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Survey Says: Airbnb Is Great! (Until the Neighbors Start Doing It)

The “not in my backyard” crowd has a thing or two to say to their room-renting neighbors.

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When it comes to Airbnb, the room-rental hotel alternative, a new survey by travel industry website Skift shows that Americans are, by and large, fans of the service. That is, with one notable exception. A considerable portion of people in favor of renting out rooms to strangers are decidedly less enthusiastic when the room in question is in their own neighborhood.

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Sharing Is Hard: Airbnb Is Awesome But Often Illegal in New York City

Why isn't it more obvious that many Airbnb listings are illegal?

We know that the sharing economy is exciting and complicated, but it's easy to overlook the extent to which it's complicated. Skift's Jason Clampet reports that many of Airbnb's New York listings are illegal. Maybe half of them.

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How to Make a Barter Business Work: ThredUP's Millionth Swap ThredUP's Millionth Swap: a Milestone for the Barter Economy

Bartering reduces waste, cuts costs, and builds community. But to make a barter economy work, does it have to be niche?

Barter sites are booming businesses now. ZipCar and AirBnB are both now valued at over $1 billion, but the fastest growth, and the real potential for remaking our economy, comes from the consumer goods side of swapping.

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