Did you see I gave the example of a fellow with one cheap night that he had no intention of booking out? I clicked on it to see if I could book it because if I could get a $200 a night place for $50 I would stay there one night and move to another airbnb for the other nights. It wasn’t bookable because he has a 3 night minimum.
It is deceptive if the service or product is not actually available at that price. It’s like a store flyer with a cheap item, you go to buy the item and they are out and they point to the small print that says “no rain checks.” When you complain to the manager he says “it’s not trickery, it’s business. We had 5 of them but sold out.” I’m sure you would just admire their clever business sense, you wouldn’t be irritated, but I would.
It’s one thing to have nights based on demand like the hotel that’s $20 a night cheaper on T-W-Th, it’s another to just have artificially low prices to get people to look.