The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00703

Submission Number:
00703
Commenter:
janet ciamaricone
State:
New York
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
My husband died 5 years ago , we have a home with a large mortgage. I have 3 kids in college , and even working 3 jobs I was still struggling to make ends meet. A year ago a friend told me about ARBNB, I started hosting, The people that have stayed with me have been professionals, here for a wedding or a weekend place to stay to go out and get to know the local community and stores. Some were even here checking the area out looking to move here. They come here to see family or go to a wedding, to shop, eat, and drink. I even had a medical student for a month from Lebanon here for his medical rotation at a local hospital. I made a book up of the local farm stands, shops, wineries, and restaurants. My guests come out to experience north fork living. And they leave here with food, wine, and stuff bought from local shops. They are happy and all state they can't wait to come back again. ARBNB security and being able to see how my guests were at other places if they respected the host and her home , makes me feel secure with the guests I allow to stay . And I have made some new friends. I have also traveled and stayed with ARBNB hosts and I can say it was wonderful. My hosts introduced to me to areas and place where they live that only a local would know about. And the experience was great! It makes traveling affordable for me. I truly do not see any down sides to this sharing community. People are able to travel and relax. And with so much stress today trying to make ends meet , working , being able to fit in that weekend getaway without breaking the bank is great. I think people will be a lot more healthy and able to cope with the next stressor in their life by having that break. And for the host to have a little more money to make ends meet, is a god send.