Wyndham Timeshare Lawsuit Alleges Deceiving and Aggressive Sales Tactics
Timeshare presentations are tricky. You are never required to purchase anything but they sure make the numbers sound amazing and some people end up purchasing timeshares. They are a bad deal in my opinion, no matter what offer you get, but that might not be true for everyone. However, there is one thing that everyone probably agrees on, their aggressive marketing tactics. Now a lawsuit says that Wyndham went too far when trying to sell timeshares.
Wyndham timeshare owners have filed a class action lawsuit against the company, accusing it of lying to customers about benefits and subjecting them to aggressive marketing tactics to get them to purchase useless points. The plaintiffs, two time share owners David and Thea DuBose, say the company defrauds customers both before they sign on to a timeshare and after the purchase.
The lawsuit says that during presentations these timeshares are offered as a possibility to vacation at many Wyndham destinations around the world. However, the customers say that in reality, it is almost impossible to book a stay, and often it would be cheaper to pay cash for a vacation.
Their timeshare purchase started as usual. While they were on vacation in Panama City, Florida, a Wyndham representative offered them a gift card and encouraged them to attend a timeshare sales presentation that would last only 90 minutes. But instead, the meeting lasted almost all day. Allegedly, the company made a range of fraudulent sales pitches, telling the couple they would “never have to pay for another vacation for the rest of their lives,” and would save tens of thousands of dollars. They were told they could vacation at any property around the world and even leave their timeshare to their children.
The Wyndham timeshare false advertising class action lawsuit says these misrepresentations are the same ones fed to many other customers during the timeshare purchasing processes, even after they purchase. They weren’t told anything about annual fees, points expiration, mandatory “Owner Update” meetings to access certain amenities.
We write sometimes about offers that involve these timeshare presentations, but they are not for everyone. If you know what to expect and if you are getting a good offer for attending, then they can be pretty lucrative. Even if you are thinking of purchasing a timeshare, you should crunch the numbers on your own and not rely on the information that these salespeople give you. They could be cherry picking the facts or just flat out lying to you in order to make a sale.
Let us know if you have attended any Wyndham timeshare presentations or any others, and if you have come across such tactics.