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  • #16
    Originally posted by Jaw View Post

    Has anyone done Uber Select/Black and can comment on those rates? I've never really known of anyone to actually use either so wonder if there's actually any point in that, more out of interest. I guess given the reduced age requirements the depreciation alone would probably make that a case of chasing pennies with dollars
    I switched to a Black car a few months ago after renting one for a few weeks to trial it, I purchased an Audi A6.

    Since then the rate of Black work has dropped significantly, probably a few factors including winter and also the economic climate in Perth currently.

    Select started recently and for the most part the jobs have consisted of riders choosing Select thinking it was Black, so very few X riders upgrading and mostly black riders downgrading. This is mostly to do with Uber placing the Select Icon in the place where Black used to be in the rider App They have placed Uber Black on another page so you have to swipe to see it (Thanks Uber!)

    Fortunately for me I have recently got a new day job which means I no longer drive much, mainly weekends now. When I drive I only usually do Black and Select, I do not get many jobs but it's a choice I have and I am no longer desperate for income and therefore do not have to put up with the Uber-X crowd late on a Friday and Saturday night

    If you want to work Black you will need to be in the city and surrounds. Your setup costs are significantly higher due to cost of vehicle and commercial (chauffeur) insurance.

    If you want to work Select you will just need a car that is on Uber's list. I still have not seen this list for Perth. Pretty much a large car with leather seats seems to fit the requirements.

    If your car is enrolled for multiple services like mine (X, Select and Black) you can turn individual services on or off whenever you like in the driver App - this is a good new feature.

    You can also enroll for eats and turn that on or off. Eats seems to be very busy and on the rise atm.



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    • #17
      It's a horrible concept to be a part of as a driver. For consumers it's great (I guess? I've never used it...) but for the drivers... holy shit.

      Get a nightfil job at Woolies - 7-12pm, $20p/h (or more?), 5% discount card, nice quiet environment...

      I did nightfill 10 years ago when it paid about $13ph and it was shiteasy, reliable income.

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      • #18
        Hooligan is bang on the money... been doing it for over a year an a half, only do friday and saturday evenings, from 6 till about 2am, thats when you can possibly even out to about $35 an hour, before all the other stuff. (tax, car maintenance etc. )
        Plus side is, you get to meet a lot of interesting people, and most are pretty cool.

        used to be a lot more fun, and more lucrative in the early days, its saturated now, so you could be waiting for your next little 'buzz' on the phone around half an hour to an hour sometimes, which gets boring.

        I try to go away from city, as thats where people will want an uber to ride in, so you get lnger rides, which is easier on the car, but less often.
        You could stay in the around the city for more rides but shorter trips, but i hate the traffic jams and the idiots in the city on the weekends...

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        • #19
          Originally posted by INTJ View Post
          It's a horrible concept to be a part of as a driver. For consumers it's great (I guess? I've never used it...) but for the drivers... holy shit.

          Get a nightfil job at Woolies - 7-12pm, $20p/h (or more?), 5% discount card, nice quiet environment...

          I did nightfill 10 years ago when it paid about $13ph and it was shiteasy, reliable income.
          I used to help nightshift and do displays, fuck that you work hard for little money.

          The more money I've been paid less I've done, especially during the boom that was nuts.
          Last edited by Halo_2; 29-06-2017, 06:43 PM.
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          • #20
            Originally posted by Hooligan View Post
            I switched to a Black car a few months ago after renting one for a few weeks to trial it, I purchased an Audi A6.

            Since then the rate of Black work has dropped significantly, probably a few factors including winter and also the economic climate in Perth currently.

            Select started recently and for the most part the jobs have consisted of riders choosing Select thinking it was Black, so very few X riders upgrading and mostly black riders downgrading. This is mostly to do with Uber placing the Select Icon in the place where Black used to be in the rider App They have placed Uber Black on another page so you have to swipe to see it (Thanks Uber!)

            Fortunately for me I have recently got a new day job which means I no longer drive much, mainly weekends now. When I drive I only usually do Black and Select, I do not get many jobs but it's a choice I have and I am no longer desperate for income and therefore do not have to put up with the Uber-X crowd late on a Friday and Saturday night

            If you want to work Black you will need to be in the city and surrounds. Your setup costs are significantly higher due to cost of vehicle and commercial (chauffeur) insurance.

            If you want to work Select you will just need a car that is on Uber's list. I still have not seen this list for Perth. Pretty much a large car with leather seats seems to fit the requirements.

            If your car is enrolled for multiple services like mine (X, Select and Black) you can turn individual services on or off whenever you like in the driver App - this is a good new feature.

            You can also enroll for eats and turn that on or off. Eats seems to be very busy and on the rise atm.


            Originally posted by INTJ View Post
            It's a horrible concept to be a part of as a driver. For consumers it's great (I guess? I've never used it...) but for the drivers... holy shit.

            Get a nightfil job at Woolies - 7-12pm, $20p/h (or more?), 5% discount card, nice quiet environment...

            I did nightfill 10 years ago when it paid about $13ph and it was shiteasy, reliable income.
            Turning up on someone else's timetable to take orders is exactly why I'm quitting my freelancing job in the first place I'd rather be spat on under my own terms personally.. Plus this is only a fallback plan so needs to be super flexible

            Originally posted by Sn0wcr45h View Post
            Hooligan is bang on the money... been doing it for over a year an a half, only do friday and saturday evenings, from 6 till about 2am, thats when you can possibly even out to about $35 an hour, before all the other stuff. (tax, car maintenance etc. )
            Plus side is, you get to meet a lot of interesting people, and most are pretty cool.

            used to be a lot more fun, and more lucrative in the early days, its saturated now, so you could be waiting for your next little 'buzz' on the phone around half an hour to an hour sometimes, which gets boring.

            I try to go away from city, as thats where people will want an uber to ride in, so you get lnger rides, which is easier on the car, but less often.
            You could stay in the around the city for more rides but shorter trips, but i hate the traffic jams and the idiots in the city on the weekends...
            Gotta say, have had some great convos with some drivers thinking about it.. sweet that sounds like a plan then, lurk around away from the city it is at least first..

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Halo_2 View Post
              I used to help nightshift and do displays, fuck that you work hard for little money.

              The more money I've been paid less I've done, especially during the boom that was nuts.
              I guess if stacking packs of grainwaves and timtams is a bit overwhelming it's not the best option.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by INTJ View Post
                I guess if stacking packs of grainwaves and timtams is a bit overwhelming it's not the best option.
                Would be a little - I'd have the tim tams ripped open and inside me in 10 seconds flat

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                • #23
                  All the ـber drivers I talked to did the job as a supplement to their normal job. None gave me a clear figure on the money they were making, but all of them were talking about the market saturation...
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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Stephan View Post
                    all of them were talking about the market saturation...
                    What happens when theres no jobs
                    "Some people are like clouds. When they disappear it's a beautiful day"

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                    • #25
                      repetition happens. people fall away. others join who are in the pipeline. desperation & hope feeds the loop.

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                      • #26
                        My roommate does uber with a XL vehicle, he does it along side his own charter vehicle business. He gets new returning customers for his business through uber. He earns more then I do.
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