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Diamond Resorts reduces owner benefits again!

susana277 wrote:
Really, until and unless DRI roles back their maintenance fees to a rate that is within industry standards they will be unable to recapture any good will from their members. A satisfied customer will speak about the company to a few people but a dissatisfied customer will speak to many, many more. Which is why of course, DRI has a gag order attached to their termination document. The word does seem to be out about them more than before.


If anyone expects DRI to change, you live in Fairy Land... In my opinion DRI is an ongoing criminal fraud enterprise, like the Mafia or the Drug Cartels minus the violence, but criminal none the less... They will do and say anything they can to get your money... Yes, those who have been defrauded will speak loudly and often about their experiences, and DRI will threaten anyone who dares speak up, but they do not want to give credibility to any former member by actually taking them to court as that brings attention to their manner of business... Contrary to some opinions going to court alone as one party is expensive and time consuming, the COPP group had a great suit filed but settled out of court and betrayed all of its members by doing so... They never forced the case to court and discovery, where DRI was vulnerable to having to open their books...
In my opinion any Vacation Timeshare is a fraud if they use the points system as opposed to the old system of units X weeks, points is like selling air, that is why they have adopted this business model

Avatar for michaeld414 michaeld414

1 month ago
Jun 25, 2014

The old system was a fraud as well. Most of us were told what a great "investment" we were getting during those high-pressure sales presentations. False information about resale value was also given. In my case they told the truth about the units at my resort being almost sold out, but once they were actually sold out the developers just started selling "memberships" in some sort of "vacation club", which was essentially the same thing but without a deed. As I've said before, the people in this business are the lowest form of slime to share the planet with us. They should all be rotting in prison.

Avatar for davidk689 davidk689

1 month ago
Jun 25, 2014

Thank you for the Posts!

charless345 wrote:
westw wrote:
I want to sincerly thank you for your public service of posting your issues here about Diamond Int'l. I have read EVERY SINGLE ONE and have followed all the links and outside stories. I recently purchased into Diamond, came home and did my research. Because of your first-hand accounts I have canceled within 24 hours of the 7 Day Cancellation Period! I want you all to know that you HAVE FOUGHT BACK and are being heard! I especially want to thank MichaelD for his posts ( I am so sorry you had to lose $55k! Filing a lawsuit and requesting discovery is not expensive, btw--let me know and I will help you be Pro per-represent yourself--after discovery you can get atty for free to represent that class but hurry due to statute of limitations!) and others who have explained the risks. My wife and I discussed at length the difference between the sales pitch and actual escrow discussion and the actual contract. We have NO GUARANTEE that assessments could be controlled, or properties available. We saw that we could rent the same properties at hotel.com for less than the CURRENT (new!) assessments. We will potentially look into marriots, or even rent from timeshare owners (not an option with a point system- public listings are prohibited in contract- so contact me if you want to rent a week). Again, thank you! (BTW, I too think "Charles" is DRI plant)


Hello, your local DRI plant here. :-) Amazing that because you don't disagree with others' view or don't have the same experiences that are negative that you have to be a plant or something. Anyhow....

I own Marriott as well. When Marriott went to the points system, I read almost all of the same complaints that I read about DRI as it pertains to their system. Weeks owners with Marriott say it is a Ponzi scheme, etc. In fact, there is a class action suit filed against Marriott by a weeks owner stating that his timeshare has been devalued since Marriott went to the points system. When you are dealing with lots of people, there are going to be varying opinions.

DRI does rent their units cheaper than maintenance fees in certain places. This usually depends on the time of year and the location. I see weeks owners renting their units out for less than maintenance fees as well. It's all about supply and demand. I don't think weeks owners at Hawaii resorts want to rent their units for less than maintenance fees, but we all would rather recover some costs as opposed to nothing at all. I believe DRI does the same thing. However, I know that they also do this to generate sales.

I would again like to invite you all to our Facebook page for Diamond Resorts Members. We now have over 2000 owners on our page and we discuss issues positive and negative. We have DRI owners from all over the world as members. Some are happy and some are not. We have enough people on our site now that DRI reads it and we have been able to get some changes in the system. I know some of you think I am a plant, but I am a knowledgeable one. :-) Come to our site and learn how to maximize your membership and unite with us to bring about change in the DRI system. There is strength in numbers.

Avatar for barbaral201 barbaral201

1 month ago
Jun 25, 2014

Diamond Resorts reduces owner benefits again!

And MichaelD I heard you, and witnessed your HUGE loss and thus was able to get out within my 7 Day Recission Period. But I must say, that the blame on COPP is not justified. Anyone can file Discovery and Motions to Compel Discovery one a lawsuit has been answered. Did you try to look at the file to see what it is you are looking for? I believe you felt that there was a nondisclosure... time starts once the damage has been discovered--thus you may still have time? If not, a little guy should NEVER claim to be too little to fight the big guys. Most action can be filed and discovery done representating yourself. Should be easy to have verified the roof repair timeline. Members should stick together and not turn on each other.......so personally, I would just mention what you are: 1) selling air; 2) lack of use of expiring points due to noavailability; 3) lack of control over increasing assessments; 4) obligated into perpituary (sp?)..even heirs; 5) unable to resell or give away; 6) differnt policies for different collections (things keep changing--no stability); 7) members have no collaborative/bargaining rights (lack of customer service). Those are enough reasons to run away fast! Did I miss any? Again, thank everyone for this forum to help us newbees who are doing the research! You have managed to get back at them with this public service!

michaeld414 wrote:
susana277 wrote:
Really, until and unless DRI roles back their maintenance fees to a rate that is within industry standards they will be unable to recapture any good will from their members. A satisfied customer will speak about the company to a few people but a dissatisfied customer will speak to many, many more. Which is why of course, DRI has a gag order attached to their termination document. The word does seem to be out about them more than before.


If anyone expects DRI to change, you live in Fairy Land... In my opinion DRI is an ongoing criminal fraud enterprise, like the Mafia or the Drug Cartels minus the violence, but criminal none the less... They will do and say anything they can to get your money... Yes, those who have been defrauded will speak loudly and often about their experiences, and DRI will threaten anyone who dares speak up, but they do not want to give credibility to any former member by actually taking them to court as that brings attention to their manner of business... Contrary to some opinions going to court alone as one party is expensive and time consuming, the COPP group had a great suit filed but settled out of court and betrayed all of its members by doing so... They never forced the case to court and discovery, where DRI was vulnerable to having to open their books...
In my opinion any Vacation Timeshare is a fraud if they use the points system as opposed to the old system of units X weeks, points is like selling air, that is why they have adopted this business model

Avatar for westw westw

1 month ago
Jun 26, 2014

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