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Complaint Review: Bluegreen Resorts

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  • Submitted: Wed, December 12, 2007
  • Updated: Wed, October 03, 2012

  • Reported By:Nashville Tennessee
Bluegreen Resorts
http://www.bluegreenonline.com/ Boca Raton, Florida U.S.A.

Bluegreen Resorts do not buy a timeshare from Bluegreen Resorts Boca Raton Florida

*Consumer Comment: Bluegreen Timeshare is far from a ripoff

*General Comment: trying to get rid of my bluegreen timeshare & unable to

* : WOW

*Consumer Comment: To Tirakotchi

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: I Disagree with you... I am a owner too

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: I Disagree with you... I am a owner too

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: I Disagree with you... I am a owner too

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: I Disagree with you... I am a owner too

*Consumer Suggestion: Join the Bluegreen group on Yahoo

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Do not...I repeat...do NOT buy a Bluegreen timeshare under any conditions. No matter how sweet it may sound, it is a rip-off. My wife and I bought one, and we are in a continual state of regret about it. It is virtually impossible to sell (the same amount of points we bought for $10,000 are selling for about $3,000 online), plus we have yearly fees of about $700 that must be paid for us to even be able to keep using it.

Here are some of the things you may not hear while you're in a Bluegreen presentation... we didn't:

-each year you will have to pay both "maintenance fees" and "club dues," which for us amount to over $700. If you don't pay, you can't use any of your points at all until you do pay.

-many of the resorts they tell you about can only be booked in 7-day increments, which means you'll take that trip and no others for two years because you'll use up all your points on that single trip.

-we just found this one out... if you don't have the points, you can't book a trip... for example, we get 12,000 new points in July, so I called to book something in August. Well, I can't do that until I "have the points." Of course, by the time the points actually show up, all the places will be booked for the summer. We're all paid up on maintenance fees and club dues, so we will definitely get the points, but too bad... we have to wait. The person on the phone even sympathized with me and said he understood what I was saying, but too bad.

-they say they will help you rent your timeshare, but this is a joke. Your timeshare will never rent for anything near what you need to maintain the fees on it, much less pay it off.

-take a look at this web site to see what points are actually worth if you buy them on eBay: http://popular.ebay.com/ns/Real-Estate/Bluegreen.html If you really desperately want Bluegreen points, don't buy them from Bluegreen.

-they tell you that you can book things just a day or two in advance, but this is almost never possible in real life. Things are booked up months in advance.

Owning a Bluegreen timeshare is like a weight that you have to drag around with you for the rest of your life. There are many places that will rent timeshares if you like that kind of thing, and you can usually get them fairly cheap and without any obligation for the future. When I imagine paying $700 a year for the rest of my life, it feels amazingly scary. Don't do it. You're locking yourself into something that will never end when there is absolutely no need to do so.

They give you the free trip, then take advantage of how little you've researched timeshares when you're in the presentation. They tell you this price can only be offered this one time, and that you can't take another trip. It's all cheap sales techniques, and they wouldn't be necessary if it were something people really benefited from.

We even looked on the internet during our sales presentation... if only I had come across a letter like this, we probably wouldn't have bought, and we'd be much better off. At least take a few days to think about it. If they can't give you that long to think, they're tricking you anyway.

Buying a Bluegreen timeshare is a terrible decision. They, like many salespeople, will tell you whatever you want to hear to get you to buy, knowing that they will not personally be accountable for any misrepresentations of the truth later on.

One thing they promised us is that we could rent our timeshare. Now they've done away with that aspect as well, so you either use it, keep paying about $700 in fees each year along with whatever you paid originally, or you just lose the points. Every letter we receive is something else they're taking away from us.

The most recent thing that happened was that we had tried to rent ours out for 10,000 points (most of our points) before they decided to stop letting people do that. So I called today, 10 days in advance, to check and make sure it was rented, since this is the cut-off for when I can cancel without losing points. So the guy on the phone told me that yes, it is rented. And I asked, "Well, what happens if the people cancel sometime in the next 10 days?" He said, "We don't have any control over that, sir." And I said, "I understand that, but I don't either. So what happens to my points if they cancel?" And he said, "Well, you lose those points."

So some renter I don't even know can decide to back out at the last minute, and I lose 10,000 points and don't get to travel or make any money from my timeshare for 2 years! That seems fair...

Everything Bluegreen does seems to be a way to get themselves more money and screw over their "valued customers."

And Bluegreen, if you're reading this, don't bother calling me trying to get me to revoke the complaint... we're trying to sell our timeshare as quickly as we can and hopefully never have any interaction with you for as long as we live.

Ben
Nashville, Tennessee
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 12/12/2007 04:11 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Bluegreen-Resorts/Boca-Raton-Florida/Bluegreen-Resorts-do-not-buy-a-timeshare-from-Bluegreen-Resorts-Boca-Raton-Florida-291052. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Bluegreen Timeshare is far from a ripoff

AUTHOR: Kenp223 - (United States of America)

My wife and I own with Bluegreen. We have 18,000 points. We have booked time with in two days many times. You also can book using your points for the next year as long as your maintenance fees and club dues are paid. If you buy points outside of Bluegreen you don't get the charter and other things that you only get through them.

We have used are points just in the last year ten times and will be going again in Jan. They can always go to an update meeting and ask how to use it. If they go into there online account online they can learn everything they need to know.

Sorry, but its not rocket science. Maybe before telling the world that something is bad you should make sure it is. If your going to go in and book for exact dates and all you want is a three bedroom, it will be harder to book then if you put in a day or two one way or the other. We have only had to move one day out of ten bookings.

Last year we used about 9,000 points and rolled over the other half and used it 8 times. Not sure why they can't use there points the way they want but, maybe they need more information. HMMMM!

