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Complaint Review: Bluegreen Vacation Club

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  • Submitted: Tue, November 12, 2013
  • Updated: Wed, May 14, 2014

  • Reported By: Mike J. — Hamilton Georgia
Bluegreen Vacation Club
P.O. Box 6300980 Cincinnati, Ohio USA

Bluegreen Vacation Club Bluegreen Resorts Management, Inc. Purchased Bluegreen timeshare hours in Gatlinburg, TN. Was told it could be sold back to Bluegreen if not used. A lie! Cinncinati Ohio

*Consumer Comment: Misunderstood...

*Consumer Comment: Oily Salesman!

*Consumer Comment: Bluegreen Timeshare Scam

*Consumer Comment: Bluegreen Timeshare Scam

*Consumer Comment: Never buy time shares

*Consumer Comment: Bluegreen Timeshare Scam

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 Several year back (about 2007) I was talked into making a purchase of vacation points by Bluegreen Vacation Club in Gatlinburg, TN.  Since that time I have been charged Maintenance fees, real estate tax and "Voluntary ARDA" (what ever that is) plus vacation club dues, annually.  This amount is $720.50 a year. 

I was told at the time of purchase that if we were not happy with our purchase the points could be purcahsed back by Bluegreen.  Of course, I was lead to believe it would be at the same price; however, at this time I would even take a negative price sale. 

The truth of the issue is Bluegreen does not purchase the points back and the refer you to a company called Penical Vacations.  This company will charge you to sell the points and you don't get a sale.  It is just spending more money for a product you do not get.

If I had not already paid for the points I would just stop my association with Bluegreen.  I feel as if I am in a deep hole and can not get out.

 


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#1 Consumer Comment

Misunderstood...

AUTHOR: Frenchie - ()

BlueGreen does not buy back points. I just attended a presentation. I took copious notes. How it works is: pick a destination resort in its high season and book rooms with the points you want to sell.

Pinnacle is the company that puts the buyer and the seller (you) together.

You will be able to recoup some of your money by allowing Pinnacle to sell the reservation you already made.

 

At no time did BlueGreen intimate that they would buy back the points.

 

I attended the meeting with my parents as their financial advisor. I asked many questions. If was unclear, I asked more. I wrote the answers down. When we bought a package, both the reps and I went through the process with a fine-toothed comb so that we were apprised of maintenance fees, about the time constraints for rolling over points to the next year, about point value and seasons, who can use the reserved rooms, resorts that can be used through RCI, etc. 

 

It does take a lot of concentration and dedicated listening.

 

 

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#2 Consumer Comment

Oily Salesman!

AUTHOR: Soapboxmom - ()

Blue Green resorts hires the oiliest sales people imaginable.  Don Allen Holbrook is hawking timeshares for them in Las Vegas.  He has been fired from 2 eceonomic developer positions and not renewed for a third.  He declared bankruptcy in 2007 writing off almost 2 million in debt including a whopping 1.29 million in legal fees.  He filed once again in 2011 even though he has been claiming to have developed 100s of projects that created 50,000 jobs and are worth billions of dollars.  He has not substantiated any of that and journalists who have researched him extensively can't find anything even close. 

Holbrook's LLCs made a cool 1.2 million dollars and he was wined and dined extravagantly on the taxpayers dime for the proposed and perpetually stalled EarthQuest mega-destination theme park in which he has had a hand in every pie.  Holbrook sued all the journalists, newpapers, bloggers (including me) and taxpayers that commented on this boondoggle.  He was laughed out of Ohio court for lack of jurisdiction.  He has made a career of threatening people and filing lawsuits at the drop of a hat.  He claims to be a wildly successful author and speaker, but his bankruptcies show no income from either of those professions.  He has fraudulently passed himself off as a Phd.  Numerous publications over many years have published about his activities.

Why would a legitimate company hire someone like this????  Please Google Don Allen Holbrook and get the facts before he schmoozes you into a timeshare you don't need and can't afford!

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#3 Consumer Comment

Bluegreen Timeshare Scam

AUTHOR: Richard79 - ()

Time shares are an okay option for travelers. However, timeshares have gained a bad reputation for several reasons, some salespeople’s lack of ethics, rental and resale companies offering profits for marketing timeshares and companies offering relief for unwanted timeshares by cancelling them. The timeshare industry must perform a deep cleaning otherwise the industry will be severely affected because of the lack of trust. There are timeshare scams and timeshare cancellation stories of people who trusted their prayers would be answered

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#4 Consumer Comment

Bluegreen Timeshare Scam

AUTHOR: IsabellaP - ()

Timeshare Ownership has consistently been known for three things: beautiful properties, incredible destinations and FRIGHTENING sales practices. Nevertheless, the reason for owning a timeshare has never changed – people simply want to spend quality time with their family and friends. Unfortunately, after being deceived by their developer, the majority of timeshare and vacation ownership owners have forgotten why they purchased a timeshare in the first place. They find themselves scratching their heads trying to figure out how they wound up deep in debt and angry over the process that landed them there

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#5 Consumer Comment

Never buy time shares

AUTHOR: SBrittany - ()

Time shares are certainly not perfect for all types of people, and if anyone tells you this is true they are probably just trying to make a sale. Timeshares are not right for a wide range of people. For instance, young couples who might start a family soon, or who are very likely to move within a few years. Timeshares might also not be great choices for older couples whose mobility isn’t what it used to be. A particular timeshare might seem like a wonderful place now, but as years go by you might not think so as your lifestyle changes. Every potential buyer should evaluate what kind of person they are, how their family and lifestyle fits into the decision, and what kinds of vacations they enjoy the most

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#6 Consumer Comment

Bluegreen Timeshare Scam

AUTHOR: BColeman - ()

Time shares are certainly not perfect for all types of people, and if anyone tells you this is true they are probably just trying to make a sale. Timeshares are not right for a wide range of people. For instance, young couples who might start a family soon, or who are very likely to move within a few years. Timeshares might also not be great choices for older couples whose mobility isn’t what it used to be. A particular timeshare might seem like a wonderful place now, but as years go by you might not think so as your lifestyle changes. Every potential buyer should evaluate what kind of person they are, how their family and lifestyle fits into the decision, and what kinds of vacations they enjoy the most.

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