The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00416

Submission Number:
00416
Commenter:
Barbara Fowler
State:
Oregon
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
My husband and I are retired. We rent out our extra two bedrooms at our vacation house when we are there for a total of about 16 nights times two rooms. Besides the economic aspect from Airbnb to us, one huge benefit for golf/tennis/music event antendees in the Coachella valley (CA) is that there are simply not enough hotel rooms to handle them. As a consumer of Airbnb, we are planning a trip to Peru and after researching Airbnb, are planning to stay with Eric and Megan in Yucay, Peru. I'm most excited about meeting them! We think the best aspect of Airbnb is the social aspect. From our reviews and Megan and Eric's reviews, you can see that Airbnb provides a vehicle for not only meeting interesting new people, but the satisfaction of sharing resources with these guests that is both easy and rewarding. I had often thought while traveling domestically but especially when traveling abroad, how simple it would be for a local to share their space and how much more interesting and stress free that would make the trip. The kids at Airbnb came up with the software to make that happen. Bless them.