Newsletter – June 2013

Finally the Holiday Season is here, but don’t let your guard down whilst enjoying the sunshine! holiday

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. (

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!


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About mindtimeshare

Mindtimeshare SLU is registered Company reg number: B35957182 Mindtimeshare provides assistance to timeshare owners who have been defrauded by holiday clubs and bogus resale companies. The Mindtimeshare project was launched in February 2011. After dealing with timeshare members over several years who had been defrauded by numerous bogus companies and for large amounts of money, I considered launching an Organisation to help timeshare owners that have been targeted by bogus companies. On this blog you can find information about the different active scam companies and their “modus operandi” and also place comments, ask questions and see comments from other consumers who have the same doubts or have been through the same experience. Mindtimeshare has resulted in a huge success and has received the back up from not only timeshare consumers but also from the professionals in the timeshare Industry. Mindtimeshare helps timeshare owners who have been scammed by bogus Discount Holiday Clubs; bogus cash back companies; fraudulent timeshare resale companies; bogus class action companies and false lawyers and notaries. We offer professional answers and advice to Timeshare users. If you want to send an email instead of posting a comment on the blog please do so by emailing:
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9 Responses to Newsletter – June 2013

  1. Gerry says:

    I have a timshare in orlando which I purchased 17 years ago and now wish to dispose of , can you make a recommendation.

  2. Sandra says:

    I hope everyone going abroad this summer reads your sound advice Alberto. PLEASE EVERYONE do NOT stop at any touts with scratch cards. Keep up the good work Alberto.

  3. Alan says:

    any feedback on Escapeaway Holidays and Cordial Golf Plaza, Tenerife, as going in November ??

  4. Marrion says:

    In nineteen years of owning a time-share .. a ffirst rate apartment in a quiet location with its own terrace, lawn and garden – I only once was inveigled into a presentation. I had this once invited not a personal friend but my agent and her husband to holiday with me. Whilst out on their own shopping they were trapped with one of these touts who had actually come wth them in my hire car to my front door to collect me to go with them.
    My agent, sadly no longer with us was the toughest, cleverest, quick-thinking Glaswegian business woman you could wish never to encounter. We escaped – but it was five hours later.
    I recall a bottle of sherry (of dubious vintage no doubt) to shut her up. She had no need of a mike to express her opinions.
    We had the advantage of having our own transport unlike so many who get taken to the venue in the firm’s vehicle and so are virtually trapped. (I recall one story of the punters being given a meal to soften them up.).
    Please continue the good work, Mr Garcia. It is invalueable.

  5. Harry says:

    Sound advice – we bought into a timeshare because (a) my wife felt sorry for the rep., a “Bosnian refugee” whose parents had been slaughtered and (b) we were told it was a cast-iron investment – “you absolutely can’t lose money”. Astonishingly, neither of these turned out to be true! Keep up the good work.

  6. iain says:

    I only wish I’d read this blog two years ago!! The fight against Grand Holidays continues, folks just don’t go anywhere the Flamingo Hotel for a presentation!!

  7. john says:

    over the years Mindtimeshare have given thousands of timeshare owners peace of mind and constructive answers keep up the good work on our behalf we are forever indebted to your diligence

  8. Angela says:

    As usual – THANK YOU for being there for us, Mindtimeshare is a great site and much appreciated by so many people. Thank you.

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