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Buy Local - Maybe Order Direct and Pick up? Skip uber, doordash et al?

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Buy Local - Maybe Order Direct and Pick up? Skip uber, doordash et al?

Just an idea. If there is already a thread, kindly merge.

But maybe restaurants have been hurt enough. Why not buy closer and pick up and phone direct so more money stays with the restaurant versus being siphoned off? Or order from places that have their own delivery staff?

Maybe some restaurants need to pool together geographically to share delivery staff costs?

I called a place and made sure to confirm they did not pay commissions using even their on line order system for pick up. They said they did. I decided to go old school and use the phone and speak to a human.

Just some small steps I know.
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Yep I support this. I don't even order by phone; I just order once I arrive at the restaurant, and I don't mind waiting for my food.
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I do it all the time. Phoning ahead and picking up. Don't risk anybody else tampering with my food. I also don't like the surcharges these services have. Also gets me out of the house and an excuse to drive somewhere
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I absolutely refuse to use a delivery service. Primarily because of the pressure they put on restaurants and of course, the commission they charge (not even mentioning the delivery charges etc).
I fully support my local eateries and use the ones that already have delivery and I order and pick up myself.
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What peeves me off is that let's say skip the dishes menu prices are different than the actual restaurant by being higher.

Who's actually gaining on this difference in pricing. How come there is no disclaimer online prices can be or are higher than the actual place's menu prices.

When I saw that, plus all the fees, yea forget it. I just ordered for fun during the real early days of lockdown. It's not that hard to be prepared to make your own food or just step out yourself.
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I order for pickup via app when I'm not too lazy . It's just way easier to order on an app even for pickup than calling in especially when they are understably short staffed and can't take calls

But I've worked out difference is only around$10 (after tip) or so btwn pickup or delivery especially as I have dashpass which waives delivery fee and reduce service charge. Min it takes me like 40mins to go out, park, grab the food and go home . Saving that trip and 40mins is worth the $10 to me especially with winter here and I just don't feel like dressing up and jacket and go out unless I'm already out
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Pete_Coach wrote: I absolutely refuse to use a delivery service. Primarily because of the pressure they put on restaurants and of course, the commission they charge (not even mentioning the delivery charges etc).
I fully support my local eateries and use the ones that already have delivery and I order and pick up myself.
But why not support people who are doing delivery gigs? They need support as much as the restaurants
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StatsGuy wrote: But why not support people who are doing delivery gigs? They need support as much as the restaurants
Because the restaurants are more important to me. They were there before the pandemic and I want them there after.
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at1212b wrote: What peeves me off is that let's say skip the dishes menu prices are different than the actual restaurant by being higher.

Who's actually gaining on this difference in pricing. How come there is no disclaimer online prices can be or are higher than the actual place's menu prices.

When I saw that, plus all the fees, yea forget it. I just ordered for fun during the real early days of lockdown. It's not that hard to be prepared to make your own food or just step out yourself.
Uber is the one gaining on this.
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Raggie wrote: Uber is the one gaining on this.
And they're charging a % fee on top of that inflated portion too.

For many condo dwellers, even a short trip out and about it is too much. Might as well tap tap and get it right to your door. Oh the convenience!
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at1212b wrote: And they're charging a % fee on top of that inflated portion too.

For many condo dwellers, even a short trip out and about it is too much. Might as well tap tap and get it right to your door. Oh the convenience!
Some condos correctly do not permit delivery people into the building and make people go downstairs to pick up their items.

I'll take inconvenience since we talk about light at the end of the tunnel, but people do realize there is already a lot of places that will be gone when you get to the end of the tunnel. And there will be more as I highly doubt restaurants will be open for indoor dining until mid to end of January.
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