For those that have decided to quarantine themselves until, well, whenever the day comes that this novel virus decides to decrease in effectiveness, my prayers are with you. The company Instacart has gained much usage over the past week, not because people are uninterested in vacating their homes occasionally to gather the resources (food) necessary to maintain viability, but because the company is actually convenient in a time when we would rather not be inconvenienced by say, an unseen contagion.
Knowledgeably speaking, If you are under 65 years of age (or don’t have a vulnerable immune system) and you are using the app to nourish yourself, you are taking an unneeded precaution, take my advice and quit utilizing their services. I will list some reasons in the following sentiments. Primarily, both of these companies are a hinderance to the obesity epidemic in America. While someone else is out voluntarily shopping for your next meal, your at home in a recliner watching Netflix, salutarily beneficial? I think not. Secondly, you are essentially morally compelled to “tip” the individual that delivers the groceries you order. Although Instacart only recommends that you tip a minimum of 5% to their delivery personnel, most folks have the habit of consistently desiring to gain social favorability from people they don’t know, so they tip a little more in order to appear like a generous person. This kind habit has its monetary consequences.
Hayley Peterson wrote in a piece on the Business Insider about instacart : “I estimated that I would pay more than $1,000 annually if I tipped about 15% on weekly orders of roughly $150.” In addition, all users of the service must pay the unique “delivery fee” in order to have their previously purchased commodities delivered. If you’re order exceeds $35 in value, the service charges you $5.99. The contrary is, if it doesn’t exceed $35 in value, then you get a $7.99 additional fee. Perfectly fair, or possibly just the way that they make a profit?
As we move into a time in America where one could live the entirety of his or her life without ever leaving their residence, the Chinese flu has provoked a temporary monopoly for companies like Instacart to seize. Not that Instacart isn’t a helpful service, it undoubtedly is for those in need of it’s advantages, but please folks, save your money. With our nations economy hanging by threads, and people high on mass hysteria, the last thing we need is people running short on cash.
Dylan Shetler is a freelancing self-taught journalist and Christian apologist. He owns and operates his personal blog The Onlookers Publication : onlookers.news