already promised to you, then you have to take notice. This is the first red flag of a lopsided presentation. What you’re going to be offered is not worth it. Don’t let the “prize(s)” distract you. Any lack of disclosure should create concern for timeshare prospects. This is important because once you step in the doors, it will be difficult to leave. Although you may think you’ll be able to say “no” and walk away, never underestimate the tongues of timeshare salespeople. It is very much so a group effort to close you.

Everybody knows someone that loves to talk. They’re the one person you can never find a way to break away from. This is exactly how timeshare sales presentations are. We’ve helped clients who claimed they weren’t allowed to leave the sales presentation for water and food due to diabetic concerns. It’s harder than you think and why resorts prefer to sell this way. It’s not uncommon for a 30 minute meeting to turn into an 8 hour presentation that eventually wears down timeshare prospects. Nearly every timeshare group operates this way.

2. Shiny Objects Keep Timeshare Prospects Distracted.

The first step of the sales presentation is to engage the audience. During this time, a number of appealing destinations, perks, options or possibilities are dangled in front of timeshare prospects. This helps them build excitement around the product from the podium. During this time, cunning sales representatives begin to segment the room and determine who they’re going to target and with what pitch. The “check-in” paperwork that guests were required to fill out gives them further insight on every attendee – helping them with this process.

As the lead presenter explains certain deals, packages and benefits, sales teams observe the responses of guests and take note of their intrigue while reviewing their financials. This allows them to “build a friendship” with timeshare prospects before they even meet them. Some have even been known to research certain guests online to gain an advantage.

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When attendees are distracted by shiny objects and the endless possibilities of ownership, it’s hard for them to notice they’re being preyed upon by commissioned contractors. If you ever feel as though something is too good to be true, then it probably is. If you’re giving sales teams personal information that isn’t necessary, think twice. Far too often, timeshare prospects are worn down by appealing possibilities and charisma during sales presentations. Don’t let that be you. 

3. You Can’t Leave Once You’ve Made a Commitment.

When it comes to the timeshare sale, psychological tactics are very much so at the forefront. Like we mentioned before, most people don’t like to think they’d fall for a one sided sales pitch. But once your intrigue is real and you’ve been sucked into the sales presentation, it’s difficult to let go of the desire to go on vacation. The longer you wait for a reason to leave, the harder it will be to walk out. Once the sales rep proves he’s continuously willing to wheel and deal, most timeshare prospects simply cannot stop playing the game.

If you already agreed to sit through a 90 minute timeshare presentation (and you weren’t caught off guard), then you were probably already expecting some sort of spiel. But if you knew nothing about the presentation itself, let alone the company name of the host, then why did the “incentive” appeal to you? We mention this because many attend these sales presentations with the hope it’s going to be fruitful. Even though it may seem sketchy, the possibility of an affordable annual vacation is attractive. When free gifts and invested time are at stake, many don’t want to let the opportunity go. In turn, the sales presentation wears them down and they do something they regret.

Personal Commitments and Timeshare Misconceptions.

What makes matters worse is the sales staff’s involvement in the inclination of timeshare prospects. In other words, the psychology of it all is troubling. Once distractions and excitement have been sewn into the podium pitch, the sales reps pull the attendees aside to a secluded room to finish the deal. This is normally the point of no return. 

Some may be skeptical and bold enough to voice that they have fulfilled their 90 minute requirement and demand their free gift. Sometimes this is effective but rarely does it matter. Sales teams have an answer and contingency for nearly every “no.” There always seems to be “one more thing to do” before they give you what they promised.

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Many salespeople simply state they aren’t authorized to give out certain gifts and call in another representative that has “the paperwork” for the deal. When you’re handed off like this, it’s called a takeover (TO). With each new sales representative, timeshare prospects are continuously persuaded on different products, features, perks, destinations and options. The presentation always continues with an offer for a better product, a different getaway or something that’s “better suited for your budget.” 

Even those that continue to demand their free gift are often met by another closer with better skills. The longer they can distract attendees, the more likely they are to settle on something. The mind game played here causes many attendees to forget what they’re even looking for. With each tick on the clock, they feel more committed and determined to get something in exchange for their time. At this point in the presentation, sales teams know timeshare prospects won’t just get up and walk away. 

With each closer, the pot gets sweeter and sweeter in the eyes of the timeshare prospect. Once the sales presentation has worn them down, nearly anything could seem like a good consolation prize. But giving in to get out of the presentation is dangerous. Most buyers never receive what they believe they paid for because they didn’t get verbal promises in writing. If you find the presentation extremely frustrating and you’re not sure what you’re getting yourself into, then just walk away. There’s no penalty for making a smart decision.

4. Lying About a Timeshare Prospect’s Ability to Cancel.

One of the most misleading elements of the timeshare sale is the idea of “today only deals.” Nobody should believe this facade for a second. Besides, all you need to do is compare the overall cost of ownership with a retail vacation to see it’s not much of a deal after all. Regardless, there is another lie that is far more concerning. Once a timeshare prospect has been worn down by the pitch, sales reps have been known to make false verbal promises about their ability to cancel or even that they will buy back the timeshare from them. Telling a tired and hungry attendee that they can always “cancel if it doesn’t work out” makes it easy to capture a signature.

