The gifts offered by timeshare companies to entice potential buyers to come and see a presentation at their resort vary. The kinds of gifts promised can also be a good indication of the quality of the timeshare resort you are visiting, remembering however, if the gift is too good to be true then it probably is (too good to be true).
Judging a Scam by its Gift
You can smell a timeshare scam a mile away if the gifts or freebies offered are extraordinarily generous, like a boat, cash or some kind of really expensive item. There is an infamous story of one timeshare company promising a boat, having show guests at the presentation photos, when the gift arrived it was a plastic boat to float in the bath. Some timeshare scams will charge you postage for your freebie, making a profit out of the postage charges, whether you buy or not.
Genuine timeshare companies will probably offer you discounts or free tickets; for example, timeshare operators in Orlando commonly give away tickets for one of the theme parks. In most destinations companies will offer discounts on tours and local activities like swimming with the dolphins or horseback riding. You might also receive special offers on vacations to visits the resorts. These kinds of offers are realistic and also don’t put excessive pressure on tourists to buy a timeshare but rather leave the resort itself to temp the potential clients, working on the premise that the product is attractive.
The main thing to remember about timeshare gifts is that in life nothing is for free and the more generous the gift, the more likely you are to receive the hard sell. Having said that, there are millions of timeshare owners who are now glad to have been tempted by a gift to a timeshare presentation. You never know how great an opportunity timeshare is until you take a look.