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  1. Deb & Bill

    Deb & Bill DVC-Trivia Contest, Apr-2006: Honorable Mention

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    The other question: What resort did you buy? If they sold you Aulani, will you go to Hawaii that often? Aulani has pretty high dues.

    You know, you could almost buy two cars for the price of your DVC points direct from Disney.

    I don't know why they keep pushing 320 points these days. We do have 325 now, had 500 at one point, but started out with 175. We've sold two contracts totaling 175.
     
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  3. Dean

    Dean DIS Veteran<br><a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis

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    It's really very simple. Buying DVC makes sense ONLY if you plan to use all of the points you buy at DVC resorts routinely would stay in a moderate or above and can pay cash. While there are some other nice options, they are no guaranteed, often very hard to get and usually far overpriced. That someone got a good HI option doesn't mean you will and the truth is, you likely won't but if you did you could get it cheaper with better options with other choices. IF buying makes sense, retail only makes sense for very small purchases or resorts not available otherwise (GF). Buying DVC to cruise or for RCI are extremely poor choices.

    I'd cancel and spend 6 months of active investigation to see what truly works best for you and your family.
     
  4. k3chantal

    k3chantal DIS Veteran

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    Just wanted to clarify....it's only 95 dollars if you actually make the reservations and trade your points; NOT just to look. Looking is free if not time consuming.
     
  5. a742246

    a742246 And, and, and I caught a fish this big!

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    Financials aside.

    What do you want out of this timeshare (dvc)? What would be your ideal "hope"
    for a vacation? Where would you want to stay? Have you ever went to WDW?
    You have two teens are they into Disney? Can you book in advance? What do you see your vacation plans for the future? There are many other questions you can ask yourself.

    For us... Disney works out great, it forces us to take a vacation (now 2x a year). Our children are all grown, we now have family vacations together in Disney (great place for family vacations). We invite friends when we have extra points. Overall we are very happy.

    Our timeshare feels more like a second home. We know what to expect.

    I agree with the other posts in that you may need more time to research your purchase. As I mention before you can always rent points from someone and sample before buying.

    I don't know if you are aware but in the next year Disney will have a new DVC
    built in the Grand Floridian. So DVC is not going anywhere....
     
  6. chalee94

    chalee94 <font color=green>I thought all sand was ground up

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    i think the other poster might mean you have to pay to do an ongoing search.

    hunting through what is currently available at RCI is fun, but for the most part, you're just going through the leftovers after the online searches have matched to new deposits.

    (i'm assuming DVC owners can put in an ongoing search - haven't tried it.)
     
  7. tigergrad

    tigergrad DIS Veteran

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    We have been interested in DVC for many years. Up until last year I had never heard of resale. The cost of buying direct really scared us. We did not want to finance and saving that much money would have been tough. We were a family of 5- me, DH, DD, DD, DS and took trips to Disney every other year or so. After a few times of staying off-site, we finally stayed on-site and said we would never stay off-site again. We prefer to stay at the deluxe resorts. As the kids grew it got more expensive. Now we have added 2 DSiLs and a DGS. We knew 160 points would not be enough. When I found out about resale, we began to save and eventually had enough to by a contract without financing. We bought 255 SSR points with 170 banked for $55 pp. We have enough to take a trip every other year or let the kids go on their own when they want. We have a son who plays high school football and I teach so our vacations are usually limited to those schedules. But when he graduates and I retire we can go anytime. Love that about DVC. I am waiting for my membership information to book our first trip "home." We don't care about using points for vacations anywhere but DVC resorts so resale was the best for us. Good luck in your decision.
     
  8. Lynne M

    Lynne M Moderator Moderator

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    This is so well put and so important.

    OP, it kind of all boils down to how you plan to use DVC. If your primary use will be regular stays at DVC resorts, but you'd like to have the option to trade out maybe every 5 years or so, there's nothing wrong with using your points for an exchange.

    If your primary interest is the exchanges, with only occasional stays at DVC resorts, you've bought the wrong timeshare.

    I've been trying to think of a comparison...let's say you want to listen to your local AM radio news station. You could:

    1. Buy a $10 transistor radio at Radio Shack.

    2. Buy a $300 iPhone and put a radio app on it. You'll never use the iPhone for anything but listening to that radio station, and you only get the radio stations that are in the app, not all the ones you could find on the transistor radio.

    Well, the iPhone idea would work, but it's not really what an iPhone is for. And it's one heck of an expensive, complicated, roundabout way to listen to AM radio.

    That's kind of what buying DVC to trade out is like. It's not the primary purpose of DVC. It'll work, but it's staggeringly expensive compared to buying another timeshare, and you only have limited exchanges to choose from.
     