This is why you must understand that these presentations are designed to be drug out as long as possible. They want you to believe you made the decision to buy and that the only way to leave is to find something that works. No matter what you think, they will do what it takes to get you under contract. Too much money has been spent and their reward is too high to give up. Leading you to believe you can easily cancel perpetuity is a last resort tactic that’s used once prospects are ready to leave.

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The Reality of a Vacation Owner’s Ability to Cancel.

The problem is, the details of the cancellation (rescission) period are rarely disclosed. Paperwork for this is often said to be missing (“fallen out”) and has even been found in “hidden compartments” of presentation folders at the spine. In most states, buyers have less than 5 days to change their mind. No matter how worn down timeshare prospects are, they have to be willing to ask questions. Many assume they’ll be able to visit the resort before making a decision to cancel – but they’re wrong.

Even though the rescission period has been a constant controversy for lawmakers, it has yet to change. Many believe consumers should have a chance to test the experience, but it doesn’t change the fact that thousands of buyers find themselves unwillingly under contract every year – simply because a timeshare representative told them they could cancel. What ends up happening is, once they realize they can’t get out of the timeshare agreement, they attempt to make it worthwhile. If they’re unaware of other costs, like maintenance fees or assessments, then they could be in for a big surprise.

Don’t Misjudge Sales Pitches as a Timeshare Prospect.

Owning a timeshare may seem like a pleasant experience for only $20k, but after interest, fees and travel expenses, it can be overwhelming. Upgrades and additional contracts can quickly turn the purchase into a 6 digit expense. While there are plenty of people that enjoy vacation ownership, people need to understand what they’re purchasing before they say “yes.” If you’re leaning on a sales team (that is highly incentivized) to lead you in the right direction then you should probably reassess your strategy

Hopefully these articles have given you a better perspective on what to look for throughout the timeshare sales process. The last thing you need to be doing is getting yourself trapped in a timeshare agreement you don’t want or need. Plenty of timeshare prospects have taken the time to do their own research and you should too. If you have any questions about your timeshare contract, you’re always more than welcome to schedule a free consultation.

Timeshare Verbal Promises and the “License to Lie” Exposed.

Timeshare Verbal Promises and the “License to Lie” Exposed.

When you think about it, nearly all of us long for a vacation. The stagnancy that comes from a routine is hard to ignore. Because of this, most of us are highly intrigued by “affordable” opportunities to get away. For more than half a century now, timeshare companies have been taking advantage of this desire to travel. But the industry didn’t exactly thrive because of consumer interest. Major hotel chains pay a lot of money to talk people into timeshare contracts. It’s why they unexpectedly present their product in a pressure filled environment with minimal disclosure

Every year, thousands of people jump on the opportunity before it “expires.” The problem is, there isn’t really a limited time offer. Also, the smoking deal isn’t too hot after maintenance fees, taxes and interest are actually included. Special assessments could occur at any time. Who knows which timeshare verbal promises will actually come true. Unfortunately, timeshares aren’t an investment property and they carry zero resale value. So, a return shouldn’t be expected. We’re telling you this because the industry’s “license to lie” has gotten out of hand.

Don’t Make a Mistake Before it’s Too Late.

If you look around, hundreds of thousands of vacation owners are seeking restitution. Although major resorts do a good job keeping things quiet, public records do exist. Dozens of owners call us on a daily basis looking for help. Most of them have continued to make further financial mistakes just trying to get out of the agreement. It can easily become a mess. The sad thing is, a majority of people wouldn’t have even made the purchase if verbal promises or misleading information didn’t convince them.

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At the same time, hearsay is difficult to prove when a signature is involved. Verbiage found on most written timeshare agreements actually states that the contract governs the purchase and that “verbal promises” hold no weight. A majority of buyers don’t notice this until it’s too late. This eventually forces them to make the most of their perpetual agreement. 

This is why it’s so important to understand the sale. Once the rescission period passes, the interval or membership in beneficial interest is yours. Even if you thought it was only going to be $20K. As our nation comes out of a pandemic and a season of protests and riots, most of us will be looking to find a new normal. It’s safe to say many of us will be looking for an escape. If you do go on vacation, then expect to be approached by a timeshare company looking to make up for their recent losses. 

Even if a deal seems too good to pass up and you really want to go on vacation, it’s important to use logic here. Reaching consumers in unexpected moments or during vulnerable circumstances helps them position value. The last thing consumers should do right now is make an impulse decision when the “license to lie” is at an all time high.

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False Verbal Promises Made By Timeshare Sales Teams.

Timeshare ownership may not be a complete disappointment to many buyers, but everyone can admit that the model does have its flaws. Natural disasters, resort failures and today’s travel restrictions from COVID-19 are all prime examples. But these realities of ownership are rarely discussed during sales presentations. Instead, verbal promises and possibilities are used to persuade. Here are a few common examples of such.

1. The Perks of Cheap Timeshare Availability.

The biggest sales pitch you can expect from a timeshare salesperson is the ease of travel and convenience. Aside from convincing you that you deserve a vacation every year, they’ve mastered the ability to present the product as financially affordable and easily accessible across multiple destinations. But this is simply not true. Not all inventory is available for timeshare owners. Package levels limit buyers to certain resorts. Even though the cunning salesman made a verbal promise to give you access in a certain destination, it won’t change what you signed.

