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Old 04-16-2013, 08:14 PM   #61
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My husband and I were Quoted 20,400 recently for joining the DVD with 120 or 140. Why is there such a $ difference? We were going to get 2012 point also but my quote was $10,000 more with less points. This was at the beginning of April we got our quote.
were you looking direct? if so that..

Resale is much cheaper on nearly every resort.. some like AKV/VB/ SSR/OKW MUCH MUCH MUCH cheaper.. some like BLT/BC not as much as a diff..
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:16 PM   #62
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I've got to say, I worry about someone who lets strangers on the Internet talk them into a purchase this large.
Don't worry Missyrose. I'm a big boy and make my own decisions. I've done pretty well so far.
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:17 PM   #63
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I agree. That's what boards are for. I have like two friends I know IRL that are owners. I want feedback from a larger community so I look here. The op shouldn't be criticized for asking questions.
Thanks to you both. Some people understand the purpose of getting feedback from others...and some done. Thanks again.
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:18 PM   #64
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OHH adding buying even a 25 point contract (even just to transfer in points.. though 50 would be easier to find no doubt) gets you 100$ off AP per person in household.. ( or more this yr due to prem passes) may not be perm .. true, but for now, it = more than your MF to take this option.. ( assuming you'de by APS anyway of coarse)

A family of 3 saves 300$.. and MF say on an SSR 50 point contract would be just over 300$ and include 50 points.. You'd be ahead at 25 points.. but also hard to find that small too.
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:23 PM   #65
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I do like the strategy of buying a small contract to get into the DVC so you can get discounts on the AP & have access to the DVC reservation system...then transferring or renting points if you want to go to WDW more than once per year. Not sure if that is enough to get me to purchase but it does seem better than buying a bigger contract that would require me to rent out some of my points every year.
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:52 PM   #66
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I've got to say, I worry about someone who lets strangers on the Internet talk them into a purchase this large.
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:54 PM   #67
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I changed my mind!

Originally, I said you should buy, however, I just noticed that you never stayed at a DVC resort before. This changes my mind. I would suggest in Sept when you are staying at AKV that you tour all DVC resorts. Once you have a first hand experience you will be able to make a better decision on many aspects of DVC (renting vs owning, which resort you may like best, how important is control over a reservation, etc). DVC is here to stay so you don't have to rush into anything.

Good luck in whatever you decide on doing....
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I changed my mind!

Originally, I said you should buy, however, I just noticed that you never stayed at a DVC resort before. This changes my mind. I would suggest in Sept when you are staying at AKV that you tour all DVC resorts. Once you have a first hand experience you will be able to make a better decision on many aspects of DVC (renting vs owning, which resort you may like best, how important is control over a reservation, etc). DVC is here to stay so you don't have to rush into anything.

Good luck in whatever you decide on doing....
I stayed at SSR a few years ago. It was very nice but I liked a couple moderates just as much. I'm hoping AKL blows me away this fall.
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OOPS, missed that.... Anyway, take a good look at all the resorts in Sept.
My favorite is the EPCOT resorts, it has a completely different feel then the mods or SSR, OKW.
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Can I just say I love these boards.... never get tired of varying input.
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:24 PM   #71
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I really don't understand the "happiness/satisfaction" factor of owning DVC as some sort of benefit. What does owning DVC give you that renting doesn't? First off let me qualify that I DO feel a certain draw to owning DVC. There IS a tangible level of happiness that I get by thinking about being an owner. But when I look at the #'s it just seems like a bad financial move and I can't allow a fuzzy feeling to lead me into a bad decision.

So my question is this....why does owning DVC make you "happier" than just renting points. Here are some reasons I've been given by DVC owners:

1) Able to check room availability on your own. Yes, I do see this as a benefit but honestly, it's not a big one. I quickly found a reliable DVC owner to rent points from. I easily found her on Disboards. She checks availability for me and does it quickly. I've read countless other examples on disboards like this as well. So really...is being able to check rooms yourself THAT big of a deal when someone else can easily check for you?

2) Able to book 11 months at home resort. Yes, that's a big benefit but you can do the same thing by renting points from a person who has a home resort you're interested in visiting. I've already spoken to a confimed legitimate private seller whos home resort is BWV. I'm going to rent points from him this fall for my vacation next October. I didn't need to be a DVC member to book 11 months out.

3) Guaranteed to vacation at Disney. I've never owned DVC and I've been able to book every WDW vacation I've ever wanted...exactly how I wanted it. This year I'm renting points for the first time and got what I wanted. Being a DVC member won't give me the hotel or setup I want. I can get it by renting

4) Annual Pass. I've often heard people say if you go to WDW at least once a year then buying DVC is worth it. I assume part of the reason for this argument is having the ability to save on park passes by utilizing the AP, which costs a family of 4 about $1600. But let's say you only go to WDW one time per year. You can get 5 day hoppers for less than $1600. So the AP isn't a discount unless you go more than once.

