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If you could choose just 1 website to advertise your timeshare for rent, with lots of traffic, which one would you choose? Don't mind paying for the ad as long as it gets the job done. Would also price it appropriately. Thanks.
 

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Most people her will say RedWeek - I personally won't pay a fee to be able to inquire on an ad so I SAY NO - Craigslist has the broadest reach with some challenges of dealing with nonsense replies - but if you don't respond they will never have your email address
 

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I could not choose just one - I advertise on TUG, Redweek, and Craigslist and I think it is absolutely critical to advertise on more than one website for maximum traffic.
 

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Ebay. It gets a lot of traffic. Lots of great deals.
 

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I could not choose just one - I advertise on TUG, Redweek, and Craigslist and I think it is absolutely critical to advertise on more than one website for maximum traffic.

Denise is right; why limit yourself to just one site? I would add MyResortNetwork to her list.

Ebay. It gets a lot of traffic. Lots of great deals.

eBay does have some great deals -- if you are the buyer or renter. I would avoid it as a seller or lessor.
 

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She's selling not buying

that's why eBay and Tug are NOT the places to maximize your price
 

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Primarily I do event weeks and event weekends. Ive done 21 rentals since March

I have an ad here on TUG, on Redweek, and I have run rental ads on ebay. I have an ad or two or three running on Craigs list all the time and I also maintain a small informational website

With the exception of a single call off the Tug ad (that guy didnt rent) the only response has been from Craigs list.

So to answer your question................

Craigs List

My only complaint with Craigs list is that so many of the folks looking there, are looking at the last minute. I made 6 Halloween weekend reservations. Ive done 5 of them...but all in the last 2 weeks.... The same thing happened July 4th, so Im not surprised, but it is a little nerve-wracking

for next year Im looking into VacationRentalsByOwner and Flip key I also hope to find a local rental office near one of the Wyndham resorts where I do most of my business
 
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fixed weeks or floaters, Ron, or mostly points?

Besides the Wyndham, are you renting weeks? Floaters or fixed or both?
 

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Besides the Wyndham, are you renting weeks? Floaters or fixed or both?

Since Ron has his own rental website - please ask these questions privately - thank you.
 

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Besides the Wyndham, are you renting weeks? Floaters or fixed or both?

I own a pretty good mix:

4 fixed weeks converted to Wyndham points, 6 floating weeks, 2 fixed event weeks and 2 fixed weeks at small resorts with internal exchange systems
 

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Since I started working in Europe, I have been mostly renting my OBX summer week, and the local timeshare specialist real estate brokerage on the OBX, which handles both sales and rentals, works like a charm for me. Sure, I have to pay a commission, but they always rent the week, and for a nice profit over the m/f. I sign the contract and then don't have to worry with it anymore until the check comes in.
 

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Zippo seller protection for timeshare rentals with Ebay

Ebay is much better for the buyer than seller, when it comes to timeshare.

Based on my personal experience, I totally agree with Carolinian. I will never ever again rent on Ebay. The risk just isn't worth it. Ebay has great buyer protection - zero protection for sellers, especially for timeshare rentals. My personal experience has shown that when the buyer uses a credit card, a chargeback is made to the buyer credit card even though the buyer simply hanged his mind and has the reservation in hand. In my case, even with the support I had with Ebay's Resolution Center and PayPal - the chargeback was approved per Ebay policy re: credit cards. I am surprised that this hasn't come up in TUG discussions.
Bob
 

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Brokers who charge no upfront fees

Based on my personal experience, I totally agree with Carolinian. I will never ever again rent on Ebay. The risk just isn't worth it. Ebay has great buyer protection - zero protection for sellers, especially for timeshare rentals. My personal experience has shown that when the buyer uses a credit card, a chargeback is made to the buyer credit card even though the buyer simply hanged his mind and has the reservation in hand. In my case, even with the support I had with Ebay's Resolution Center and PayPal - the chargeback was approved per Ebay policy re: credit cards. I am surprised that this hasn't come up in TUG discussions.
Bob

If you go to www.ltrba.com you will find sixty five Brokers and Agents that sell timeshare without charging an upfront fee. They do not have sister companies that charge upfront fees.
 

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I use Tug, and Redweek, I get 80% of my renters from Redweek and 20% from tug,I would like to find a realestate Agency in NYC that does timeshare rental,(any agency out there let me know) Seth and Judi, as for as I know only do resales
 

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Last year and the year before I used myresortnetwork.com and had many inquires for rental weeks. This year using the same site I have not gotten even 1 inquiry.
 