2. Timeshare Owners Get First Choice.

If you’re going to talk someone into handing over tens of thousands of dollars for a vacation package, then you better make them feel important. This is why sales teams have been known to position “VIP access” as a perk of ownership. Since the travel industry is highly competitive and it’s difficult to find a good deal, getting the first pick on where you stay is extremely valuable. The thing is, inventory is first pushed out to the general public before going to the highest bidder. Timeshare owners receive the remnants. Unless you can confirm this in your contract, it’s certainly almost never true.

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3. Usage and Income Opportunities Are Vast.

After talking to thousands of timeshare owners over the years, the biggest misconception has got to be resale potential. Far too many buyers are determined to find a way to make money off the timeshare. They would never believe this to be true if they weren’t sold on this possibility during the presentation. Renting or selling timeshares usually comes with additional fees and no guarantee to garner a return. Similar to the timeshare itself, many of these programs also sell possibility as a product.

Utilizing a points program can be just as frustrating and discouraging. Many people are sold millions of points that they’ll never even be able to use. They find themselves in further peril after struggling to exchange the product. Timeshare presentations are structured to get attendees to believe there is value after the transaction. This makes them directly responsible for everything the buyer endures throughout ownership.

4. Buying A Timeshare Gives You An Asset.

While the presentation may seem compelling, there is no reason for anyone to believe a timeshare is an investment opportunity. Buyers don’t own the condo and receive no equity in the transaction. Once a salesman starts singing this tune, walking away is the best decision you can make. Today, most states regulate timeshare practices, specifically labeling it an asset. Intervals are absolutely not supposed to be sold as an investment property. But cunning tactics are normally used to get around the law. Verbal promises are the easiest way they can garner a signature and lock people into long term payments.

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Even those already under contract are continuously fed these lies. Timeshare reps have been known to go over numbers with owners, explaining how increases in “today’s point rates” have impacted the investment. However, the perceived value they slap on points programs makes no difference. Either way, timeshares almost never hold any value on the resale market anyways. This is a very misleading tactic used by timeshares to give the perception that there is equity to be had. Doing so allows them to offer today only deals that seemingly sweeten the return. All the while, the owner has no idea the timeshare is worthless and they’ll never be able to sell the property.

Resale should never be considered a perk of ownership and verbal promises like this should tell you everything you need to know about the industry.

You Can’t Believe Everything You Hear.

In a time of an awful lot of uncertainty, making wise decisions is important. We could all use a much needed vacation right now. But it doesn’t mean going all-in on an annual trip is a good idea. Take the time to investigate the opportunities that come your way over the next few months and always be leery of a timeshare salesman. If you have any questions about your contract or you’re looking to escape your burden for good, a no-cost consultation is only a phone call away.

Why People Purchase Timeshares & How They’re Lured to Presentations.

Why People Purchase Timeshares & How They’re Lured to Presentations.

Our world is stuck in a time of despair. Since the wake of the Coronavirus, people’s livelihoods have been turned upside down. Local shops and businesses have been forced to close their doors and millions of Americans are living on pennies. Casualties have become eager to voice injustice. Deep societal issues deservedly dominate our nation’s headlines. Most consumers are probably making payments on something they can’t even use. Costly inconveniences are steadily becoming more and more of a problem. So what are corporations doing about it? 

Over the past several months, we’ve been studying the responses of timeshare companies during the pandemic. Not once have we come across a strategy to relieve the industry’s highest paying customers during the pandemic. By April, many decided to begin layoffs and point vacation owners to government and financial institutions instead of lessening their burdens. But this shouldn’t come to anyone’s surprise. So why do people purchase timeshares even though resorts have been taking advantage of owners for decades?

Why Buying Timeshares May Be Appealing Today.

When consumers first come across a timeshare presentation, many believe it’s truly an opportunity of a lifetime. It’s safe to say a majority of buyers have never even looked into the purchase before. Even if they did, major hotel chains do a great job of squashing negativity about their brands. Once they’re able to convince potential buyers that bad press stems from exit scams, most people overlook the red flags.

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We tell you this because a great number of people will be looking to travel in the near future. Society has been shut in for months. While the goal of many will be to recover from the financial crisis that has ensued, some will immediately look for a way to escape. You might even be looking for a vacation right now. What’s important to understand is, timeshare companies are going to be looking to capitalize on this desire.

When People Purchase Timeshares Out of Impulse.

When you’re unprepared for a timeshare presentation or unaware of what the purchase entails, salespeople tend to be rather convincing. In other words, people purchase timeshares because they’re uninformed. Anyone that takes the time to truly investigate the expensive product will clearly see it’s not worth it. Something that may seem like a much needed getaway for an affordable price can easily turn into a costly burden during an inconvenient time. 

People that have recently bought timeshares are currently troubled by this decision. Many won’t even be able to use it this year. The problem is, the low monthly cost that was advertised isn’t their only obligation. Interest, taxes, and other annual fees often catch buyers off guard because they’re not mentioned in the sale. Perpetual agreements enforce obligations during crises and assessment fees help resorts cover reparations.

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So as you venture into public in a post-pandemic world, you have to be willing to inspect what appeals to you. No matter how good a timeshare may sound, you have to check the facts. Greedy operations have probably been scheming for months now. Resorts have lost a lot of money. Aside from overbooking their resorts, selling timeshare agreements is the fastest way for them to replenish revenues. 

So what can we expect from an industry already known for aggressive methods? 

Filling Up Timeshare Presentations is Key.

Getting people to sit down for a timeshare sales pitch is no easy task. This is why the industry hires charismatic, convincing people to position the product. Whether you’re approached in person or over the phone, the initial goal is to get you to believe you’ve been selected for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. There are many ways the sales team makes random targets feel special.

