The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
We are a retired couple on a minimal income. I spent most of my working life working in nonprofits, with very Spartan retirement benefits. Now we help pay our expenses by sharing our home through airbnb. I trust airbnb's screening process, and without airbnb I would not have the advertising budget to reach prospective people to share our home. One of the groups we are hosting is a Boy Scout troop. I am charging them under $11.50 per person per night, so it helps their nonprofit, and it helps us. It is a win-win. The people with whom we share our home help the local economy by purchasing gas, groceries and restaurant meals and paying admission at local attractions. We appreciate being able to work diligently to provide for ourselves, without government interference. If you take away opportunities and incentives for people to support themselves, you will end up with more people on government assistance. That would not be wise economics. Please do not take away the ability of citizens to provide for themselves. We spend the money we earn through airbnb on goods and services, which in turn boosts the economy. Why kill the goose that lays the golden eggs?