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2020-12-04 11:03:13 AM  
It's going to make Uber's IPO look like a well-oiled machine.
 
2020-12-04 11:30:01 AM  
Guess they're delivering a lot more pi now too.
 
2020-12-04 11:44:28 AM  
I was going to order door dash last night.  For 2 of us, for mexican, it was almost $50.   I called and picked it up and it was $17.

Fee's and tips as well as *adjusting* the prices on the menus, just isnt worth it.
 
2020-12-04 11:49:58 AM  
My small city worked out a deal with DD where the city is paying the restaurants' fees as a form of COVID relief.
 
2020-12-04 12:23:05 PM  
Yep. Imagine how screwed those folks are going to be in about eight months.
 
2020-12-04 12:24:45 PM  

masterofnothing: My small city worked out a deal with DD where the city is paying the restaurants' fees as a form of COVID relief.


Our entire state simply capped those fees, and ensured drivers wouldn't be penalized for the caps.

Mind you, customers are still screwed - the proclamation only covered the restaurants.
 
2020-12-04 12:26:46 PM  

tobcc: I was going to order door dash last night.  For 2 of us, for mexican, it was almost $50.   I called and picked it up and it was $17.

Fee's and tips as well as *adjusting* the prices on the menus, just isnt worth it.


This.  I stopped using them because you basically pay double for your meal. I'd use them in an emergency but even then I'd probably order a pizza instead.
 
2020-12-04 12:43:58 PM  
But people will starve!

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2020-12-04 12:54:27 PM  
I can't imagine using a delivery service as opposed to picking it up myself.

Why would you pay more to wait longer for colder food?
 
2020-12-04 1:16:13 PM  

EasilyDistracted: I can't imagine using a delivery service as opposed to picking it up myself.

Why would you pay more to wait longer for colder food?


It's all about how much you value your time. For some people it's worth it, for others it's not. Since March we've done delivery and carry-out a couple of times per week; at a lot of places now, carry-out takes so much time and hassle that I only do it if I need to make other stops anyway and if I can place the order in advance. Places around here are so busy that if I went out just to pick up dinner I'm looking at about an hour (one of the Mexican places nearby only does drive-though now, and the last outing there I spent 25 minutes in line). So an extra $10-15 to stay home doesn't sound too bad.
 
2020-12-04 3:39:24 PM  

4seasons85!: tobcc: I was going to order door dash last night.  For 2 of us, for mexican, it was almost $50.   I called and picked it up and it was $17.

Fee's and tips as well as *adjusting* the prices on the menus, just isnt worth it.

This.  I stopped using them because you basically pay double for your meal. I'd use them in an emergency but even then I'd probably order a pizza instead.


What's really bullshiat is that the extra cost scales up with the order. Order a meal for one, $8 premium for Doordash. Order a meal for five, $30 premium for Doordash. But... it was the same amount of work, so WTF?
 
2020-12-04 7:50:04 PM  

tobcc: I was going to order door dash last night.  For 2 of us, for mexican, it was almost $50.   I called and picked it up and it was $17.

Fee's and tips as well as *adjusting* the prices on the menus, just isnt worth it.


And for me at least, there's the tendency to order a lot.  I can make a delivery last 3 days.  I mean, paying $15 in tips and delivery fees sucks if the order is only $10, so to make it worthwhile I order at least $30 worth of food and then get sticker shock when I see the total bill.

I noticed that even ordering it online for pickup at my favorite restaurant redirects me to DoorDash, but the restaurant is more than happy to pick up the phone if you call them.  There's also at least one local competitor to DoorDash although they seem to have the same business model.
 
2020-12-05 10:48:28 AM  

tobcc: I was going to order door dash last night.  For 2 of us, for mexican, it was almost $50.   I called and picked it up and it was $17.

Fee's and tips as well as *adjusting* the prices on the menus, just isnt worth it.


Yep. And the best part? Knowing that the delta coming from you wasn't going to the restaurant, even as the restaurant WOULD'VE ALSO HAD TO PAY the service for that order.

We're receiving conflicting directives from our state & local government here in Washington state - on the one hand, we're supposed to avoid unnecessary travel and, ideally, stay indoors, but on the other hand, we're supposed to frequent local service providers to keep them afloat. We can't do both, and even with Inslee's proclamation, it's just too damned expensive to use a third-party delivery service to bridge the gap between those two conflicting directives.

It's hard enough to double or triple the cost of such items in your budget when you're working - when you're not working, it's impossible.
 
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