Scheherazade wrote on Dec 28, 2017, 11:57:
I wonder if the UBER news stuff has any connection to reality, or if it's gossip/propaganda?
I know people who use uber, and people who drive for uber, and none have had any change in habbit. Are they unique or something?
What exactly is going on 'on the ground' that is actually affecting uber's bottom line? I just fail to find anyone who actually cares about what is going on at uber corporate. People either want a ride, or they want some side cash, and whether or not uber corporate is having a scandal doesn't change that.
I'm not referring to any google lawsuits. Google can bury anyone under a mountain of legal bills... but google a ways down the list when it comes to the news' typically spewed UBER woes.
I chat with my Uber drivers all the time and their biggest complaint has to do with cities trying to put them out of business because the pols are all paid off by the taxi union(s).
Over the past 10 years Uber is probably the best new-economy or whatever it is called business.
The taxi business is (was) a monopoly controlled by the state (or city, whatever). Buy the medallion, you can be a taxi. Have the medallion, no matter how shitty your service, limited competition kept you safe.
Remember (member?) calling for a taxi? The wait to talk to someone, then the wait to actually have a limited supply of taxis come pick you up, then the dirty as shit car, no AC, and the driver yammering on his phone the whole time?
Yea, that business model needed to be destroyed.
The standard pricing was nice but who wouldn't pay more for a car to arrive in 5 minutes, take you where you need to go the most efficient and fastest way, and then you just jump out of the car?
Taxi companies could have instituted the innovations Uber came out with but they didn't *because they didn't have to*. Why would they improve their service if you have no other choice but to use them?
Back on point, the Uber drivers I have all work for multiple ride sharing services, most have other jobs and do Uber for quick/extra cash. They were bummed about the fare reductions that Uber instituted to drive the taxi businesses out but that was just good business and the taxi companies couldn't fight it off. Maybe unfairly as they can't manage their fares but they could improve service, the quality of the cars, etc.
I guess there was a shitty corporate culture but no driver ever mentioned that (which makes sense as I could be a secret passenger or something to them).
Never tried lyft.
The one business that has not been destroyed by the internet yet is buying a house. That process should be much more efficient and cheaper for all involved. That real estate agent cartel must be shoveling bills to politicians to keep that crap business model alive.