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I know there are differing opinions about RCI points vs. weeks, etc., but after dealing with RCI weeks fairly successfully, we would like to buy an inexpensive RCI points timeshare for last minute vacations, etc. For some time I've been watching e-bay and even checked into the leasing option. Most have horribly high maintenance (especially the FL units), so I'm passing on them. It seems as if the Las Vegas resorts (Grand View in Las Vegas and Cliffs at Peace Canyon) have several for sale on e-bay for RCI points. Their ratio of points to maintenance seems about average, but I wonder if there is something I should know before I try to buy in Vegas?
Anyone know anything or are there any words of wisdom before I start to bid? I've learned a lot from you guys and I know to double check with the resort on the accuracy of the e-bay ad's maintenance fee. I'm assuming the timeshare and closing company would take care of setting up the RCI points account, etc.
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Vegas (like Orlando) has a large supply of TS units and neither location tends to trade as well as a comprable unit in less developed (but still desirable) areas.
 

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I know there are differing opinions about RCI points vs. weeks, etc., but after dealing with RCI weeks fairly successfully, we would like to buy an inexpensive RCI points timeshare for last minute vacations, etc. For some time I've been watching e-bay and even checked into the leasing option. Most have horribly high maintenance (especially the FL units), so I'm passing on them. It seems as if the Las Vegas resorts (Grand View in Las Vegas and Cliffs at Peace Canyon) have several for sale on e-bay for RCI points. Their ratio of points to maintenance seems about average, but I wonder if there is something I should know before I try to buy in Vegas?
Anyone know anything or are there any words of wisdom before I start to bid? I've learned a lot from you guys and I know to double check with the resort on the accuracy of the e-bay ad's maintenance fee. I'm assuming the timeshare and closing company would take care of setting up the RCI points account, etc.
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Ava
The biggest thing about buying any RCI point TS is to make sure that the week you're buying is already converted to RCI points.

Since most resorts charge a huge fee to convert and no fee if already converted. Buying a week which is already converted will generally not cost you anymore, so BUY A CONVERTED WEEK!!
 

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Vegas (like Orlando) has a large supply of TS units and neither location tends to trade as well as a comprable unit in less developed (but still desirable) areas.
but since points are points, trade power isn't important. You want to have the impression that the resort will be well maintained so it doesn't lose it's gold or silver rating and decrease the number of points you get every year.
 

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but since points are points, trade power isn't important. You want to have the impression that the resort will be well maintained so it doesn't lose it's gold or silver rating and decrease the number of points you get every year.
I didn't realize that the points could change or decrease. I know maintenance fees usually increase each year, but the points value can change too??? Does that happen often?
Wow! Something else for me to think about.....
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I didn't realize that the points could change or decrease. I know maintenance fees usually increase each year, but the points value can change too??? Does that happen often?
Wow! Something else for me to think about.....
Ava
It doesn't happen often but it happens.
 

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You should seriously consider doing the 3 year lease program and see if RCI Points works for you as well as you think it will before making a long-term committment of ownership. Many of us who own points would have gone that route instead if it were available at the time.

If during the 3 year lease period it does not live up to your expectations, you will have no on-going responsibility to pay maintenance fees for years to come, plus possible Special Assessments.

It has become very difficult to sell a timeshare week or Points package, or to even give it away for free. No one knows what the future holds. In these troubled economic times, there are fears of developers going bankrupt, and/or maintenance fees skyrocketing if many owners walk away from their obligation to pay the maint. fees and loans. If owners have to file for bankruptcy, they will not worry about developers and resorts suing them, or filing liens against their property and assets, or "dinging" their credit reports.

And also, RCI is notorious for changing the rules of the Points program, and rarely does it benefit the members.

With all these potential problems on the horizon, you should think long and hard about making a long-term committment to ownership, especially when you have a lease option available.

I've been buying RCI Points packages through Ebay, but only those with an "underlying" week that I'll be glad to use every year, or will be able to rent (or sell) easily if our needs change. These type of weeks will have higher annual maintenance fees but it would be a lot costlier in the long run if I bought at a resort that I would never go to, and could not sell or give away.

Are you sure that Points will yield the type of vacations you desire? They work particularly well for people who can travel on very short notice--like one to two weeks notice--or in the off or shoulder seasons. But those same weeks are often available as "Last Minute" or "Extra Holidays" at a very low cost, and again, with no long-term ongoing responsibility.
 
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Thanks

Thanks for the input--that is why I love TUGGERS--I get such great insight from all of you who have "been there and done that!" I think I will get more info on the RCI points leasing option, although there are some great deals on e-bay.... Of course, I guess there is a reason for the great deals--someone wants to unload those points packages.
Thanks again.
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Comparing apples and oranges...

Thanks for the input--that is why I love TUGGERS--I get such great insight from all of you who have "been there and done that!" I think I will get more info on the RCI points leasing option, although there are some great deals on e-bay.... Of course, I guess there is a reason for the great deals--someone wants to unload those points packages.
Thanks again.
Ava
I respectfully suggest that in making these particular comparisons that you not lose sight of the fact that the eBay "deals" are purchases of ownership. Once you buy it, you own it --- until someday you become the one offering a "deal" and (trying) to give it away on eBay for a dollar or so.

The RTU lease option, on the other hand, has a defined and finite time period. If, after three years, you are not satisfied with the results, you can simply decline to renew, turn on your heel and walk away with no further effort, obligations --- or annual maintenance fees. That's a distinctly different (and in my opinion, far more desirable) situation than taking on the albatross of ownership to hang around your neck --- perhaps indefinitely. Also, with the RTU lease option, you can hand pick your points level and associated maintenance fee level.

I have nothing to peddle here, just offering some food for thought...
 
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There have been other discussions in these TUG forums about the fantastic bargains sometimes available on Ebay re: a fixed-deeded timeshare week. If there is a resort you would like to vacation at regulary, and it has good rental potential in the years you would like to go elsewhere, it may be possible to win that week already converted by the prior owner to RCI Points.

You would then be able to receive it as RCI Points (in your new or pre-existing account) or decline to place it in RCI Points and acquire it as a traditional fixed week. If you accept it as RCI Points, you can later withdraw from the program and revert to fixed week ownership.

Many Ebay bidders look for fixed weeks at resorts they know and like, but are unfamiliar with RCI Points and shy away from bidding on the same week if it is listed as RCI Points.
 
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