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Timeshare Resales = Timeshare Fraud

Timeshare Resales = Timeshare Fraud
01 Dec 2009
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"A few months ago I went to a sales presentation and the sales representative asked if I was interested to sell my timeshare for about twice what I paid for it. The offer was only available for that day and we agreed to buy the timeshare. We left a down payment of U.S. $ 4,000 and the remainder was to be financed over 3 years with no penalty for prepayment. We told the salesperson that we needed the timeshare to sell in less than 6 months and because we would be using that money to pay for the new timeshare.

Two months ago I should have received a check for $ 25,000 U.S.; however, I have received nothing in my email. The seller does not answer my calls and the company which I paid $599 U.S. for selling my property has a disconnected phone number and their website no longer exists. What can I do?”

These are very common complaints that we receive from clients. Timeshare vendors are well aware that it is unlikely that a customer who already owns a timeshare would want to purchase a second property. Many sellers are very convincing and promise potential clients hefty financial returns for the sale of their old timeshare.

But, what is the problem? The resale value of timeshares is much less than what a customer would expect. In these times of economic downturn where people buy only what they really need, it is not uncommon to find timeshares purchased in Mexico for $ 30,000 for sale on websites such as EBAY or REDWEEK for only $ 500 U.S..

Why is that? Consumers have been educated and realize that it is cheaper to buy a vacation package on the internet than to have to pay thousands of dollars upfront in addition to annual maintenance fees. Ultimately, timeshares do not have the expected value for consumers.


Any salesperson that has at least a couple of months working in the industry knows that timeshares have an economic value much lower than the customer desires. This is why they engage in deception by claiming to potential customers that if they buy a new timeshare, they are committed to help selling their current timeshare. Salespeople will even go to the extent of saying that they already have buyers for their timeshare. This is clear deception and fraud, and is a criminal act in Mexico.

This fraudulent sales practice is commonly used by sales managers as well as timeshare developers; however, they are very clever and very well protected. A common way to offer the resale of existing timeshares is to hire other companies to take charge of the sale or resale (paid by customers).  

Timeshare contracts protect the interests of the seller and they wash their hands by having the clients sign disclosure statements when it was the developer´s salesmen making false statements about the membership in the first place.

They even go so far as to include clauses like the following: 

"This contract, promissory note, regulation and customer protection contract represents the entire agreement between the developer and the customer. In case of any discrepancy, THE CLIENT agrees that any verbal or written agreement not in the official contract will be void."

In short, if it is not in the main contract, it is not valid, even if the salesperson signed in blood to give their word.

A similar type of timeshare fraud occurs with outside timeshare rental and resale agencies. These companies buy the database of customer information from the developers and are dedicated to making calls to the owners and promising great returns for the rental or sales of their timeshares. Whether selling them for good or renting the weeks the client will not use.

These fraudulent companies operate by asking for a deposit in advance for the evaluation or promotion of the property. The cost varies depending on the client but is normally about $ 500 U.S. Once the client makes the deposit, it is unlikely that the client will hear from the company again about the rental or resale of their property.

There have been instances, however, where the rental or resale company contacts the client to advise them that they have a buyer for the timeshare but the client needs pay the taxes from the sale of approximately $2,000 U.S. which will be refunded upon termination of the transaction. Of course, when these taxes are paid upfront, the client does not hear from the rental or resale company again.

Fraud in general and specifically of timeshare are the order of the day. Customers should be cautious and not be fooled by false promises about investment returns, timeshare resales or anything that sounds too good to be true.

As the saying goes:  

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

This means that one must learn from past mistakes. There are many companies offering to help people who have been victims of timeshare fraud and collect money in advance for doing so. There are companies that even offer cancellation insurance. You must be careful because this could be someone wanting to scam you again.

At Mexican Timeshare Solutions we strive to give back freedom to people who purchased timeshare under the wrong reasons such as the financial investment spiel. Call us for a free consultation on how we can help you cancel your timeshare contract. Remember, our service is risk free as we work based on results so you do not waste any money paid up front.


