If your area has boosts and you have the flexibility to be selective, it can be worth your time in small batches. Yesterday I did 4 deliveries, drove 46.3 miles (total, not just with a request), earned $44.51 + $10 tips. I've done less than 15 deliveries. Majority have had boosts. Definitely not worthwhile without it.
Might not be ideal for some, but if it's boosting over 1.5x it can be as good if not better than giving rides in my area as it usually only surges on the weekends.
Base fare deliveries? You're going to have a bad time. Deliveries with boost? It might surprise you. I delivered 4 glazed chocolate donuts, customer paid $14.00 ($9 base/boost, $3 fee, $2 tip).
It's not so tough to turn off deliveries once you've opted in. You do have to put up with an occasional pop-up suggesting you turn it back on. But that's not such a big deal. And on occasion, like this morning, the deliveries were somehow back on and I got a request. Just declined it and turned deliveries back off.
Got one where the kid ordered 2 cookies (for $1) from McD's. Tipped me $5 to drive a half mile.
I live in an area with no less than 25 restaurants in a 2-mile radius. They all use the on-demand delivery model. Even in a surge, making deliveries is not profitable. In my area, taking UE also means you will do pickups from grocery stores. NO THANKS.
I will never do UE again. Note that their verbiage states "Deliveries can increase earnings." Doesn't mean they will.
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