(WHTM) – Food delivery is so convenient that millions of Americans now use it. But some are wondering if it’s still worthwhile because that convenience comes with a big cost.
Meal delivery exploded in recent years. For just a couple of bucks Grub Hub, Uber Eats, and DoorDash would bring the restaurant right to you. But then drivers discovered they were barely making ends meet.
“I do Uber Eats and DoorDash, and with either, it’s hard to make a penny with gas prices,” said one delivery driver.
As a result, delivery prices have gone up and up to the point where New York Magazine calls 2023 “The year food delivery prices went insane.”
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It says delivery fees can now double the price of a small order…And cited one $32 meal with a $5 driver fee, a $5 restaurant service fee, $3 in tax, and a $4 driver tip.
And from the doesn’t that stink file, higher prices for delivered foods.
New York Mag says some restaurants have two different prices: a lower dine-in price, and a higher website and app price.
It says that helps restaurants meet their margins since delivery customers usually don’t buy drinks or desserts.
Understandable but it costs you more.
So think about it: if it’s a small order where the delivery fee is as expensive as the food, maybe you pass this time so you don’t waste your money.