How do taxis still get away with a 5% credit card surcharge?

jastel

Active Member
Joined
Jul 19, 2012
Messages
580
Points
290
Never found a taxi or uber that refuses cash.
You can pay with cash...it is legal tender.

Some companies try to make it difficult but I find leaving the item on the counter and walking out works every time....
 

jastel

Active Member
Joined
Jul 19, 2012
Messages
580
Points
290
The difference is in one you're paying a bundle/package price for a whole bunch of services, and in the other you're paying a surcharge for an optional extra. Just as you pay a surcharge to Qantas, or a hotel, or petrol station for paying with a credit card.

Whereas in the first you're paying for a package, just as with airbnb, or even a travel agent for a travel booking with transfers, and hotels, and tours and flights, or even a hotel booking through anyone but the hotel e.g. booking.com, or a TA. Commission is rolled up into all those models, the same as uber.

OK - so its not a "package" or "bundle" but the costs are still there and you are still paying for it somewhere.
 

oz_mark

Enthusiast
Joined
Jun 30, 2002
Messages
19,217
Solutions
5
Points
1,440
Never found a taxi or uber that refuses cash.
You can pay with cash...it is legal tender.

Some companies try to make it difficult but I find leaving the item on the counter and walking out works every time....
Cash might be legal tender, but nothing compels anyone to accept it. No laws in Australia require you to accept cash.
 

Mattg

Enthusiast
Joined
Aug 21, 2011
Messages
10,785
Solutions
14
Points
1,335
Can one still pay a taxi with cash these days?

Yes you can.

Although, the last time I used a taxi, even though I had withdrawn cash beforehand, I was overcharged so much that I didn't have enough cash to cover the fare. Meaning I had to pay by card, adding another 5%. :(
 
Get paid up to 25% in real cash from your everyday purchases from leading companies such as Virgin Australia, Booking.com, Coles, Apple, Microsoft and much more. Free to join and no catches!

AFF Supporters can remove this and all advertisements

odysseus

Established Member
Joined
Feb 16, 2009
Messages
1,297
Solutions
2
Points
405
OK - so its not a "package" or "bundle" but the costs are still there and you are still paying for it somewhere.

Nobody said you weren't paying for it. You just questioned why there was not a similar reaction against Uber to the surcharge for cabs. But the model is decidedly different - and further the key issue is that where there are credit card surcharges, there is some tolerance of them when they are realistic - but when they are a gouge like here is when there is an outcry. Whereas while Uber's internal commission is high, the overall package that the consumer is paying is competitive to the market.
 

jastel

Active Member
Joined
Jul 19, 2012
Messages
580
Points
290
Then just imagine the uber model 20% cheaper...and I'm still allowing for a massive 5% credit card gouge like taxis do...

Uber charging 20% to dispatch a car via an app that costs maybe $500000...once...is in my view an "unrealistic" charge. Uber probably use 15% of that 20% in marketing and subsidies to entice more customers and drivers into the game and squash newer rivals who try to take less commission.

I just dont get the taxi hatred when uber does the same thing??
Both systems have good and bad points. I've had good and bad rides in both.
 

jastel

Active Member
Joined
Jul 19, 2012
Messages
580
Points
290
Cash might be legal tender, but nothing compels anyone to accept it. No laws in Australia require you to accept cash.
Exactly...same as saying "Cash Only" is OK.
If they dont want my cash I'll go elsewhere.
I dislike BB knowing my every purchase.
 

Ausbt

Established Member
Joined
Apr 21, 2012
Messages
1,361
Points
465
Years and years of Cabcharge sucking down 11% caused me to enthusiastically move to Uber, when normally I would be more reluctant as a matter of philosophy to move toward a disruptor. Sure, Uber do surge pricing but I see that as supply-and-demand. Uber is cheaper. cleaner and more pleasant and has refunded lots of little amounts over the years where disputes have been raised, and there have been more than a few.

Too many years of being force-fed redneck radio talkback. Sure I've had some entertaining times in cabs - the white-gloved chap who explained all of his conspiracy theories; the one telling sexist jokes about a politian I admired; the one I was in an accident in; the one I ended up in court over (let's not go there and yes I was acquitted); too many that stank.

You know I do feel bad (apparently) for all of those little old pensioners who own a licence plate (apparently) ...well at least that what Hadley and Jones and their ilk keep telling us (this message brought to you by RSL Cabs)
 

Enhance your AFF viewing experience!

From just $6 we'll remove all advertisements so that you can enjoy a cleaner and uninterupted viewing experience.

And you'll be supporting us so that we can continue to provide this valuable resource :)


Sample AFF with no advertisements? More..
Top