My husband and I are just back from a paid vacation to Vegas. I do not think I need to tell you all what happened, but despite having decided to not buy the timeshare, we ended up paying the deposit and signing up. We spent around 4 hours and made a decision that was obviously not right for us.
Although I do not want to solely blame the sales person (we made the decision, after all), but as an afterthought I definitely can say they (yeah, I use ‘they’ because we had more than one salesmen work with us at the same time) tried to attack our emotions and not our logic. Also, as the grilling went on, we were getting more and more tired and I don’t know how we decided to sign off 10K of our hard earned money there. There were also facts that were hidden (rci membership costs) and twisted (“we will buy back your timeshare”). We should definitely have looked up more material on the www before we went and sat through this presentation. My advice to readers would be to never believe something that is too good to be true.
The very next day, both of us realized that this was a bad decision. We started looking up the contract on the way back and one hidden portion of it told us how we could cancel off the purchase within 5 days without any issues. This was the scary part. We could find no phone numbers/fax numbers/website. All we found was two sets of revocation forms, one addressed to NV and one to FL.
As soon as we got home (we were still within our 5 day period), we started checking the internet and have sent out faxes to every possible number. Also, we sent out both the forms to each of the NV and FL addresses and have asked for a return receipt. I know we should also follow up via the telephone, but somehow haven’t been able to reach them yet. The numbers we have, they say they can take a message, but not let us talk directly.
I do not know whether or not we are stuck with this all our lives. But for everyone who is offered free stays/tickets etc, please remember that nothing is free. We both have lost our peace of minds in trying to avail and ‘cheap’ vacation in Vegas. We have no one to blame but ourselves for falling for something that we clearly cannot afford. If we are stuck with this, I do not know how we will ever manage to pay it.
I am not an expert on timeshares, but it definitely is not for everyone, so please think hard before you sign the papers and put in your deposits.