Free stuff

Kelli65
Level 2
Burlington, VT

Free stuff

I just found out about a Facebook page offering free things like coffee makers, mattresses,  pillows,  shampoo etc.

 

https://m.facebook.com/freeproductsforhosts/

 

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Sarah977
Level 10
Sayulita, Mexico

@Kelli65  If I were a guest I'd find it quite off-putting and crass to have advertising for various products in the listing.

That's completely different from a guest asking a host where they got something that the guest liked.

@Lawrene0  Nice bust. I hate the "Oh good, free advertising site" as well.

Phedra1
Level 1
Chambersburg, PA

Sarah977   I 100% totally disagree with you. I am sorry but a guest is not going to be offended by that at all and if they would be offended by something like this, well then it is probably a guest that would be offended by anything and give a negative review. So a guest probably best to go some where else. Thank you @Kelli65 for the information, it is greatly appreciated.

Huma0
Level 10
London, United Kingdom

@Phedra1 

 

Having signs or stickers all over the place is tacky anyway, even if you're not trying to sell something. There is a lot of feedback on social media, if you care to look, about how much a lot of guests absolutely hate this. It does not make for a pleasant stay if it's overdone.

 

Of course, there are more subtle and less pushy ways of going about these things and I believe that it can be worth doing if there is a financial benefit to the guest, not just to the host. 

 

So, I will recommend certain food delivery services, for example, where I get a small referral discount, but the guest guests a whopping discount, and only because I have tried and tested these services, know they are good and the guest is getting a great deal. Even then, I do not shove it down their face. I don't even mention it until I evaluate whether it is something that would be useful to the guest.

 

There are some more high end places where certain things like artwork and furnishings are available to purchase and I don't think that's a bad idea. The guests are told that they are an then the onus is on the guest to enquire if they would like to buy any of it. Again, it's not covered in signs and stickers and QR codes. Most guests do not want to pay for a listing only to find that it is covered in signs trying to get them to spend money for the benefit of the host.

Lawrene0
Level 10
Florence, Canada

This is weird, @Kelli65 . The administrator of the freeproductsforhosts FB page is a person called Cherise Tolbert. And she has a FB friend called Kelli who looks just like you. 

It is discouraging when sellers show up on this forum taking hosts for easy marks with their "I just found out about this new thing!"

It is doubly so when it is another host. 

Kelli65
Level 2
Burlington, VT

I am no seller, don’t make assumptions. I literally just heard about this yesterday, and thought it might help some hosts, maybe not you, maybe you are all set, but others may need a new mattress, new coffee maker, free wine or snacks. It struck me as interesting. 

Sarah977
Level 10
Sayulita, Mexico

@Kelli65  I didn't say you were the seller, and you may very well have been just trying to share a tip, I have no way of knowing. However, as I and other hosts have pointed out, advertising products in a listing is pretty tacky and would rub most guests the wrong way. Putting some fliers out for local activities or places of interest is appreciated by guests, a card telling them where they can buy a mattress or coffee maker like yours, isn't. It's up to the guests to ask where to purchase something they see and like.

Kelli65
Level 2
Burlington, VT

Your opinion.

Sarah977
Level 10
Sayulita, Mexico

Yes, @Kelli65  These are open forums for anyone with an Airbnb account. As such, they are filled with questions,  concrete information, suggestions and opinions.

Kelli65
Level 2
Burlington, VT

Interesting when doubt is swift, and appreciation for a tip is nonexistent with some people. 

Sarah977
Level 10
Sayulita, Mexico

@Kelli65  It isn't "free stuff". It's a loss leader for someone trying to drum up business sales. 

Kelli65
Level 2
Burlington, VT

Great thanks!

Bryan10
Level 10
Feltham, United Kingdom

Try also the Freecycle website which does the same thing: https://my.freecycle.org/home/groups and find a group near you. It's a community-minded website and you can offer things you no longer need to other people too. 

Ann72
Level 10
NY, NY

@Kelli65 Enjoy.  I don't put any signs or notices up at all, so this won't work for me.  Thanks, though!

Kelli65
Level 2
Burlington, VT

I never have, but for a mattress or Keurig I might not mind a tiny sign.  Actually my guests last week took pictures of the mattress tag on her buying one because they said it was the best night sleep of their life , Not related to this free stuff idea but guests do frequently ask where we got things and want to buy them

Ann72
Level 10
NY, NY

@Kelli65 , I didn't want to have to say it, but it's just tacky.

Kelli65
Level 2
Burlington, VT

So I saw  this new Facebook page and already are applied for new coffee maker !

 

From what I understand -They just want the host to put a tiny sign next to the free appliance saying it was complementary from this company and take a picture and upload it  to their Facebook page . 

 

The company is providing the free products want to encourage guests to then go home and buy the same product after sampling it and experiencing it in our apartments.

 

I think it’s great and I’m sending lots of ideas for free things that we definitely need from cleaning supplies to Pillows!

 

https://m.facebook.com/freeproductsforhosts/

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