The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01097

Submission Number:
01097
Commenter:
Kathleen Standridge
State:
Florida
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Dear Lawmakers/FTC: I am typing on my iPhone, in an Airbnb, in Tokyo, Japan. I am able to stay for a longer period of time because sharing an apartment is much less than a hotel. I could not afford to pay the high amount most hotels charge. My husband and I have worked hard to get to where we are. Airbnb allows me to travel on a budget. Unlike most of you lawmakers, who make much, much more than the average middle classed American, we have to watch where every penny goes. Airbnb not only allows me to travel; I get to know the hosts and their surroundings, in the city where They are located. I am able to help them make some extra income while learning about their city, in a more personal way. Not everyone can dish out $200 a night for a hotel. Airbnb gives us a more affordable alternative. In turn, we help the local economy by spending some money there. If we had to spend more for a hotel (going to a corporation that has offices in a different state or country) we would have less to spend in the local stores. The lawmakers/FTC/corporate hotels/ lobbies need to understand that the less than average middle class income families need alternatives! Don't take that ability away from us. Respectfully submitted