Almost no requests last 2 days?

Tony Neo

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I have never seen it so dead since Thanksgiving last year. Thursday night and no one is going out?? It's not even 1/10th volume compared to 4th weekend. Or is it the end of Getme? They should've kept their 50% coupon going... I went to downtown as well, few mousy requests here and there. Almost nothing.
 

Tx rides

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I have never seen it so dead since Thanksgiving last year. Thursday night and no one is going out?? It's not even 1/10th volume compared to 4th weekend. Or is it the end of Getme? They should've kept their 50% coupon going... I went to downtown as well, few mousy requests here and there. Almost nothing.
In our black car experience, this is the VERY slow week kicking off a really slow period.
 

hy1368

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Where are you driving?I didn't have any problem getting pings this morning.I didn"t rtive this evening though since someone puke in my car.
 

Ziggy

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I have never seen it so dead since Thanksgiving last year. Thursday night and no one is going out?? It's not even 1/10th volume compared to 4th weekend. Or is it the end of Getme? They should've kept their 50% coupon going... I went to downtown as well, few mousy requests here and there. Almost nothing.
Well, they can't keep giving 50% discounts to pax and paying drivers as if they collected 100% ... that's totally unsustainable; frankly, I'm surprised that they did it for as long as they did.

TNCs need to be profitable too or there is no infrastructure to support the business ... it's not just an app on your phone & the pax phone ... TNCs incur the following expenses and more (developers, programmers, legal, CPA, CFO, CEO, driver support, servers, data fees, credit card processing fees, taxes (city, state, sales, federal), marketing, etc) ... at some point, pax need to step up to the plate and pay the full fare without any discounts; of course, I guess you're free to give pax a 50% discount out of your pocket.

In the end, if the TNCs are not profitable, there's no reason for them to be in business.
 

Tony Neo

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Well, they can't keep giving 50% discounts to pax and paying drivers as if they collected 100% ... that's totally unsustainable; frankly, I'm surprised that they did it for as long as they did.

TNCs need to be profitable too or there is no infrastructure to support the business ... it's not just an app on your phone & the pax phone ... TNCs incur the following expenses and more (developers, programmers, legal, CPA, CFO, CEO, driver support, servers, data fees, credit card processing fees, taxes (city, state, sales, federal), marketing, etc) ... at some point, pax need to step up to the plate and pay the full fare without any discounts; of course, I guess you're free to give pax a 50% discount out of your pocket.

In the end, if the TNCs are not profitable, there's no reason for them to be in business.
I understand what you are saying and that was not the main point I was getting at. Obviously I don't have all the data, but I know plenty of people that either forget to enter the code or don't know the code. I am hoping they are still be able to make plenty of profit even with the 50% code floating around. After all, they have the highest rate for now. They need something to keep the users coming back to them and code is one of them. Once the code is gone, there is no strong reason for repeat users. And if there is no users, it can not be profitable as well. I think it's all about balance so Getme can still compete against other TNCs.

All I wanted to verify was if the usage was down across all TNCs or just Getme.
 

tcc83

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Tuesday and Wednesday were the worst days I have had since starting getme when they first came to Austin. I was actually able to get about 8 rides each rush hour/evening but almost all minimum fare or close to it. I have also encountered more rude passengers this week than I ever did with uber or getme to date. All in all a bad week. Ill go out for a few hours today for rush hour and early evening rides. That is the sweet spot for me. When it gets bust DT at night the app just crashes.
 

Tx rides

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Rodeo? That's in February. This time of year is lake and river trips, and nobody wants wet riders.
There are other rodeos, ya know!!! Wimberly, Marble Falls, Liberty Hill, Bastrop, to name a few. Nonetheless, "family outings" have never been a big demand for livery. That may change with the cheaper services, but I don't think XL/SUVs are that much cheaper.
 

Tx rides

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You never know. Some of the parents might have had enough with their whiny kids and decide to put them in limo with a nanny to go to an event.
I've never booked such a ride. In fact, most of our wealthy clients won't even ride in a stretch. We had a Showtime exec needing a ride during SXSW, and all we had was our Mercedes stretch (very small, 52 in stretch, built for execs) she was adamant that we not pick her up in a "porn limo". Once she saw the photos she was ok. That's been our experience with most high end clients. And don't even think about picking up CEOs in flashy vehicles for site visits. We had a concierge book our limo for a British exec here to visit sites. We told him all we had was the limo, he said OK, but failed to ask the client. We had to move mountains at 5 am to get a sedan for the day.

But I digress. Summer is slow for hired vehicles!! :-)
 
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