The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Prices should be negotiable. Uber doesn't negotiate, Uber set's prices. AND Uber keeps the fare a secret until the driver is already committed to the ride BY WAY OF SHOWING UP TO THE PICK UP LOCATION. Drivers have no say in what they are paid for their driving services. As a matter of fact, drivers don't even know what they are going to make until AFTER the service is provided, because Uber doesn't even share where the rider is going until AFTER a driver has accepted a ride, and sometimes not until the driver arrives at the location of the rider. Would you drive to the location of a buyer for anything you were selling before you knew what they were willing to pay, and before they knew what you were asking? NO. Drivers take what they are given. True independent contractors have some say in what they are willing to exchange their service or goods. If Uber were just a technology company, then they could be an SAAS, software as a service, and charge for use of their service, or app, on a subscription basis, then drivers and riders could negotiate freely for their services. What's worse is that Uber creates False Expectations of pay for drivers before drivers commit to driving for Uber.