Timeshares Lure Consumers With “Free” Incentives.

Giving away physical items or experiences typically gets people’s attention. But these types of incentives aren’t always what they seem. Timeshare companies have been using misleading gifts to lure consumers to timeshare presentations for decades now. “Free” activities or attractions offered are usually nothing more than certificates or premiums that need to be redeemed. But people purchase timeshares not knowing this.

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Redemption programs have always been extremely difficult to process. Oftentimes, there are several steps that need to be completed perfectly in a certain time frame in order to receive the perk. Many buyers never follow through and forget. It becomes so difficult for others that they just give up. How many times have you purchased a new item (such as a cell phone) with promised savings only to find out the rebate was limited or it became void because you missed a step? 

Plenty of people are leveraged to purchase timeshares just to cash in on the gifts. Accepting concert tickets and a two night stay in Miami seems worth the risk – especially when they’re already on vacation and loosely spending. Many believe they can just cancel the contract when they get home. 

Sadly, a majority of people that purchase timeshares for the gifts don’t know they have to cancel within the rescission period (usually 5 days) in order to void the transaction. What’s worse is some buyers don’t even receive the gifts they were promised. This leaves them stuck in a binding, unwanted gift that keeps on giving. Just remember, nothing in life is free. Even if you think you’ve struck gold, don’t make an impulse decision. Short term potential is not worth an extended burden. Don’t play their game.

Gifts Can Be Leveraged Against Vacation Owners.

While incentives can be used to generate appeal, they’re also used to establish further revenue. Oftentimes, timeshare companies will make the deal with a new owner, then offer to buy back some of the gifts they’ve given out – before the buyer realizes they’re not worth it. What ends up happening is, people purchase timeshare to get a free gift, then exchange the gift for an upgraded timeshare package. While some vouchers can be redeemed, many are used as a ploy.

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This should show you just how conniving and misleading timeshare sales teams can be. Normally when this happens, upgrades are positioned as “price drops” that recently just became available. In other words, another, better limited opportunity. Truth be told, this sales pitch never stops. Once you’ve signed the agreement, timeshare sales teams will always look for ways to get you to spend more. In reality, you could have simply picked up an interval on eBay for $1 and avoided a year of maintenance fees. People are that eager to get out of timeshare contracts. 

The face value of most incentives given to timeshare owners are under $100. If you’re walking down the strip in Vegas and someone offers you $80 show tickets in exchange for 90 minutes of your time – just keep walking. It’s best to just pay for the tickets yourself. Doing so could help you avoid a completely devastating experience with double digit financial hardship.

Why Timeshare Exit Teams Shouldn’t Be Easily Trusted During Travel Bans.

Why Timeshare Exit Teams Shouldn’t Be Easily Trusted During Travel Bans.

The Coronavirus has created quite the stir in the travel industry since March. While millions of travelers have been inconvenienced, none should be more disturbed than the timeshare owner. Some have been paying thousands of dollars to their respective resorts for decades now – only to be left without answers and a financial option for relief. Those that have lost their income have definitely got to be perturbed. While all of this is truly concerning, a bigger problem lurks in the shadows – where timeshare exit teams await desperate owners looking to stick it to the resort. 

Like we mentioned in last week’s article, a number of lead generation tactics are used to persuade buyers to hand over pertinent information about themselves and their timeshare agreement. To the naked eye, it’s nearly impossible to discern if a website pitch is real. In order to hire somebody that knows how to get out of a timeshare contract, you have to dig deeper. Otherwise, you’re ignoring the simple fact that thousands of people are eager to deceive you during a time where income is scarce.

Understanding the Intent Behind Most Relief Options.

As stated many times before, a majority of timeshare sales teams have been let go because of COVID-19. History has proven that many of these former employees continue to aggressively target vacation owners with alternative products. Since the interest in timeshare cancellation has recently increased, we can only assume the relief market will soon be flooded with even more deceit than it already is. 

So no matter how good a sales pitch may be, you have to understand what the foundation of many timeshare exit teams is. The more money they can make off of your desperation, the better. Until a company has proven they’re willing and able to help you, the best thing you can do is safeguard your information. Understand that most relief websites aren’t exactly timeshare exit teams. By submitting one contact form, you could open yourself up to a plethora of solicitations – some of which are scams.

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How Timeshare Exit Teams Try to Get Away With It.

Advanced marketing and sales technology has allowed lead generation platforms to take over a majority of the timeshare exit marketplace. At first glance, these websites sound great. But this is because they’re designed to speak to your needs. Coming across as empathetic helps them garner trust. Tons of money tends to be spent on the front end to create a believable front stage.

While it may seem like they’re super enthusiastic about helping you get rid of a timeshare property, their only desire is to acquire you as a lead. Once they’ve done so, there are endless opportunities for them to make money off of your data. Especially if you’ve provided insight on your ownership experience. Placing your data in different pools of customers allows them to continuously sell your information to anyone willing and able to pay for it.

1. Remove Themselves From Any “Wrongdoing” 

Not only can this provide lead generating websites with an extensive amount of residual income, it also removes them from the process entirely. If your data happens to be sold to a fraudulent operation, then it really doesn’t matter. As long as they’re paid for the referral, it’s all they care about. Owner disputes are usually taken up with the timeshare exit teams they paid. Rarely do they remember who was contacted first. 

