Summer is of course the most popular season of the year for people to go on holidays and mainly to warm and sunny places such as Turkey, Greece, Spain, Canary Island & Portugal.
It is not surprising that the change of scenery, the sunshine and the happy hours on the beach relax most consumers, and they become more open to offers and great Holiday schemes for the future.
Unfortunately those dubious companies out there are also aware of this apparent “relaxation” and are waiting with open arms to get them into the sales deck for a presentation of their product. It’s a fact that these companies even increase the amount of employees to be able to attend more customers..
In order to avoid converting your long expected and well deserved holidays into a straight nightmare, we want to give the following tips on how to handle these offers that fall out of the sky.
1) When being approached on the streets by “Tourism Office staff” with scratch cards, please be careful and ask them for identification. These so called OPC’s are regulated in most countries and they should wear a clear identification
2) If you win the “Big Prize” and need to go somewhere else to pick this up after a short presentation, please be aware you are most probably going to attend a sales meeting that can last for hours.
3) When presented with a Holiday Product, for as good as the offer might sound, always allow yourself a cooling off time and research time before signing any paperwork. If they tell you the offer is only valid there and then, don’t sign if you are not comfortable and certainly do NOT pay anything on the day of the presentation
4) Anything you are told about the benefits of the product, additional charges, additional extras, etc. should be covered in writing in the actual agreement. Do NOT accept verbal promises as these cannot be claimed if they are not honored.
5) Don’t buy into a product with the firm promise you will be able to resell it.
6) Beware of companies telling you scary stories about your current timeshare and promising a way out for a fee of change of membership. Don’t buy into a new membership for the sake of trading in your timeshare because they are telling you horror stories about perpetuity clauses or rising fees. Always check with your resort first and ask them.
7) Attending meetings that supposedly are about compensation claims or timeshare resales, and ending up being pressured into a disposal service or having to buy into a new product additionally to your timeshare, should be avoided at all costs.
8) Free Hotel accommodation, Free lunches and drinks, Petrol vouchers etc, can end up being extremely costly!
9) Always do your research and ask the questions, if they cannot reply to them then don’t make any decision until you are completely satisfied.
10) Avoid payments on the day, and if you do pay then use your credit card. In the UK your credit card payments are protected. Be extremely wary of those companies wanting cash payments or telling you the credit card machine is broken!
11) If it sounds too good to be true it normally is…
The above might sound like issues of common sense, but again when you are on holidays everything seems to be different and less threatening.
Mindtimeshare will be here the whole summer, so in case of doubt or need for information do let us know and we will be in contact with you by email as always. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Better be safe than sorry!
May we wish you a fabulous summer, great travels and happy holidays where ever you are planning to go!
Thank you as always for your constant support, feedback and information on companies that are contacting you. And please if you have any experience this summer with any company you have your doubts about, do let us know!