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How to Survive a Timeshare Presentation

June 29, 2016
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Generally when you say timeshare presentation, people cringe. The thought of sitting in a room, listening to someone go on and on with their sales pitch, pressuring you to buy, can be extremely intimidating. However, if you have the courage to make it through a timeshare presentation, then you can walk away with some pretty cool stuff! Although I’ve slowed down a bit, I use to consider myself the Queen of the timeshare presentation.

A timeshare presentation requires a lot of strength and endurance, but if you follow these tips, you will survive!

  • Just say NO! If you’re not a person that can say NO, then doing a timeshare presentation is not for you. There are some pretty killer sales people out there and you may find yourself walking away with a vacation timeshare you had no intention of purchasing. Now don’t get me wrong, there are some good ones, but if your intention is to walk away with the goods, then you gotta know how to say NO.
  • Stick it out – once the sales person has started their timeshare presentation pitch, then you’re on the clock. They will tell you that the presentation is only 60 – 90 min., but I say plan on at least two hours. Know that if you get up to use the restroom, get something to drink, or ask to step out for any reason, the clock stops! Didn’t realize this for quite some time and always wondered why the timeshare presentation took so long. Luckily, I had a really cool sales person that gave me the inside scoop one day on the clock watch. Keep in mind, the more you say you’re not interested or it doesn’t fit within your budget, the closer to making your way out the door.
  • Don’t ask questions – Again, if you have no interest in purchasing, then don’t ask any questions. You’re just giving the sales person an opportunity to persuade you into buying, as well as adding more time to the clock. Don’t ask none, won’t be none.
  • Make it a quick tour – Most timeshare presentations require a tour of the property; another time consumer. I admit that some of these places are beautiful (and of course they show you the top notch stuff, generally not the ones within your budget if interested in purchasing), but the more you get caught up in the tour, the longer the presentation. Try to walk through the rooms as quickly as possible. Your salesperson may try to slow things down a bit with distractions, but you can remind them that they promised an “x” amount of time presentation and you’d like to get through as quickly as possible. Note: A lot of the salespeople can be aggressive and determined to break you so you have to take a page out of their book and be just like them.
  • Hold out for the good stuff! I’m really picky when it comes to a timeshare presentation. No way am I going to endure my time for a hotel overnight stay… I’m going for the fully loaded package. A timeshare presentation will offer hotels, entertainment, dining, cruises, airfare, and more! I recently racked up on airfare and hotel to anywhere in the U.S., but the ultimate package I scored was in Cabo San Lucas:
Be aware that many of the travel packages have time constraints so be sure to read the fine print very carefully!

Remember that when considering a timeshare presentation, it is definitely not for the weak hearted. I like to make it fun by testing out what strategy the sales person is going to use next and by discovering new ways to say NO.

Would love to hear about your strategies in the comment section below!

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