There was a lively discussion on the Timeshare Users Group website back in 2009, including comments from the CEO of SellMyTimeshareNow, which may help shed some light on the possible exaggeration of these types of claims. Please understand that this type of hyperbole is not limited to just this company, but most upfront fee online marketers use similar tactics to try and create a favorable impression on consumers.
In a recent press release from the Florida Attorney General's office, Pam Bondi promotes new proposed legislation that she believes will help combat deceptive marketing tactics used by timeshare resale companies. While I don't personally believe this legislation will have any tangible impact on reducing timeshare fraud- the statement does include specifics as to the drastic increase in reports of timeshare resale fraud that are simply staggering.
"...The bill strengthens existing laws by addressing unfair and deceptive marketing and advertising practices by timeshare resale companies. From January 2011 to date, the Attorney General’s Office has received nearly 6,863 complaints. In 2010, the Attorney General’s Office received more than 12,000 complaints about timeshare resale fraud—more than the next four highest complaint categories combined...."
Some timeshare marketers can certainly provide a consumer with a high level of online visibility, and may be an effective way to sell a properly priced timeshare. However, I would strongly urge anyone thinking about selling a timeshare to truly research the industry before paying even $1. for classified advertising. Upfront fees charged for timeshare services continue to be one of the most common consumer complaints, and you should never pay any type of upfront fee without looking at every option. Understand exactly what you are paying for, and never simply believe the hype!