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Is Uber eats worth it for drivers?

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eshughes77
 Posted 10 months, 3 weeks ago

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    DrJill
    Driver
     19 hours ago

    Not worth the time and effort.

    Accept the order, drive to restraint, wait for order [not getting paid].  Get the order and drive to the delivery [now getting paid], try to find a place to park and get the stuff to the door [getting paid].  Usually all for $5-7 and it can take over 30 minutes to do.  The last one I did was a large food order that I had to wait 20 minutes for -- then when I got to the house there were 36 [no I am not kidding] steep steps up to the front door.  I called and asked if they could come down for it as it was 90 degrees out and I had asthma.  They said no they needed me to bring it up.  It took me a long time as I had to take two rest breaks to prevent asthma attacks.  When I got to the door I found the order was for a couple of college age jocks!  I am in my late 60's with asthma, you think they could have met me half way.  What did I get for this $8 and a complaint that the food was cold because I took so lon...

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    Not worth the time and effort.

    Accept the order, drive to restraint, wait for order [not getting paid].  Get the order and drive to the delivery [now getting paid], try to find a place to park and get the stuff to the door [getting paid].  Usually all for $5-7 and it can take over 30 minutes to do.  The last one I did was a large food order that I had to wait 20 minutes for -- then when I got to the house there were 36 [no I am not kidding] steep steps up to the front door.  I called and asked if they could come down for it as it was 90 degrees out and I had asthma.  They said no they needed me to bring it up.  It took me a long time as I had to take two rest breaks to prevent asthma attacks.  When I got to the door I found the order was for a couple of college age jocks!  I am in my late 60's with asthma, you think they could have met me half way.  What did I get for this $8 and a complaint that the food was cold because I took so long.  After that experience NEVER will I do food delivery.  At least Uber makes it optional to take food or not.  and I am a definite NOT.  Not enough money to make it worthwhile and hazardous to my health.


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    amcbeth
    318 Rider Driver
     4 months ago  (edited 4 months ago)

    My experience on UberEats is worth telling.

    When Uber first came out with this feature they didn't announce it to the drivers. It came in an update with the "Eats" switch on.

    The first delivery was from a restaurant in South Philadelphia to the other side of Philadelphia. Couldn't find a parking spot near the restaurant, so I ran in and the order was ready. No tip, no ticket, but not bad.

    The second one was a McDonalds order of hamburgers. I spent a total of 45 minutes to make $5.75. No tip, but bad.

    The third and last one was also a McDonalds order. Again the total time spent was 45 minutes to make $5.75. That was the good part.

    The delivery was to a hi-rise. I called the guy and told him the food was here. He said, "I'm on the seventh floor, bring it up". He said it was required by Uber. I had no idea if that was true at that time. I believe Uber is advertising door to door delivery now.

    I locked the car and took a smelly bag of burgers up a smelly elevat...

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    My experience on UberEats is worth telling.

    When Uber first came out with this feature they didn't announce it to the drivers. It came in an update with the "Eats" switch on.

    The first delivery was from a restaurant in South Philadelphia to the other side of Philadelphia. Couldn't find a parking spot near the restaurant, so I ran in and the order was ready. No tip, no ticket, but not bad.

    The second one was a McDonalds order of hamburgers. I spent a total of 45 minutes to make $5.75. No tip, but bad.

    The third and last one was also a McDonalds order. Again the total time spent was 45 minutes to make $5.75. That was the good part.

    The delivery was to a hi-rise. I called the guy and told him the food was here. He said, "I'm on the seventh floor, bring it up". He said it was required by Uber. I had no idea if that was true at that time. I believe Uber is advertising door to door delivery now.

    I locked the car and took a smelly bag of burgers up a smelly elevator and knocked on the door. A half dressed guy reaches out and takes the bag and closes the door.

    I got out of the building safely and my car was not vandalized.

    Did I get a worthwhile tip? Yes, I will never take an UberEats again.

    If you deliver in the suburbs, I doubt if you'll make $10 an hour, but at least you will be safe.

