So from my other topic “Block dates OR put ridiculous price?” you all know that I’m running a small scale experiment with our three rooms. There was a funny side effect to this experiment that makes me conclude: AirBnB’s system is highly stupid, highly manipulative or both at the same time.
This conclusion probably isn’t new to most of you, but I still wanted to share for the fun of it. You all are familiar with the automated messages AirBnB sends you or that show up on your calendar regarding your price. The messages that we consistenly get go along these lines (I have converted them to USD):
- “In (month), people have booked places in your area for an average price of US$ 23,00.” – What place? A dormbed? And consistently the same average price all year round? Strange!
- “People looked at your place, but booked a place for US$ 2 – 5 less.” – Cheapskates, they could have had our wonderful place, breakfast included, for just US$ 2 – 5 extra.
Now that I raised the price of one of our rooms to a whoppingly crazy price of US$ 1.185,00 a night the following messages show up:
- “In (month), people have booked places in your area for an average price of US$ 30,00.” – So all of a sudden the average price had gone up? Strange!
- “People looked at your place, but booked a place for US$ 2 – 5 less.” – What? I would have very happily given them the room for US$ 1.150,00 (=US$ 35,00 less)! Bummer, if only…
To block another room, I had a familymember make a reservation for US$ 5,00 a night. She got the following message:
- “You got a great deal, people on average booked a room for US$ 40,00 more.” – Anyone seeing the inconsistencies?
Conclusion: Hosts consistently get pushed to pinch off a few dimes, while guest get to enjoy their “GREAT” deals that mention average prices AirBnB never mentions to us hosts.
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