Of My Fair Lady and Instacart’s Moves that are kind of Shady

Of My Fair Lady and Instacart’s Moves that are kind of Shady

Homemaide
Dec 28, 2019 · 4 min read
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Q: Thanks for meeting with me! How did your unique buyer’s journey begin?

A: My brother invited me and my family to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC to see My Fair Lady, last Sunday.

Q: Wow. For free?

A: Yeah. He works for the Boys and Girls Club and they had a couple last minute cancellations, so he called us and asked if we wanted to go with him.

Q: Using free tickets? I definitely would have gone.

A: Me too. And the Kennedy Center is a beautiful place — right on the water, beautiful chandeliers, and the actors were incredible as well.

Q: Sure it wasn’t a brand new play or concert and sure it’s been running for many decades but the cast filled the theatre, being able to draw in grandparents, parents, and grandchildren — all during the Christmas break?

A: They did. It was packed. And a few weeks before, there was some other play — maybe the Nutcracker that my brother invited a few of us to at the same place.

Q: Must be nice to have friends in high places, eh?

A: Well my brother explained it to me like this — sometimes when the Nationals or the Redskins want to have a “full house” or “sold out” game they will donate some of the tickets to charities like the Boys and Girls Club. I think we got to see Cirque du Soleil that way too.

Q: Okay. That all sounds awesome. How did My Fair Lady lead you to InstaCart?

A: I was trying to finish ordering groceries before we went to see My Fair Lady because we were already out of milk, eggs, and bread. So I used Instacart to order my groceries from Aldi’s. It usually costs $9 for the driver’s tip but this time it cost $9 for the driver’s tip plus $3 that my husband tipped the driver, not knowing he had already been paid plus $9 for the delivery fee plus tip (that’s what the emailed receipt says), plus $4 as the service fee.

Q: How did that make you feel?

A: Frustrated. Powerless. It wasn’t like Amazon where you view all the charges before your final check out. I’m not using InstaCart again after that. I mean — I would be fine with it if they disclosed it but if they simply updated their terms and asked their users to check a box saying they agreed to the new terms, that’ s not cool.

Q: I’m not surprised you felt that way. I have felt that same way as well — not buyer’s remorse when Amazon shows you an item that’s ten times or 10X smaller when you receive it in the mail.

A: Yep. I’ve been there too.

Q: Thanks for sharing your experience. Here’s your Amazon giftcard.

A: Thank you!

UPDATE

Q: a16z and Angelist shared this incredible news about InstaCart!

The fastest growing marketplaces of 2020

Andreessen Horowitz announced “ The Marketplace 100,” a ranking of the largest and fastest-growing consumer-facing marketplace startups and private companies.

They determined the rankings by looking at US credit card data to understand where consumers are actually spending their money.

Here are the key takeaways from the Marketplace 100:

  • Four marketplace startups — Airbnb, Doordash, Instacart, and Postmates — account for 76% of consumer spending.

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