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What are ways Uber drivers make money besides driving?

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MingiPark1982
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 Posted 1 year ago

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After 50 Uber rides, I finally ran into an Uber driver who had a sundry shop open in his car.  He sold water, gum, mints, head phones, charging cables, bags of chips, red bull, chapsticks, etc. etc.   

I asked the driver and he told he can do whatever he wants because he is an independent and the products have nothing to do with Uber, the company.  I don't know the legality of opening up a store in the back of a Toyota Camry, but with all legal stuff aside, what are other ways drivers make money?  What are cool things they can sell?

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    JMartensen
    161
     1 year ago
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      AndyMicka
       11 months ago

      Not yet available in Indy undecided

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        StuffinMuffin
        785 Driver Rider
         11 months ago

        Can't you just stock it with items bought at Costco?  Make everything one dollar, and you don't need some fancy app or payment method.

        ...or you can set up Square to take credit cards.

        I haven't looked into CarGo, but I am sure they take a pretty penny.  The problem about their business is that it's easy to copy and easy to undercut.

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    WWBlueStuff
    260 Driver
     1 year ago

    Ooooh, I am not trying to be funny here.  Condoms.

    First hand experience as a driver. I've been asked by passengers MULTIPLE times for condoms.  It happens fairly regularly that I actually thought about carrying some and selling them.  I felt creepy so I never did it, but I mean, imagine the premium you can charge on those!!!

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    bettybop32
    19
     1 year ago

    Do something on the side like music, art, business podcast, etc that you can slip into convo with your pax. it will increase business making your Uber a moving sales pitch.

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      CrazyCrayons
      141
       1 year ago

      What a serious response in middle of others claiming to sell shoes and their bodies.  Hats off to you.

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    BGraft89
    611 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    VuGo.  In-vehicle video ads.  Genius.

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      chicago49
      248 Driver
       1 year ago

      You call it genius. I call it monstrous. For crying out loud can we just have one place without ads.

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        BGraft89
        611 Rider Driver
         1 year ago

        Yes, but not on cabs   

         but you can pay more for the ads/free freemium version of Ubers. :)

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        FuegoJuno
        110
         11 months ago

        If they are gonna have ads on the car, I feel like I should be getting something in return. Like a discount on the ride itself.  There has to be a cost for making money off of me.  

        Perhaps a negative rating?  I mean, how is it fair that my friends who happen to get a different driver NOT have to watch an ad?

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          iradiocoach
          24
           11 months ago

          Do you feel the same way when you go to a website, watch TV,  radio, ads are everywhere Including the website you're reading this on. LOL

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            FuegoJuno
            110
             11 months ago

            Yes, I do.  If a website, TV, or radio probably quality content, I am happy to pay for it with my time, i.e. watch their ads.  If the content is crappy, I just stop watching..  

            It's like if HBO or your favorite iPhone game.  HBO has no commercials.  Your iPhone game, if you already paid for it, you shouldn't see ads.

            With an Uber, I am pay for the service already.  I already bought the time, so they should turn off the ads.  At least give me a choice.

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      cheesehead
      489 Driver Rider
       1 year ago

      Uh, yeah, no. As long as my pax are paying for the ride, I'm not showing them ads.

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        BGraft89
        611 Rider Driver
         1 year ago

        The question is how much are they paying. 

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          cheesehead
          489 Driver Rider
           1 year ago

          Nope. I'm a professional. I don't bombard my customers with ads.

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            joeyj
            416 Driver Rider
             1 year ago

            Yeah until you don't have any customers anymore because they don't want to pay your high ad free rates.

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    AsStibelDude
    604 Driver
     1 year ago

    I have never looked into it, but I always wanted to wrap my car in advertisements.  What about those rooftop advertisements you see on NYC taxicabs?  

    Fulltime drivers drive like 50K miles a year.  That has got to be an effective form mof advertising.  Gotta capitalize.

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    jbauer
    390 Driver
     1 year ago

    Well, drivers spend more time in between fares than actually driving passengers, so whatever they can do to kill a time has potential to be making money. 

    Write a book?

    Stuff envelopes?

    Write a blog?

    Knit a sweater?

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      Bigfrank
      391 Driver Driver Rider
       1 year ago

      Apply for Welfare...

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    JustSchmidt
    75 Rider
     1 year ago

    Fake vomits to collect cleaning fees. That how thy make extra money. 

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      Bigfrank
      391 Driver Driver Rider
       1 year ago

      That' because there are too many non tipping tightwads and you sound like one of them.

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      ShadyPeteMD
      164 Driver
       11 months ago

      I saw one of these at a gift/toy shop in Maine.  It caught my eye because I knew of the driver scam to use this.  

      No, I didn't buy it.  Looks so fake.   wait, i mean, I wouldn't by it anyways, because lying is bad

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    lionfool
    184 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    Their bodies. Could be a nice way to drum up business.

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      bBerman81
      263 Rider
       1 year ago

      Oldest profession in the world.  Now mobile.

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    DimSumUng
    125
     1 year ago

    Shoes.  A driver tried to sell me shoes, a converse, once.  With a straight face too.

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    StuffinMuffin
    785 Driver Rider
     12 months ago

    Well, I am part time, so I have a full time as a software engineer "on the side."

    Do other drivers mind that?  I see so many fulltime drivers on this site.  so intense.  I just go out like 5 hours on the weekends so I can support my binging habits.

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    AngieKM169
    102 Rider
     1 year ago

    Sell weed.  

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    chicago49
    248 Driver
     1 year ago

    If a driver tries to sell me something in his or her car, they get a 1 star rating. Sorry. I'm trying to go somewhere, not buy something.

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    RelaxedRecliner
    57
     1 year ago

    I once had a driver who tried to sell me not one but two pairs of binoculars.

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    FlutterShy
    310 Rider
     1 year ago

    Many drivers hand out their business cards (especially the UberBlacks) so they can have people call them for rides.  This way, they don't have to pay the 25% Uber commissions.

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    SyedAli
    232 Driver
     11 months ago
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    RMaddox
    108 Rider
     11 months ago

    selling organs.

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    Bigfrank
    391 Driver Driver Rider
     1 year ago

    He is a disgrace to all professional drivers and I wouldn' be surprised if he got carjacked .