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    I think of it like this. Each day on the Island "costs" me anywhere from $150-$800 daily depending on where I am staying and the time of year....even at the low end I won't give up several hours of my day and on the high end I would not do it unless they paid my hotel bill for me.

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    The Tropicana offer in August was 2 day car rental plus breakfast at their casino restaurant & dinner a restaurant of our choice (out of a few of them I'm sure - didn't get that far). The meals would have been for our entire party of 5. May have been worth it to some - I was considering it since my daughter wanted to rent a Jeep for a few days & the meals would have saved us a few hundred bucks. In the end we decided that beach/pool time was worth more.

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    We attended a few presentations on our 1st visit, over 20 years ago. We received a nice dinner and saw a good show. That said, IT WAS NOT WORTH MY TIME. When we decided to buy a time share years later, we did some research, found the place we liked best and went there and cut a good deal.

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    We own a few weeks at the Divi Phoenix and still not sure how we agreed to the presentation last February (my husband blames me of course!).
    Divi is switching to the Vacation Club/points system (I am not 100% on how it works because I tuned the guy out very early into the presentation) so when you check in upon arrival they arrange a time for you to understand the changes and how it will affect your timeshares. Of course they offered incentives...t-shirts, key rings, casino play, dinners...we chose the casino play and it is not like you can cash it out from the machine but it is free play and anything you win on those spins you keep but there is no value in what the coupon has...this was not explained. We went because as with most other timeshares on the beach we chat with other owners about where to dine, which airlines have the best rates, and about our timeshares...since Divi is switching everyone has an opinion (and you know how the other part of this saying goes). We wanted to make an informed decision and after having breakfast with the sales rep and listening to the sales pitch we are very comfortable in staying with our assigned weeks at our chosen location. It may work differently for others who want to try other places but we have "been there, done that" and LOVE coming to Aruba...our home away from home!
    By the way, they may tell you it will take an hour or so but we were there for more than 2 hours...that I will never get back!

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    I have only done may three timeshares presentations in my life, and only one was worth it. I woudl think long and hard before agreeing to give up time on vacation because that 90 unites can stretch for a lot longer.

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    Thanks for the info...I'm leaning towards not doing the presentation and soaking up as much Aruba as we can in the short time we're there...


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    Unless you think you are in the market for a timeshare I wouldn't take the time. I'm not sure it's a "waste" of time, but it does take time away from other activities. I think the presentations in and of themselves offer a great perspective of the property and what you can do with it. It's too bad the salespeople are so pushy and don't seem to understand the word no. If you find a place you like, I recommend enduring the presentation, but buying from an individual via Red Week or the like.

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    agree
    we bought one of our lacabana timeshares like this: (the short version)
    we went to lacabana timeshare presentation (1997 or 1998?)
    we thanked them, did not buy, took their gifts and hit the road
    some of the gifts included rolled quarters and match play for tables
    we parlayed those free gifts into a few thousand dollars
    we then bought a timeshare at lacabana by way of resale instead of from the resort....for a few thousand dollars less than lacabana offered for a very similar unit with similar view.

    so, that particular timeshare presentation was well worth it to us.




    TE=WaltVB;324107]Unless you think you are in the market for a timeshare I wouldn't take the time. I'm not sure it's a "waste" of time, but it does take time away from other activities. I think the presentations in and of themselves offer a great perspective of the property and what you can do with it. It's too bad the salespeople are so pushy and don't seem to understand the word no. If you find a place you like, I recommend enduring the presentation, but buying from an individual via Red Week or the like.[/QUOTE]

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    My wife and I did it just like Andrea, went to a presentation got the gift and went to Re/Max and bought a re-sale at Divi Village for much less back in 2000 been going two weeks ever since. Dick.
    Next Aruba trip in

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    If Aruba is anything like what everyone says, there could be a possibility we would consider a timeshare scenario in the future. Just not sure of now is the time to do that or wait and use that as an excuse to go back!! As will be most of this trip...just gonna wing it!!


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