When they run Moonlight Magic, DVC have to pay WDO for the exclusive use of the park. The discounts I’m not sure about.Are there some finite number of perks? Like DVC can only offer small discounts on Tables in Wonderland to x number of people or else the whole operation falls apart?
I just don’t like the segregation. It’s dopey and petty and quite frankly it’s a little bit of a dirty tactic by DVC to sell the insanely priced new points. The perks aren’t even close to worth the price difference between resale and direct, but they engage in a little bit of deceptive mind games.
Oh well, despite being an “owner” my opinion means less then nothing.
DVC are not responsible for the difference in price. They set the price based on what the market will bear. The fact that owners can get a reasonable return if they sell is neither here nor there in terms of that price. It benefits DVC that there is a resale market, but only in so far as it’s a “safety cushion” that most timeshares don’t have. Which makes it more attractive compared to those other timeshares.
I genuinely don’t understand the argument that by restricting perks to resale buyers DVC are inflating the price of direct points. They obviously want people to buy from them direct. The perks encourage people to buy direct, despite the warnings given by DVC and their sales team not to buy for the benefits. That much I get.
But how does the lack of benefits to resale buyers help them sell points at a higher price? People still have the choice as to whether the perks are worth the higher price. And in buying Riviera, people need to consider the extra restrictions for resale buyers and the impact that will have on their own plans for the future. Perhaps the perks at Riviera are lessened by the possible effect on the value of the points on the resale market? So that’s an extra factor to consider when deciding whether to buy there or elsewhere, or indeed resale.
But here’s the crunch - no one buys (or should buy) actively planning to recoup their costs by selling later. Only a speculator would do that, and if they gamble on it and lose I’m not going to lose any sleep over it.