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(11-04-2019 08:24 AM)gework Wrote:  AirBnB have a 3.5% profit margin on something like $4 billion this year.

How on earth does AirBnB, which takes a massive 28% cut from every single booking and has almost non-existent customer service, manage to have a profit margin of only 3.5%? What the hell are they doing with all that money?

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Speaking of AirBnB Under the Gun...

Airbnb says it’s banning ‘party houses’ after deadly Halloween shooting in Orinda

https://www.latimes.com/california/story...-in-orinda

By CHRISTINE MAI-DUC
NOV. 3, 2019 1:30 PM

Airbnb says it will now ban “party houses” from its platform in response to a deadly shooting at a Bay Area Halloween party held at one of its rentals that left five people dead.

CEO Brian Chesky announced Saturday on Twitter that Airbnb is “redoubling our efforts to combat unauthorized parties,” including expanded manual screening for reservations deemed “high-risk” and the creation of a rapid response team to address issues related to such gatherings.

“We must do better, and we will,” Chesky tweeted. “This is unacceptable.”

Airbnb spokesman Ben Breit offered few details on how those efforts would be implemented or what factors might flag a rental as a party house, saying the company has initiated a 10-day review to develop the new policies.

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Looks like AirBnB problems are mounting - don't know if their so-called $1 Million insurance policy for hosts covers five murders - just saying this is really bad PR.


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(11-04-2019 03:15 PM)Deepdiver Wrote:  Speaking of AirBnB Under the Gun...

Airbnb says it’s banning ‘party houses’ after deadly Halloween shooting in Orinda

https://www.latimes.com/california/story...-in-orinda

By CHRISTINE MAI-DUC
NOV. 3, 2019 1:30 PM

Airbnb says it will now ban “party houses” from its platform in response to a deadly shooting at a Bay Area Halloween party held at one of its rentals that left five people dead.

CEO Brian Chesky announced Saturday on Twitter that Airbnb is “redoubling our efforts to combat unauthorized parties,” including expanded manual screening for reservations deemed “high-risk” and the creation of a rapid response team to address issues related to such gatherings.

“We must do better, and we will,” Chesky tweeted. “This is unacceptable.”

Airbnb spokesman Ben Breit offered few details on how those efforts would be implemented or what factors might flag a rental as a party house, saying the company has initiated a 10-day review to develop the new policies.

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Looks like AirBnB problems are mounting - don't know if their so-called $1 Million insurance policy for hosts covers five murders - just saying this is really bad PR.


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Orinda is kind of like a Beverly Hills in the East Bay of San Francisco.

No wonder it is serious now.

Shit just got Caucasian.

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I have never used Airbnb. But I recently signed up. I noticed that if you put in a date range of greater than 30 days it gives you the monthly rate for places willing to rent on a monthly basis. This is really great for trying out living in an area you are interested in. I plan of traveling again and would like to use this.

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11-04-2019 03:39 PM
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(11-04-2019 03:39 PM)Sherman Wrote:  it gives you the monthly rate for places willing to rent on a monthly basis. This is really great for trying out living in an area you are interested in. I plan of traveling again and would like to use this.

Problem is their policy is no refunds for stays longer than 28 days. There may also be no refund for shorter stays. Lets say you book yourself in for 3 months and you have a problem. You're not getting any of that money back unless you want to phone them up 20 times over a month. Most of the support doesn't have authority to do anything and you'd be lucky to speak to anyone who can.

As noted on the previous page. You have to pay all the money up front. Even if it's just to pre-book (before the host confirms). If you arrive and there is something wrong with the place, good luck getting your money back. I've had to book a bunch of places at times just to get one place and you end up with $x,xxx taken off your card. They don't send it back for up to two weeks. People are regularly left stranded with no money and no accommodation because of this. See AirBnB Hell.

Further to this some hosts now list their property on multiple sites at different prices. On the day you turn up you get a message an hour or whatever before to tell you your stay has been cancelled. AirBnB won't help you. If you want any recompense being left on the street with no money you'll need to spend 24 hours on the phone to them.

I've not had this issue, but I've had huge sums taken off my card several of times, while I slog through places to try and get a booking. Had to book 4, 5 places on two occasions.

Currently I am on a month stay with Booking.com. Didn't have to pay until I turned up. So if there was a problem I could just leave without paying.

I've stayed at 40 places on AirBnB and these were the problems:

- girl was bringing guys back to bang, mental dog urinated freely in the apartment
- hosted by angriest person I'd ever met
- refused to give me the address or explain where the property was
- had to travel about 10 miles to buy food, on the first day I resorted to stealing a Halloween pumpkin to eat
- house had "Crazy House" written in big, mentalist writing on the side of the house, sleazy guy who was trying to get a Ukrainian couch surfing guest to take her clothes of
- fat woman coming on to me
- butch lesbian host has a real problem with me for some unknown reason
- used condoms in room
- submissive Indian guy blagged me for $10 to have the room cleaned, insinuating I left I big mess (0 mess); gave him the money then checked there was a cleaning fee included in the room; confronted him and intimidated him into giving the money back; left
- host asked me to buy beer and then had a mental breakdown
- first thing I saw on arrival was a prostitute (first time I'd ever seen one), sound of sex/porn coming through the walls, host was shaking and breathing heavily - looked like he was off his head on ya ba pills, had a hot tub, but it was falling apart and dirty
- given wrong apartment, multiple lies, fabricating evidence

So you are looking at a problem every four stays and a serious problem every twenty stays. On top of that throw in about 20 cancellations / no response.

