Every person seems to have an opinion about timeshares – whether that person has actually bought a timeshare or not. There are those people who think timeshares are a rip-off and wouldn’t even think about buying one. Then there are those proud buyers who love their timeshares and still others who continue to pay for their units year after year but who really don’t see the value in maintaining ownership. Opinions of timeshares cover the entire spectrum and online everyone is free to express their opinions in the security of the internet’s anonymity.
It’s important to keep in mind that online contributors often have a particular bias claiming truth and/or a vested interest in the particular topic being discussed. When it comes to timeshares, this is certainly the case, as almost all websites about timeshares are created and monitored by people within the timeshare industry who are, of course, in the business of promoting timeshare purchasing and timeshare related services.
Developers and many popular hotel chains rely on timeshare buyers to boost their companies’ profits. In 2007, the timeshare industry generated a $10.6 billion in sales even as the economy was experiencing a significant downturn. Developers and hotel chains have huge amounts of money to invest in timeshare promotion and as a result the internet is now permeated with pro-timeshare messages. These companies have staff members generating positive PR for their timeshares by using the internet’s anonymity to post blogs or contribute articles to websites while posing as satisfied and contented timeshare owners. There is a reason why a number of online forums and discussion boards have so many positive comments about timeshares and why you can find the very same posts repeated across different websites.
Timeshare listing companies are also notorious for creating testimonials and contributing to forums while disguised as customers satisfied with the service they received from said company. A typical listing company will not follow through and sell their customers’ timeshares so the only positive feedback they receive has to be created from within their own company.
These fake testimonials and pro-timeshare messages can be, at best, misleading and, at worst, a dangerous financial trap. It’s best to be cautious of simplistic or overly emotional statements and anything that sounds too good to be true. Timeshare sales people are proficient at pulling at the heartstrings of their audience and they use the same tactics in their messages online.
We at Timeshare Relief have our opinions about timeshares but we try to appeal to common sense rather than emotion. We know the facts about timeshare ownership and we understand that although timeshares work for some people, they do not work for everyone. We take it as our responsibility to educate buyers about the timeshare industry, to discuss the options available to buyers who no longer want or need their timeshare, and to listen and address any related concerns that timeshare buyers might have. Please call us at 1-866-797-0535 to see how we can help.
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