Six Tactics to Peacefully Coexist With Las Vegas Timeshare Salespersons

Las Vegas visitors have a love-hate relationship with timeshare salespeople. And by “love-hate,” of course, we mean “hate.”

If you ask the typical Las Vegas hotel guest about their worst experiences in Sin City, they’ll inevitably regale you with a story about running a gauntlet of timeshare salespeople who just wouldn’t take “no” for an answer.

Well, we decided it was high time to chat up a timeshare sales expert to get the inside scoop about this mysterious world, and here are six tactics to peacefully coexist with these hard-working and often misunderstood folks just trying to make a living like the rest of us schlubs.

Rio Las Vegas timeshare

How lucrative are timeshare sales in Las Vegas? Rio Las Vegas has a timeshare sales area in the middle of its casino floor.

Interacting with timeshare salespeople doesn’t have to be a hostile or even annoying encounter.

When you’re approached, start by realizing the salesperson’s goal isn’t to annoy you. It’s to make a deal (and make a commission). Their job is to provide you with something a lot of people are interested in, otherwise the job wouldn’t exist. In fact, Las Vegas is the number one place for timeshares in the U.S. Hello, it’s Las Vegas.

The single best thing you can do to avoid being pestered (it’s also called “persistence,” by the way, which often works because in timeshare sales, “no” often means “convince me”) is to help the salesperson disqualify you as a customer.

That’s right. Help them. Talking to people who aren’t customers is a waste of time for salespeople, so help them. How do you do this? It helps to know the code.

Timeshare free slot pull

Beware timeshare enticements like free slot pulls like this one on Fremont Street. Just keep moving, avoid eye contact.

Once you know the right thing to do or say, your interaction with timeshare salespersons will be pleasant, and more importantly, brief.

Here, then, are six strategies to let a timeshare salesperson know you’re a waste of their time.

1. Fly Solo

When you’re walking alone, you’re much less likely to be approached by someone selling timeshares. So, if you’re part of a couple and see timeshare people nearby, split up for a minute. You’ll survive. Interestingly, individuals are still approached on rare occasions. Males, though, who are alone, are virtually never approached. Females are.

2. Say You’re a Local

This tactic is gold. Locals are disqualified immediately as prospective clients, so just say you’re a local. If you don’t like “lying,” use another tactic. But remember, these aren’t “lies,” they’re code. You’re a local.

3. Be Leaving Town Today

Hearing you’re leaving town today is a buzzkill for timeshare salespersons, which makes it an especially effective message to have at your disposal.

4. Be Younger Than 25

If you are younger than 25 years old, say so. If you look 25 or younger, say you’re younger than 25. That’s the cut-off most timeshare salespeople use to decide if someone is a likely customer, so use that knowledge to your advantage if you can.

Westgate

Westgate Las Vegas is a hotbed of timeshare activity. Now, you have some coping mechanisms if you visit.

5. Walk With Someone of the Same Gender

Timeshare salespeople are first-and-foremost looking for married couples. So, same-sex couples are rarely approached. If you’re gay, you meet the “couple” qualification, so there’s still a chance you’ll get hit up. See one of the other tactics.

6. Say You Already Did the Timeshare Presentation

Boom. You’re not interested. Not because timeshares aren’t awesome. Not because you hate timeshare salespeople. You’ve already had the presentation, so the conversation is over. Dead in its tracks. You’re now free to enjoy your vacation. You’re welcome.

There you have it. You’re now fully equipped to interact with timeshare salespeople in a whole new way.

Be friendly. Help them disqualify you as a potential customer, immediately and finally. Know the code, and get back to having the time of your life in Las Vegas.

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  • slug214

    Thank you for sharing this info! I always feel uncomfortable in these interactions. On one hand I just want to enjoy my vacation, on the other I understand these people are trying to make a living. This is very helpful!

    • The Werewolf

      You are not obligated to help them make a living. Get over that mindset. They are trying to sell you something that almost no rational human needs and they make money doing it.

      If you’re truly interested, feel free to discuss it with them.
      If you’re truly not – you have no obligation to participate.

