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Episode 22: Timeshares and what it’s like to sit through a pitch

October 5, 2017 GMT
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Have you ever been offered a gift - like tickets to a theme park or a night in a resort - with just one condition: You’ll have to sit through a timeshare presentation.

In this episode of “Get Outta Here,” AP Travel editor Beth Harpaz finds out what these pitches are really like from AP’s Marjorie Miller, who sat through a presentation in Atlantic City in order to get the promised gift. We also look at the pros and cons of owning timeshares, including why some people love them and why they can be hard to get rid of.

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New episodes of “Get Outta Here!” are published every Wednesday. Host Beth J. Harpaz is travel editor for the Associated Press, a volunteer Big Apple Greeter and a licensed tour guide in her native New York City. She recently completed a quest to visit all 50 states.

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Before becoming travel editor, where most of the news - thank goodness - is about happy people going on nice vacations, Beth covered politics, disasters and all manner of mayhem for the AP. And not to reveal her age, but she also worked for several newspapers way back in the 20th century and even wrote three books.

She does not own wheeled luggage but instead carries her belongings around the world in an ancient backpack and various tote bags.

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