Identical Pictures on the Same Wall
One of the regular Point A heated discussions is around divergent approaches to resource sharing cultures. There is the typical communard way of free access to shared goods and then the libertarian solutions of decentralized micro markets. In home based hospitality services this is exemplified by couchsurfing.org (which is basically free) and AirBNB.com/FlipKey.com (which are renting previously idle living space).
Unsurprisingly, my personal feelings are the more we can keep money out of theses systems the happier we will be with the cultueffects and social impacts. And I am aware that these decentralized markets (where dynamic rents are exchanged) have tremendous appeal from both tenant and space owner. In lovely compromise of these diverse systems, one Brooklyn friend rents out his back bedroom via AirBNB and this pays the rent for the entire flat, and he camps out handful or more couch surfers in the living room, who are paying nothing,
One of the conventional after market sites on the internet is HoteWire.com which I have found about average air ticket prices and good rental car and hotel prices. In the case of hotel rooms, they don’t tell you the name of the hotel so as to not be in competition with the hotels own site. Bryonna and I wanted to run away for her birthday to the beach, I found an inexpensive two and a half star hotel near the ocean facing Virginia Beach. It had these two picture on the wall.
It was a cheap hotel. But I have to wonder, did they think they were putting up two identical pictures in this room and people would not notice, or not care. or would find it funny perhaps?
On the other hand, this monopoly of beach furniture rentals produces high prices and tremendous wasted surplus. The business makes money presumably, but that alone does not justify the resources used to create these items which is then mostly idle and inequitably distributed. Another small example that capitalism is pushing us the wrong way.