The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I asked my beautiful Chinese-American landlady if I could rent an additional room in her home to use for an AirBnB rental - she stared at me for a moment, and then almost cried. It turned out she had long dreamed of using her home for room-sharing, and she admired my decorating taste - the rest is a happy story! We live by a major airport, and provide hospitality to both American and Chinese guests, in beautiful rooms in a home that is surrounded by my landlady's acre of carefully tended gardens. What else could you do with a 10-bedroom home, and two former strangers who have a love for the home arts, business acumen, and a gift for hospitality? Our city's unfortunate economy benefits from our guests' daily purchases of gas, meals, groceries, taxi rides, and positive impression. If they did not stay with us, they would most likely stay in Seattle, rather than the strip of motels near the airport; we are not depriving them of business. Our guests' impression of Seattle, and our small city is so positive, it is not unusual for them to change their flight, and stay an extra week. I think that's a real plus for everyone concerned.