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The more you use Uber, the more expensive it gets. (Upfront Pricing)

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StuffinMuffin
828 Driver Rider
 Posted 2 years, 1 month ago

I figured this would be the case.  With the introduction of upfront pricing, Uber can charge customers anything they want.  They will ask for any amount riders are willing to pay.  I have heard cases where during the hours when the business users are out, the overall fare goes up.  Trips to and from airports? You guessed it.  It'll go up because people are willing to pay.

All the cheap Uber fares that we have gotten accustomed to are about to go out the window.  Regulators and law makers who shoved the taxis out.  Are you happy now?  What about those Uber fans who said, "Uber is better and cheaper.  Screw the taxis.  Stronger survives."  So irresponsible.  Here's the proof:

"Uber appears to have the opposite of a rewards program. That is, it appears the more you use Uber as a passenger, the more they’re going to charge you per mile. We know Uber said they were going to experiment on charging different customers different rate, based on a variety of unpublished factors. My current belief is the more you use the service in a way that suggests you can afford more, the more they will charge you."

https://therideshareguy.com/uber-is-ripping-off-frequent-riders-and-heres-how-to-avoid-it/

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    FitBitMeIn
    136
     2 years ago

    What a tactic.  Uber initially set the prices of rides VERY low to undercut taxi companies.  Now that the taxi industry is in shambles, they decide to raise the fares to whatever they want.

    Soon, I am sure Uber will be more expensive than taxis.  Why wouldn't they, right? They dominate the market now.

    Uber's taxi takeover has been completed successfully.  Congratulations!!!!

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      scotchyscotchyscotch
      33
       2 years ago

      This is an age-old tactic. Predatory pricing. It was especially effective in this case since the taxis couldn't even try to compete since their pricing is regulated.

      If you ask me the local governments screwed this up. They should have regulated Uber when they had the chance. The cat's out of the bag now.

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        bombazine
        79
         2 years ago

        Or maybe they never should have stifled the free market in the first place...

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        FitBitMeIn
        136
         2 years ago

        It's the whole Starbucks tactic.  Build a store right next to an existing and successful coffee shop to compete.  Advertise it nationally then make the coffee half as much.  Run crazy promotions.   

        Run that for 6~12 months.  Let the famous coffee shop that was there for 35 years close its doors.

        Then end all promotions, jack up the prices, and let the millenials spend $7 on a latte.

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      Murfdturf
      8 Driver
       2 years ago

      Blame should also rest in the hands of the taxi industries, who should have embraced the new technologies.

      How dificult would it have been to provide all cabs with GPS and give their customers the service that would then be available?

      Then customers would have had properly licenced, trained and insured professionals looking after them.

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        SmittenKitten
        2004 Rider
         2 years ago

        The reason the taxi industry couldn't respond was that they aren't centrally owned or managed.  It was all distributed and locally regulated.  There were some strong entities and large unions like NYC/TLC, Pittsburgh, and mega-taxi companies in Chicago, but they were not able to respond, build a technology stack/platform, and have the large enough influence like Uber could.

        Uber was also working on a leverage and had access to billions of dollars (to spend on lobbyists, etc.) while the taxi companies were working for a profit, and a thin one at that. 

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        chawes
        747 Rider Guru
         2 years ago

        I think the taxi industry figured the government would regulate the Ubers out of existence. How could they not?

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    CrazyCrayons
    145
     2 years ago

    So if you are desperate for a ride, the price will go up.

    You better not tell your Uber driver if your wife is in labor.  It'll be $100 a mile.

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      dShaperoMDM
      112
       2 years ago

      Perhaps that's capitalism and we should embrace it.   Demand based pricing.

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        Marc88
        13 Rider
         2 years ago

        Yes, it’s capitalism. Late capitalism is all about monopolization, the dominance of consolidated wealth, and the leverage of accumulated capital which has actually eroded competition, diminished the marketplace, and as predicted by Marx, destroyed private property (the fruits of individual labor), the opposite of what it started out to do. Yes, yes, by all means let’s embrace it, as we do the eviseration of nature and our planet. 

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          DimSumUng
          127
           2 years ago

          All contraversies lead capitalism vs socialism discussions. Good job, guys. 

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            BGraft89
            614 Rider Driver
             2 years ago

            Is your screen name a joke?  I can't tell if it is your real name or a Chinese cuisine joke. No offense. 

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          DWang02
          105 Rider
           2 years ago

          Capitalism cannot exist without intervention, certainly not in a stable form.  SEC, anyone?

          You fundamentalists, please stop hiding behind an illusion of a free market just to get what you want.  the rich gets richer, you call that success?

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      RainbowRash
      101 Rider
       2 years ago

      LOL $100 and hour. It'll be tax deductible at least. Actually I have no idea. 

      This reminds me of the test surge of 50X they ran in another city. 

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      HuhnHuhn
      127 Rider
       2 years ago

      That's why you gotta be all chill about it and make comments like, "we get there when we get there." "The baby will come when it wants to." And "oh that, she likes to fake it."

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        LandLoverRover
        104
         2 years ago

        Or

        "I know a much better competition and the insurance covers it. It's called an Ambulance."

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    JudgeItoh
    178
     2 years ago

    yeaha, that whole upfront pricing bit was spun as something nice and noble for users who wanted to know about the fare beforehand.  but the truth was that Uber wanted to charge more money and not base it on publicly posted fares.

    This is much closer to getting quotes from Limos companies.   

    and it's worse because Uber will charge you whatever they want to.  whatever you are willing to pay.  and it'll be different betweeen personal and business travelers, rich and poor, affluent neighborhood to poorer neighborhood, time of day, etc.

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    otisburg10
     3 months ago

    Taxis are under municipal price control. Uber is not. Uber is known for surge pricing. Uber is known for being dishonest. What do you think Uber will do once all their competition is driven to the ground? They will probably charge at least $20 per mile and many people will be sorry they ever supported those fascist pricks.

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    JaneElizabethNicolson
    16
     2 years ago

    And so it goes... Same for VRBO and AirBnb.  Once they were good  now they are over priced greedy companies.

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      DimSumUng
      127
       2 years ago

      Don't the owners set the prices?  So who's the greedy ones?

      I don't even know how much they take 

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    RudyTorres
     1 year ago

    It sure does 5 mile trip use to cost $11 now its $18  just about the same ass yellow cab!!

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      AngieKM169
      107 Rider
       1 year ago

      Are you a driver or a passenger?

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    HuhnHuhn
    127 Rider
     2 years ago

    Right.  They can charge anything they want, which means no more deals.  Someone told me about the example of trips between Heathrow and London. You pretty much have no choice except a car service and maybe the train.  Well, they won't charge those friendly uberX prices for those.