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Airbnb.com spamming owners on craigslist

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olgaangelo Posted: 08-20-2010 2:32 PM

OK, I've finally had it with this company. I post some properties on craigslist from time to time, and I get tons of spam and scammers, but one that really sticks in my craw is airbnb.com

I have emailed them more than a few times asking them to cut it out, and that soliciting clients  who post properties on craigslist is not the best way to do things.

Yet, here we go with the latest round of email solicitations from airbnb.com. I really hope someone from the company reads this. I know they are well funded by Y-combinator venture capital, so why outsource this type of work and spam?

NOTE: These are all emailed via craigslist.

FROM: Sarah Parness <sarahp214@gmail.com>

Hey,

You have one of the nicest listings on Craigslist in Austin, and I want to recommend you feature it on Airbnb. They just started offering sublets, and get 1 million visitors a month.

http://www.airbnb.com

- Sarah

 

Hey,

I am emailing you because I have been searching for top quality
listings in Denver to be a part of one of the largest housing sites on
the web, Airbnb. The site already has 3,000,000 page views a month
and there is no fee to join. Follow the link below to list now:

http://www.airbnb.com



-Sarah

 

FROM: jkjjfhfg sadfrghg <sadfsadfsdfsad@hotmail.com>

Hey,

I am emailing you because I have been searching for top quality listings in Orangecounty to be a part of one of the largest housing sites on the web,
Airbnb. The site already has 3,000,000 page views a month and there is no fee to join. Check it
out here to list now:

http://www.airbnb.com



Thanks

BY Tim Meyer

from    christie ann <christieann51@gmail.com>

Hey,

I am emailing you because you have one of the nicest listings on Craigslist in Palm Springs, and I want to recommend you feature it (for free) on one of the largest Palm Springs housing sites on the web, Airbnb. The site already has 3,000,000 page views a month. Check it out here to list now: http://www.airbnb.com

Christie Ann

from    Pauleen Villegas <crispauleen2009@gmail.com>

Hey,

I am emailing you because you have one of the nicest listings on Craigslist in Miami, and I want to recommend you feature it (for free) on one of the largest Miami housing sites on the web, Airbnb. The site already has 3,000,000 page views a month. Check it out here to list now: http://www.airbnb.com

-Pauleen

from    Mariel Fitzgerald <crismariel2009@gmail.com>

Hey,

I am emailing you because you have one of the nicest listings on Craigslist in Fortmyers, and I want to recommend you feature it on one of the largest Fortmyers housing sites on the web, Airbnb. The site already has 3,000,000 page views a month. Check it out here:http://www.airbnb.com

-Mariel

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It's getting so bad on CL that I don't even use the anonymous email contact through them.  I just try to get traffic to my website.  It's very unfortunate because for a couple of years CL had a good service and delivered.   But now the spammers and the scammers are taking over.   It may be an internet cafe in Nigeria, or a student in Oklahoma getting paid to send out thousands of emails every day; either way it's damaging the intent and value of Craigslist.

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I don't use CL at all.  I think it's more popular in the US than it is here in the UK.  I don't think it's somewhere that most people in the UK (which is our primary market) would think to look if wanting to go on holiday.

Kendal Cottages, Kendal, Cumbria - between the Lake District & the Yorkshire Dales - in England, UK

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