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Old 03-23-2011, 10:39 PM
 
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Does anyone know what the purpose of this is?

I was reading on a major pizza ad that this charge does not go towards the driver, and that customers should still tip the driver.

I can remember when this charge never existed. You would only be required to pay the price of the pizza plus tax. Then you could pay more towards a tip for the driver.

But when the "delivery charge" started, I assumed this was some sort of forced tip. If not, then what exactly is it?

Thanks for any information.
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:16 PM
 
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Extra profit for Domino's/Papa John's. It started in 2005 when we skirted $3 gas for the first time. Originally it was used to hire drivers. But over time they pocketed it through the ups and downs in the market and stopped giving it to the drivers. Its probably used now to offset minimum wage increases through the years. Due to national advertising, they don't get the option to raise the pizza prices and you can only cut ingredients so much. Pizza price wise has been pretty stable over the past 20 or so years, but the quantity of the ingredients have shrunk massively.
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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The drivers do get paid, they are not volunteers like meals-on-wheels. If you pick up your own pizza, or dine in, there is no cost of delivery. Somehow, if you want it delivered, somebody has to pay the driver.

As far as I know, a tip is not necessary if there is a delivery charge added on to the quoted price of the pizza.

If the drivers can't get enough in tips, they just won't do the job, so maybe the restaurant had to add the delivery charge, to make sure the drivers did get paid.
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Old 03-24-2011, 01:04 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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here they say:
Any Delivery Charge is not a tip paid to your driver. Please reward your driver for awesomeness. Our drivers carry less than $20.
Domino's Pizza, Order Pizza Online for Delivery - Dominos.com

In 2005, Papa John's implemented delivery charges in the majority of its company-owned stores to increase profits. Papa John's current delivery charge (late 2010) is $2.50. The delivery fee is not part of the drivers tip. This is stated on pizza boxes and delivery receipts.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pizza_delivery

Now, it the "delivery charge" is not a tip paid to the driver, but intend to increase profit - then they should just rise the pizza price and not mislead consumers calling it a "delivery charge"...

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Old 03-24-2011, 01:54 AM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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Gas money???
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Old 03-24-2011, 02:40 AM
 
Location: S.A., Texas ~ Home of the HUD secretary farm~
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It's the same ol' same ol' ...the businesses would like for you to pay their employees wages separately. Without it showing up as part of your bill! Deception .....perception of their product being cheaper than it really is!
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Old 03-24-2011, 05:39 AM
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Location: Charlotte county, Florida
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Some places are paying their drivers for milage now, they never used to do that.
Most Mom and Pop Pizza restaurants do not charge for delivery. I'd say 75% of people pay over the phone using a credit card now.
We always asked.. Would you like to tip the driver? We did not charge for delivery..

Answer? Quit ordering from national chains and support a local buisness if one is available.
You will most likely get a fresher product and better quality ingredients.

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Old 03-24-2011, 06:29 AM
 
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So, the term "delivery charge" is kind of misleading. Since it doesn't go towards the delivery expense.

That's really lousy. Don't they realize people are going to be angered by this when they read it?

I don't understand the reasoning about why pizza prices remain constant. (Only competition and market demand would affect that.) Burger prices have DOUBLED in the past 20 years.

Now I suspect that the pizza places were overcharging in the past.
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Old 03-24-2011, 06:36 AM
 
Location: EPWV
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Originally Posted by Caligula1 View Post
Some places are paying their drivers for milage now, they never used to do that.
Most Mom and Pop Pizza restaurants do not charge for delivery. I'd say 75% of people pay over the phone using a credit card now.
We always asked.. Would you like to tip the driver?

Answer? Quit ordering from national chains and support a local buisness if one is available.
You will most likely get a fresher product and better quality ingredients.

The two national chain pizza places deliver to our house but the local one only goes so far and both are located within 20 minutes. So, if we want home delivery, it's a national chain pizza for us.
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Old 03-24-2011, 06:39 AM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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Pizza deliverers DO NOT RECEIVE the delivery charge. Tip them.
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