If you lived in a major metropolitan area in the last few years, it has been a golden age of fairly affordable food delivery. This includes restaurants who haven't been traditionally geared around takeout or delivery as they have been increasingly willing to participate rather than lose out.
It's clear, however, that investors are now tired of subsidizing delivery costs to grow their customer base. The article highlights a new $3 "small order" feed from Uber Eats, in addition to a delivery fee and a service charge, all before a tip is included.
I have to admit that while I use delivery apps fairly often, I've felt increasingly bad about it as I've seen just how far drivers are stretched. I make sure to tip well, but some nights this pushes me to decide against ordering altogether given increasingly high prices.
The irony of course, is that food delivery used to be managed by each restaurant individually without additional service charges, just a tip for the driver. You couldn't track the location of the order on your phone, but that now seems like a small trade off to make for better prices.
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