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      ChatswickFan
      200
       2 months ago

      I am having difficulty identifying whether you are being sarcastic. When you say, you made $5.75 in 45 minutes, that's bad, right? That isn't $10/hour like you say.

      And call me naive, but...people are ordering McDonald's using UberEats? I like McDonald's like any other, but I don't want it so bad that I would get one delivered to my house. If I have my options, ya know?

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        amcbeth
        318 Rider Driver
         2 months ago  (edited 2 months ago)

        I haven't been driving for about a month and Uber had an update. on there update they turned on the delivery option. 

        Damn if I didn't get an UberEats as my first ride. Again a McDonalds delivery. This time  I made $4.54 in 30 minutes.

        This delivery was in the suburbs.

        Im my original post I said, "I DOUBT if you'll make $10 an hour in the suburbs, but at least you will be safe".

        I wasn't being sarcastic, those were the facts.

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          ChatswickFan
          200
           2 months ago

          Got it. 

          I've never driven but $4.54 in 30 minutes doesn't mean $9.08 an hour, right? You have to wait for the orders to come in. I guess you can even wait in your living room?  I gotta try this driving thing some day.

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            amcbeth
            318 Rider Driver
             2 months ago

            You can say the RATE is $9.08 an hour. But realistically you may not get another ride for 15 minutes.

            Read the rest of the posts. One driver spent 5 hours and made $39.  That's  $7.80 an hour. 

            Another post states money is money. I guess that means that if the ride pays for his gas, then all is good.

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              ChatswickFan
              200
               2 months ago

              5 hours for $39 is shoddy, but if 3 hours of that I spend reading, watching NetFlix and enjoying myself (And not incurring gas costs), maybe it's okay.

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    larman
    Driver
     3 months ago

    11 deliveries last night, not one single tip. 5 hours work for $39.00 pretty pathetic.  Its not worth it!

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      DriveMeToTheMoon
      274 Driver Driver
       2 months ago

      None tipped? How is that possible. It's not like food delivery is a new industry.  Do these people not tip their pizza and Chinese delivery drivers? 

      People must not know about how much goes to the restaurant and Uber's booking fees. Drivers get such a small sliver. 

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        lionfool
        136 Rider Driver
         2 months ago

        People are cheap and lazy, that is how it's possible.

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      lionfool
      136 Rider Driver
       2 months ago

      Yeah, that's about right. Definitely not worth it.

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    jbauer
    383 Driver
     11 months ago

    Imagine the steps it takes.

    • You see the request comes up.  You accept.
    • You drive to the restaurant.
    • You find a parking spot.
    • You walk inside the restaurant.
    • You wait until the hostess can approach you.
    • You wait until the food comes out.  
    • You walk back to the car.
    • You drive to your destination.<-------------------The time you make money.
    • You arrive then look for a parking spot.
    • You walk to the address.
    • You knock and wait at the door.
    • You hand over the food

    Tell me how this is worth it.

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      KristaOlivasElabbassy
       4 months ago

      Total of 15 mins for all of these steps.  Sorry...but unless you live in a big city...not a big deal at all. 

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        RobinH74
        Driver
         4 months ago

        @Krista, are you a fan of UberEats? I have never tried and I am thinking about doing it. Is it worth it?

        I'd love for these to fill my slow times but I am afraid UberEats' busy times coincide with rider's busy times. (Lunch time and end of workday) When do you see them being the busiest?

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        BrianTheScrewDriver
        274 Driver Driver
         4 months ago

        Yeah, but that’s fifteen minutes you aren’t making money. 

        And it’s definitely more than fifteen minutes

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      Kendrix
      Driver
       2 months ago

      So true it hurts.

      I make $5 a pop. Often I would buy the same amount of food during pickup, so I never make money. LOL.

      BTW, there's usually a rack of food where drivers can just walk in and grab the delivery items.  I hear there are lots of mistakes and homeless people just grabbing them. Some growing pains on this business model.

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      JeremyLen
      Rider
       4 months ago

      that's funny and so true.

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      LCarpenter
      206 Rider Driver
       5 months ago

      HAAA HAA HAA

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      chicago49
      228 Driver
       11 months ago

      LOL this is hilarious.

