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Renting a timeshare through Craigslist?

post #1 of 19
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Anybody ever rent a timeshare through Craiglist?  I have used Ebay several times and have had great success. However, I relied heavily on the seller's previous feedback rating. Since that is not available on Craigslist, I'm a little nervous to try.

 

There is currently a week available on Ebay, that I am leaning towards. I found a listing in the SLC craigslist for the same complex, dates and one extra bedroom for less money.

 

If it matters, neither guarantees a particular unit. They are run more like a hotel once you arrive.

 

Yay or nay?

post #2 of 19

Don't know how relevant this is but I was recently looking for housing in Whistler and I swear, 50% of the craigslist ads are scams. I would assume the same is common for other resort destinations since people are coming from afar and can't check the place out first.

 

Fortunately they were fairly easy to spot as in they're usually suspiciously cheap and when you contact the owner, you usually get something like "I'm out of the country right now but if you wire me a deposit, I will mail you the keys" type of thing.

post #3 of 19

My daughter rented a summer apartment that she found out about on Craiglist.  A LOT of the listings didn't call her back for whatever reason.  Maybe because she was onsite in the town already and wanted to see them first. 

post #4 of 19

Dear Sir,

 

I have the item TIME SHARE CONDO that is be perfect and is exactly want you want. I am most eager to convey this item TIME SHARE CONDO to you for rates that are far below the usual price that is paid by people seeking this item TIME SHARE CONDO. I can arrange for you to have this item TIME SHARE CONDO in an easy transaction that I am sure your people will be very pleasant with and shall meet all your expectations. As I am currently serving out my terms at the Ambasador to Luehenia, I will not be able to meet with you in people to convey the item TIME SHARE CONDO. However, if you please most prompty send you payment to me via extra safe Western Union I will in turn send you the item KEYS TO TIME SHARE CONDO.

 


 

Seriously. I wouldn't even bother. Try VRBO. Good luck!

post #5 of 19

I live in a resort community and last summer their were a few people who arrived and received a big surprise who rented from craig's list.house was not to be found, or house was rented without ownwers knowledge. be very careful !!

post #6 of 19

You can get some steals on unused timeshares. I've seen sweet lodges go for insanely cheap prices. You can get them by dealing with the timeshare companies DIRECTLY. No crappy presentation necessary. Just call them, and see if they have plenty of rooms. I don't know if they allow reservations. The people I met who were staying at the Wyndham time share houses in Pagosa Springs just showed up, and got "standby" rooms. I think that's how it works. You have to be flexible, and probably can't plan too far in advance. They got some bad-a places at 1/4 the prices of surrounding hotels, though.

 

I would stay away from Craigslist. I'd also bet that there are legit companies who specialize in this renting out time share vacancies.

post #7 of 19

I would think it would depend on the terms. If the deposit is minimal it might be worth the risk. Otherwise, maybe not. Call them up and see if they are sketchy or whatever.

post #8 of 19

I rented off Craigslist this summer, with a last-minute type listing.  For the Labour Day long weekend, I scored a cute little water access cottage in the Adirondacks for $300 all-in.  It was supposed to be $150/day plus taxes and cleaning.  They had a cancellation, so I jumped in.

 

The owner had a website that they sent me a link to, as well as a Paypal account with a pretty good rating.  All that said, I don't think I would have made the jump with just the Craigslist ad alone.


Edited by JoeSchmoe - 10/21/10 at 1:09pm
post #9 of 19

RatherPlayThanWork - what are you after? I have 2 timeshare weeks deposited with RCI Timeshare exchange that I cannot use. I've been meaning to log on and see what is available to then try and on-sell. Drop me a PM if you are still interested and I can see what is available. A bit more legitimate than Craig's list. I have to buy a 'guest certficate' from RCI in your name, an extra $30 , but this gives you some reassurance that the unit exists. The hard bit is getting where you want, when you want, but no harm in trying. I've been to a couple of gatherings so that should give me some legitimacy I think.

post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by julie from nz View Post

RatherPlayThanWork - what are you after? I have 2 timeshare weeks deposited with RCI Timeshare exchange that I cannot use. I've been meaning to log on and see what is available to then try and on-sell. Drop me a PM if you are still interested and I can see what is available. A bit more legitimate than Craig's list. I have to buy a 'guest certficate' from RCI in your name, an extra $30 , but this gives you some reassurance that the unit exists. The hard bit is getting where you want, when you want, but no harm in trying. I've been to a couple of gatherings so that should give me some legitimacy I think.

Thanks. Maybe next time.  I was able to find one thru one of the timeshare exchange sites. Now I'm just hoping for a snowy Xmas in Utah.

 

post #11 of 19

Unless you have a set week at a particular timeshare it is difficult for people to rent their timeshares and know what every place is like. I have 5 timeshares and am now finding them very difficult to use since 3 of them have gone to points. I wish I had more foresight when I bought them. I am now of an age which I cannot travel much and would like to rent them out just to make my assessment fees. The industry has soaked up a lot of money for these in the begin with low maintenance fees and then kept raising the fees over the years. It was a good idea in the beginning for the average person to be able to take a vacation. Now it is just a money making industry which doesn't care about that average middle class person who made them rich. It is like everything else. Yes I can "Will" them to my children but they can't afford them.Neither can I now. The point system seemed to be a good idea because you could split up your week but I am finding it more difficult to get anywhere near where you own because you are at the mercy of a third party. Yes they are like hotels and there should be a law against them renting them out without giving the owners a chance to use their points at there own resort. I am so disgusted with the way these people have racked the average person and taking a lifetime of money away from them. I wish there was something that could be done about it. I will probably file bankruptcy as will a lot of other people.

post #12 of 19

This is a 3.5 year old thread.

post #13 of 19

and (s)he joined just to post to it!

post #14 of 19

I would have been here sooner but I had to sit through a ridiculous presentation...

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I would have been here sooner but I had to sit through a ridiculous presentation...
Bet my presentation was more ridiculous than yours ...
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This is a 3.5 year old thread.


 

Some people are just passionate about certain topics. LOL, I guess this really caught her eye. :>))

(now I still cannot figure out how to put smiley faces! My epic desk top does not seem to give me that option.)
post #17 of 19

It's not  in the bar above the reply box, next to the Omega?  Ω

 

By the way, I think it's ironic that the icon for special characters takes you to a list of special characters that does not include the icon itself....

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No it is not in the bar, nor is it in any particular spot in my page. Could you take a screen shot of where it is? It's driving me nuts!
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Wait.... Wasn't in my bar either, even in Desktop mode on Android. But I know it was on my PC. So, you'll have to wait until I come back from skiing. But, are you using a mobile device or a PC? I know the Desktop setting on Android produced something that said it couldn't use Rich Text mode, not sure if that's what I was on the PC. I notice the smileys are now to the right of the editing box.

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