      • slug214

        That’s a good point. I guess after my experience working in sales for several years I can understand what it’s like being in their shoes. I don’t feel obligated for helping them make a living but I can empathize being a sales person in a tourist industry is extremely difficult and often degrading.

        • RustyHammer

          I wonder why people take these jobs. Must pay really well for the one timeshare they sell a month.

          • skeptic555

            I do not believe it pays well. I believe they will take anyone.

          • Bouldersteve

            Timeshare sales people are a notch below used car sales people

          • It can be quite lucrative, with the potential to move into a “closer” position (the salespeople we typically encounter drive potential customers to those folks), which can easily be five figures.

    • Thanks. We got some new ammunition, too.

  • DSchwartz99lv

    “This tactic is gold. Locals are disqualified immediately as prospective clients, so just say you’re a local. If you don’t like “lying,” use another tactic. But remember, these aren’t “lies,” they’re code. You’re a local.”

    But what if I am a local? Oh wait. I am!

    (To be quite honest, my first trip to Vegas involved a timeshare meeting. If we never did that, it would’ve been longer till we discovered this place!)

    • DSchwartz99lv

      I honestly don’t know why I posted a picture of Ainsley Harriott. Probably because Vegas.

  • DSchwartz99lv

    “This tactic is gold. Locals are disqualified immediately as prospective clients, so just say you’re a local. If you don’t like “lying,” use another tactic. But remember, these aren’t “lies,” they’re code. You’re a local.”

    But what if I am a local? Oh wait. I am!

    (To be quite honest, my first trip to Vegas involved a timeshare meeting. If we never did that, it would’ve been longer till we discovered this place!)

    • That’s a great example of a positive outcome!

  • The Werewolf

    Uh.. I’ve been to Las Vegas lots of times and my conversations with them have been:

    “Would you be interested in a time share?”

    “Uh, no. Thanks.”

    Much like my interactions with the card snappers on the strip.

    I think this article is over-blowing the issues a lot.

    • Marie

      I agree. My husband and I just walk by and ignore the questions.

  • Photoncounter

    I was walking the strip once with a female friend and we were approached by a timeshare person, asked how long we were going to be in town. I said just until as long as her husband is out of town. I did that with a straight face, my friend played along. The reaction from the saleswoman was priceless!

  • skeptic555

    Or, you know, don’t even acknowledge they exist. Just keep walking, and ignore them outright. Pretend you didn’t hear or see them. This is no more rude than their intentionally blocking your path, and interrupting you for their own selfish reasons.

    • The company with the free show tickets in front of Binions is really good at blocking your path and being annoying.
      (Sorry Vital Vegas. I know This Blog works at Fremont Street Experience. I just call it like I see it.)

      • No offense taken–they’re all fairly annoying, but now you know how to keep the interaction brief. I am down there mainly alone and have never been approached by any timeshare salespeople.

  • Wally Marshall

    I don’t mind being solicited, but to be constantly inundated with overly aggressive suggestions and edgy comments, no thank you. I have quit going to the Westgate just because of that.

    • Yeah, I find that one the toughest as well. Unlike a lot of Vegas hotels, they rely a lot on the timeshare business.

  • Alex

    If you have a good product, you don’t need to annoy people to make a sale. (That principle holds for timeshares and anything sold at kiosks in a mall.)

    Example: There are timeshare salespeople located in multiple locations throughout Walt Disney World. They won’t try to sell you anything unless you ask for information. Disney’s timeshare program has been wildly successful for the company and they did it without using sleazy sales practices.

    • Hundley Fan

      I agree, except I think Disney is a special case. Hardcore Disneyphiles—and I don’t mean that as a negative—really love everything about Disney and will buy just about anything the company sells, from toys and trinkets in the parks to timeshares, so a hard-sell approach is not needed.

      Also, Disney employees are not “workers” but “Cast Members” who are there to help make the guest’s time at a Disney property memorable and enjoyable, so the guest wants to return. A CM nagging guests about a timeshare doesn’t jibe with the company’s customer service goals.

