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Old 09-02-2015, 10:58 PM   #351
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Welcome back! I can only speak anecdotally to this, but in my case it is absolutely correct. I live in LA, and pretty much every time I use Uber (out to restaurants, airport) it is in a situation where I otherwise would have driven myself. Cabs have never been a feasible option here.
As an aside, he is worth following on the twitters. Very funny man.
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Old 09-03-2015, 02:16 PM   #352
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berx at least in Seattle has no minimum
There's a minimum in LA. Assume there would be in Vegas if they wanted one.

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As an aside, he is worth following on the twitters. Very funny man.
I do follow him and I agree.
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Old 09-03-2015, 02:18 PM   #353
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In Brooklyn there is an $8 minimum with UberX.
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Old 09-15-2015, 08:49 AM   #354
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The cabbie presses the "extra" button on their meter. That adds the $2 airport fee. If they forget to, it doesn't get added. They hand it in at the end of their shift.

I'll add, it if the cabbie failed to hit the extra button, the passenger wouldn't be paying it, per se. However the driver will eventually be paying it. Even if I didn't write it in at the end and just tried to pretend it never happened, each cab has a (I donno RF or IR) sensor in it that logs your presence at pickup area at airport and rental car center...so airport knows you picked up, they will bill it to the company, and once the company audits they will be calling me into the office for their $2. At least, that's how it works at my shop.
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Old 09-15-2015, 09:30 AM   #355
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My best friend drives Lyft in San Diego. He said 35 hrs you're roughly bringing in 500-600 a week. 40-45 about 700-800, and if you make 50 hrs (which is a hell no for me) and meet a few qualifications (top rating, ride count, hrs & mileage) you keep 100% of your fares. He drives Ford Escape hybrid and when he was going hard (55 hrs) he was bringing in around 1100 a week. Even at the smallest tier you make 80% of your fares + tips.

I used to drive a cab in the summers in Ocean City, MD when it was really busy. For an 11 mile long island, I regularly brought in 1k a week working 6 days a week and keeping 50% of my fares. Granted Lyft is about 25-30% cheaper than a cab (about 30-40% in Vegas).
First of all Uber & Lyft just published their base rates for Vegas and they are basically identical to the current cab rates. The only real difference you can point to is Uber states that tips are included. But Uber drivers would dispute that of course.

As for the rest of it, let's assume all that were true for a moment. What you've described is exactly the same as what a cab driver could expect to make in this town. Only in your case, you've shifted all of the liabilities and endless costs of operating from the cab company and placed them onto yourself. None of which you have factored into your formula of course so you're already in the hole. You haven't even factored your taxes yet. Furthermore you've forgone the health insurance provided by your employer as well as the indemnification that is very useful when things inevitably go very wrong. Further still on your new platform you wont even be able to stage at any of the stands and the only way you can get business is through your app. And worse yet, for all of these concessions that you have made, you have received absolutely nothing in return. Or, you get to make your own schedule? It's nonsense...

People talk about the ingenuity of Uber like it has something to do with watching your for hire car en route to picking you up. It has nothing to do with that. That in fact, wasn't even Uber's idea. Uber's ingenuity in this is what I've described above^^. They figured out a way to do business without any of the costs associated with doing the business. They figured out how to get their employees to shoulder the burden of being an employer. This is what we should be leery of...
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Old 09-15-2015, 09:39 AM   #356
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So why are there so many cabs? Cab companies would be better off with fewer cabs because of the expense of buying and maintianing one. Each cab would generate higher income per cab, so why do they keep buying more and putting them into the fleets?



Don't uber riders put in their destination? No drivers will want to take rides like those. Can they not specify a minimum ride fee? In San Jose it costs a minimum ten bucks for a taxi even if you only go across the corner.
Re the first part, this is something Ive been pondering for a long time. Certainly there must be a law of diminishing returns aspect to this somewhere but I thought we would have crossed that threshold long ago and they are still charging on for more cabs. One thing for sure we know is the advertising revenue from all of the ad space on the cars is making money for them even if the cab never picks anyone up. Reports are muffled on how much they actually make off of them but I'll bet it's at least the costs of operating the vehicle. Secondly I've compared this before to doubling down on 12, mathematically it may be the right play but it always looks stupid.

Re the second part, Uber riders don't put in their destination for the same exact reason when I take a call over the radio they only tell me the origin not the destination, because they know **** rides will never get picked up otherwise. But I'm proud to say and Ill repeat that my prediction came true and as soon as Uber drivers learned the business now you hear complaints about drivers calling their passengers to be to find out their destination and then they cancel if they don't like it.
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Old 09-15-2015, 09:41 AM   #357
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I think I'm all caught up here, shoot um at me if you got um. And I see there is an Uber thread on the board now? I don't dare go over there do I?
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Old 09-15-2015, 03:11 PM   #358
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I think I'm all caught up here, shoot um at me if you got um. And I see there is an Uber thread on the board now? I don't dare go over there do I?
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Any experience with this??

"Ever since April there have been 160 taxis added to valley roads. It was done in an effort to cater to residential customers, so now residents can call a centralized dispatch number, 702-GetTaxi, and closest cabs."

Would be pretty happy if this works well
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Old 09-15-2015, 10:29 PM   #359
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Just FYI for all- Uber riders may or may not enter their destination, but drivers cannot see the destination until they accept the fare
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