Haven't been back to the Southwest coast of Florida since my wife passed away in 2010. My son was 6 at the time and remembers this odd house we stayed in for 2 weeks on Manasota Key. He's been wanting to go back now for the last year or so. I just booked flights to hit Florida and then lower N.Y. for a wedding in August. After that, I was going through VBRO looking at condos, cottages and houses to rent on Sanibel Island. We've stayed there twice and twice on Manasota Key. So I spot the first place we stayed on Sanibel. Rent is going for $109 a night now for a studio made from half a cottage. So so reviews - the place is clean but very tiny. The place has two buildings so 4 studios of various sizes. The most expensive was like $139.
I rent a place a few miles away that is right on the beach mid-island where the beaches are nicer. Then I go on Expedia to rent a car. I flip through all of them and find a pretty good deal and book it. After I'm done, Expedia pops up and says here are some special deals on places to stay. What do I see? Three of the 4 studios mentioned above with a red warning on each listing - LAST ONE LEFT (duh, there is only one of each) and a "special" price of $260/night each for two of them and $300 on the third!
If I hadn't already researched car rental prices, I would be doubting that Expedia got me a decent price on the car rental I reserved! They have a little note - Lowest Price Guarantee! What a scam!