Whether you book my villa or another, this ‘Fair pricing’ page is all about helping you avoid disguised surcharges on the mass-market villa sites.
But first, to confirm a booking with my “Enquire Now!” form on this site (or via 0033 6 63 42 50 50 or email@example.com) is not inflated by any form of booking fee or levy, and lets you negotiate directly with me before you book.
So what's the problem with the 'mass' villa rental sites?
First, unlike reductions on hotel booking sites, prices on most villa-rental sites (the 'Rogues' below) are actually higher than booking direct with the owner at his base price. These sites take the difference as a hidden commission or a pseudo booking charge (actually an introduction fee with no responsibility on the site), and prevent direct contact with the owner before you've booked and paid.
And beware - plenty of these sites have text 'Direct'/'Owner' to attract Google searches - or even have them in their site name (main offender - the various 'HomeAway'sites in "Rogues Gallery" below). And to ‘register’ or ’login’ on such sites (or even just visit them) usually invokes unseen T&Cs to book with the site, or pay their fee if you find a villa there.
As well as overcharging you, all this prevents direct negotiation with the owner before you commit to book, and requires payment for the villa via the site’s unregulated rent collection services - whilst misrepresenting the fee as a guarantee for your payment transfer.
So the simple way to avoid these surcharges and work direct with the owner, is to find the villa's 'official' site (you've already found mine!).
Or you can use one of the few remaining 'mass' sites sites whose only charge is to the owner for displaying the advert (in "Goodies Gallery" below).
The ‘Goodies Gallery’ - the few remaining honest direct-rental villa sites, which do not surcharge or inflate prices (Orchard Villa is on them), and where you're more than welcome to compare Orchard Villas facilitities and prices against others!(access site and enter "Destination... " or "Where to ..." as 'Skiathos' or 'Greece').
www.simplyowners.net have the most greek villas; also see www.owners-properties-direct.uk, www.home-owners-direct.com , and www.allvillas.co.uk/greece (enter destination 'Paros' - being corrected!)
allvillas.co.uk have themost Greek villlas in Greece (169, 167 in Crete/Rhodes- but only 1 in Skiathos - mine, mislisted as in Paros!).
'SimplyOwners.net' have the most in Skiathos (4) / Skopelos (2).
This is all dwarfed by the 300+ on HomeAway's 'Rogue' sites below - but their user T&Cs to view the site (section §10) might imply liability for their service charge if you book a villa you first saw on the HomeAway site direct with the owner.
The ‘Rogues Gallery’: sites which do surcharge or inflate villa base prices with fees and commissions (and keep the difference!)
First and worst - HomeAway(.com/.co.uk), and their many aliases inc. Abritel(.com), VRBO.com (villa rent by owner!), VacationRentals(.com), RentbyOwner(.com) ... which include ownersdirect(.co.uk). For 12 years 'O-D' built a world reputation as the leading "no-fee/direct" site, but was taken over and merged with fee-charging HomeAway. 'H-A' then took down the OwnersDirect website, but still use the name and URL to trap searches for the original ‘Owners Direct’ no-fee business operation ... and the HomeAway site now falsely claims “OwnersDirect is now HomeAway”, and “Everything remains the same - it's just the brand name that's changing”!
.. plus the other 'usual suspect' rogues who offer discounted hotel rates but surcharge private villas - such as HolidayLettings(.com), TripAdvisor, AirBnB(.cOM), Booking(.com), Epxedia(.com), ...
PS – why I set up my own site (and use the "Goodies") ... I used Owners Direct until it was hi-jacked ... but sadly, still forced to use 'H-A' because it attracts a continuing vast number of 'O-D' searches ... but now so do I, with results on Google page 2 ... so maybe no HomeAway next year!