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I am new to this blog so here is my first post:

-I got this invitation from uber saying "$40 bucks an hour" and I went out thinking "I am going to make $80 bucks for 2 hours of driving" but miss the "gross Fare" part. At the end I only made $64 because Uber takes 20% commission from those $80. So we have 2 hours x $40 = $80. 20% of $80 is $16 dollars so we get $80-$16=$64. Why Uber does this? to make us believe that we are making $40 dollars when we are only making $32. Why create a scam kind of advertising? because it makes us chase that carrot and we love it...
 

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Why they don't say $32 dollars net? Is there a reason for this? Maybe "scam" sounds a bit harsh but it creates a "bait and switch" perception. Even the font they use is smaller when you get the email. Maybe I am an idiot but I bet there's a lot of people that think they are getting $40 whey they are only getting $32.
 

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Why they don't say $32 dollars net? Is there a reason for this?
Yes there's a reason. Not everyone would get $32 net. There are at least two Uber commission rates. I'm aware of 20% and 25% in Boston. And what is net, after Uber's commission, tolls, safe rider fee, gas, taxes, etc? Different people will interpret net differently.

Even the font they use is smaller when you get the email.
I don't know about the email, but in the first line of your post, in the largest font, it says "$40/hour GUARANTEED Gross Fares". IMO, that's the same size font and pretty clear.

Maybe "scam" sounds a bit harsh but it creates a "bait and switch" perception.
There's not bait and switch either. You were quoted $40/hr gross and you got $40/hr gross.

I bet there's a lot of people that think they are getting $40 whey they are only getting $32.
I agree. That's because a lot of people don't carefully read things. But now that you've reread it and see it clearly states "Gross Fare", you should realize it's not a scam or bait and switch.
 

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Be grateful, as these promos aren't that regular, at least during early parts of the week? I drive a cab, so the regular Uber posters could confirm this.

Even making what you earned after commission is better than many other hours during the year if there's no guarantee for other types promotions.

Even the Craigslist ads always advertise "earn $788 weekly in fares" or whatever random figure they tout depending on market and time of year.

"In fares" should be bolded or asterisked, because newbies don't realize "in fares" is Uberspeak for before commission and booking fee, and before other gas, maintenance and depreciation.
 

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Why they don't say $32 dollars net?
:rolleyes:Because $40 sounds better than $32.

And for the same reason they misrepresent revenue as earnings. Zero driver expenses sounds a lot better than gasoline, depreciation, maintenance, repairs, insurance, interest etc. $40 is not your gross earnings, and $32 is not your net earnings. They are your gross and net revenue, respectively.
 

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:rolleyes:Because $40 sounds better than $32.

And for the same reason they misrepresent revenue as earnings. Zero driver expenses sounds a lot better than gasoline, depreciation, maintenance, repairs, insurance, interest etc. $40 is not your gross earnings, and $32 is not your net earnings. They are your gross and net revenue, respectively.
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