Written by Brian Chen
After a long day, you have probably done some back-of-the-napkin math and decided there was no point in going out for dinner when you could get food brought to your door for the same cost, plus a tip. So you fired up a delivery app.
Too bad the numbers aren’t that simple.
When you order through a delivery app, you pay multiple parties, including the driver and the companies that offer the apps, such as Uber Eats and Postmates. In some cases, you pay the restaurants extra fees as well.
The markups can be downright egregious. Take Panda Express, the fast-food chain. If you ordered a $39 Family Feast value meal using Uber Eats, your tab would be 49% higher than if you bought the same meal at the restaurant.
You would have to really love Panda Express to pay this kind of premium — and that doesn’t even include a tip.
The extra fees creep into your bill for various reasons. Some restaurants hike the prices of food ordered for delivery. And most of the popular apps charge a delivery fee and cram tax and extra service costs into a single line on the bill, making it difficult to notice the inflated costs.
To give you an idea of the true cost of delivery app convenience, I tested some of the apps. Read on for what I found. (Hint: It wasn’t pretty.)
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