The Colonies at Williamsburg VA – Pressured to Upgrade

We received the following submission from one of our users regarding their experience with RCI:

“We purchased at timeshare in 2006 had it paid for in full. In 2010 we both lost our jobs. We left the yearly fees go. And felt we lost the timeshare. In 2018 we receive a letter telling us that they will accept half of the fees to bring it up to date. Well, we both have good positions and are doing ok getting out of the hole we put ourselves in while out of jobs. So we took the offer took out a loan and paid the fees off. We love the week we have and decided to go because it wouldn’t cost anything but food and tickets to places.

While we were there they said we need to go to this free lunch and learn about the new incentives the Interval Company was putting in place. We agreed. We went there spent 4 hours telling this man that we couldn’t afford it and he just kept asking us what we could afford. I said only $100 a month that’s all. So he came back with what we thought was a good chance to get better services and area. So we did it. And now we just want to go back to what we had.

Is there a way to get out of the upgrade??? That’s all I want to do.”

Timeshare Presentation Experience – Mayan Palace Nuevo Vallarta

We received the following story submission from one of our users about their experience at a timeshare presentation in Mexico:

“Having a timeshare with RCI, we booked a week at the Mayan Palace Marina in Puerto Vallarta. It was so beautiful and we were so happy with the resort (despite the “dated” reviews it had received) that we agreed to a presentation at their resort in Nuevo Vallarta. What an absolute nightmare! The resort itself was stunningly beautiful and we had high hopes about upgrading. However, the sales woman was incredibly rude. At one point she looked at me and said, “Is the timeshare also in your name? If not, you don’t need to talk.” I was shocked! I told her if she wanted to be cocky we would leave right then. We had been there for over 2 hours (they promisedtimeshare presentation experience 60 minutes).

She said she hadn’t began to get cocky! We said we were done so she called for her manager to “exit” us. He asked why and I told him that the saleswoman had pissed me off and that in no way would we EVER consider buying something from them. He excused her and gave us a line about trying to get rid of her…then proceeded to start all over again to get us to buy. I told him we weren’t interested and that we’d been there 2 1/2 hours already. He proceeded to tell us that our time wasn’t a concern and how in the grand scheme of things the time wasn’t important. Really? I am pretty sure it is. I have a limited amount of vacation time! We insisted that we were done and wanted to leave. He said we were being unreasonable and went to go find someone else for us to talk to. We got up and left. The place is huge and it took 1/2 hour to figure out how to get back to the lobby and get a taxi. But what a relief to be out of there. I would NEVER recommend that particular presentation to anyone!!!!!!!”

Pros and Cons of Using a Timeshare Broker

Disadvantages to Timeshare BrokerageIf you’re reading this page you’ve probably been through all the information you can take regarding how to sell a timeshare on your own. Truth be told, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to sell a timeshare.

If you’ve tried gifting, donation, reselling on timeshare forums, eBay, Craigslist and word of mouth you are probably fed up with the lack of response you’ve received thus far. Using a broker to help sell your timeshare can be one way to rid yourself of an unwanted timeshare. BUT you have to make sure you do your research prior to entering into an agreement with an unscrupulous broker.
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