When Annie and Lee attended their timeshare sales presentation, they really attended because of the free resort stay. You see, Annie and Lee never really took time for themselves. They both worked very hard to juggle responsibilities between personal and professional lives, so vacation time usually got the short end of the stick most years. So when they decided to attend this
90 minute sales presentation, the couple didn’t imagine just how it would turn out for them some years later.
The following is a firsthand account about Annie & Lee’s deceptive timeshare experience. We hope their story will help shed a light on the distrustful practices of the timeshare sales industry. Names have been changed or redacted due to privacy concerns.
Annie remembers how the beginning of the sales presentation seemed very relaxed and positive. She didn’t know what to expect, but the environment wasn’t much to consider when Annie and Lee first walked into the meeting room at the resort. Little did they know that the meeting atmosphere would quickly change after the 90-minute mark.
“We listened to the presentation and told the presenter several times that we could not afford the package that he was trying to sell us, and that we rarely took time off for a vacation anyway. We thought a simple, ‘No, thank you’ would stop the presentation and we would be allowed to leave, especially since our 90 minutes had passed. But the presenter kept on trying to persuade us that we deserved a vacation and that this would be a great and affordable way to take a vacation.”
Time went on and Annie & Lee kept refusing any offers presented by the timeshare salesman. As they gave more reasons as to why they didn’t need or want the timeshare, the salesman kept catering specific falsehoods to rebuttal those reasons. This is a common sales tactic, and the timeshare sales people know just how to use it. Most of the time, timeshare sales people stop short of absolutely nothing to get a signature on that dotted line from unsuspecting customers.
“He told us that if we couldn’t take or afford a vacation yearly, then we could sell our time easily and not lose our money. He made it seem very easy to sell the time or allow others to use it.
When we still weren’t convinced to buy that package, he brought in a manager. That manager continued to harass us and make us feel like we were stupid that we didn’t take time off to vacation like other people.”
Like most timeshare sales, this particular team that Annie & Lee faced worked in groups. The intense sales pressure was applied to verbally berate innocent people into purchasing a useless commodity that they couldn't afford nor did they actually need. Tactics like this are used daily with timeshare sales teams. No pain point is off limits. No amount of money is enough.
Annie and Lee gave in to the sales pressure and ultimately purchased a timeshare that day. They thought that the pressure from the meeting was the worst part of this timeshare situation. They would soon find out just how wrong they were.
The couple faced no availability and lack of exchangeable points with their timeshare. They also found it nearly impossible to rent out their timeshare for the years they weren’t able to use it. Annie and Lee were trapped in a timeshare option that wasn’t really an option at all. No matter if there was time available that year or not, Annie and Lee were forced to pay outrageous maintenance fees and a mortgage for an unusable timeshare.
“The timeshare continued to waste our money. We hadn’t used it in over 5 years before we found WFG [Wesley Financial Group, LLC]. We were sold something that really didn’t exist. We couldn’t use it when we wanted or stay where we wanted, unlike what we were told.
We don’t even desire to step foot on a timeshare property, because we know they will tell more lies and try to get us to buy!”
One day, Lee saw a commercial for Wesley Financial Group, LLC (WFG), on television. He and Annie decided to give us a call here at WFG to see if they qualified for our services. Once they found out that they did qualify, Annie and Lee worked diligently with WFG for several months before they were finally free from their timeshare!*
If you or anyone you know has experienced a similar situation with your timeshare company, please feel free to pass our phone number along to them. We’d love to see if you qualify for our timeshare termination services. Or you can click here to receive your own FREE Timeshare Exit Info Kit!
*Wesley Financial Group, LLC (“WFG”) develops individualized programs for each client, terminates over 97% of their client’s timeshare relationships, and, in certain circumstances, obtains a refund of some or all of the timeshare purchase price. Actual results depend on each client’s distinct case and no specific outcome is guaranteed (although WFG does offer a 100% money-back guarantee if the timeshare is not canceled within the time specified in the WFG Enrollment Agreement).
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