Even if vacation owners traced the solicitation-turned-scam back to a lead generation website, successful operations normally do a good job covering their tracks. Thousands of website landing pages on hundreds of different URLs are constantly rearranged to remove any previous breadcrumbs. 

A missing privacy policy along with hidden disclaimers are a good sign your information will be sold. Remember, websites that actually protect your personal data usually go to great lengths to guarantee privacy. Most contact forms include this disclaimer at the bottom. Websites that don’t disclose anything about privacy are essentially letting you know that there is no such promise – protecting them from most legal action.

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2. They’re Not Lying About “Helping With Relief”

Don’t you just hate it when someone slaps you with a matter-of-fact response? Even though their argument may be technically sound, it still doesn’t make them right. Well, that’s kind of like the way most misleading timeshare exit teams go about explaining their “service”. In their eyes, they’re not exactly lying. If you take the time to carefully assess the content on some of these websites, then you can almost sense a layer of deceit.

Sadly, most companies that look good and sound good are seen as trustworthy in today’s society. Unethical operations that expose you to overwhelming solicitations are often the culprit of bad decision making. While they may claim that their intent is to help vacation owners find relief, they have to understand the devastation it causes.

When owners are desperate to escape an expensive timeshare agreement, they’re bound to settle on someone to help them. The problem is, large pools of good-looking predatory agencies are using former timeshare salespeople to hard sell owners. So what ends up happening is, a large percentage of them are scammed. When you’re overwhelmed with timeshare exit teams that are tailored to your needs, it can be hard to resist. So don’t let appealing promises deter you from your initial goal.

Why Do They Think They Can Get Away With This?

No matter how upsetting this may be, it’s difficult to hold phony timeshare exit teams accountable for their actions. Like aforementioned, many truly don’t believe they’re doing anything wrong. Similar to timeshare companies, it’s easy to blame the consumer’s decisions and deflect responsibility. Those that got into the business for the money will never feel bad when it costs you.

How to NOT Fall For Timeshare Traps During a Pandemic.

First and foremost, don’t commit to any cancellation service until you’re absolutely sure they’re willing and able to provide the service. We can’t reiterate this enough. Understand that many of these sites will seem like they offer the service – but they don’t. If the overall presentation leaves this open for question, then it’s a good idea to look elsewhere.

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If you do want to use a lead generation site to help you allocate options, just know that most are predicated on quantity and not quality. In other words, you can’t expect to hear from some of the best timeshare exit teams. Companies like ours don’t hire third party salesmen in order to convince owners to cancel their memberships. So, researching credibility and reputation is one of the best things you can do.

1. Always Question Credibility

Anyone can pay for notoriety and falsify information online if they want to. Plenty of businesses pay for likes and shares in order to make themselves seem credible. Some even steal the identities of real businesses to pull off scams. You must proceed with caution and not let visual appeal mislead you. Even after a website has passed the eyeball test, it’s still important that you ask as many questions as you can before committing.

Questioning the process or asking about company values and culture can be extremely telling. Anything that could throw someone off their sales pitch should be considered. Don’t be afraid to request evidence or contact information from previous clients before making a decision. Making the salesmen uncomfortable is a good way to elicit the company’s true colors. If they have ethical standards, then you’ll be able to tell right away.

2. Inspect the Entire Online Presence. 

Even when timeshare exit teams are able to pass these tests, it’s still a good idea to look elsewhere for red flags. One bad decision can cost you thousands of dollars and further headaches. Aside from privacy concerns, P.O. boxes, blocked servers, no public information and a lack of corporate transparency should concern you. Quality timeshare exit teams go to great lengths to ensure these areas aren’t in question. Checking for consistency across all online channels will provide you with clarity.

3. Assess the Purpose and Means of Content.

Minimal disclosure is a huge red flag. This is often exemplified by your current unwanted timeshare contract. If things didn’t work out in your favor with the resort then you can’t trust someone that’s selling in the same way. At the end of the day, entertaining videos or content don’t make the service good. Just because someone is charismatic with contagious energy doesn’t mean they’re trustworthy and true. All of these things are a simple element of the sale.

So don’t be fooled if you’re desperate during this pandemic. The more enlightened you become, the harder it will be for you to find accurate information. But this is a good thing. It means you’re avoiding loss and getting closer to finding an actual solution. 

Many timeshare exit teams pay celebrities and influencers like Dave Ramsey or Laura Ingraham to endorse their services. But you can’t simply trust a solution because somebody famous was paid to tell you to. Every timeshare contract and owner is different. It should never be only about the sale.

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Consumers Want to Believe in False Promises Right Now.

If you’re trying to get help right now, just know that most timeshare exit teams will appeal to you. They know how you’re feeling right now and what to say to caress your ego. Many times this can blind you from reality. We’ve talked to plenty of vacation owners since the travel ban began. Many of them get defensive when they hear the truth from us because another agency told them a lie.

Many of you want to be told that exiting a timeshare contract is simple. But it’s not. This is why we take pride in qualifying all interested parties before processing any transactions. Sometimes, there is an easier way. So there’s no reason to let your pride get in the way. Sometimes, none of your options are ideal. But it’s better than investing in one that’s misleading. Don’t make it harder than it needs to be and always have a plan B.

Vacation Owners Just Need a Trusted Friend.

