Poll: Is Uber’s Surge Pricing Fair?

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Uber’s Surge Pricing has been a highly debated topic recently.

Surge Pricing has been the cause of lots of overly pricey cab rides which many people have complained about, some of which have made the news.

Here are a few examples of ridiculously pricey Uber rides:

I’ve written about surge pricing a bunch of times and don’t exactly agree with the practice. I get that they attribute it to supply and demand. But what does that mean?

Basically, Uber is saying that with surge pricing, more drivers go to work and become available to provide rides during the busiest times. Some customers defend it by saying that without surge pricing, there wouldn’t be cars available during these times when requested. Or, maybe you’d get stuck waiting for a very long time.

I felt that for this past New Year’s, Uber did a very good job sending out reminders about surge pricing (during the busiest day of the year). Even with Uber’s reminders, people still got annoyed after getting a pricey bill at the end of their ride.

After reading about the New Year’s Eve stories, I wondered if riders should be or even have the right to be annoyed about Uber surge pricing? I mean, they were warned! And, nobody forced them to open up the Uber app and request a ride.

Then we have a guy taken on a $908 ride and the passenger would Uber again!

I’m curious to see what your thoughts are on Uber Surge Pricing during times of heavy ride requests.

Is Uber's Surge Pricing Fair?

  • It's supply & demand, so yes it is. (60%, 62 Votes)
  • No. Uber is taking advantage of its customers. (19%, 20 Votes)
  • Yes! Without it I'd never find a ride during busy times. (12%, 12 Votes)
  • Yes and No. I see both sides of the argument. (10%, 10 Votes)
  • I don't care- I'm putting the fare on my corporate card. (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 104

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Poll closes on Friday, January 16 at 11:59 PM.

I’m sure there are many other options for poll answers which could’ve been added. If you’d like to add an answer or opinion about surge pricing, feel free to do so in the comments below.

5 thoughts on “Poll: Is Uber’s Surge Pricing Fair?

  1. During NYE Uber took advantagea by letting drivers know the zone area with high surge pricing allowing drivers to stay just outside area so surge pricing would stay high but drivers close enough to get ping and get a higher surge than what

  2. Download the app Surge Protector. It tells you if there’s a surge in effect for your area, and where to go to get just outside the surge area but still be close to your origin. Gotta game the game.

  3. Carlos- That is definitely messed up.

    Adam- Downloaded! Thanks for the tip!

    Jake- Imagine what they might charge in steady rain! Glad you got your cab quickly and didn’t just accept the surge!

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