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I know this sounds unusually specific, but this is exactly the kind of ping I struggle with the most. It’s not BAD, but falls short of my $2/mile. It might be a hidden, but might not - and I know I’ll be dissapointed if not.

Assuming it’s going to a relatively civilized area, not the boondocks.

I don’t know why in 2 years I’ve not yet figured these out. Every time one pops up - I’m sitting there like an idiot with my thumb over “accept” until it disappears. 😂
 

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TBH, it would depend on whether I was busy or bored.
If I was getting a ping every few minutes I would pass.
If pings were 20 minutes or more apart I would take it to try and jump start a streak.
I know it’s faulty logic but it seems that the more pings I accept the more pings I get.
My theory is that it’s a Pavlovian training technique.
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I know this sounds unusually specific, but this is exactly the kind of ping I struggle with the most. It’s not BAD, but falls short of my $2/mile. It might be a hidden, but might not - and I know I’ll be dissapointed if not.

Assuming it’s going to a relatively civilized area, not the boondocks.

I don’t know why in 2 years I’ve not yet figured these out. Every time one pops up - I’m sitting there like an idiot with my thumb over “accept” until it disappears. 😂
Same as Steve in my market here.
But was it an ABA trip? In other words, how many dead miles?
 

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Same as Steve in my market here.
But was it an ABA trip? In other words, how many dead miles?
See, on the one hand - no dead miles, as lots of places in the area. BUT no “live” miles I would want; chances are I’d ignore them an return from where I started from.

Yes, I know many disagree with this strategy, but in my experience I’ll get much better pings that way.

That particular one would actually be only 2 dead miles back to my parking spot. It was 6 miles because 2 miles to Starbucks and 4 miles to drop off from Starbucks (going past my spot).
 

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See, on the one hand - no dead miles, as lots of places in the area. BUT no “live” miles I would want; chances are I’d ignore them an return from where I started from.

Yes, I know many disagree with this strategy, but in my experience I’ll get much better pings that way.

That particular one would actually be only 2 dead miles back to my parking spot. It was 6 miles because 2 miles to Starbucks and 4 miles to drop off from Starbucks (going past my spot).
Just think of it this way…

You might end up with the next 3 pings being real bad offers such as $3 for 8 miles. So if something is relatively decent, don’t second guess, and accept.

You have done enough deliveries… it should be instinct by now.
 

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Just think of it this way…

You might end up with the next 3 pings being real bad offers such as $3 for 8 miles. So if something is relatively decent, don’t second guess, and accept.

You have done enough deliveries… it should be instinct by now.
One would think, right?!? And yet every single time I’m sitting there, lost.

See, NOW, an hour later, I’m thinking I should have taken it. But also - I might have missesd a 2-mile Regular that’ll end up MINIMUM $10 (likely higher - he always tips well). I mean, technically, I should have returned by that time, but if the slightest wrinkle - likely not.

And this is exactly why I’m always stumped.
 

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I would not since I don't do uberfeats anymore due to stealing money.
All depends on amount of time this would take. Without knowing area or how long a wait to pickup takes or even is it during rush hour which might take 30 min to get to.
If the entire order takes an hour not even worth it.
 

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So many factors at play here.
I would say on a Friday, Sat or Sunday that would be a no for me, but maybe if it's 4:30, going in the right direction and it's a quick restaurant? Possibly?

In my area that 6 miles in one direction (my no fly area) could take a 1/2 hour, while if it's headed in the right direction, it could take 8-10 minutes.
 

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I don't do a lot of delivery but if it kept me in the area and I could do it in 15, max 20 minutes, I would grab it. I will go as low as $1 a mile and 50 cents a minute because any delivery I'm doing is due to a lack of rides and will typically count towards a quest (so there might be an extra $2 to 3 bucks on the back end).
 

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I know this sounds unusually specific, but this is exactly the kind of ping I struggle with the most. It’s not BAD, but falls short of my $2/mile. It might be a hidden, but might not - and I know I’ll be dissapointed if not.

Assuming it’s going to a relatively civilized area, not the boondocks.

I don’t know why in 2 years I’ve not yet figured these out. Every time one pops up - I’m sitting there like an idiot with my thumb over “accept” until it disappears. 😂
I'd say take it if the pickup distance is reasonable.
 

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Would you take $11.09 for 6 miles?

Depending on the place I’m picking up from, and where it takes me, maybe

Sometimes I’ll take shorties under 5 miles for $1.50 per mile if the circumstances are right

$6 for 4 miles
$5 for 3 miles

nothing under $5 unless it’s 2 miles or less and I know the area well
 

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See, on the one hand - no dead miles, as lots of places in the area. BUT no “live” miles I would want; chances are I’d ignore them an return from where I started from.

Yes, I know many disagree with this strategy, but in my experience I’ll get much better pings that way.

That particular one would actually be only 2 dead miles back to my parking spot. It was 6 miles because 2 miles to Starbucks and 4 miles to drop off from Starbucks (going past my spot).
yes I would have picked that up... Instead of the $2/ mile I look at orders as min $25/hour if it doesn't take me too far out of my home base
 

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I know this sounds unusually specific, but this is exactly the kind of ping I struggle with the most. It’s not BAD, but falls short of my $2/mile. It might be a hidden, but might not - and I know I’ll be dissapointed if not.

Assuming it’s going to a relatively civilized area, not the boondocks.

I don’t know why in 2 years I’ve not yet figured these out. Every time one pops up - I’m sitting there like an idiot with my thumb over “accept” until it disappears. 😂
I treat rideshare and food delivery trips pretty much the same. Given the logistics of my market that would be a hard pass the vast majority of the time. If business is very slow and traffic is very light I might take it because a lackluster profit beats sitting idle.

Traffic, parking, and the geography of Metro DC combine to make $2 per mile deliveries unprofitable unless traffic is very light.
 

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I know it’s faulty logic but it seems that the more pings I accept the more pings I get.
My theory is that it’s a Pavlovian training technique.
Lol
I'm pretty sure that's one of the games Uber likes to play. Just yesterday, the day before Thanksgiving, I was busy almost all day. One right after the other. Then around 4:30 p.m., I declined multiple low paying deliveries in a row. After that, it was almost dead for several hours. I don't believe it just slowed down during most people's dinner time the day before a holiday when nobody wants to cook; I believe I was deprioritized until I started accepting again. I ended up barely making my daily goal, but it took much longer than it should have, and I really should have made much more.
 

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I know this sounds unusually specific, but this is exactly the kind of ping I struggle with the most. It’s not BAD, but falls short of my $2/mile. It might be a hidden, but might not - and I know I’ll be dissapointed if not.

Assuming it’s going to a relatively civilized area, not the boondocks.

I don’t know why in 2 years I’ve not yet figured these out. Every time one pops up - I’m sitting there like an idiot with my thumb over “accept” until it disappears. 😂
I wish I could hold out for $2/mile. I would get very few deliveries if I did. My minimum is $1.50/mile when it is busy, but if it's slow or I get deprioritized for declining low paying deliveries, then I'll go down to $1/mile just to get back in the rotation. Very, very few are over $1.50/mile in my market. So, the answer to your question is yes, because it is over MY minimum.
 
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