Personally I'd only ever see something like couchsurfing as a real niche market. Perhaps it might take a small amount of business away from some hostels, but I wouldn't see it being significant. A bit like whether hitch-hiking and ride-sharing noticeboards would put the bus and train companies out of business. Especially as hostels are forced more and more upmarket by customer expectations, I think the number of people wanting to share in a strangers house will be quite small.
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