The Price You Pay For Convenience: 38% More Expensive Compared To In-Stores
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The Price You Pay For Convenience: 38% More Expensive Compared To In-Stores

Cherie Tan
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Have you ever been so lazy to walk out and get food that you rather order using food delivery services?

Me too.

I have always presumed that the menu for McDonald’s in-stores would be priced the same as compared to McDelivery — not inclusive of delivery fee.

But it’s not.

Guy Asking But Why
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TL;DR: How Much More Are You Spending on Food Delivery?

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If you can only take away ONE thing from this article, this paragraph should be it.

  • McDelivery or GrabFood: 38% more expensive
  • Deliveroo: 31% more expensive 
  • foodpanda: 22% more expensive

Price Difference: McDonald’s In-Store Menu VS McDelivery Menu

Meal (+ Medium Fries)Walk-ins
(S$)
McDelivery / GrabFood
(S$)
Price Difference
in %
Filet-O-Fish56.35+27%
BBQ Beef Burger with Egg56.3+26%
Veggie Crunch Burger56.3+26%
McChicken55.7+14%
McWings66.7+12%
Double Filet-O-Fish7.358.1+10%
Double Cheeseburger5.96.45+9%
McNugget (6pcs)6.26.7+8%
The Original Angus7.958.5+7%
Double McSpicy8.959.4+5%
McSpicy7.27.55+5%
McNugget (9pcs)7.958.3+4%
Grilled Chicken McWrap7.657.95+4%
Grilled Chicken Salad7.657.95+4%
Spicy Chicken McWrap7.657.95+4%
Big Mac7.557.75+3%

Note: The prices on the menu of McDelivery and GrabFood are the same.

  • 9.21% more expensive for food delivery on average

AND, we have not accounted for delivery fees yet!

What Are The Delivery Fees and Minimum Order for McDelivery and GrabFood?

 Delivery FeeMinimum Order
McDeliveryS$4S$14
GrabFoodS$3-$5 None!

For Every Amount Spent, How Much More Are You Paying for Delivery (In Addition to Delivery Fees)?

If we take the average increment of 9.21% for delivery and its delivery fees (in this case, McDelivery/ GrabFood):

Amount Spent
In-Stores
(S$)
Price Difference for
delivery (S$)
(A)
Delivery Fee of
delivery (S$)
(B)
How much more
for delivery
(A+B)
14 (min. order)1.29438%
201.84429%
302.76423%
403.69419%
504.61417%
605.53416%
706.45415%
807.37414%
908.29414%
1009.21413%
  • It costs 38% more on average with McDelivery/ GrabFood, just by achieving the minimum order of S$14.

So… how many of us have been so lazy to head out to grab food in-stores that you’ve given in to food delivery with a press of a button?

Guess what?

That press of a button costs you 38% more, instantly.

If you’ve have been ordering McDelivery when McDonald’s is just across the road from where you live or work.

Then you REALLY need to do some serious self-reflection and save yourself some money.

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Does this happen with ALL food delivery services? Yes, it does.

We have also checked with both Deliveroo and foodpanda, the difference in prices on menus happens for ALL delivery services. 

We will be using SaladStop! to illustrate our example.

salad stop

Price Difference: SaladStop! In-Store Menu VS Deliveroo or foodpanda

SaladStop!
Wraps / Bowl
Walk-in Prices
(S$)
Prices on
Deliveroo / foodpanda
(S$)
Difference
in Percentage
(%)
Go Geisha9.810.810.2%
Chihuahua12.513.58.0%
Merhaba Halloumi!12.513.58.0%
Yeobo Yeobo12.513.58.0%
Oh Crab Lah!11.211.96.3%
Hail Caesar11.211.96.3%
Habibi11.211.96.3%
Jai Ho!1212.75.8%
Howdy!1212.75.8%
The Earth Bowl1212.75.8%
Omega 3 Baby!12.813.55.5%
Tuna San1313.53.8%
Iron "Wo"man1212.32.5%
Ahi'ono11.5NANA

Note: The prices on the menu of Deliveroo and foodpanda are the same

  • 5.84% more expensive to order food delivery on average.

Again, we have yet to include the delivery fee from each of the providers.

What Are The Delivery Fees and Minimum Order for Deliveroo and foodpanda?

 Deliveroofoodpanda
Delivery Fee (S$)$3$1.99
Minimum Order (S$)$12$12

For Every Amount Spent, How Much More Are You Paying for Delivery (In Addition to Delivery Fees)?

Based on the average that food delivery services are 5.84% more expensive…

If you opt for Deliveroo:

Amount Spent
In-Stores
(S$)
Price Difference for
delivery (S$)
(A)
Delivery Fee of
delivery (S$)
(B)
How much MORE
for delivery
(A+B)
12 (min. order)0.70331%
150.88326%
201.17321%
301.75316%
402.33313%
502.92312%
  • You are paying 31% more on average for Deliveroo than going down in person and getting your food in-store

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If you opt for foodpanda:

Amount Spent
In-Stores
(S$)
Price Difference for
delivery (S$)
(A)
Delivery Fee of
delivery (S$)
(B)
How much more
for delivery
(A+B)
12 (min. order)0.701.9922%
150.881.9919%
201.171.9916%
251.461.9914%
301.751.9912%
352.041.9912%
402.331.9911%
452.631.9910%
502.921.9910%
  • You are paying 22% more on average to order foodpanda than going down in person and getting your food in-store

THINK TWICE, the next time you want to order in despite being nearby.

If you really insist on using food delivery services, you might find these food delivery promo codes handy.

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