Sunday, February 19, 2012


Okay, I'm back from my first timeshare vacation. After reviewing the events of the week, I have some serious considerations.

First, never doubt the power of pressure and persuasion. When we first met with a Bluegreen sales person, we were told that the price that person offered us that day would definitely go up. Perhaps in as little as three months. My husband, Neal, is my level-headed critical thinker. I would have bought the timeshare right then and there! In fact, I was a bit miffed because he wouldn't do it. I mean, couldn't he see what a great investment he was passing up?

But after a couple of days, I understood his reluctance. He did purchase a "sampler" program for a few hundred for me to have a place to hide away and write.

When I went for my first week, Neal came with me since it was required that we sit through another sales pitch. This time we had a nice young man who was very honest. Even Neal was on the verge of maybe truly considering buying in. But when the fellow who must have been the "closer" to seal the deal came, he blew it. At first he was cool, but his pressure sale finally kicked in. He actually offered us a better deal that the person two months earlier. And he had the same warnings that if we didn't buy that very day, we would miss out.

Truth is, if we have the money in hand, they can do whatever they want for us.

After thinking it over, I have another concern. Should we buy into a timeshare, our "maintenance fee" would be $1200.00 a year. And this fee goes up quite often. We are told that we can "will" our timeshare to our children. Do I really want to stick them with a yearly bill of who knows how much money when we die?

Neal and I checked on resorts and hotels of all the places we'd like to go. That maintenance fee would go far in giving us a great vacation.

So far, timeshares are not looking like a very good idea.

Thursday, February 2, 2012


This Southern Gal has views. And they are not all visual. My husband and I are "sampling" timeshares to see if they are as fabulous, or as horrible as we have heard and read about.

We have Bluegreen Resort Vacation and Marriott Vacation "samplers." Let's see if a Timeshare is a good thing, or a very bad idea.

Currently we are exploring BLUEGREEN RESORT VACATIONS.

Recently we purchased a "Sample" from Bluegreen Resorts in Branson, MO just to see if we would like it and to get an idea about any issues we would encounter before we lay down major cash.

Yesterday I attempted to schedule a week during their "white" period, the off-season. This is what I found:

  • The operator I spoke with told me the week I wanted was unavailable because it was around President's Day. She said no one could check in or out the day before and the day after a holiday. The salesperson did not tell us this. She finally found me a week, but quoted a higher point value than what was in my little point information book. I told her I'd need to call her back. 
  • I did call back in less than three minutes.  This operator told me there were no weeks. So I had to settle for a few days. 
  • After I finished making my appointment, I tried to call the salesperson. I was impressed that she had given me her Cell number. It doesn't work. I emailed her. Haven't heard from her. 
Hmmmmm, I'm thinking I'm glad we didn't succumb to the immediacy of her sales pitch. Looks like there is trouble ahead. 

More next week after I check in.