It seems fitting with the soon to be released “50 Shades of Grey” movie in 2015 to discuss the 50 shades of grey in timeshare. Timeshare’s 50 shades of grey refers to the areas of timeshare that are neither black or white. Timeshare is traditionally seen as one of those contentious topics where people just love it or don’t want to hear anything about it. However, whether or not timeshare is for you is more like 50 shades of grey rather than a black or white topic.
For example, many people claim that timeshare is a scam when that is not actually true. The 50 shades of grey arise due to duplicitous scams that target the legitimate timeshare industry and use the guise of genuine timeshare products to sell non existent products or to charge hidden fees for timeshare presentation gifts etc. In this way, to say timeshare is a scam per se is not as black or white as it may seem. While on the one hand the industry does (like any consumer industry) leave itself open to professional scammers and their tactics. genuine timeshare companies are selling worthy products.
Another grey area of timeshare refers to its investment potential. It may be that your timeshare seller was more like the protagonist, Christian Grey in 50 Shades of Grey in getting you to commit to something in the moment that you would normally need months to decide on the grounds that it is a great investment. Whether or not timeshare is an investment is a grey area. On the one hand it should not be seen as an equity or financial investment in the monetary sense but it is however an investment in experiences and your future vacations. The investment aspect comes from quality and saving money in the future.
And finally, the most obvious 50 shades of grey in timeshare is that the benefit of timeshare depends on the individual and their family’s vacation habits. In that way there are far more than 50 shades of grey and more like an infinity of grey, a shade for every person remotely interested in vacation ownership.