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  • JefferyApril 15, 2014, 2:32 pm

    I agree with everything you say about timeshares; depreciation, expensive, and better alternatives are available. However, having a timeshare on tap, frankly, is the only reason we've gone on vacation over the years. Knowing we have a familiar place, that is paid for, forces us to think in vacation terms. Sure, we could map out hotels…rental places….but our eyes and motivation glaze over quickly. The convenience is very tangible and available. Plus, it is easy to share with friends and family. Compared to spending money on a consumables like a cars, furniture, or other toys…our timeshare has been a pleasing fit into our hectic lives.

  • DannaApril 15, 2014, 7:27 am

    Timeshare is a mess! so frustrating when they wont let you to cancel it after 10 days, what they expect while on vacation? some Rich people are just greedy, cant believe some big resorts they ripped people off, getting consumers to pay their big resorts

  • BILL PARKERMarzo 6, 2014, 12:14 pm

    THEY ARE A SCAM. One such company tried to get me to wire 3,000 dollars to mexico for taxes that they promise to pay back at closing. Dont ever send them ANYTHING. I was smart and just wasted their time as much as possible. If I went through with this deal it would have cost me 3 Gs. Hint # 1 A cold call. #2 they offer more money than its worth #3 pretty contracts and web sites with toll free numbers. The rip off is when you wire money. DONT EVER DO IT

  • MichaelMarzo 3, 2014, 1:44 pm


  • concernedFebruary 21, 2014, 3:26 pm

    DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH ANY COMPANY CLAIMING THEY WILL LIST, SELL OR RENT YOUR TIMESHARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I used to work for a resale company. (Not selling, doing receptionist) I saw deceptive, and fraudulent activity on a daily basis. I also had to be abused by the customers who listed their property for sale or rent, and called in to see “get an update”. I wanted to scream into the phone … “NOTHING IS HAPPENING WITH YOUR PROPERTY OR ANY OTHER PROPERTY BECAUSE NO ONE WANTS TO BUY OR RENT YOUR TIMESHARE, EXCEPT YOU!” I have been in this business for years, and have NEVER seen a property sold or rented. EVER! Haven’t you ever wondered how the telemarketer got your name in the first place? Let me tell you … Once you buy a timeshare, you are put on a “SUCKER” list … that is then bought and sold, over and over again. If a sales person got you at one, they will quit and go to another company, and then claim that they can “get your money back” if you list with the new company. It is discusting, and I wish all Attorney General’s would shut the businesses down. DO NOT PAY A FEE TO SELL YOUR TIMESHARE … HANG UP THE PHONE!!!!!

  • MarkJanuary 6, 2014, 11:48 am

    As the owner of a timeshare resale company I am sick of reading about these companies that cold call timeshare owners telling them they have already sold their ownership. They are crooks and are committing serious fraud. The timeshare owners need to beaware that any cold calls with a sales rep telling them they have already sold is complete misrepresentation and is not true. Always register your ownership with a safe reliable company who is not telling you a buyer is waiting!

  • ckOctober 18, 2013, 1:41 pm

    Most owners don’t understand the timeshare market. Timeshare resale is difficult, but there is always the alternative.. rental. To offset the cost timeshare owners have the option of rent out their timeshare if they don’t plan to use it. There are many rental and sales sites out there. Just do a little research before you decide on one.

  • Frank KnieriemOctober 18, 2013, 1:00 pm

    The number one and most absolute rule to follow is DO NOT pay an upfront fee to someone to sell your timeshare. I’m not talking about nominal fees like $15-$50, but there are a lot of websites and places that want several hundred dollars or more to sell your timeshare. Their all scams and you’ll be just throwing away good money.

    Secondly, you’re going to need to accept that in the vast majority of cases you’re only going to be able to sell it for 5-10% of the developer price. If you want a fairly quick sale, which is very hard to do, your pricing will need to be substantially lower than that.

  • gsphilips1October 6, 2013, 5:29 pm

    "How do I ditch a timeshare?" You can't..... people can't sell their homes; how does one expect to be able to unload a timeshare?

  • AlexanderSeptember 13, 2013, 3:23 pm

    Consumers should be aware that some licensed brokers can be part of the upfront fee company, so the best advice is simply to never agree to an upfront fee!

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