So far I've stayed at about ten places on Booking.com, two of which were apartments. No issues. Booking hosts have much more skin in the game.
11-04-2019 04:41 PM
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Gework - Thanks for the good information. One video I looked at said to always look for a Superhost, and claimed they cannot cancel. Does a Superhost improve your odds of a good experience?

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11-04-2019 04:54 PM
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(11-04-2019 04:54 PM)Sherman Wrote:  Gework - Thanks for the good information. One video I looked at said to always look for a Superhost, and claimed they cannot cancel. Does a Superhost improve your odds of a good experience?

Probably. At least one of the places I listed was a super host; and another is now a super host. These are her reviews:

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4.9 for cleanliness when there was a cat litter box in the bathroom. Sometimes used. The bathroom was generally a mess.

It's been noted that people feel the need to give good reviews as it's a more personal site. Particularly if you stay with the host. Do you really want to put the place stank? I recently stayed at one place that was good, minus the shower had a bad smell that didn't go away. I didn't mention it in the review and I probably gave them 5 for cleanliness.

The place that I've mentioned that has lots of bad reviews due to tranny prostitute calling cards, terrible sanitation and so on - their rating is about 3.8, despite loads of terrible reviews that obviously few people read. So virtually everyone is leaving 5 star reviews beyond the negative ones.

Virtually all properties are rated 4.5/5 or higher. They are also accused of deleting a lot of negative reviews.

You can obviously save yourself problems if you book with the better hosts, but you are still in the position where they take the money up front and even if your host is threatening you AirBnB will tell you to stay in the property. But like me you might end up having booked four places booking another at the last moment and find out they are con men.
11-04-2019 05:18 PM
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Gework, that's interesting. The video said to not take a place that is not rated 5.0. I thought that was strange but as you point out there is serious grade inflation. But, the fact they are taking the money up front puts one in a bad position. I used booking.com when I was living in Europe and it was great. But at that time, they only had hotels.

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11-04-2019 05:26 PM
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Yes. From what I've read AirBnB are widely regarded to have inaccurate reviews. The ones on Booking seem more reliable. I am currently staying at a place with a 7.8 review. I think Booking reviews should be given a -1, which would be about right in this case. Very difficult to get a place for one month in Moscow, so I'm left with it.

Booking seem to have a lot more apartments coming on. For Bangkok there are 335 on Booking, about 500 on HomeAway and 15,000 on AirBnB.

HomeAway has a 4 star rating on TrustPilot, while AirBnB has 1.5.

It's not easy to get a 4 star on TrustPilot, particularly in this niche. You'll note that most of their page one reviews are negative, but if you dig down they are mostly positive. They reply to all the reviews and are obviously dealing with the negative reviews.

Will have to give HomeAway a try as Booking also has bad reviews. I think the difference with Booking is they generally have better hosts. AirBnB has cheaper places, but because they allow absolutely anyone on. Probably 5% of the listings on AirBnB never reply and they leave them on as fluffing.

HomeAway doesn't have many cheap places; I assume as they want to offer a better service. HomeAway has one place at $20 or under in BKK, while AirBnB has 208, most of which are shared.
11-04-2019 05:56 PM
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You gotta just look at pictures up close, don't pick something too inexpensive, read the reviews specifically to only look for comments about the extreme graciousness and quality of the host and exceptional cleanliness of the place.

I only ever had one bad experience where I got cancelled on at the last second. Every other time I got exactly what I paid for.
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(11-04-2019 03:39 PM)Sherman Wrote:  I noticed that if you put in a date range of greater than 30 days it gives you the monthly rate for places willing to rent on a monthly basis. This is really great for trying out living in an area you are interested in. I plan of traveling again and would like to use this.

I would not recommend booking any place for a month in advance unless you have stayed there before. This applies to any accommodation site, but esp to AirBnB. I usually book for 2-3 days, and if I like the place, I wattsapp the owner directly and say I want to extend my stay. We both avoid using AirBnB, and I pay the owner directly. They always give a reduction because :
(1) they are not having to pay AirBnB commission.
(2) you are staying longer term so there is a natural discount for that.
(3) they would rather have someone there for the next 1-4 weeks continuous than get new tenants (oh, sorry, I meant 'guests') in after every few days. This leads to lower maintenance for them.

This is exactly what I did yesterday.

With AirBnB, usually you are not given the exact location, and I have been stung in the past with this. I've had issues with shower not working, cooker not working, foul smell in bathroom, having to pay silly 'cleaning charges' etc.
I now treat an AirBnB listing like I treat photos on a girls Tinder profile - she may turn out cuter in real life, or I may get SIF'ed.
11-05-2019 12:35 AM
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The globalists that control the hotel industry have paid politicians to make Honolulu County ground zero for the fight against Airbnb.

This is todays paper: https://www.staradvertiser.com/2019/11/0...to-hawaii/

They subpeonaed Airbnb to make them give up the records of all airbnbers in Hawaii to make sure they pay the transient accommodation tax. The new law they started a few months ago says that outside the hoppin tourist area you cant rnt your property for any less than thirty days. You need a special license to rent for less, and that is really hard to get.

Just another damn way ((they))) can control what you can and can't do with your property.

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11-05-2019 02:25 AM
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