The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01110

Submission Number:
01110
Commenter:
Kate Bennis
State:
Virginia
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
We have been both Air BnB hosts as well as guests. It is a truly remarkable thing that in our world of distrust and a global sense of isolation, to have an organization that connects people in the most intimate way--it invites strangers into our homes! And, in all of my experiences to date, the experiences are good. Because Air BnB asks for both host and guest to give feedback in public and private forums, there is pressure to be kind, respectful, and even create bonds. It is a unique experience. For us to have strangers come into our home, the very belly of our family, and trust that nothing will be stolen, if something is broken, it will be replaced, and that there will even be a sweet note left, makes the world a sweeter place. Financially, it is amazing to be able to take a trip, stay in a lovely space that feels homey and make a few dollars while we are gone to offset our travels. What could be better?