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Deceptive pricing on TripAdvisor for rentals?

Deceptive pricing on TripAdvisor for rentals?




Found a place on TripAdvisor in Avon with a real good price for a week in July. Perfect size for 2.
But when the Realty Co. responded the price was more than 2.5 times the amount stated for the week. I have rented through Tripadvisor in other places & the prices come back from owners/realtors either exactley or very close to advertised price.
Is this a common practice with outer banks realtors? Seems like a bad way to do business.


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Make sure you're entering dates! For me, 99 times out of 100 this is actually a problem with TripAdvisor's website or information. Happens all the time with HomeAway and VRBO for me when I don't add dates in, they don't have accurate info showing up and it's not the realtors fault.


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We have rented from VRBO and have never had a problem with false prices.


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The dates were entered & it said It was available for that week. Like I said have used TripAdvisor before & never been very off with pricing shown. I wouldn't think TripAdvisor would just randomly through a price out there


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Maybe the dates did not 'take' correctly when TripAdvisor went back into the realty site to fetch the price for your dates, and you got a price for off-season. I'd suspect some internet coding problem at TripAdvisor or at the realtor's server.


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Trip advisor may not update prices and may be displaying the off season price. You are entering the peak season dates in your search so that is probably what you are seeing.




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Actually just got on the Realty website and looked at the place & the very cheapest rate during off season is still about 30% higher than they are showing in July on TripAdvisor.


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That may have been a valid price for the year the TripAdvisor page was set up. The rates might be from many years ago.


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Deceptive pricing through an online 3rdparty? Gasp! Imagine that?!

In the olden days, one got a brochure in the mail and called the Agency to book, got a mailed contract and sent it back with a check. No problem.

In recent "modern" days one went online and booked through the PM, often via a phone call, sometimes email, with confirmation and contract, and either sent a check, electronic payment or payment options.

In the current days, it is a free-for-all for reviewing, pricing, reserving, booking, paying, then complaining and having no single point-of-contact to resolve, all via email or website(s) with who-knows-who?

So I ask, which worked best?


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That may have been a valid price for the year the TripAdvisor page was set up. The rates might be from many years ago.

SteveWolf


Usually a PM manages the online advertising for their clients who use it. I wonder if they forgot to update that site. Could be that the house doesn't get a lot of traffic from Trip Advisor and updating the page got overlooked. Inquiries on the property will go straight to the PM. We're the rates near what the PM advertised? There will be a fee for the folks at Trip Advisor.


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tripadvisor often defaults to the next available week when displaying pricing for home rentals which in this case, would be dead of winter offseason pricing. Thats likely what happened in your case. Its not the best resource when searching for rentals with varying seasonal pricing.


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Remember Occam’s Razor. Usually the simplest answer is the right one. Likely just old info.


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I work for a vacation rental company and deal with these online travel agents, or OTAs, all the time. They are set up to work on a hotel model where you have a nightly price and that's it. Many other areas with vacation rentals do just fine with this model. On the Outer Banks however, we generally have minimum stays, different rates for different stay lengths, and then also fees such as cleaning that are "rolled into" the total rate quote. The OTAs have a hard time dealing with our set up, and Trip Advisor is the worst one I have dealt with. They are supposedly getting better, but my experience has been that they simply don't reply when we contact them with a problem like inaccurate quotes.

And by the way, if you want simplicity, go to our website and book a stay. Or call us. You'll get the best price and you have a single point of contact, and even a physical location you can walk into if you need to talk to someone while you are here. Vacation rentals are becoming big business around the world and lots of players are trying to get a piece of the pie. But the option to deal directly with a real, local person is still very much there.