Uber Was Gouging Prices This Weekend

All part of the business model.

Philebrity has a good catch about some unusually ridiculous fares Uber charged this weekend. Uber’s explanation? In bad weather they up fares (they call it “Surge Pricing”–catchy!) to incentivize drivers to come to work. Exhibit A:




And another guy says he got charged $75 for a one-mile ride. And everyone else ever in the world agreed. In New York and Washington (high demand/low supply) and in Boston (terrible drivers, really high prices), I understand the urge not to use traditional cabs. In Philly, where Center City is crawling with cheap taxis, this all makes the case against Uber even stronger than it already is. (Lower fares and all.)

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  • pennsy

    I got thrown out of a traditional taxi at 8 PM on South Street because the driver wouldn’t go above Arch – he was very clearly not driving his own cab and had none of the proper identification and such – and then couldn’t find one at all in the pouring rain in Northern Liberties at midnight. This is not my first experience with a ghost cab that didn’t know where they were going… or with not being able to get a cab outside of Center City or Old City… or with a driver trying to intimidate me into not paying with a credit card… and on and on

  • ray

    What does uber mean?

    • UKEagle99

      Über – A popular word in gaming circles taken from the German überlegen, meaning superior or elite.

    • SamuelRoby

      Some say it’s synonymous with offshore-based tax-evasion and alike.

  • SamuelRoby

    Never had problems with taxicabs. Ride-sharing drivers locking doors – demanding positive reviews – seems to be the new trend.