Tell them what I tell them at the end of the pitch. I don't go anywhere without my dog. Do you allow dogs in your time share (the answer is usually no)? You don't oh well I couldn't possible buy it if FiFi isn't allowed.
I always tell them up front, I'm here for the free gift and I only give them one hour and I get up and leave.
My son and his wife actually bought one a few years back - after I counseled against it (my kids never listen to me).
Everyone I know who ever bought a time share was trying to get rid of it and cut their losses after less than 5 years. My son and his family live in Alaska, and they believe the TS facilitates their travel, leisure time and vacations a lot better than if they were paying for everything out-of-pocket and ala carte. His daughter-in-law and family used some of his time share "credits" in Las Vegas a few months back and THEY had a great time for about a week.
I told my son that oftentimes perception is reality, and if he thinks he's making out better than he would otherwise (for himself or for his extended family) then good for him. But it's not something I would do. I guess I'm just too risk-averse.
That's what I told him. Apparently what he owns are "credits" for "timeshares" that are located throughout the country and he claims that what he has paid/continues to pay is far less than if he took those "vacations" ala carte (i.e., on his own w/o the timeshare situation).
To me, you're forced to use the credits/take the "vacations" in order to get your money's worth, and the inconvenience and obligation to do that takes away the spontanaeity I value now that I'm old. (I spent a lifetime traveling here, there, and everywhere and have no need to see any more "wonders of the world" or archaeological digs. After awhile, it all looks the same. Even the babes on the beaches now look to me like one big sun tan.)
But on the timeshares, he's as stubborn as I am and he says he's getting a "great deal." So I just say "perception is reality and if you think so, good for you."
I'm just wondering what he'll say in 10 years.