Author Archives: Jacki

  • Uber or Lyft? A wiki guide to which taxi app to use and when

    Oh, how grateful I am that we live in 2016. I remember when calling a cab meant hoping you don't get a busy tone, followed by waiting on hold with bad music, followed by a 20 minute wait. I would call them after 20 minutes to be told "the driver will be right there". Around 5 minutes later I was told the same, until the driver finally showed up. The car typically didn't smell too great, and the drivers drove like real New Yawkers (this is actually a compliment hehe). There was no such thing as customer service, because it was not necessary. We were at the mercy of the dispatcher and driver.

    Fast forward 10 years. I have 4 taxi apps in my phone, and I use all of them. I currently have Uber, Lyft, Juno and Gett.

    UBER

    My regular go to app is obviously Uber. This is because Uber has the best cars. I'm often upgraded to an SUV or a sub-luxury car, even when I use UberX. I also take advantage of UberPool when traveling in cities, I find the fairs to be cheaper than public transportation at times. Oh, and if you happen to live in San Francisco, check out this promo: This September, unlock $2 uberPOOL and $7 uberX rides for as little as $20 upfront.

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    LYFT

    My next go to app would be Lyft. I don't love Lyft, I find the cars to be slightly lower quality but the service is great and drivers appear more eager to please you. Whenever Uber is Surging, or not many cars are showing in my area I immediately fire up Lyft.

    Don't have Lyft? Sign up today and get $50 in free rides up to $10 each!

    GETT

    Gett is another Taxi App that has not taken off as quick as Uber or Lyft. I think the main reason is the competitive promotion for sign up was not strong enough, and there's not enough social word of mouth. I have tried it, but it's definitely low on the list. However is is extremely useful for booking a car up to 2 weeks in advance.

    JUNO

    Juno is another app that is in Beta in NYC only and has only excepted long-time Uber 4.7+ star drivers. Interestingly enough, they are wooing drivers with equity options. Unfortunately, I am not located in NY and thus unable to try them out but I have heard good things about them. Check them out here, and save 25% off all your rides while they are still in Beta.

    Am I missing any? Let me know in the comments below!

  • What the Jet.com - Walmart Merger means for consumers

    This past Friday, September 23rd 2016, Walmart finalized their $3 Billion plus acquisition of Jet.com. Jet.com launched in late 2014 making it the fastest and largest ecommerce sale in the history of the web.

    HISTORY:

    Jet.com was founded by Marc Lore, who also founded Diapers.com (also known as Quidsi) which sold to Amazon.com for $545 Million in 2010. It appears, as soon as Lore was released from his Amazon non-compete he didn't waste anytime partnering with Venture Capitalists to build out Jet.com

    HOW THEY GREW:

    Jet.com merged the idea of referral marketing and equity into one by allowing users who refer the most amount of members (top 10 spots) to earn equity in the company. The top spot earned the most equity. They also claimed that there would be a monthly or annual fee kicking in after the beta launch, but if you signed up during the beta you would 'earn' 6 months to one year for free. Everybody loves free! Well, here's what happened: the referral campaign drove over 250,000 sign ups in the first 3 weeks. In the end, the top referrer's equity at the time of the sale was worth to over 1 million dollars! One hell of a lucky guy who saw the potential and jumped to it. Man, am I kicking myself now.

    THE AFTERMATH:

    With Walmart's acquisition, Lore appears to be moving to an executive position at Walmart. I predict three things to be happening in the coming year:

    1. I expect Walmart to roll out with some sort of monthly fee in exchange for some benefits. This was Lore's initial idea with Jet and he will likely want to move it over.
    2. I expect Walmart to get much more competitive in price on specific categories. Lore's got a vendetta with Bezos for forcing him to sell Diapers.com, and working at Amazon.com all those years, he's likely to be able to find weaknesses.
    3. I expect Jet.com's core to business to somehow integrate into the Walmart ecosystem. How this will effect us? Time will tell.

    Personally, I have never been a fan of Walmart.com. I have found the website to be a bit cluttered and difficult to find and compare products. Could be because I am so used to Amazon, or could be because of some negative experience I've had 6 years ago in a wild Walmart store in the Midwest that was clearly mismanaged. Who knows. But I will say this: I love change. Change is good for the consumers. Change brings challenge. And if this acquisition can give Walmart the tools to compete, that's a win for all of us. I am eagerly waiting the outcome, and I'm sure time will tell.

    Please share your thoughts in the comments!

    UPDATE 8/8 -

    It now has become apparent what this acquisition has done for us. Walmart is now offering some incredible deals when you offer Ship to Store and Amazon has been occasionally matching those prices with Prime. Ah, I love competition. i'm sure there's more to come!

    Sign up for Dealwiki Email Alerts to get notified about these awesome deals as they can come and go fast!

    This article was originally published on 9/27/16.

  • Why my next car will be a Tesla

    I recently decided to make the move from leasing to buying, as a result of the large amount of miles I put on annually. As I began the journey of research and pricing, the following 3 things are the most important to my buying decision: Comfort, upkeep and resale value.I definitely plan on reselling my car within the next 4 years which is why I would generally recommend buying slightly used, but that's another conversation.

    So thus the process began. I personally like the higher-up-feel, so an SUV is my go to vehicle of choice. I rented a GMC Yukon for a month (thank you Amex / Hertz promotion). After about one week I realized I was getting around 12 miles a gallon. I quickly calculated and realized I would be paying roughly $700 a month minimum in gasoline. The comfort was okay, but the gas was really hurting me. Additionally I ran some research, upkeep can be quite costly.

    That brings me to last Thursday. I randomly passed a Tesla dealership and was intrigued, especially being fed up with the cost of gas. I eagerly test drove the Tesla Model X and instantly fell in love with it. According to my projections I will be paying a mere $15 monthly for electricity. Furthermore, although there is no real data on resale value, predictions are showing that there should be a tremendous return considering that it is a battery operated car. After running both prices next to each other I would be saving $200 month by buying the much more expensive car. Sounds like a no-brainer to me.

    Will I end up buying it though? I don't know. It's expensive and a lot more than I ever thought I can afford. However I'm betting I can recoup a large portion down the line, which is why I would consider it in the first place.

    Would love to hear your thoughts below!

  • How To Always Save On Parking in NYC

    Recently, I was introduced to a new app called Parkwhiz. Parkwhiz connects to most parking lots in Manhattan to offer a discounted rate on parking. Plus, you can often find a Parkwhiz coupon code for $2, $5 or $10 off code (when available you can always find them here). Aside from the incredible convenience of pre-paying for parking and never having to worry if a lot is oversold, you always save a nice amount off parking. Just last week I was in New York for 2 days. I stupidly rented a car (never again - we'll save that story for another time), however thankfully I was able to save significantly on parking: I only paid $19 for a spot that would've cost me $40 had I not gone through the parkwhiz app. It's good to note, all prepays are cancelable too if you do not end up using it. If you're a frequent parking lot parker this app is a must-have!

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