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Anybody Else Out There Hosting an Airbnb?

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    MissDre
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    Thanks for the sympathy @anonymousse

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    dinoceros
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    I started looking at airbnb for an upcoming trip, and it’s the first time I used it. I try to balance price with average ratings and number of ratings. I imagine that the longer you did it (if you chose to continue), it would get better because the good/bad ratings would balance out more and people would be attracted to your place for having hosted a lot. (You believe high ratings better if it’s from a lot of people.)

    I’d say that people who host probably have to have a thick skin. Any time you offer a product or service, people will complain. For me, I when I look at negative reviews for anything (hotel, restaurant, products), I look at what they are. If someone said, “The neighbors smoked,” I’d be like, “Uh, ok, well, good thing I’m not staying with the neighbors…”

    All that’s to say, I think it could get better over time, but it also just might not be for you, which is OK. From what I can tell, some of the really prolific airbnb hosts are people who just LOVE people so much and are SO outgoing that they just like filling up their home, which is pretty unusual to me and not how I’d feel about it.

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    Leslie Joan

    Wow. That’s awful. I suspect your brother is right: people don’t value what they get for free, or very cheaply. Sounds like you’re getting real jackholes, at that price point. You’d maybe feel less insulted if you were clearing more on it, anyhow.

    Can you give THEM feedback? Because it seems as though you need a chance to respond to some of the off the wall remarks. Homeless guy has a lot of nerve to ding you for value, at the rate of $17 for all he got. Good grief! Did he expect you were supposed to feel sorry for him and let him stay free?!

    At that price, it’s hardly worth the cost to wash the sheets and towels, clean, and provide the hot water, electric and all, even forgetting about the coffee and muffins.

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    MissDre
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    @Leslie Joan Exactly! I feel bitter because I’ve made no money out of it yet. And for every guest, I have to do 2 loads of laundry, clean the bathroom, make the bed, etc. Anyway, I’ve jacked up my price so I’m actually hoping I’ll have fewer guests but for more money.

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    Leslie Joan

    I hope the new strategy works better. Or at least it makes it so you can do better than breaking even. You’re doing well if you’re just bitter, imo – I’d be ready to toss these ingrates out on their ears.

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    ktfran
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    On air bnb, you can vet the people who stay there, right? Like, the one time I used it, I made sure to tell the person about myself and what my girlfriends and I were planning so they’d no what to expect. Also, while looking, I don’t look for the cheapest place because I figure the cheapest places are not great. And losers stay there.

    I think you’re brother is right. You need to price higher so people like me would want it, and who would recognize a value for a clean room and bath but cheaper than hotel.

    I’m sorry it sucks. Bit for $17, you’re attracting the lowest clientele. Of course they’re aholes. Price middle of the road and vet the people. Good luck!

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    MissDre
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    Thanks guys. I definitely never wanted to price it at $17. But I kept getting alerts from Airbnb to lower my price to get bookings. So I set up the “Smart Pricing” and set the minimum and maximum to what Airbnb suggested… And the minimum happened to be $17. So I decided to roll with it… and it’s been awful.

    I’ve raised my price now. I thoroughly researched what other units are going for around me and I’m in line… but Airbnb is STILL telling me to lower my price to $20. I guess they don’t want their hosts to make money?

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    Kate
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    I’ve never used Air BnB, but I will say, at work, the smallest clients paying the lowest prices, or sometimes getting free work for whatever reason, were always the biggest pains in the ass and most likely to make you jump through hoops and have a problem with everything.

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    MissDre
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    Yes, I’ve noticed that as well.

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    Leslie Joan

    Then you’ve discovered that Airbnb is nucking futs, and you can safely ignore their idiotic suggestions. Seriously, looking at this another way: I’m not sure *I’d* want to stay in a place, any place, in 2017, that was only charging $17. I’d figure it was either a complete shithole, or that the owner had no self esteem and didn’t value her own time and resources.

    It’s attracting the prima donnas who will never be pleased, because they think you are desperate and they’re doing you a favor.

    Airbnb exists for their own benefit. They don’t give a material rat’s patootie about whether you make moneyX or even what kind of jerks their policy attracts.

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    Leslie Joan

    I should clarify, MissDre, that I’m not suggesting that you have no self esteem. It’s because you DO have it that you realize you’re getting screwed over and not making any money. It’s Airbnb that’s messed up. You’re smart enough to realize something is wrong.

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    Ale
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    I’ve used AirBNB many times and practical everywhere I go. I never go for the cheapest places though, I choose based on location mostly.
    I hope the new price works for you in reducing the amount of complaints by attracting better customers. One thing I like from profiles is when they make everything clear. I don’t mind reading 5 or 6 paragraphs of specifications for a place, because it makes everything clear. I’ve never stayed in a place that doesn’t specify everything upfront, I don’t know if I make myself clear. I would recommend you make everything clearer from the beginning.
    Also, who the hell puts their whole family in a queen bed? Really? Do you not have any specification for how many people can fit?

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