My perfect plan to make money from AirBnB from a desolate piece of real estate in Brazil

Posted on February 1, 2016 by in AirBnB

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Now that AirBnB has responded to my case (I got a travel voucher for $100) for a $122 reservation I have replied with this:

I accept your resolution – I just don’t think you are doing yourself a favor – here is what these guys do (like my ‘host’).

– they find spot in the city where there is a sharp break from safe to unsafe – in Brazil it literally means a city block! Many Brazilian cities rank as some of the most dangerous in the world incl. Fortaleza

– they find a desolate building and prepare some good looking pictures that have nothing to do with the outside or the inside of building in reality

– they add a ‘strict cancellation policy and get some guest review they pay for (i.e. their freinds stay and get the money back they paid)

Now with AirBnB you can only see a ‘bubble’ and even for Brazilians it is impossible to tell if it will be an acceptable neighborhood or not. They make use of that feature to lure people into ‘favela-type’ areas (that can be super close to safe neighborhoods even in Rio).

AirBnB needs to do better and get rid of such scams – it will stain your reputation as the comments have shown in my earlier article it is not just me who endures such drama.


About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents. Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines. You can reach Torsten at [email protected]

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