Eugene and Sarah’s first timeshare meeting lasted approximately two hours. That included a tour of the resort and claiming their gift of free tickets to three different shows; furthermore, much of what sold the couple on the timeshare was based on absolute lies. Unfortunately, though, the couple faced another timeshare meeting that was based on even more lies.
The following is a firsthand account about Eugene & Sarah’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.
At the initial timeshare sales meeting, Sarah remembers how they were sold on the idea of a timeshare. These selling points (lies) were what caused that initial meeting to be two hours, which is a fairly short meeting compared to many others who have consistently refused offers from the timeshare sales people.
“We were told that we could use it anytime. We talked to two different agents and were offered tickets to three (3) shows. We were also told that we could sell the timeshare at any time and that the maintenance fees were some of the lowest in the industry. The first agent of this team told us that the maintenance fees wouldn’t go up. We remember there being some pressure, but we signed everything and were out in about two hours.”
Sarah remembers how they bought the timeshare because she and Eugene thought it was an investment. The couple had no idea about the troublesome (and sometimes practically impossible) processes for attempting to rent or sell their timeshare after they had purchased it. They were simply relying on the opinions and (falsified) data points from the timeshare sales people.
These are very common sales tactics for timeshare sales teams. When it comes to the data and financials, these sales teams can inflate or entirely falsify numbers because the timeshare market is so unregulated. Timeshare sales is a numbers game, but don’t always believe the first numbers you see.
After owning the timeshare for some time, Eugene and Sarah realized that their timeshare had many more negative than positive aspects to it. When they tried to sell the timeshare, things got even worse for the couple.
“[The sales team] also told us that they had a person who could sell the [Eugene and Sarah’s timeshare name] in Montana. That person took our money, listed it on a website and we never heard from him until a year later...when he sent another invoice asking for more money from us. We canceled that service with the company and have not heard anything from him or [the timeshare company] since.”
It was shortly after this failed attempt to get rid of the timeshare when Eugene and Sarah fully understood how much money they had sunk into a ‘commodity’ that was essentially worthless. The timeshare had been draining their bank accounts and causing them to lose sleep before they saw a commercial for Wesley Financial Group, LLC (WFG) on daytime television one afternoon.
The maintenance fees kept coming for the timeshare, so the couple decided to give WFG a call and see if they qualified for our timeshare cancellation services. The couple was ecstatic to work with us and finally see a light at the end of this long, dark tunnel they’d been in for years.
It took some time on their part, but Eugene and Sarah diligently persisted when faced with adversity from the timeshare company. After several months of back and forth, the couple is now timeshare free and fully able to focus on retirement, family and dealing with their own personal health issues.*
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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