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I agree with you about not renting on eBay -- but here is the thing. Paypal needs "proof" of receipt. As long as you send the rental confirmation with delivery confirmation via post, this counts --- they need a reference number. Furthemore, along with a good rental contract and a no refund policy clause, you should have no problems.

As much as I HATE paypal cause they suck.... Ebay is not to bee turned down for renting.... just be a smarter renter.
 

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Paypal needs "proof" of receipt. As long as you send the rental confirmation with delivery confirmation via post, this counts --- they need a reference number.

I have done many rentals using Paypal and I don't know what you mean by this?

Also - I have never mailed a confirmation - I always email it. :shrug:
 

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Zippo seller protection for timeshare rentals with Ebay

... Paypal needs "proof" of receipt. --- they need a reference number.

In my case, I provided the Marriott reservation number. In addition, I provided the buyer, Ebay Resolution Center, and PayPal the Marriott (800) central reservation number to independently verify that the reservation number was valid in buyers name. I thought that this would be sufficient "proof of receipt" and was accepted as such by Ebay's Resolution Center and PayPal staff. What I found alarming, and worthy of sharing on TUG is that Paypal told me that for timeshare rentals it was PayPal policy to honor he credit card chargeback regardless of the "proof of receipt". Both Ebay Resolution Center and PayPal e-mailed me and acknowledged my frustration . . . but this was policy for timeshare rentals purchased with a credit card. Fortunately for me, the Marriott rental was for New Years so I had to time to adapt.

I hope that my experience was just an isolated case. I still use Ebay to purchase - I just don't plan to sell or rent anything.

Bob
 

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Bob - Was this recent, because the most current info. from Paypal is that they do NOT get involved in timeshare disputes.

I think your problem was with ebay - not Paypal.
 

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I have been most successful with craigslist, although posting in Orlando has been very frustrating at times (with listing being flagged). I've had a couple a couple decent rentals from TUG. Also 3 or 4 on eBay. I have my bottom line and don't go below it. I can't believe what some rentals go for on eBay. I hope I never have to go that low, I think it hurts everyone.

It looks like Redweek would be good to try, but I haven't done so yet. I like that on craigslist, TUG, and eBay I don't have any upfront charges.

I use paypal pretty much exclusively for payment. I haven't had any problems, yet, knock on wood.
 

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Bob - Was this recent, because the most current info. from Paypal is that they do NOT get involved in timeshare disputes.

I think your problem was with ebay - not Paypal.

Hi Denise. This all happened last May. You are right that the dispute was to be resolved with Ebay's Resolution Center. The problem was that the moment they supported the fact that the item was not a fake and the reservation was real, the buyer immediately filed for a chargeback with PayPal. I found that when a buyer does that, it is Ebay policy to terminate the Resolution Center involvement. When I contacted PayPal, they asked me for evidence that the item was received by the buyer. I provided that and PayPal made the decision to support my appeal. Within a few days, PayPal then informed me that it was PayPal could not stop the credit card company from processing the chargeback. PayPal also mentioned that this was also the case because this was a "timeshare rental" transaction.

Again, this was just my experience. Also, as an aside, TUG members should know that Ebay owns PayPal.

Bob
 

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I get most of my renters from Craigslist but have also run ads on Ebay when I get within 60 days of check in. I've gotten comparable prices on Ebay for rentals but most of my weeks are prime ski weeks in Vail, CO so there's a huge demand. The Ebay ads cost about $10 per month so your ultimate cost is a lot less than doing an Ebay auction or buy it now listing. I also use Redweek, myresortnetwork, TUG (gotten very few renters from TUG but have sold a couple weeks with TUG ads), and vacationtimesharerentals.com.
 

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Rental sites

I have found that when I do rent weeks, Redweek is the best.
 

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I believe if you have a great week priced right it will rent on any of the mentioned sites.

That being said, if you are not competitive and you have a week that no one is demanding then it is not going to rent period.

I advertise on all of the mentioned sites and when one person is looking for something, I get inquiries from the same person on all of these sites.

The rental consumer is as savvy as ever in their quest for the right property at the right price.

I know that most people on TUG shy away from listing a phone number, however, I do believe that the ability to have instant contact with another human being is a very effective tool in getting a rental where there are other units listed. My very fine friend with his wife vacationing over there in this US of A is not going to call me :).

I am speaking of course from the perspective of someone who does this for a living. I will say that my rental business has not been affected by the economy in that people are still renting at an unbelievable rate. My customer who went to St. Martin for the past five years may be driving to Florida this year, but the demand for vacations is extremely high.

JMHO,
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