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Uber Pricing is officially *whatever they want to charge*. No longer based on time and distance

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669 Driver
 Posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Uber can charge whatever they want now. Basically, Uber charges whatever the rider is willing to pay. It isn't based on time and distance anymore. 

I kept wondering why my Uber prices fluctuate even for the same trips. At first I thought it was the infamous "surge pricing", but I started to wonder why sometimes it warns you of surge and sometimes it doesn't.  Well, it turns out that Uber in most markets can charge whatever they want now. Uber has officially but quietly updated their pricing policy to state exactly this.

What is "willing to pay" mean? They look at the requested trip and various characteristics about you and then determine how much you are willing to pay.  They will continue to push the boundary too.  This means:

(These are just some things I have heard, and I have not personally confirmed them.)

Do you know what's really messed up? The drivers are not aware of how much you are paid. They continue to be paid on their contracted rate based on time and distance. So they get paid the same amount regardless of how much you are gouged.

Related thread here: https://ride.guru/lounge/p/the-more-you-use-uber-the-more-expensive-it-gets-upfront-pricing


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     3 years ago

    I feel like Uber has actually always done this. Many examples of ordering Uber's with my friends at the same location and to the same destination at the same time and getting different fares. I used to take Ubers into the city 4 times a week and the fare always seemed to get slightly higher over time and traffic never increased. Uber has always been sketchy for sure but hey, they are still almost always cheaper than competition so what are you gonna do?

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    188 Driver
     3 years ago

    Capitalism at its best.

    Isn't this another argument that drivers should be employees?