users in Pennsylvania and Washington, DC now see an ad on the checkout page saying that items that are about to be ordered may be more expensive than in restaurants. The app will display a disclosure that says “Prices may be lower in the store” after attorneys general have requested the change.
The Uber Eats app already has some price disclosures, according to Uber. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine say the additional notice makes prices more transparent.
“As more and more consumers use apps like Uber Eats, it’s critical that these companies are transparent about their prices and the fact that they get food directly from a restaurant is often cheaper,” Racine said in a from the AG. “We strongly encourage other delivery apps to follow in the footsteps of Uber Eats. Those who do not risk being investigated and examined by our offices. Consumers deserve clear information so they can make informed decisions that are best for them.”
Uber said that his colleagues set their prices on Uber Eats. “We think it’s important to provide this flexibility to our trading partners, especially during the recovery of local trade,” a spokesman said.
Not just food delivery platforms like Uber Eats, and require users to pay service fees, charge restaurants a commission . Given that the catering industry already operates at fine margins, it is logical that traders increase the price of less items on applications to offset the cost of commissions.
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