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Tuggers Can And Should Consider Direct Exchanges With Each Other

Discussion in 'Exchanging' started by swift, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. swift

    swift TUG Lifetime Member

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    I just wanted to make sure everyone knows that this exists on TUG. If you go to the TUG Marketplace there is an area where you can list your week as available for trade exchange with another TUGger for their week. It is a way to get around the RCI exchange fees. You would have to provide a guest certificate for whom ever you trade with. List of all Free Timeshare Exchanges available on TUG!

    also, this Timeshare Advice article explains the process of free direct exchanges on TUG!

    Free TUG Exchange program!
     
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    bccash63 TUG Member

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    I find it difficult to navigate as you must check each add individually to see what the person is interested in exchanging to--could there be another way to set it up?? thanx, Dawn
     
  3. bnoble

    bnoble TUG Member

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    Thanks for the reminder. I found a couple that might be good fits for us.
     
  4. brooklyn-joe

    brooklyn-joe TUG Member

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    Just wanted to second Dawn's comment. Perhaps a table setup would help, with one column for "I Have" and another column for "I Want" would work.
     
  5. Fletcher921

    Fletcher921 Tug Review Crew: Rookie TUG Member

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    table would be nice...

    I will have to agree. That would make scanning through so easy. I used to copy the table, put in my word processor and then just search for what interested me. Worked so easily.
     
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    topcop400 TUG Member

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    I heartily agree with the comments that have been posted here. I have often said to myself "I wish I could look at a list of those who want what I have".
     
  7. abc31

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    Me too!

    Also, there used to be a "potential exchange" list. It would be great if we could have one under the new system.
     
  8. TUGBrian

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    Unfortunately changing the results grid to display more information is a much larger task than originally anticipated, as the same grid is used to display all search results for the other ad types as well, and we are going to have to create something new just for the exchanges, but we are working on it.

    As for "potential exchanges" all direct exchange ads are potential exchanges IMO. you arent paying anything to submit the ad and look around.

    When you submit a direct exchange ad, you are submitting your resort for others to look at, as well as submitting with that...what you are looking to trade for.

    There is nothing binding within TUG that forces you to make a trade etc etc, I really was expecting more people to submit their own resorts into the new marketplace under exchange ads.

    once the automatic matching logic is complete, you will all recieve notification about potential matches of people who want what you have...and have what you want!

    so go input all your resorts into the marketplace as exchange ads! TUG is working to make your exchanges free...might as well take advantage of it!
     
  9. abc31

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    Don't get me wrong. I do appreciate the new marketplace you've set up for us members. And in most ways it is fantastic, but I really did like the set of the potential exchange list. It just let you know who was open to being contacted, even if they weren't particularly looking for a trade.
     
  10. TUGBrian

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    I guess I am a bit confused, every exchange posted in the marketplace the individual is interested in trading...and they provide you with what they are interested in trading in.

    Taking this individuals ad for example

    http://tug2.com/TimeshareMarketplac...tingGUID=b4ee2bcf-11ac-44ec-b7d2-c024605acbbb

    he is wanting to trade his week 14 in cape cod to another TUG member via direct exchange.

    He is looking for ANY resort on the west coast, any week, during 2009

    could he "potentially" be willing to take a week elsewhere? sure! and you could certainly contact him and ask.


    IMO every direct exchange is a potential exchange....they are posting their weeks up to find other weeks to trade with individually.

    Could you elaborate on what you feel the difference between the ads posted now, and what you think "potential exchanges" are?
     
  11. lotus5

    lotus5 TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

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    Booking a non-member into your timeshare

    I would guess easiest way would be to call your property and book them.
     
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    Why oh why don't more people try this?

    I am typing this from a 2BR at the Galleon resort on Key West. :cool:I traded for this with another TUG member. It cost both of us NOTHING--zero, nada, zilch, zip, bupkus. What part of that don't the TUG members understand?

    For several years I have been posting threads here every six months or so asking why more members don't utilize this wonderful resource. And the answers?

    "I never see anything I want..." Not like RCI or II where you always see what you want, right?:doh:

    "How can I be sure that my trade will be honored?" It's called faith. If you aren't willing to trust another TUG member, then this isn't for you. Stick with RCI where at least you can be sure they will always honor your request, never cancel or switch you at the last minute, etc.

    "What if I have to cancel?" You can work it out with your trade partner--you're both adults. It's amazing how much more compassionate another member will be to your problems compared to RCI or another trade company who only sees you as a dollar sign.

    How do I know? I have made at least 10 individual private trades with TUG members over the last 8 years. I've had to cancel and had them cancel on me--and we worked it out to both of our benefits. I've had a trade I was unhappy with and received a MORE than fair settlement. I've NEVER had a problem that couldn't be solved by two fellow timeshare members working together for a solution that was fair and acceptable to both of us.:clap:

    But mostly, I have had great trades--like this one--that I couldn't have gotten (most likely) through RCI et al. And this was quick and easy--as all of the swaps have been.