Similar to friendships, everyone needs a quality person they can trust and rely on. At VOC, we want to be that friend for timeshare owners. Successful businesses don’t bring in auditors to lie to them about the problem. They hire them to come in and assess the reality of the situation in order to provide the very best solution. Keep this perspective in your mind when you’re sorting through timeshare exit teams.

Be patient until the right company is found and never settle quickly. No limited-time offer or aggressive pitch will ever compare to the result that a quality timeshare termination company will provide. As you look, cherish and safeguard your private information until you’re confident about your decision. Finding relief during this time could be a huge weight lifted from your shoulders – if you do things the right way.

Lead Generation Sites Trick Vacation Owners by Offering Shadow Relief

Lead Generation Sites Trick Vacation Owners by Offering Shadow Relief

Last week, we talked about some of the bottom-feeders of the timeshare cancellation industry that prefer to hunt on social media for prey. Nearly anyone can set up a lead generation business online and Facebook makes it even easier to do so. The simple fact that predatory agencies have an ability to target and communicate with most timeshare owners at any given point in time is concerning to say the least. Online promotions and ads for timeshare relief can be extremely luring for unhappy owners. Especially when they’re desperate for a way to escape their timeshare agreement.

When you think about it, most expensive decisions are rarely made without much thought. Buying a house or even a car is hardly ever a weekend activity. Even planning a family activity isn’t something most can do in a couple of hours. But the timeshare industry operates differently. To most consumers, limited-time-offers alter their intuition. It’s one of the reasons why so many people let timeshare sales teams talk them into an unhealthy $20K+ purchase to begin with. 

When a remorseful vacation owner comes across a promising social media ad for a solution to their timeshare problem, it can be appealing. But it’s not always enough to convince them. Most have learned their lesson and will avoid making another impulse decision. While high percentages of online users make small Facebook purchases here and there, it’s highly unlikely they’ll ever hand over thousands of dollars for a vague solution on social media.

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Money and Influence Control Exit Market.

At the end of the day, the aggressive nature of the sale is what eventually persuades timeshare owners to pay for an exit strategy. While social media is a good tool to capture attention, follow-up sales tactics are what usually seal the deal. This requires a plan of higher complexity. One that usually involves multiple conspirators, timeshare owner information and a digital presence that is far greater than a Facebook page.

This is why it’s important to understand that the exit industry – especially in the aftermath of the Coronavirus – is a whole different ball game. Far too often, vacation owners are led to believe that someone is finally listening to them; that someone can help – but this is a dangerous time to be taking a company’s word for it without verifying the information. Millions of people are desperate for an income right now.

Truth be told, thousands of criminals scour the timeshare marketplace. They’ve already proven to be willing to tell you anything in order to convince you to hand over a few thousand dollars. Today, timeshare owners are more vulnerable than ever. Especially those facing financial difficulties. The more money these companies make, the more they’ll flood the marketplace – and advertisements that speak to a need are hard to ignore.

How Did Timesharing Get to This Point?

Limited offers and broken promises is why the timeshare industry has turned into a gold mine for greed-filled predators. This is why so many former timeshare employees continue victimizing vacation owners, even after they’ve been let go by the resort. Whether they turn to Facebook on their own or join a larger group of conspirators for leads, they’re looking for a fast return. It’s what they know best.

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Fortunately, a lack of resources (like mentioned last week) keeps most greedy salespeople from gaining much traction. It’s the cunning crowd you need to watch out for. They usually protrude a convincing fasad and possess an authority that’s predicated on success or fame. Don’t let them play you for a fool and hold onto your money. During this pandemic, it’s important you make the best decisions for you and your family. 

In most cases, it’s easy to find holes in a sales pitch or identify poor character traits. All you need to do is look. Now that we’ve covered the least of your worries, let’s see how damaging lead generation websites can really be.

Generating More Leads With A Better Presentation.

In last week’s article, we took some time to explain how relief companies pay a third party contractor for lead generation. Whether they’re former timeshare salespeople or online influencers, exit companies enjoy spreading out their nets. The problem with this is lead generators act as if they’re managing the process when they’re not. Some even go to great lengths to act as if they’re delivering results for vacation owners. In reality, they’re simply selling data to a number of third party vendors that know you want to get out of a timeshare contract.

Some of the companies we’ve come across over the past few months put a lot of money towards eliminating doubt. Lead generation sites do everything they can to get timeshare owners to trust them. Whether that be creating videos about timeshare ownership or paying for likes, shares and reviews; they’re cunning in their ability to persuade. As the internet continues to evolve, it’s concerning to see consumers manipulated by fabricated notoriety and aggressive sales tactics.It’s almost as if we’re losing our ability to think for ourselves anymore. 

Nonetheless, if you plan on shopping in the timeshare exit realm during this time, we urge you to proceed with caution. One contact form submission can eventually turn into a bombardment of phone calls and emails. No matter how good some of these guys and gals seem, it’s important that you don’t simply give them a chance because they have 5 star reviews. Do your due diligence and make sure you’re not causing yourself further frustration.

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How to Inspect Timeshare Relief Websites.

First and foremost, you have to know who you’re contacting. If an individual is offering the solutions, then research them. View their online profiles and look at their work history on Linkedin. Take the time to ensure the person is trustworthy with a solid reputation. This is the easiest way to identify former timeshare salespeople. If there are lapses in their work history or life, then that should raise questions, right? It’s not like you’re simply buying a pack of toilet paper here. 

