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The sharing economy likes deals and access most, the environment not so important

Excerpt from GigaOM

Jul 05, 2012 3:39 am

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Like cycling to work and public transit, the sharing economy works because it makes sense, not because people are altruistic. And that’s not a bad thing.

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While web sharing sites — like Airbnb and Zipcar — have an environmental angle because they’re a more efficient way to use resources, potential users of these services aren’t all that motivated by the environmental benefits, according to a new survey. Instead web sharing users are motivated by saving money and by having easy access to the product.

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