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YouTubers troll Airbnb by listing dollhouse, making $3K in bookings
April 21, 2021
UK YouTubers became the envy of internet trolls everywhere after successfully listing a dollhouse on Airbnb, while also racking up thousands of dollars worth of booking requests in the process. A video of their impressive prank has garnered more than 350,000 views on YouTube.
London’s Archie Manners and Josh Pieters, who are known for their online gags, reportedly masterminded the stunt to see just how carefully does “Airbnb check their listings,” Pieters intoned in the clip.
The cheeky duo reportedly also wanted to trick the throngs of vacationers flocking to reserve lodging post-coronavirus lockdown.
“Archie and I thought we’d advertise one of the world’s smallest properties on one of the world’s biggest websites,” Pieters mused.
In order to fool the housing rental giant, the punks reportedly meticulously photographed the interior of a palatial 1700s dollhouse created by famed doll-orama designer Emma Waddle. The miniature mansion was so detailed that it includes “readable books” and “real paintings,” Pieters explains the video.
They then listed the replica as a “Luxurious London 18th Century Townhouse” with a pic of Pieters’ mother as the property’s host.
However, the duo also wanted to give Airbnb a sporting chance to bust them. So they adorned the mansion with several features indicating that their house was not to scale: namely a bank card in the bathroom and full-sized water bottle in the hallway. One of the advert’s pics even showed the duo’s reflection in one of the house’s mirrors.
Despite the obvious Easter eggs, Airbnb accepted the replica rental, whereupon it amassed a staggering $3,000 worth of reservations. (No, the pranksters didn’t actually get to pocket any cash.)
Airbnb did not respond to The Post’s request for comment on the prank.
The YouTube peanut gallery was impressed that the tricksters managed to it pull off.
“The amount of people who just didn’t notice the water bottle is astounding,” exclaimed one awestruck gawker of their inspiring work of forgery.
Another wrote, “It’s insane how nothing gets vetted on websites like this.”
One YouTube comedian quipped, “Plot twist: The buyers actually knew it was a dollhouse and just wanted their doll to have a place to stay.”
Thankfully, Manners and Pieters have returned the money to the hornswoggled holidaymakers and even gifted two of them a free hotel stay as reparations, as shown in the clip. The listing has also been taken down.
The video concluded with a helpful PSA on internet scams: “Maybe it’s worth checking before booking something online, after all it’s the little things that matter,” Pieters says.