Tourism industry employees and observers at the Jersey Shore are keeping a close eye on the rising popularity of online home-sharing services such as Airbnb, which currently don't adhere to the same sales and lodging taxes as hotels and motels.
"We don't fully know their generational essence," said James Hughes, an economist and demographer at Rutgers University. "We don't have a good handle on them yet because we don't have much experience dealing with them."
Etsy, a global marketplace for handmade and vintage items, features more than 60 pages of New Jersey-based "shops." Some have made just a few sales, bringing in a few bucks now and then, but others have conducted thousands of transactions.
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