When timeshares were introduced, they were packaged in a manner that made them sell fast but as time went by and analyzers dug into the issue, the bad was exposed. However, before you get enticed into that deal you thought was so sweet you have to dig below the surface. You are probably going to focus on the amount you will pay for the timeshare but you will later realize that there is a mandatory annual fee to be paid on annual basis. This can be one thousand dollars or more depending on the kind of a timeshare. This fee is to be paid whether you use that timeshare or not. When you think about this in the long run, you will realize it is money you could have saved. If you saved that amount every year, it would actually earn you good interest. If you decide to stay in a hotel during your vacation then you will spend much less. These contracts are usually indefinite and you have to keep honoring the terms and conditions for as long as it is required. You will be taking a huge risk financially if you decide to commit to payment of maintenance fee for as long as you are alive. In case you do not want to go on vacation you can opt for points but they are too low to the point that you cannot even buy something significant with them.
The point of vacation is to explore the world and if the timeshare is tied to a single location there isn’t much you can do with that. When you ponder the thought for a while, you will be better off paying for accommodation in whichever place you go to. Since there are many people with timeshares, you are not just allowed to drop in at any point and if your slot passes you have no other option to wait for the next year unless you are willing to pay for the full amount. There is no point in having timeshares if you cannot use it whenever you wish. You can’t be sure when your vacation will be because things might change. Timeshares cannot be considered as investment opportunities because the returns are a big joke. The only people who benefit from such an arrangement are the resort owners and the salespeople. Just like a new car starts depreciating in value the moment you drive it home, so will the timeshare units. The people who are buying the initial timeshare units will also cover incentives, sales presentations and also giveaways in the process. When timeshares are presented to you during a vacation, your defenses will be down and you are likely to give in.