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.
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.