I’ve been a very busy host for three years now, and after deciding that I am not going to give in to the IB pressure, or the pressure to implement their shitty (sorry, but they are) “pricing tips”, I have seen our business drop off DRAMATICALLY. As in, we have ZERO bookings for the foreseeable future. It’s all because of the way we are placed in search, as the only requests we’ve had last month have been from past guests who already have stayed here and wanted to stay again. That was the only way they found us–from their message history. We do not even show up at all in search.
I am standing by my principles, though, and I’d rather have no bookings than unvetted, random folks paying less than half of what they should to stay here. I will stand my ground.
I’d honestly rather make no money than give in to this bullshit.