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How the "investors" are trying to make money off of CS
Posted December 11th, 2012 - 5:59 pm from Vienna, Austria
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Posted December 11th, 2012 - 6:19 pm from Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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Posted December 11th, 2012 - 6:52 pm from Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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Posted December 11th, 2012 - 6:59 pm by from Ruesselsheim, Germany (Permalink)
I can't find a single reason in this text to leave couchsurfing behind right now. It's a great thing. As long as they aren't trying to charge me, I'll stay.

Just cause they are considering options, does not mean they will spoil the spirit of CS. CS is producing value on a social basis. I would prefer they finance themselfes out of donations (like wikipedia), but let's see what happens.

I doubt they will charge people for something that has been free in the past. If they add new services, I wouldn't care if they charge those that want to pay for it.
Imagine they offer a redundant Smartphone-App, that they sell on Goolgle-Playstore and Apples AppStore. So what? We didn't have it. We don't need it. Nobody has to buy it. It's an additional premium service for those who care.

Posted December 11th, 2012 - 7:49 pm from Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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Posted December 11th, 2012 - 8:17 pm from Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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Posted December 11th, 2012 - 8:46 pm from Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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Posted December 11th, 2012 - 9:32 pm from Vienna, Austria
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Posted December 11th, 2012 - 9:56 pm from Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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Posted December 12th, 2012 - 4:25 am from Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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Posted December 11th, 2012 - 11:52 pm by from Brussels, Belgium (Permalink)
"For those who cringe at the thought of sleep on a stranger’s couch"

I cringe at the thought of hosting a stranger so that some stranger/investor can make a lot of money...

Posted December 12th, 2012 - 12:37 am from Vienna, Austria
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Posted December 12th, 2012 - 3:31 pm by from Frankfurt am Main, Germany (Permalink)
I agree with you people. There is a protest group forming on facebook too with 3000 members, numbers are rapidly growing:

http://www.facebook.com/events/134863673334252/


For the future of couchsurfing I expect that they will find ways to get some cash out of us. If they do a good job, it won't be a problem for the majority.

But what happens now seems like the transformation to a second Airbnb and that will be an epic fail for most of the old members.

What I see happening now is that functions of the community wander off to facebook. At least in the United States. It works for local communities but the strength of CS to bring travelers together, vanishes by that development.