There are also some simple ways you can inspect the website for red flags. If there are third party ads and links to other websites, it’s a good sign the site is more focused on revenue. One of the best things you can do is hover your mouse over the “submit button” on one of the website’s forms to see where the link goes (in the bottom left of your browser). You can also inspect links by right clicking on them. 

Online pages that redirect you through a series of tracking parameters or to an entirely different website are no bueno. This absolutely confirms the “provider” is not actually supplying the service. Lead generation sites are more than likely sending your personal information to someone else. When you’re unable to confirm competency, it’s not worth your time. Submitting your information only creates further susceptibility and gives nearly anyone a chance to charm you with what you really want to hear.

How Access To Your Data Can Be Costly.

When you think about it, selling a service you don’t actually provide is extremely shameful. Nothing about this promotes reliability. It’s like talking to a phony mechanic about your car for hours; then having no problem with him selling the work to the highest bidder. Maybe he even lets them all take a stab at it. If you’re acting as if you provide relief services – or even lying about credentials you don’t exactly have – then it’s wrong. Most people would probably reconsider the transaction, or at least ask a few more questions, if they knew lies were involved.

With that being said, it’s important that you understand some of these websites can be very deceiving. If you look hard enough, you can tell if someone is chasing opportunity or has bigger motives. A lack of ethics is typically traceable by means of in-person or online interactions. Somebody that’s willing and able to help vacation owners is going to be able to prove they’re consistently doing just that.

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When the passion or competency isn’t even evident, how can they actually guarantee or promise you anything. These lead generation sites simply paint a facade so they can collect your data and cut ties. Whoever they’re in bed with usually takes over the communication from there. This typically begins with renting opportunities, then resale programs, ending with an overwhelming amount of cancellation options. By this time, most owners forget who they contacted to begin with. In the meantime, these websites are using earnings to broaden their nets. Phony review sites do the same.

What You Pay Lead Generation Sites For.

The more relief programs that a vacation owner signs up for, the more the lead generator earns. It’s a disturbing transaction that takes place across a number of online industries. But this is how the timeshare industry works. The longer an owner remains under contract, the longer all parties make money. Sadly, this cycle continues for many owners. During this pandemic, we can only hope it doesn’t get worse.

If you’re considering getting rid of your timeshare then it’s important that you don’t simply settle for who you think the best option is. Oftentimes, the companies that owners initially find are those spending the most on advertising and marketing. Take the time to inspect review platforms and research different blog topics to see what the company is really all about. If you’re unable to find consistency anywhere then you have to cross them off your list. 

When you fall into a scam, you could be waiting for a resolution for months, assuming the financial burden would be gone, only to find out you’re still under contract. On top of that, you’ve lost thousands more only to worsen the problem. Getting out of your timeshare is a big deal. It’s not something you can take lightly. Finding a company that’s been in business for more than three years and following the remaining steps on our infographic will really help you with this decision. Lead generation sites are only the beginning.

Ex Timeshare Reps Sell Relief Services on Facebook During Pandemic.

Ex Timeshare Reps Sell Relief Services on Facebook During Pandemic.

In the timeshare industry, truth can sometimes be scarce. The problem is, not many vacation owners notice until it’s too late. There are hundreds of websites out there that serve millions of misleading advertisements geared towards timeshare owners. Nearly every buyer is prone to make a costly decision that eventually alters their experience. Whether they purchase a third party solution or upgrade with the resort, the return is rarely fruitful. 

Now that owners have been grounded by the COVID-19 pandemic for quite some time, many are getting restless. There’s a level of uncertainty because major resorts have failed to properly update them about usage and fees. What makes matters worse is the simple fact that a majority of timeshare companies have laid off their sales teams. In case you didn’t know, a majority of third party timeshare scams are organized by former timeshare employees.

Proceed With Caution in the Timeshare Relief Space.

Once we recognized that the pandemic wouldn’t be short lived, we started publishing content to help vacation owners understand what they could expect or prepare for in the coming months. After covering resort layoffs a few weeks ago, we started wondering what these former salespeople would do. Sure, they could find another sales gig, but what if they decided to join forces with fraudulent operations when timeshare owners are arguably more vulnerable than ever before?

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With that being said, we started looking into newly launched agencies that claim to aid vacation owners with relief. Although some of you may assume we’re looking to slander our competition, we encourage you to read the entire article before casting judgement. Upon completion, you’ll see that our intent is to protect timeshare owners from potential pitfalls. Even if they don’t hire us for cancellation services, it’s worth it to save them from further financial loss – in a less than ideal period of time. 

If you’re serious about liberating your timeshare contract and all it entails, then you have to do your due diligence before taking action. You should know by now that timeshare companies don’t even play by the rules, so how can you expect their ex-employees to? Approaching every offer as if it were a lie will bode well. If you’re going to use a third party service to exit your timeshare, then make them prove to you that they’re worth your business. If you don’t, most will tell you what you want to hear in order to convince you to pay them.

Facebook Driven Services Claim to Offer Timeshare Relief. 

No matter the industry, consumers should question any business that’s managed from a social media platform. This is especially true when ex timeshare reps sell relief services on Facebook. While the sales pitch may seem promising, nothing about this should appeal to you. Some of these entities position themselves as true consulting agencies that provide “mortgage relief, trade in options and travel services” for timeshare owners across the globe. But do they really?