      Not to mention you might not get a tip. At least traditional delivery drivers are almost always tipped. I think people feel like they don't have to tip uber drivers and that carries over into uber eats.

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      joeyj
      384 Driver Rider
       11 months ago

      Speak for yourself. Money is money. I'm not above it.

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    blackandyellow
    111
     2 months ago

    Nope. Miserable Money. Miserable People. Stay away from Uber Eats!!

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    Bigfrank
    288 Driver Driver Rider
     3 months ago

    They are the same tightwad Jerkoffs who do not tip . I would rather collect bottles and cans in between rides and it's non taxable too. 

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    DriveMeToTheMoon
    274 Driver Driver
     11 months ago

    I tried it for a few weeks, and it is totally not worth it in my opinion.

    People usually order from restaurants in their own neighborhood.  They don't order from a place on the other side of town.  Remember, we still get paid to drive for uber eats.  Driving 2~3 miles picking up food doesn't make us money.  Then the time spent on picking up the food that is rarely ready when I show up?  Then dropping it off?  Way too much for a 3 mile ride.

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    WWBlueStuff
    257 Driver
     4 months ago

    I dread the day we are forced to do UberEats. Just as they did with UberPOOL.

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      StevenL-NYU
      104 Driver Driver
       4 months ago

      Me too.  I can see Uber doing it too.  I would cancel every one of those requests.

      I think we are safe though. There have to be enough restaurants participating in order for Uber to need more drivers. If they pull such a move, it'd be when there is a huge surge in demand.

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      LG-PA
      716 Driver
       3 months ago

      Pool is not forced on drivers, it can’t be turned off like Uber eats, but you can decline every single pool ride, like I do, unless I am on destination filter heading home, then I do not care if it is a pool or regular as I am just trying to subsidize my trip home ;)

      eats I just turned off.

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      TheoDore
      Rider
       4 months ago

      I didn't know they forced pool on drivers.

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        amcbeth
        318 Rider Driver
         2 months ago

        Look at the app. You have a choice (currently) to turn off UberPool or UberEats, but not both.

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    SilviaK
    Rider
     2 months ago

    Hi - Portify is an app that helps you manage your finances and get access to small savings on deals and discounts. We are building some new features soon that focus on helping people budget and manage their income. We want to hear from Uber drivers/riders on how you currently do this and the ways in which we can improve our app (it doesn't matter if you don't have the app).  


    For your time, we are offering £15 for a 30 min phone survey, or £25 for a 45 min in person survey here at our London offices (London Bridge). If you'd like to join this research, please fill in this quick survey and leave your email at the end. We will then get in touch to schedule a time that suits you! 

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    Hi - Portify is an app that helps you manage your finances and get access to small savings on deals and discounts. We are building some new features soon that focus on helping people budget and manage their income. We want to hear from Uber drivers/riders on how you currently do this and the ways in which we can improve our app (it doesn't matter if you don't have the app).  


    For your time, we are offering £15 for a 30 min phone survey, or £25 for a 45 min in person survey here at our London offices (London Bridge). If you'd like to join this research, please fill in this quick survey and leave your email at the end. We will then get in touch to schedule a time that suits you! 

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    RPaulson
    542 Driver
     10 months ago

    Uber Eats is horrible.  It's worth it only if you aren't getting enough rides.

    You have to also remember...during meal times are when the drivers are the busiest, people going places to eat!  Obvious, right?  So we'd rather be driving passengers than fetching food for people.  

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    tabby
    169 Rider
     11 months ago

    I live in the burbs. I haven't tried uber eats yet. I hope it takes off. We dno't have a lot of food options nearby but I'd be willing to pay extra to have food from ~20 minutes away delivered to me.

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    DDominico69
    149 Driver
     11 months ago

    Totally depends on when and where.  I hear in the suburbs this works out pretty well.  Not like the boonies but a bit outside the city in a populated areas.  No problem parking, plenty of participating restaurants, and medium distance trips.  (remember, we like longer trips.)