Oh if you still want to sell let me know

Ken from MO.
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#2 General Comment

trying to get rid of my bluegreen timeshare & unable to

AUTHOR: jesjc39 - (United States of America)

I, too, have an investment in Bluegreen and have the yearly maintenance fees & yearly club dues.  I have been making the monthly payment on my so-called timeshare but not the maintenance fees & club dues. Your correct that BlueGreen is not going to call you but have their hired collection person call instead. I tried to sell them back my timeshare or see about selling my timeshare so i dont waste money on something that isnt so. We have 6 kids and BlueGreen says that i can only sell back my timeshare through their company realtor and no one else, including ourselves. I am at a loss as to what to do now. Have had this timeshare with bluegreen since april 2007 and still not able to use it and now it's dec 2009!
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WOW

AUTHOR: Cat dog - (U.S.A.)

Bluegreen, if you're reading this, don't bother calling me trying to get me to revoke the complaint... we're trying to sell our timeshare as quickly as we can and hopefully never have any interaction with you for as long as we live. Ben Nashville, Tennessee
U.S.A.

 

You really think Bluegreen is going to call you?

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#4 Consumer Comment

To Tirakotchi

AUTHOR: Donna - (U.S.A.)

I am one of the millions suckered and hung out to dry from Bluegreen - but nice to hear you are happy! I have 10,000 points and i would be happy to sacrifice them to you for a nominal fee!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll wait to hear from you.
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#5 REBUTTAL Individual responds

I Disagree with you... I am a owner too

AUTHOR: Tirakotchi - (Aruba)

Dear fellow owner,

I am a Preferred Gold owner upgraded many times with BG and would like to take the opportunity to share the following with you:

If/when you buy your house....and pay the mortgage ...do you NOT have additional fees to pay??

It's the same with your time-share my friend.

* The minimum stay at most resorts is 2 nights.
* I do rent my points privately and get far more than enough to pay some or all my Maintenance fees/club dues. I even have a separate account to know exactly what I get and pay concerning BG vacation club.
* Just for your info: TODAY I got 3 nights in Aruba starting TODAY! How can you say that it's not possible?
* When/if you rent time-share from an owner they carry the what you call 'burden' and you just joy-ride? Don't fool yourself. NO owner will rent out for less than the fees they pay.

If you need someone to talk to ...I'm here

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#6 REBUTTAL Individual responds

I Disagree with you... I am a owner too

AUTHOR: Tirakotchi - (Aruba)

Dear fellow owner,

I am a Preferred Gold owner upgraded many times with BG and would like to take the opportunity to share the following with you:

If/when you buy your house....and pay the mortgage ...do you NOT have additional fees to pay??

It's the same with your time-share my friend.

* The minimum stay at most resorts is 2 nights.
* I do rent my points privately and get far more than enough to pay some or all my Maintenance fees/club dues. I even have a separate account to know exactly what I get and pay concerning BG vacation club.
* Just for your info: TODAY I got 3 nights in Aruba starting TODAY! How can you say that it's not possible?
* When/if you rent time-share from an owner they carry the what you call 'burden' and you just joy-ride? Don't fool yourself. NO owner will rent out for less than the fees they pay.

If you need someone to talk to ...I'm here

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#7 REBUTTAL Individual responds

I Disagree with you... I am a owner too

AUTHOR: Tirakotchi - (Aruba)

Dear fellow owner,

I am a Preferred Gold owner upgraded many times with BG and would like to take the opportunity to share the following with you:

If/when you buy your house....and pay the mortgage ...do you NOT have additional fees to pay??

It's the same with your time-share my friend.

* The minimum stay at most resorts is 2 nights.
* I do rent my points privately and get far more than enough to pay some or all my Maintenance fees/club dues. I even have a separate account to know exactly what I get and pay concerning BG vacation club.
* Just for your info: TODAY I got 3 nights in Aruba starting TODAY! How can you say that it's not possible?
* When/if you rent time-share from an owner they carry the what you call 'burden' and you just joy-ride? Don't fool yourself. NO owner will rent out for less than the fees they pay.

If you need someone to talk to ...I'm here

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#8 REBUTTAL Individual responds

I Disagree with you... I am a owner too

AUTHOR: Tirakotchi - (Aruba)

Dear fellow owner,

I am a Preferred Gold owner upgraded many times with BG and would like to take the opportunity to share the following with you:

If/when you buy your house....and pay the mortgage ...do you NOT have additional fees to pay??

It's the same with your time-share my friend.

* The minimum stay at most resorts is 2 nights.
* I do rent my points privately and get far more than enough to pay some or all my Maintenance fees/club dues. I even have a separate account to know exactly what I get and pay concerning BG vacation club.
* Just for your info: TODAY I got 3 nights in Aruba starting TODAY! How can you say that it's not possible?
* When/if you rent time-share from an owner they carry the what you call 'burden' and you just joy-ride? Don't fool yourself. NO owner will rent out for less than the fees they pay.

If you need someone to talk to ...I'm here

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#9 Consumer Suggestion

Join the Bluegreen group on Yahoo

AUTHOR: Smithiekid1623 - (United Kingdom)

Before you shoot yourself in the foot join the Bluegreen group on Yahoo. Members of this group can give you good advice on how to get the most use out of your points when to make reservations, how to rent out your points and if at the end of the day you still want to sell there are members of the group who can help you get the best price.
Bluegreen is no different to any other timeshare all companies charge M/F thats how the resorts are maintained, you are wrong in saying that all resorts need a 7 day reservation those which require 7 days are the ones that not whole owned by BG. Those which are own fully by BG have a 2 day min stay apart from Charleston in SC which is a 1 day min say.
Please before you sell join the group and ask the questions that you need answers to.

Regards
Phillip
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