Grab users debate effectiveness of viral money-saving hack (Video)

Screenshots from Grab showing the difference in prices from the same locations. Photos: Mozzarellapapi/TikTok
Screenshots from Grab showing the difference in prices from the same locations. Photos: Mozzarellapapi/TikTok

A TikTok is making the rounds online today for revealing a supposed money-saving hack for a popular ride-sharing service.

Next time you want to take a Grab to one of your saved locations, like “Home” or “Work”, try manually typing in the location or pinning it to a nearby place to save dollars from your trip, advises TikTok user @mozzarellapapi, who goes by Eddie.

“Okay everyone who uses Grab should probably stop scrolling and listen to this. You may allegedly be getting charged more for trips going to your saved locations,” he wrote.

@mozzarellapapi Why am i getting charged 7$ more for the same trip 🤔 #sgtiktok #singaporelife ♬ original sound – Eddie

Eddie said he came across an Instagram story about a Grab user who saved S$5 (US$3.60) by manually typing her work location instead of choosing it from her saved locations.

The screenshots showed that the trip using her saved “Work” location cost S$26.80 while the manually-typed location was only S$21.80.

Eddie then said he tried it for himself and that it worked for him when he moved his destination pin to be one unit number away from his workplace. Screenshots showed that the difference was S$7 cheaper. He also went into the comments to say that his screenshots were taken one minute apart to counter claims that he typed in the location when there wasn’t a price surge.

Grab has not immediately responded to Coconuts’ queries requesting comment.

While some users said the hack worked for them too, others reported it didn’t make a difference. Others argued that any price changes may simply be due to Grab’s dynamic pricing system, which constantly adjusts fares based on current supply and demand.

Some called out Grab for trying to overcharge regular users but Eddie later defended the company, telling his audience not to hate on them as there could be a “technical explanation” for the hack.

“[O]mg how is this legal 😭,” Helloitsbubbles wrote.

“That’s why happens when you have a monopoly, they just charge whatever they want 🥺,” Bettnidis wrote.

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