Instacart pay is a complex calculation that involves a number of factors:
Shipt pay is a much more simple calculation:
Below is a look at my earnings for a single day with Instacart. As you can see, there is a potential for high earnings on large batches with decent delivery distances. The pay structure allows for a solid payout potential.
If we break down the pay further to a single batch you can see that my pay included the Instacart per item pay, per mile pay as well as peak pay and a customer tip
Now let’s take a look at my pay for a single Shipt batch. As you can see it includes order pay + promo + a customer tip
A few major differences between Shipt shopper pay and Instacart shopper pay are the way that tips are shown to shoppers and how batched orders work. Let’s start with tips.
In the Instacart app shoppers can see the tip before they choose an order. Most shoppers appreciate the transparency. However, the customer can adjust that tip for up to 3 days after the batch has been completed. If a shopper replaces some of the items in the batch or refunds the customer for items that were sold out, this may reduce the tip.
Shipt, on the other hand, does not show their shoppers the tips up front. Customers are free to leave a tip after the order has been dropped off.
Both apps give shoppers quite a bit of information about batches before they are chosen. Shoppers can see the number of items, estimated pay, distance traveled and more in both the Shipt app and Instacart app.
Here’s a look at available batches seen by shoppers in the Shipt app:
One of the major benefits of the Instacart is that you can easily replace items within the batch without contacting the customer first. While it’s still recommended to contact the customer, this feature makes it easy to continue shopping quickly when you can’t find the requested item.
The sign up process for both of these apps is relatively easy, although signing up Instacart is a bit easier.
Shipt requires that new Shoppers take a video interview as part of the three step application process. Even though it’s a quick interview, it is an extra step that does require some planning.
Both apps require a background check, this usually processes in a few days but can take longer.