The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00114

Submission Number:
00114
Commenter:
Esmond Lyons
State:
New York
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
We receive little income directly through our airbnb business. We do get to meet some wonderful people that we can show our community to, direct them to the good restaurants and the many local attractions here in the Adirondack region. We've also formed bonds of trust and friendship that have endured over the years. We've introduced people to healthier lifestyles and artwork that they could not access through ordinary commercial enterprises and sometimes they've even purchased work from us. As my wife and I are both artists we have struggled regularly to make ends meet and even the small income from airbnb has at times been a godsend for us. We are grateful to airbnb for the many ways that they have positively impacted our lives. Thank you for this opportunity to write on this subject.