Jim- Nice way of putting it
. Curiously, Marriott rents the room for $4723 for an August week, and the SC next door only has GV rooms left- so people are booking. Curiously, even the better views at the top HH resorts rent on Marriott for less money during the same early August period, even though it's Plat. season there, yet even though Marriott rents Aruba Gold weeks for more than HH Plat. weeks, Platinum Aruba weeks get considerably less points that Plat. HH weeks.
On the flip side, while the point allocation stinks for the Aruba owner relative to rental rates, the point cost represents a real relative bargain. And OS and OV cost the same number of points, even though the OS units were sold for a 4-5K premium and cost more to rent- again, bad for the owners, but good for those using DC points.
So- if you are considering going to Aruba- using DC points is a good deal, and it pays to rent some points from others rather than booking even with the Premiere or Premiere Plus discount codes.