According, to Business Insider SA, getting your meal through Mr. D and Uber Eats can be quite expensive. You could be paying up to 32% more for your meal if you use these apps and don’t go into the store.
It should be noted that this exorbitant percentage excludes the R10 delivery charge that these apps add to the bill. The research looked at a number of fast-food merchants and compared their in-store prices with the prices listed on Uber Eats and Mr. D in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
The results showed that all of the fast-food outlets charged more for their food items on these delivery apps when compared to their in-store prices. The only exception was Wimpy. So let’s break this down.
According to the research, in Cape Town pizzeria Col’Cacchio charges a premium of up to R18 (24%) through the Uber Eats and Mr. D app. This was the largest price difference in Cape Town.
The Spur family restaurant is also making a heavy profit. A simple Spur burger costs you just under 10% more if you purchase it using one of the delivery apps.
If you are in Johannesburg and you are jonesing for a Spur Burger Combo, you could be paying up to 32% more than just going into the store.
Even those who do use established delivery services are struggling to survive, as they typically charge between 22% and 30% of the bill.
In other words, if you care about supporting your local restaurant during this tough time, contact them first to see if they do their own deliveries before trying the booming delivery services.