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    how and when did you become involved in timeshare?

    I can't remember exactly, but somewhere in the 80's we went to a timeshare presentation in New Hampshire and actually purchased a week. Got home and went to the library...this was before you could look up anything you want on a computer. The information I saw wasn't good, so we rescinded. We later discovered the site over yonder and learned lots and lots, starting with South Africa, which I'm sure many of you remember. Because of timesharing, we have traveled to many new places and have met many really good people.

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    June, 1989.

    Oh, I see it says that below, almost.



    & I've found it's problematic to discuss timesharing with folks who have gotten involved more recently.
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    Early 1980's on a trip to New Hampshire. Bought and a couple of days later rescinded. Bought first resale in 1995, 3 more in 1996 and still bought as of last spring. Never had one for more than 12 years and made money on most that I resold.

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    Our story starts in 1999.

    Over New Years that year, I took three of the kids (2 sons, one daughter) on a four-day ski trip in eastern British Columbia. We squeezed the budget, staying in Model 6 types of accommodations, rooms with two queen beds. DD got one of the queens to herself. The two boys got the other bed. I slept on the floor. We had an ice chest where we kept a few perishable items, especially milk, juice, fruit, cheese, and yogurt. Breakfast was cold cereal in the room + yogurt and fruit. We bought simple lunch at the ski lodge (hamburgers, hot dogs, chili, etc.). Dinner was usually take-out pizza or Chinese. When I got home and reviewed, I was amazed at how much money we had still ended up spending on food.

    Seven months later DW and I are in Hawaii for our 25th wedding anniversary. Once in a lifetime trip; we had talked about doing it for years. Then it was our 25th anniversary and we received a great promo offer from the Marriott in Lihue. Six days/five nights, rental car, and $75 in hotel vouchers. So we took it. When we got there, they said that if we attended a timeshare presentation, they would double our hotel vouchers, and give us about $100 in other gift certificates for local restaurants and activities.

    So we went on the tour and were totally sold. I looked at the room, which had only a mini-kitchen since the Marriott is converted hotel rooms, and asked DW if she thought we would be able to handle almost all of our meals with what was available. When she said "Yes", I immediately deduced that with a unit such as that, we could have spent the same amount of money as we did in the ski trip, while having beter accommodations. It all came down to controlling the cost of feeding teenagers.

    So, we purchased two one-bedroom units. Later that week we learned about the resale market, and that Marriott wasn't the only timeshare on the island. We did whirlwind visits to several other facilities, and decided that Point at Poipu was ideal for us. We rescinded our Marriott purchase, and started looking for a resale at Poipu.

    That was more than fifteen years ago, and those intelligent decisions are still working nicely for us.
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    1974 I think. My husband (at the time) and I went with my parents to view San Diego Country Estates in Ramona, CA. My dad had met one of their salesmen playing golf. We were impressed with the units and liked that green fees on the excellent golf course were free for owners. We could also break down our time by night. They were sold as floating units in two week blocks. My husband and I bought a 2-bedroom unit and my parents bought 2-bedroom as well. A year later the 4 of us bought a one-bedroom to use for trade. Fast forward and in the early 80's my now ex-husband had tne 2-bedroom and I still had the one-bedroom jointly with my parents.

    In 1986 my current dh and I ended up at Maui Hill on a trade. We liked it so much we bought.

    Both purchases were through the developer. I'm not even sure if there was much resale in 1986, I'm sure there wasn't in 1974.
    Luanne

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    Sometime in the early 90's we bought 2 resale blue weeks in Ocean City MD. Not too long afterwards, we bought a SA week. We still have those 3 weeks and never purchased anymore. We've gotten some very nice trades with those 3 weeks.

    Nancy

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    In 1996 I saw a flyer on a bulletin at the supermarket advertising a cheap 4 night stay in a 2 BR villa in Orlando for attending a presentation. I called the number and booked it. Then I mentioned to my haircutter that we were going. She told me that she had been on a presentation the month before and that they could be bought resale. She was in the process of buying at Vistana on the resale market.
    Our resort turned out to be Westgate, and when we went to the high pressured sales pitch, I told them we were going to tour Vistana the next day and to give me reasons why they should buy from them instead. I told them we were definitely going to buy, but were going to comparison shop. Then it got ugly. At Vistana it got ugly too.
    We ended up buying a Vistana resale for $5200 (resales were not so cheap then).
    Since then we have bought, sold, gave away and were given several timeshares.
    Jacki

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    We are not "hotel room" people. Even from the earliest days with our eldest a toddler, we would either rent vacation homes or stay in Residence Inn-style places with separate sleeping spaces for the kids, a simple kitchen, etc.

    We got started looking into timeshares when we rented my uncle's pool villa in Orlando for the "family discount." He also owned a week at Orange Lake, and a couple more S. African weeks back when they were tigers. He suggested that if we were going to go back to Orlando regularly we should think about getting a resale somewhere. Our first purchase was ten years ago now, a Wyndham resale. We quickly added a couple more weeks to our portfolio, and it's some of the best money I've ever spent. We've had fantastic vacations over the years, and probably gone on twice as many as I would have otherwise. So, I'm probably not "saving money." But, I think about the fact that after next year, our kids will both be in college and out of the house, and am thrilled that we got to spend so much time together away from the day-to-day grind while they were growing up. And, who knows? Maybe they'll still come on trips with old Mom & Dad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T. R. Oglodyte View Post
    Our story starts in 1999.

    Over New Years that year, I took three of the kids (2 sons, one daughter) on a four-day ski trip in eastern British Columbia. .
    Where in Eastern British Columbia? I lived there in Windermere BC from the age of 8 to 14. My wife and I lived in Spokane WA for 6 month in 1996 where I was a consultant at Kaiser Aluminum in Trentwood. We took some time off to travel up through Eastern BC and visit my old stomping ground. Boy what a change.
    John

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