-by Scoop (February 9, 2018)
frequent reader of my column e-mailed me a link to an online advertisement specifically seeking sales people who might be willing to spill the beans involving “deceptive sales practices” used during timeshare sales presentations that persuade John Q. Public (JQP) to make a purchase decision and buy from developers’. The paid advertisement also suggested that among those coming forward some may also be “retained” for other purposes and that being “retained” really caught my attention.
So Here’s The Scoop: The ad also implied anyone could “reply in confidence” so using an alias I did just that and quickly discovered that it was a Law Firm in the east coast region of the U.S.A. that wants to “help you cancel your timeshare contract.”
This general type of offer in and of itself is nothing new these days and there seem to be more than one or two law firms and/ or lawyers throughout the United States offering to do just that and – for an advance fee that can cost thousands of dollars – they, too, will help YOU get out of YOUR timeshare contract.
What I find interesting is that all these lawyers and/or law firms seem to be focusing on their ability to cancel a TS contract based on alleged “lies”, “high pressure tactics”, and the “failure to disclose” (aka: willfully conceal) germane yet genuine information (aka: material facts) during the timeshare sales presentation.
But those kinds of allegations are also not new in the Land of Time; for the past couple decades there have been and continues to be many non-lawyer types of ‘entities’ offering their services, for a fee, to help owners/members shed their unwanted timeshare vacation plans.
This week I shall digress from the blatantly obvious cause(s) & effect(s) as to why owners/members are attracted to such offers & instead of going ‘there’ – I shall ask a rhetorical question.
When will timeshare developers stop being their own worst enemies and start becoming proactive Vs reactive – as they have been the past 5 decades when dealing and addressing their client’s actual needs?
For example, decades ago when concerns about ‘reselling’ became a legitimate concern & issue among ‘legacy’ timeshare owners/members the developers, IMPO, pretty much took the position – ‘Too bad, oh so sad. Not our problem – You bought it, own it – Go away son, you bother me.’
That non-proactive response, in time, left what would become scores of thousands – maybe hundreds of thousands + of individual timeshare owners/members around the world to fend for themselves – forcing (e.g.) many to just walk away from their TS and then have their personal credit ruined so that they suffered for many years thereafter.
And today, in 2018 – because most developers still refuse to address their own clients’ ‘exit’ needs/issues – many TS owners/members are now hiring law firms like the one I mentioned herein to help them ‘out’ – if you get my drift.
At the same time owners/members are being victimized by unscrupulous individuals and/or entities also offering to help them ‘out’ – but instead turn out to be con-artists just ripping off the owners/members – you know, the developers’ CLIENTS!
It’s all pathetic, could have been mostly avoided and perhaps the time has long since passed when The Good Ship Lollipop set sail and today developers would simply be overwhelmed addressing their clients valid ‘exit’ needs, etc.
Regardless, the one thing that is crystal clear to MOI is that as long as developers continue to turn a deaf ear to their ‘base’ (clients) there will likely be some whistle blowers from within the ‘ranks’ (sales reps, etc.) who may come forward – and a few of those peeps with the bona fides most certainly know where all the bodies are buried, so to speak.
Good Luck Out There
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