We Survived the TimeShare Presentation

@BelleStarr (33981)
Portland, Connecticut
June 10, 2017 2:02pm CST
Yesterday we had to attend a two hour presentation about Holiday Inn Vacation Club. Actually, if I was younger, I would consider buying into the plan, I can see how we could benefit from it. But since we are in our twilight years I couldn't see how it would be of benefit to us in particular. We were not pressured in anyway to buy. It was easier than I expected. We never did tour the resort. We were given our $279 back in cash and got a $100 voucher, that part is not what I expected, We can only use it at a Holiday Inn and we need to spend the money and then send the receipt to get our $100. I will only do it if I can find a good deal, we have a year to use it. The entire package cost us about $50 for the tax at the hotel for the 4 night visit. Of course, I spent $300 for two massages for us and $34 to visit The Mount. Dining out cost us about $250 but we did get some really good meals for that amount. I shopped a little at Hancock Shaker Village, who can resist their delicious jams and jellies. Not me. All in all it was a good time, yes the hotel was disappointing but it did not affect our enjoyment of the Berkshires in the least.
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@DianneN (63360)
• United States
10 Jun
As long as you had a wonderful time, it doesn't really matter how little or how much you spend. The Berkshire are beautiful, too. We attended a timeshare event in Williamsburg, Virginia years ago. The place was beautiful and new, right on a gorgeous golf course. We seriously considered buying into it, but the timing wasn't right. We had one son in private school and one ready to leave for college.
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@BelleStarr (33981)
• Portland, Connecticut
10 Jun
Holiday Inn does have a property in Williamsburg as well and I seriously considered taking my 4 days there but it was just easier to go to the Berkshires.
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@DianneN (63360)
• United States
10 Jun
@BelleStarr The Bershires are much closer. Ours wasn't a Holiday Inn, but it's been too long to remember what it was. My brother has a timeshare in Florida and one in St. Martin. Now that he bought the condo in Florida, he doesn't need it.
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@BelleStarr (33981)
• Portland, Connecticut
10 Jun
@DianneN Lots of our friends have timeshares either with Marriott or Hilton, since we already own 3 properties, I don't see what we would gain but interim ownership lol What we need is a house in North Carolina so we can stay in our own homes all the way down lol
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• United States
10 Jun
Oh that sounds super Belle! What a great deal you got! Yes it is worth it to go on those time share things, I have heard of it. When in my early 40s I nearly bought a time share at Tahoe..thank God I didn't. Though it would have been awesome, things did not work out at that time. Still the visit was nice.
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@BelleStarr (33981)
• Portland, Connecticut
10 Jun
I loved the Massanutten resort in Western Virginia, we went there a year and a half ago and that is one I would love to own. I have never been to Tahoe but have always wanted to go there.
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• United States
10 Jun
@BelleStarr Oh sounds gorgeous then W. Virginia resort..would love to see that one too Belle. And now I understand in order to visit some of these, you have to have a certain income level is that right Belle? Because when I went to Tahoe..my income was really good then, but not now.
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@BelleStarr (33981)
• Portland, Connecticut
11 Jun
@TiarasOceanView You need to have at least $50,000 but you can buy a week on Skyauction.com for $299 at lots of them and it is a great deal.
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@BettyB (4268)
• Summerville, South Carolina
10 Jun
I'm glad you were not pressured to buy a time share. The time shares had a really bad rep for a while. We went to a few presentations when we were younger but the pressure to buy was so of putting that we refused to go on another one. It took a few years for them to realize we were not going to take them up on the offer and quit calling.
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@BelleStarr (33981)
• Portland, Connecticut
11 Jun
Now it isn't so much about buying at a particular resort, it is more about buying into the points which you can transfer to hotel nights or to RCI to travel to resorts that they manage.
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@BettyB (4268)
• Summerville, South Carolina
11 Jun
@BelleStarr Times have changed. I still don't think I could talk my husband into sitting through the presentation.
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@BelleStarr (33981)
• Portland, Connecticut
11 Jun
@BettyB lol for the free four nights it was worth it it only took 2 hours from our day.
@MALUSE (33760)
• Denmark
29 Jun
My husband and I survived a Time Share presentation on the island of Tenerife. We were thrown out in the end because we asked too many precise questions. :-)
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@BelleStarr (33981)
• Portland, Connecticut
29 Jun
lol Well we didn't get thrown out but we did get a nice pile of cash and that was why we went.
@MALUSE (33760)
• Denmark
29 Jun
@BelleStarr I haven't understood why you got money *back*. You must have paid for something before. What was that?
• Preston, England
12 Jun
sounds like you lost nothing by looking into it all - glad you were not presured - some firms do pressure people into buying
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@BelleStarr (33981)
• Portland, Connecticut
12 Jun
I am not easy to pressure into anything so I wasn't worried and we really knew before we went that we wouldn't be buying.
