I buy from a boutique near my AIRBNB. Guests get 10% discount at boutique

 

Hello.  I recently became a host and I absolutely love it!!   We have a lovely organic boutique 2 blocks away from our AIRBNB.  I am offering organic shampoo, conditioner and body wash that is high end.   I did not buy travel size but mid size.   I was going to put a framed note on wall of bathrooms nicely stating please leave the toiletries for our next guests....they will get a 10% discount at the store as I have an agreement with the owner.  Any advice AIRBNB tribe?

 

 

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Re: How do I make sure my guests do not take my organic expensive shampoo, conditioner and body wash. I buy from a boutique near my AIRBNB. Guests get 10% discount at boutique

in
London, United Kingdom
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@Andrew0 

 

I only had something similar happen once, early on in the first lock down. Toilet paper was scarce and, for a while, really difficult to find around here. It was crazy how people stockpiled.

 

At the same time, I noticed that my guests seemed to be using it up more quickly than normal. I kindly asked them to be a bit conscientious about it, i.e. use what you need, but maybe don't go wild with it as I'm finding it tricky to stock up seeing as the shelves are empty.

 

I only realised later that one of my guests (a visiting doctor from Spain doing a rotation in an NHS hospital, no less) was stealing it and hoarding it in her room. I guess just I in case we ran out...

Re: How do I make sure my guests do not take my organic expensive shampoo, conditioner and body wash. I buy from a boutique near my AIRBNB. Guests get 10% discount at boutique

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Thank you Michelle.  So appreciate your advice.  Really helps 😊

Re: How do I make sure my guests do not take my organic expensive shampoo, conditioner and body wash. I buy from a boutique near my AIRBNB. Guests get 10% discount at boutique

in
Hawaii, United States
Level 10

You will have to transfer your products into a permanent dispenser of some kind. Otherwise guests think they are theirs for the taking. Don't use signs. Guests think they are annoying and insulting. 

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Oh boy.   Thanks Kristina.   I thought if I put a well worded nicely framed message with the product description and place purchased…. As it is a organic boutique 2 block’s away…..  

Re: How do I make sure my guests do not take my organic expensive shampoo, conditioner and body wash. I buy from a boutique near my AIRBNB. Guests get 10% discount at boutique

in
Berlin, Germany
Level 10

@Caroline2213   If you choose the dispenser method, it's good to have a sign showing the brand name and especially the ingredients of the contents (in case of allergies). I don't know how many guests are in the market to buy bottled toiletries as souvenirs, but I don't think it would be offensive to leave some little discount cards with the address just in case.

 

Just don't do the sign asking people not to take the soap home. That would  be offensive.

Re: How do I make sure my guests do not take my organic expensive shampoo, conditioner and body wash. I buy from a boutique near my AIRBNB. Guests get 10% discount at boutique

in
Hawaii, United States
Level 10

by the way, some retailers are having clearances on bath items right now as it is fall and they want to clear their shelves. It's a good idea to stock up. I just bought a super nice stone-like body wash dispenser at Target for $8, originally 16. Right now I have a plastic dispenser, but this one will look nicer. 

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Thank you.  I guess the dispenser is the way to go in the long run.  

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in
London, United Kingdom
Level 10

@Caroline2213 

 

I'm lucky enough to stay at a lot of 5* hotels on work trips. I noticed that a lot of them are moving away from the little travel sized complimentary toiletries to dispensers. Why not? If you have nice looking dispensers with posh toiletries, I don't think it looks cheap, plus it really cuts down on single use plastics. Win-win.

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in
Australia
Level 2

dispensers are good, but the brand names invested for guests to see the product leave them guessing about the quality of the product they are using. 

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in
Australia
Level 2

Just like in highly rated hotels, we have added a one pager price list to all of the items that guests are likely to take with them. We also add a note in our messaging that says something to the effect of "Please leave amenities for future guest, however, if you do take them, there will be a charge as listed in our price sheet" We also mark up the cost for the  time and inconvenience it takes us to order replacements,  making the cost  in most cases undesirable.  This has worked like a charm for us. The challenge is to make sure this price list is visible to to the guests as soon as they check in. 

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Anna.  Ty for your response.  I used your exact wording.  But I don’t have a price list ….can you charge your guests after they check out?  

Re: How do I make sure my guests do not take my organic expensive shampoo, conditioner and body wash?

in
Berlin, Germany
Level 10

@Caroline2213  You can send a Resolution Request asking guests to voluntarily pay for the items, but you can't charge them directly. If they decline to pay, Airbnb won't collect the charge on your behalf, so all you get for your troubles is a not-so-great review.

 

 

Re: How do I make sure my guests do not take my organic expensive shampoo, conditioner and body wash?

in
Sofia, Bulgaria
Level 10

Hi@Caroline2213 

Use dispensers. Wall mounted. That's all you need. All the bottles, boxes, etc...you don't need that. It's a "customer psychology" thing. Very simple. You can put somewhere some text about the products you use, about the boutique address, the discount and everything else, but if you use the original bottles, two things can happen. First-your guest perceives the bottle as a personal belonging and...takes it. Second-not using anything of the provided at all...and leaves a negative comment, because most people are not happy to use anything in the bathroom, used by someone else previously. To feel something "clean" enough for you is a feeling, not a fact.

And keep the dispensers always clean and filled to the top. They must always look like your guest is the first person, who uses them.

 

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