    On top of that, I have made several "trade pals" that I still correspond with. All of us have felt we got a great deal on the trades and have agreed to make the same trades again in the futures as the opportunity arises. :banana:

    So why don't more members register their weeks? :shrug: I don't know--but I wish you all would. You don't need a destination to request. Leave that part open. Just say you are willing to discuss any trades. Or, if there are certain places you don't want to go, just say--"No Orlando, Williamsburg or Las Vegas". That's what I say. You'll be surprised at what you may be offered.

    And you'll meet some great new friends. Obviously, you are under no obligation to accept ANY trade that is offered. But the flexibility is really cool. I made one trade where neither of us had the properties that we wanted. But we could both get them by swapping our existing properties. So we both traded our properties for something the other wanted. Then we swapped those to each other and just had the original swapees issue the reservation in that person's name. And it worked exactly as planned. No problems at all because we all took care of the other as we wanted to be taken care of.

    If you have any specific questions or want to discuss privately, please feel free to contact me at pwprism@comcast.net. Otherwise, just list your weeks (ALL of them that you are willing to swap) in the listing area. The farther out the better...want to swap your 2011 week now? You can do it!

    And be open to new ideas. You may be amazed at what you are offered. I was. And I'll never settle for just trading through exchange companies again.
     
  13. TUGBrian

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    as soon as we upload the new 2.0 code to the members only site (hopefully next weekend) ill be sending off a large email to everyone who had previously submitted a direct exchange ad in the old system (its alot of people)

    The new functionality of the MARKETPLACE for direct exchanges will provide you instant results that match your exchange criteria, and not only that...will email you when someone posts a new direct exchange that matches what you are looking for as well!

    you can post exchanges using this functionality by going to the testing site now

    http://testing.tug2.com/timesharemarketplace
     
  14. TUGBrian

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    Hey lookie there...got a few more after posting this =)

    Also got a few emails, and I figure I should answer the questions publicly.

    1. there is no cost to submit your ad, or make a trade...you are dealing directly with other TUGGERS. You do have to of course have a TUG membership to post an ad though.

    2. We do not take your week, you are not obligated to TUG in any way when posting your week for exchange. You are welcome to do anything else you wish with any other exchange company even if your ad is listed on TUG.

    3. You can post as many exchange weeks/ads as you like...they do not count towards your regular classified ad count and do not expire (unless the usage date on your week has passed)

    So post away, id like to see thousands of direct exchange listings vs the few hundred currently. Its easy and free...why not use it?
     
  15. pammex

    pammex TUG Review Crew: Expert TUG Member

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    well it all sounds great to me so I am going to do it....I'll put some weeks in first chance I get....I am writing reviews for timeshares so once finished I'll check my list and put some in and see what happens...I have a lot of weeks, so this sounds good......

    Brian, thanks for all your hard work.....and I bet this beats the heck out of RCI & other exchange companies.....You sure have a great site...I am really honored to be a member of TUG!!
     
  16. pammex

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    Oh I decided to put one in now....will pursue putting in others later. See what happens. Sounds like a win win for exchanging.
     
  17. Kozman

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    If you own the week, the trade would have nothing to do with RCI (no guest certificate). You would only need to provide a letter of permission to use the week or call the resort and put the reservation in the name of the person you are trading with.
     
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    Right = Guest Certificate is an RCI term, while most of us just need to call up the resort itself and tell them the name of the person checking in.
     
  19. TUGBrian

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    new exchange system is now live and full time. all direct exchange ads submitted within TUG will recieve the full auto matching benefits and notifications of the new and improved system.

    for those of you who submitted exchnage ads prior to the new system, might want to go in and edit your ads to include the "what you are looking to trade for" options!
     
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    FYI, to date we have had nearly 300 direct exchange listings posted in the new marketplace!

    Remember its free, and you are not obligated in any way to give up your week etc by just posting its availability on TUG!

    http://tug2.com/timesharemarketplace
     
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    Just placed my first exchange ad. Yay!:whoopie:
     
  22. TUGBrian

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    also note that when you sign up for the newsletter, part of that letter is "latest TUG exchanges available" among other things.

    that along with the auto matching feature should make for the best possible exposure to other TUGGERS looking to trade with you for free!
     
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    listing all TS weeks

    Am I understanding the ADMINs correctly, that I should post all my weeks in the Direct Exchange area, even ones I know I'll be using? :whoopie:

    If so, should I post the consecutive weeks I own at a property individually or all three weeks in a single post?
    Thanks
     
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    You should only post the weeks that you are offering for exchange. You can post them separately, in case someone is looking for that specific week, and then in the box for additional info., state that the other consecutive weeks are available and list the dates.
     
  25. TUGBrian

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    yea, I wouldnt post ones you KNOW you wont trade with someone else for...that would be pointless.

    unless you arent 100% about using it, who knows...you might get an exchange offer you cant refuse between now and then.

    you are NOT obligated to make a trade under any circumstances, the system is purely just for matchmaking between tuggers! its up to both of you (when a match is made) to decide if you want to trade or not!

    and yes, post them separately...otherwise the matching system wont function properly!
     

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