My husband and I toured several timeshares, before we decided to buy. Not because we are mooches, but because we are wise investors.
Only an *** buys something sight unseen. It is always wise to check out anything before you buy it, especially large purchase items. The timeshare industry plays the odds with about a 1/3 of the people who walk through their doors becoming owners. It is a cost-effective advertising ploy that benefits both parties.
We do currently own a timeshare and feel that after seeing what is out there, we made an informed decision.