      • Alex

        True. As one of those former “Cast Members” at Disney World, I agree with your comments. Disney is indeed a special case and an extreme example, but it’s not the only example.
        I’ve stayed in a few condo-hotels over the years. In each, I’ve gotten promo materials touting timeshare purchases at check-in. And, each had salespeople in the lobby. Yet, I never once was approached or accosted like what happens in Las Vegas.
        If your company has a decent product, you don’t need to hire people to be jerks to everyone walking by your sales office.

        • Hundley Fan

          Did you enjoy working for Disney? (I’ve heard horror stories from people who have worked at the corporate office in Burbank.) Has seeing “behind the magic” spoiled your enjoyment of the parks?

          • Alex

            Well, I did take a multi-year break after I left before returning as a guest. That was mostly because I didn’t feel like paying to see stuff I used to get for free. But, the things that were “magical” when I worked there still get me excited now.

            I did leave the company feeling a bit disillusioned. Most of that stemmed from individual members of management in my primary work location and not the operation as a whole. If it weren’t for 1 or 2 people who had “you have to do it my way” mentalities, I’d probably still be there. I’ve come to realize that every job can have people like that.

            I do have some great memories from my time working at Disney. Because of the seasonal nature of the business, some job positions are only run part of the year. They offer “temporary assignments” where you can shift into a new role and then return to your primary area when it’s done.

            My last year, I did one of those in the Entertainment division, based out of Magic Kingdom. I was a Host for the program that brings in bands/dancers/singers to perform across Disney World. I did that when I was in high school, so I loved the opportunity to be on the other side of things. It was the best job I’ve ever had, despite being outside in the sun/rain/humidity for most of the day. And the other Cast Members (and managers) in that area were uniformly great.

            After that experience, I couldn’t stomach the not-so-great managers at my primary work location. I could have stayed and rotated back into that great job every spring. But, I couldn’t handle 7 months in a bad job just to have 5 months in a great one. So, I moved on.

          • Thanks for sharing your experiences.

          • Hundley Fan

            Thanks for the detailed response. That’s too bad about the sucky managers at your primary location. I’ve left a couple of jobs because of bad supervisors. I learned years ago that life is too short to be unhappy at work, especially if the reason is a bad manager.

    • Agree! I think the challenge is the percentage of the population they know can be persuaded.

  • red318is

    As a single guy, I am almost offended that the timeshare hawkers completely ignore me. I am not interested, so I am happy they don’t bother me. I do wonder what the reason is though. My guess is women fall for the hard sell easier and then men do whatever the women want.

    • Probably because a married couple tends to travel / vacation together often and may earn more combined ie: qualify to purchase more than a single person?

    • You’re actually right, according to my source. She says women tend to be more easily persuaded, for whatever reason. Sales to men is tougher and not worth their time.

  • I have two tactics. The first I borrowed from good looking girls. I pretend to be talking on my phone when I am cruising through a timeshare salesperson rich environment.
    When I forget to be on my phone, I just keep walking as I look them in the eye and tell them I am on a mission from god.
    I have found the “I am a local” tactic does not always work because locals travel too and timeshares are not only in Las Vegas.

    • RustyHammer

      I use the fake cell phone bit periodically, and I pretend I’m confused about where I’m going and what I’m looking for when I do it. I do it so that I can take another look at a hot gal nearby. I always turn the ringer off before I do it so the phone doesn’t accidentally ring while I’m looking her up and down.

  • Bouldersteve

    Only went once to a time share presentation. It was in Hawaii. Went to one of those booths Lahaina to buy a scuba diving trip. The salesperson said he could give to me free just attend a timeshare presentation. Never again. Wish I had just paid for it. The Plaza used to have bunch of those sales people trolling the casino have not them lately..nice.

  • Scott, you really need to get out of the canopy once in awhile and try the Strip… They can smell a couple from a mile away… Gay, straight, bi-doggie style missionary, mormon with 8 wives, they can spot you and zero in on you. Especially if its the end of the month and they need to make their quota…

    Walking single file doesn’t work anymore, being a local just means its easier to trade for other cities or to sell it off. They just need a warm body.

    My ex-neighbor was one of the closers and made 6 figures easily. Well, if you count hearing “NO” at the top of their lungs 20000 times a day!