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StevenTing
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Welcome Jim.Great to have you.  Wow, 16 weeks.  All at one place?  Well, now that you've found us, help spread the word.  The more people that know about trading and exchanging the points, the better the community.  As for why Marriott doesn't run a similar forum/exchange service, I think it comes down to money.It's not the lack of money.  It's about the potential loss of money.  If Marriott ran an exchange for points, this would lead to the loss of future point sales.  Greg and I have discussed this a couple of times.  Ask yourself the following.  If I have the ability to rent as many points as possible from other owners, what is my incentive to buy points from the Developer?  By renting points from other owners, I no longer have an upfront cost for additional points.  I no longer have the responsibility to pay the maintenance fees.  Compared to maintenance fees, I will pay more per point by renting, but the amount will still be less than renting rooms directly from Marriott.comI've almost purchased a couple more timeshares from Ebay but Greg has helped me talk myself out of it.  Even on Ebay, why by additional weeks and be responsible for the maintenance fees when you can just rent the points from those that may not need their points.