This Is New, Airbnb That Monitors You With Camera, Finds Extra Fees To Charge [Roundup]

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  1. Airbnb was ALWAYS overrated in the USA, as most hosts overvalued their properties and you were generally better off staying in hotels (especially if, like most of you’re readers, you know how to play the hotel game with discounts and award stays). Airbnb was generally better overseas as there is usually a better price/quality relationship.

    There will ALWAYS be a problem with non-professional management of airbnbs. That is always a risk you take at an airbnb (hopefully mitigated somewhat by the review process, but we all know people tend not to say bad things in their airbnb reviews).Lately, we’re getting the problem of hosts “gaming” their airbnb listings with hidden fees, just like sellers try to game ebay listings. Humans will be human, and it’s up to airbnb to make their website more accurate and user friendly..

  2. USA Airbnb sucks due to USA culture of ruthless capitalism. Your host is out to make a buck off you with no regard to delivering any semblance of hospitality.

    Go to almost any other country and you will find Airbnb a more pleasant experience generally, just as the comment above me states.

    Please be sure to get a flu vaccine.

  3. There are a bunch of airbnb customers looking for lodging in Liverpool that would like a word with you about your opinion.

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