It’s no surprise that if you order a takeout service, like Uber Eats, “expensive” will probably be your first thought.
But TikToker Deborah Dali (@debodali) sparked a big discussion online recently after saying that the extra fees on the delivery service have gotten out of hand. (Scroll to the end for the full video.)
She said the extra charges have gotten “out of control,” like the service fee, plus the fact that menu items are more expensive versus what they’d be if you went to the restaurant.
There’s also a delivery fee and then they’ll sometimes charge you extra for gasoline.
“I don’t know about you guys, but I have always been under the impression that gasoline was included in the delivery fee,” she said.
She also slammed their priority service, where (for an extra fee, of course) the restaurant will make your order first.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re at the top of the driver’s list. They could make multiple stops before you get your food.
“An hour and a half after ordering, you get your cold, soggy sandwich that you paid $37.45 for,” she said. “And I forgot about the tip! On top of all that, you have to tip!”
Turns out, there’s a reason why Uber Eats is expensive nowadays (along with other similar services.)
The Wall Street Journal compared prices using DoorDash, Grubhub, and Postmates — in both 2019 and 2021.
And over that time period, all three orders had gone up in price, both in the food costs and the service fee. Only the delivery fees hadn’t increased across the board.
For example, two plates of pasta from Applebee’s via DoorDash saw its price jump from just over $40 to over $50.
Here’s another: Four Bacon King Sandwich meals from Burger King through Grubhub increased from about $47 to about $65.
That’s a huge jump. Which is why Uber Eats is expensive (and so is everything else).
Here’s the video.
h/t: Daily Dot