5) Long term savings. Now this is the ONE benefit I can get behind, but I suspect a lot of people have themselves talked into savings that they really aren't going to see. I absolutely know if I go to WDW twice a year for the next 30 years...owning will save me $. But for me, and probably a lot of others even if they don't want to admit it...I won't go to WDW enough over the next 30 years to realize that savings. My vaction this year is gonna cost me about $3000. If I owned DVC and went twice it would cost me about $4800. So yes I'd "save" $1200 but I'm also spending $1800 more than I normally do because I'm taking 2 vacations instead of 1. If a person would take 2 trips a year regarless of owning or not...and they go twice a year for decades...yes, it will save them. That's not me though...and I bet it's not a lot of people who own DVC. $

Is there something I'm missing? Another benefit you get by owning DVC vs renting? If these are the majority of the benefits...they're not really benefits because you can get them without owning. After looking at the #'s for the past week I don't see any major benefit that I can get by owning...but I do see the large up front cost of owning as a major negative. It will take me 14 years to essentially "get my money back" by owning DVC. Given the fact that renting will give me almost everything an owner can get....I see renting periodically at a higher point cost as a much better financial decision than paying the large up front cost to own. If I were 25 years old and planned to go twice a year forever...then I'd own. But I'm 40 and go once a year and occasionaly twice. For someone like me it's a bad financial move and one I can avoid by renting and still enjoying almost all the benefits of owning.
If you read enough of my posts you will figure out that I am a no pixie dust kind of guy. So I wouldn't say something like the "happiness" factor as you misquoted me as saying. What I am saying is that there are intangible and tangible benefits to owning. Some are a function of the system and others are perks that can be changed or removed at any time. But they do exist, and some of them can't be described, only experienced. I will say this, I currently hold reservations for boardwalk view studios for three Food & Wine weekends and a standard studio at BLT for the first week of December. I will not be making all of these trips, but until my schedule becomes more clear I don't know which ones I can or cannot make. When I figure it out I will simply cancel the reservations I don't need and use my points elsewhere. That kind of flexibility can't be had by renting.

In closing, I'll say this. Reading the arguments you make above, you probably shouldn't buy DVC. It doesn't sound like you're that into it. I also think you're suffering from paralysis by analysis. I think you need to make a decision and stick to it. Finally, an analogy. You can save a ton of money on ketchup by collecting the squirt packets every time you go out to eat or visit a food court. But sometimes you're better off just paying for a bottle at the grocery store. Granted, DVC is one big bottle of ketchup, but the thinking applies here.

Good luck with whatever you decide and thanks for an entertaining chat.
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If you read enough of my posts you will figure out that I am a no pixie dust kind of guy. So I wouldn't say something like the "happiness" factor as you misquoted me as saying. What I am saying is that there are intangible and tangible benefits to owning. Some are a function of the system and others are perks that can be changed or removed at any time. But they do exist, and some of them can't be described, only experienced. I will say this, I currently hold reservations for boardwalk view studios for three Food & Wine weekends and a standard studio at BLT for the first week of December. I will not be making all of these trips, but until my schedule becomes more clear I don't know which ones I can or cannot make. When I figure it out I will simply cancel the reservations I don't need and use my points elsewhere. That kind of flexibility can't be had by renting.

In closing, I'll say this. Reading the arguments you make above, you probably shouldn't buy DVC. It doesn't sound like you're that into it. I also think you're suffering from paralysis by analysis. I think you need to make a decision and stick to it. Finally, an analogy. You can save a ton of money on ketchup by collecting the squirt packets every time you go out to eat or visit a food court. But sometimes you're better off just paying for a bottle at the grocery store. Granted, DVC is one big bottle of ketchup, but the thinking applies here.

Good luck with whatever you decide and thanks for an entertaining chat.
Thanks for the input and i have decided against buying. Im
convinced that someone who goes to WDW once a year or so (like myself) is making a bad financial move by owning. There is just far better ways to use that money. I'm kinda confused on benefits that can't be described, only experienced. That sounds like a warm fuzzy to me. Maybe we can hookup at F&W next year and talk about this thread. ill be renting my points for that in November.

Thanks again everyone for the comments and feedback. It has been interesting and enlightening! See you all at WDW!!!
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:36 AM   #73
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@TheGuda Okay wait. Am I confusing threads or people?? Was it you that posted on the ROFR thread that you made an offer that was accepted on SSR??

It's late (or early depending on your perspective) and I am using the app.
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@TheGuda Okay wait. Am I confusing threads or people?? Was it you that posted on the ROFR thread that you made an offer that was accepted on SSR??

It's late (or early depending on your perspective) and I am using the app.
You are not confused, that is what I posted about, and was ignored, OP is very analytical and wanting to make the right decision for himself but has no concern for the contract he is holding against the seller.
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The OP started this thread before making an offer on a contract, but this thread has lived on...
That is exactly my point, thread was started the 15th, he continued to post on the 16th about why he wasn't going to buy, announced on another thread that he had an agreed deal, posted back here that he couldn't justify buying.

My entire point is why make an offer and tie up a contract that a seller is trying to sell?
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