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Instacart has cut contractors' pay by more than half

The gig economy isn't what it used to be; not even six months ago.

When Instacart launched in Buffalo over the summer, it paid its contractors $10 for every order they delivered, plus 40 cents per item they shopped. Now, those contractors receive $4.75 per delivery and 40 cents per item. Instacart also now has embedded contractors who only shop orders at some stores. Contractors who pick up those orders and deliver them receive a flat $4.

Instacarts rates are variable and set weekly. Contractors may also receive pay "bumps" for large or long-distance orders.


This screenshot of a local Instacart contractors app shows the pay rate the company paid for different types of deliveries in the region this week. Contributed photo)

Instacart could not immediately be reached for comment. In the past, it has said it offers elevated rates when it first launches its platform in a new region in order to attract more contractors.

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