Buying from Disney vs buying from someone else
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Location: UK, Chelmsford - close to the V festival (if you have ever heard of it)
Concierge Level: 6
Do you mean buying resale or buying from someone you know?!
I bought resale as it was almost half price from a company that specialises in doing this (resalesdvc.com) I bought this before they bought in a new rule about use of points from resale contracts. For me the savings were worth it but I had the time to wait for a contract I wanted to come up.
I copied this from ResalesDVC | Disney Vacation Club Resale Specialists since 1998 "Recently Disney changed their policy on the sale of DVC contracts on the secondary market. Under the new policy, members who purchase from anyone other than Disney, on or after March 21, 2011, will not be eligible to use their DVC points to make reservations in the Concierge Collection, the Disney Collection or the Adventurer Collection. Those Vacation Points will instead be valid only for reservations at Disney Vacation Club resorts, as well as foráRCI« exchanges, Club Cordial and Club Intrawest."
So basically you can't trade out your points....if you plan on using your dvc points solely for dvc it won't affect you. However I felt this would impact me as I'm from the uk and lots of things like exchange rates, flight costs etc really impact on whether I can get to Florida. But it really depends on your circumstances. People have said your better to rent your points and pay Cash as you don't get a great exchange value for dcl.
Also dvc direct from Disney is quicker to set up than it is via resale.
I hope this helps and isn't too confusing.
Clare Loves Stitch "sometimes the right path is not the easiest one" Grandmother Willow - Pocahontas Proud DVC owner at BWV from March 2011
Last edited by Clare loves Stitch; 08-07-2012 at 04:05 AM..
Exactly. We have thought about buying resale. But the fact is we like to cruise as well. Plus one day I would love to take an adventures by disney trip. In the end we did pay more. But that doesn't mean you have to. We didn't like the idea of being stuck only a dvc resorts for later in life. What if the contract with RCI falls threw in the future? Just some random thoughts we had. Good luck in making your choice
As I think more and more about becoming a DVC member, I thought I'd pose the question...
What would be an advantage to buy directly from Disney to become a DVC member?
On the flip side, what advantage might there be if you bought someone else's contract?
I need to go back and reread my Passporter DVC
The biggest advantage to buying direct is if you ever want to use your points for something besides a DVC resort. The only other small advantage is you can pick your Use Year. If you already own points, then it is sometimes easier to add on directly from Disney and get the same use year that you already have. With resale, you would have to wait for the right resale at the right time to add on. In addition, if you only wish to add a small number of points, say 25-40, it is much easier to go through Disney as well, since those types of resales go very quickly, and often do not even show up on the resale web site before they're already bought!
The only advantage to buying resale is the lower price.
The amount of time it takes (usually 2 months) to purchase resale is not a big deal to most people. You do get immediate access to them when buying direct. Not really an advantage either way.
For us, even though it is more expensive (and since we are only adding on at this point), we would probably go direct through Disney. While we have not planned to take a cruise on points, we would like the flexibility to do so. We have used our points for the Disney Collection as well, and may do so again in the future.
We bought from disney so we could still use the Disney collection and also because we could take Disney finance to give me time to pay the balance as I have to give my bank 3 months notice to withdraw money and I couldn't figure out how that would work with making an offer for resale. We now want to add on but only 30 points and will probably go to Disney again as I want the same use year
I would only buy resale because I think Disney prices are extremely high and you get a much better value resale. We only stay at Disney resorts so it wouldn't matter if we didn't get all the benefits of buying direct. We don't consider using our points on a cruise or any of the collections because I don't feel they are the best value for your points.
This is all great information and I really appreciate everyone for having taken the time to respond! Looks like I'm going to have to sit and probably write down what will be realistic expectations for us, moneywise and then also how will we want to use points in the years to come.
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