  9. JimMIA

    JimMIA A little Miami humor...

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    If you are just looking at current availability, you indeed will spend a LOT of time looking. You will have to be both patient and lucky.

    Your odds of finding what you actually want will be greatly improved if you use an "ongoing search," which is basically RCI's version of a waitlist.

    However, if you initiate an ongoing search, you pay the $95 and the points are gone forever. If you don't find a match, you can change your search criteria completely and still use the deposited points, but you don't get the points back if you find nothing.

    DVC/RCI users should also understand that you pay additional $95 charges if you change an exchange reservation in any way.
     
  10. ToddyLu

    ToddyLu Welcome aboard explorers- I love Mr. Ray

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    :) Rescind, research and rent (you can rent a DVC vacation from a broker or Member) to decide over a few months if it is right for you.

    A one night trade to stay at a resort outside of Asheville was 70 points A NIGHT! For one person to travel to Ireland with ABD was 400 points.

    DH and I only have 210 points at AKV so that is where we stay--we use DVC for only Disney.
     
  11. ELMC

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    Great analogy! :thumbsup2
     
  12. disneybass

    disneybass There's a great big beautiful tomorrow shining at

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    I agree!
     
  13. Dean

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    If you really want something that's high demand, it's very unlikely to get it without an ongoing search. One thing Jim, if I read your post correctly, the points are only taken and gone if you match, not when you start the search. The $95 fee is also refundable if you don't match or cancel prior to a match. You can even have an existing reservation then use those points if you match and this is a good approach for many interested in an exchange.
     
  14. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Earning My Ears

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    Someone please correct me if i am wrong. I just joined the DVC myself. However, I did so after many years of contemplation. So many in fact, that I would have already broken even if I had just gone on and done it to begin with. Anyway, after speaking with some other members, they suggested renting out the points and then purchasing a stay with cash. They all said that they use their points for DVC stays or cruises only. As i understand it, many of the RCI units are either booked regularly or aren't up to standards when compared to Disney. I am planning a trip to Yellowstone and have found the RCI property is 25 miles from the park. However, I can rent my points and stay inside the park for a little less money and save the $95 exchange fee. Can anyone else shed some light on this for me?
     
  15. Dean

    Dean DIS Veteran<br><a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis

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    It sounds to me like you could teach the class. IMO, the only adjustment I'd make to your thoughts for one looking to buy in is to simply buy less points and not buy extra points to rent out (or use) for these type of exchanges. That way you don't have to worry about renting or the costs, risks and aggravations of exchanges.
     
  16. k3chantal

    k3chantal DIS Veteran

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    Sounds like you completely 'get it'. For my family, however, I don't want to go through the additional step of renting my points. I would be very stressed out about someone I didn't know staying on my points (even if the great majority of them are successful transactions) so for making life less stressful, I will happily pay that 95 dollar transaction fee.
     
  17. JimMIA

    JimMIA A little Miami humor...

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    As with most national parks, at Yellowstone, you are WAY ahead staying inside the park if you are there during the summer. Yellowstone is the second biggest park in the lower 48 states and there is quite a bit of driving within the park from one venue to another. 10 miles inside the park can be an hour or more drive time if there is a bear or bison jam. Adding 25 miles each way outside the park will make for some really long days.

    I was looking at the possibility of lodging at the Worldmark in West Yellowstone -- just outside the park -- and decided against it in favor of staying "onsite."
     
  18. JimMIA

    JimMIA A little Miami humor...

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    I must have misunderstood. I've never done an ongoing search, but I thought you had to deposit your points into RCI first. If you can start the search without depositing, that is a much better alternative than I thought.
     
  19. k3chantal

    k3chantal DIS Veteran

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    We 'searched' without depositing and we did not pay our 95 dollars until we decided which resort we wanted when we went to Hawaii. If you deposited your points into RCI first, you wouldn't know how many points to deposit. Some resorts and condos take 160 and some take more.
     
  20. Dean

    Dean DIS Veteran<br><a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis

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    You can do deposit first but the request first is one of the few real benefits compared to other systems. Of course there's some question as to how it works. My guess is they put in an ongoing request for the weeks side and search manually on the points side just like you and I do but I do not know for certain. Deposit first can be a good option, esp since it was reported recently (I haven't tried to confirm otherwise) that they credit you with the points and you can use them in increments as if you hadn't deposited them.
     
  21. Dean

    Dean DIS Veteran<br><a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis

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    See my previous post. Unlike with II, it looks like you could adjust your points later even if you did a deposit first. I haven't confirmed that you could deposit say 160 points and then add an extra 110 for a 2 BR later but this appears to be the case from the other info reported here. The only way to search without the fee is to do so manually, a far less efficient way to search with a much lower chance of success.
     

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