Response from Welcome:
It was good to have hosted David, his brother Rick, and their families. I would host them again. Thank you to David for his feedback. I am glad they found the well-made beds with 600-800 threadcount all cotton sheets and bedbug proof mattress encasements comfortable. Since the host could be other persons, I did not add my name, Patrick. David's name suggestion is a good one. Actually, all the reviews accompanying the one listing are for an entire residence rental. David's "somewhat of a nickel and dime feeling" is unexpected, considering David was first to bring up money negotiations ("Is this price negotiable..." on Sept. 7, 2013) and I saved them ~$157-$308 overall. Since David was concerned about money for their Philadelphia or elsewhere 3 day stay, I offered him another reservation which: 1) saved him ~$67 (can be nickels and dimes), and 2) made more of his reservation total refundable with cancellation. Essentially, David wanted superb for-fee extras for free: "...I'd like an 11:00AM check in or later, parking for 1 car and the three nights for $... inclusive." (Sept. 14) His request totals ~$350+ worth in rental hours and amenities (i.e. living room, 50" 3D htdv, blu-ray/dvd player, surround sound, kitchen, dining room, space for up to 20+ person party, 4 bedrooms, etc.) or $840-$1600 at nearby Philadelphia hotels. I declined his offer, because the reservation packages were already outstanding deals. David is incorrect for stating: 1. "Pay the balance with a credit card,add 10%" and 2. "early check in, pay for a whole day." 1. In advance, I informed David about various ways without or with transaction fees for paying the remaining balance. At no time did I say 10%. The processor, not I, receives the ~2.7-3.5% fee. Rick, the only guest present at check-in, did not want to pay a high fee(~$25). Consequently, we worked out a no fee payment solution. 2. In my Sept. 14 reply, I offered David an early 11am check-in time at a prorated rate. Charging one is fair and reasonable, since David would have occupied the prior reservation day, making it unavailable for other guests. David declined. Airbnb only allows lodging listings: https://www.airbnb.com/help/question/455
"We will not accept any listings which do not fall under this criteria, such as: ...
Any listing whose primary purpose is other than serving as a lodging.
There are many sites which facilitate the listing and renting of places [or items or spaces] that Airbnb does not support."
Consequently, airbnb is not involved with nonlodging services(.e.g parking, etc.) and payments, which are made separately. Airbnb permits tax payments though airbnb or separately. Airbnb now has a new payment option. Guests are welcome to pay their remaining balance through airbnb as well.
To make my guests' stay more enjoyable, convenient, and save them time, I offer various services (similar to a luxury hotel's concierge). David asked me several questions regarding transportation, grocery stores, and Philadelphia events. Rick elected to use the parking I offered him, saving themselves $65-$216.