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The Australian Institute of Justice has ordered compensation for thousands of customers

The Australian Institute of Justice has ordered compensation for thousands of customers

Airbnb was fined AU$15 million and ordered to pay restitution to injured customers. Mohammad Faisal – stock.adobe.com

Analysis – Australians were misled by online site showing prices in US dollars.

At Airbnb, a dollar can cover another… The accommodation site has been fined A$15 million (€9.28 million) by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in the Federal Court. Refunds to thousands of overcharged customers.

Airbnb admitted that between January 2018 and August 2021, it misled its customers by showing prices for items available in Australia with a dollar sign, but not specifying whether they were in Australian dollars (AUD) or US dollars (USD).

Thousands of them saw nothing but fire and even went to see their account statements. Because between the two currencies, there is a clear difference: during this period, one Australian dollar was worth about 0.72 US dollars.

63,000 customers were injured

“By paying in US dollars, these consumers paid more than they expected and lost the opportunity to make an informed decision about it.

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