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• Preston, England
15 Jun
@BelleStarr good for you, well done
@dianadee (1746)
• South Africa
12 Jun
We have been cornered into a few of those types of vacation deals. Some good and others we backed out! Glad you had fun!
@BelleStarr (33981)
• Portland, Connecticut
12 Jun
This one was a simple low pressure presentation and I would do this type again anytime for the same deal.
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@dianadee (1746)
• South Africa
12 Jun
@BelleStarr Looks as if this one was more positive. At least you had fun.
@just4him (96484)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jun
It's great you got your money back plus a voucher to use in the future. It sounds like you had a fun few days. I don't think I could resist the jams and jellies either.
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@BelleStarr (33981)
• Portland, Connecticut
12 Jun
I got a jar of red current and one of bumbleberry, I have tried theirs before and they are very good, not too sweet.
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@just4him (96484)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jun
@BelleStarr Sounds very interesting. I tried a Swiss jam - can't think of the name at the moment, on my trip last October and it was very good as well.
• United States
11 Jun
There was a time when I ventured to the Berkshires and enjoyed tooling around the area. Now prefer to stay closer to home.
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@BelleStarr (33981)
• Portland, Connecticut
11 Jun
We are going to my brother's house in Rutland next week, then I think we will settle in at home for a while or maybe not lol
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• United States
12 Jun
@BelleStarr I love going to Rutland. Hubby's favorite sporting goods store is there. I love Michael's.
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@celticeagle (114519)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Jun
I sure that they hope people will do a lot of extras and this gets them booking. Glad you had a good time.
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@BelleStarr (33981)
• Portland, Connecticut
11 Jun
We had a great time and the price was certainly right.
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@celticeagle (114519)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Jun
@BelleStarr .....That is always nice.
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• United States
11 Jun
's long 's y'all'd a good time, that'd be most important.
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@BelleStarr (33981)
• Portland, Connecticut
11 Jun
We did have a good time and it is nicee to just get out of the regular routine for a couple of days.
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• United States
11 Jun
@BelleStarr i bet so! my routine's been purty stagnant fer years outside 'f the occasional escapees, lol.
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@Courtlynn (55309)
• United States
10 Jun
Glad your time wasn't impacted by the bad hotel.
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@BelleStarr (33981)
• Portland, Connecticut
10 Jun
No not at all, if the bed is comfortable for me to sleep, it is clean and I have Internet, I am usually good to go. lol
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@Courtlynn (55309)
• United States
10 Jun
@BelleStarr same. Good to hear
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@Tampa_girl7 (22280)
• United States
12 Jun
Glad it went well
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@BelleStarr (33981)
• Portland, Connecticut
12 Jun
Yes it went a lot easier than I expected.
@garymarsh6 (12334)
• United Kingdom
11 Jun
There were many cases of misselling in Europe costing people hundreds and thousands of pounds. There is still a catch in it though you will still spend more if you go and stay at he holiday inn. Not really such a bargain after all
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@BelleStarr (33981)
• Portland, Connecticut
12 Jun
I will make sure it is a good price or I won't use it. We stayed at the Holiday Inn near my friends house in Virginia and the prices there are perhaps $129 so we will only pay the difference after we get the difference. The original deal was good though and they kept their part without issue.
@jaboUK (51516)
• United Kingdom
11 Jun
I'm glad you enjoyed it even if the hotel wasn't marvellous. I suppose it's fair enough that they want you to spend the voucher at one of their places.
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@BelleStarr (33981)
• Portland, Connecticut
12 Jun
Yes I just thought it would be across their whole brand, I like Candlewood Suites, it gives a bit more room and a kitchen.
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@bluesa (13324)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
11 Jun
@BelleStarr , yes you at least have a year to use the voucher and I am happy that disappointing hotel aside you still enjoyed the Berkshires, Iz. :)
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@BelleStarr (33981)
• Portland, Connecticut
11 Jun
Yes it was a lovely getaway and i enjoyed the time alone with my special man lol
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@Jackalyn (6533)
• Oxford, England
10 Jun
This sounds a lot better than the deal I was offered years ago.
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@BelleStarr (33981)
• Portland, Connecticut
11 Jun
It was a very good deal, almost no cost and only 2 hours of our time to pay for it.
@prashu228 (23399)
• India
10 Jun
Glad you had a good time. Hope you find a deal to use the voucher
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@BelleStarr (33981)
• Portland, Connecticut
11 Jun
I hope so too, it may take a bit of work to find it but I am sure I will.
@jstory07 (59939)
• Roseburg, Oregon
10 Jun
At least you enjoyed the time spend there.
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@BelleStarr (33981)
• Portland, Connecticut
10 Jun
We enjoyed it very much and yesterday we went to the Norman Rockwell Museum which is a wonderful museum.