According to one of these Facebook page managers, her company knows how to  “cancel your timeshare now” and “end maintenance fees forever!” It sounds like something worth looking into, right? Don’t be too sure until you’ve actually taken time to research the service. You’ll find that doing so actually leaves you with more questions than answers.

You see, far too many third party agencies in the exit industry make claims they can’t actually back up. Nothing about these Facebook profiles proves that they’re a credible source for timeshare cancellation. One of them even lists a P.O. box as their address for crying out loud. But it’s not the only clue that that should raise an eyebrow or two.

The simple fact that most of these pages only have a handful of reviews should tell you everything you need to know about her claims. We know how excited people are when they’re finally relieved of their timeshare obligation. The unlisted company only has two reviews and they were posted within 24 hours of each other in February.. BBB listings aren’t much better either. 

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More About these So-Called Expert Timeshare Agents.

If you dig deep enough, you can actually find out if a relief service on social media is an ex timeshare rep yourself. Many don’t update their LinkedIn profiles or may even still be employed as a timeshare sales representative while selling “relief services”. Sometimes, they even use their “experience” as a sales pitch to create value. They do so by publishing content on Facebook that talks about them starting the business because they couldn’t sell lies for a living anymore. 

If you take the time to research these “companies” and their sales reps, it’ll be a lot easier to make a wise decision. You have to realize that these types of people know how to lure you in. They were trained by the best. They use the same types of sales tactics that timeshare sales teams do.

How and Why Timeshare Experts Are Increasing.

Offering phony travel certificates help them generate business. Sweepstakes allow them to build pools of potential targets to market later on. State statute requirements are often ignored to chase sales. Even aggression and limited time offers are used to bait desperate owners. Unfortunately, this activity will continue to increase as the impact of the Coronavirus progresses.

At the end of the day, what experience do these pop-up sites have? When ex timeshare reps sell relief services by promising miracles, why do owners buy in? Other than the slighted conscious of selling timeshares, it doesn’t seem like they have much to offer. 

Just because someone used to work for a resort doesn’t mean they know how to help you get out of a timeshare contract. It actually means they’re experts at keeping you under contract. Anyone that lacks a reputation and tenure while offering cancellation, resale and new travel services shouldn’t be trusted. 

Timeshare Relief Isn’t Always What it Seems.

Bountiful scams that are predicated on timeshare relief often have 2-3 operations that work in unison. The first step is convincing vacation owners to resell or rent their property. Once these efforts are exhausted, further efforts (often from sister companies) attempt to sell owners on cancellation and a new travel option. Pulling off all three is easier when scam artists work together to maximize profits.

While it’s difficult to insinuate that any new timeshare exit company is capable of something like this, it can be very telling if they promote relief in all of these areas. Aside from zero credibility, this is something that should immediately draw a red flag. Most timeshare owners see this as a perk but it most certainly is not. If you have heart problems, would you visit a Facebook doctor that does everything or call a cardiologist?

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Further Insight on Facebook Timeshare Relief.

While this scenario may seem like an innocent ex-timeshare rep selling relief services on Facebook, there could be more to the picture. This is why researching your options is crucial. When website links published on business listings are redirected to another URL, it’s likely nothing more than an affiliate marketer making a profit off of your information. Any website creator can change links and redirect clicks anywhere they want to cover digital trails of deceit.

In other words, social media based timeshare agencies are more than likely paid a commission for leads. Many timeshare relief companies pay third party contractors to carry out their sales methods. So no matter who’s selling you the service, someone else usually takes over. 

Each of these sales agents are given certain resources to engage and persuade potential clients. Duplicate website templates (design) and marketing lingo is very common in the exit marketplace. Not only does this provide legal protection, but it gives the ringleaders an ability to pivot the operation at any given time.

Who Is Really Helping Owners with Relief?

Changing company names and hiring different sales representatives keeps unethical agencies on the move and difficult to track down. Since all of the agencies we researched had a multitude of altered links, there’s no telling where the information of timeshare owners is really going. Although it’s hard to tell if these overnight “shell operations” are on a Facebook agency as a part of a larger scam, nothing tells us they are not. 

Vague and loaded promises on altered websites isn’t a good look. There’s little transparency. The way everything is set up and managed is very suspicious. This is where common sense comes in handy. At this point, they’d need to provide an extensive amount of evidence to convince us that there isn’t a hidden ploy. If you smell smoke, there’s probably a fire somewhere.

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Ex Timeshare Reps Are Selling Relief Services.

Desperate timeshare experiences usually call for desperate measures. It’s safe to say that we can all agree that our country hasn’t seen this much desperation in a long time. The timeshare industry has been thriving and many salespeople have been making a killing for decades. Now that many have lost the income that supports their lavish lifestyle, who knows what they’ll do next. But it’s got to be tempting to continue targeting timeshare owners.

Understanding this element of vacation ownership will help you avoid further despair. Many vacation owners call us to inquire about certain services but don’t always like what we have to say. It’s not that we enjoy being critical – we just hate seeing people burned because they didn’t research the service themselves. No matter what you believe, it’s always important to have a plan B if it doesn’t work out. 

We’ve been experts in timeshare termination since 2014. We understand what it takes to get rid of timeshare obligations. Not only can we prove it, but our clients are more than willing to support our cause. We’d like to be seen as a good friend that tells you what you need to hear instead of what you want to hear. Doing so helps you fully understand your options. During a pandemic, a Free Consultation could be the breath of fresh air that you need.

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