A delivery guy in Shanghai earned 1.02 million yuan in three years through food delivery. What insights does this offer to young people engaged in flexible employment?


People who generally believe this statement are the kind that get deceived into going to Northern Myanmar.

The greatest revelation is to learn some natural sciences, especially to foster logical skills, particularly in mathematics and statistics. It’s essential to understand what a distribution looks like and then consider in which distribution interval most people should fall.

If the case is true, it’s also crucial to be cautious about incurring debt. After all, the few who turn their fortunes around with extreme leverage are the minority. When borrowing, it’s important to measure one’s capability.

Did the person who used to make 9,000 yuan per day at the stall start delivering food?

Oh, wait, it’s 2022 now, did they start delivering food? Or are they joining the guerrilla warfare behind enemy lines?

He runs for 18 hours a day, basically running like crazy, and judging by his condition, his health seems to have deteriorated significantly.

For top-tier individuals who run their lives like this, they only generate a revenue of just over three hundred thousand in a year, perfectly debunking the idea that ordinary people can earn a million a year through this work style.

2024 is here, and some people still don’t understand.

Will they tell you how to really make money?

Shanghai’s delivery drivers, three years,

Will you all forget so quickly?

In 2022, delivering food in Shanghai was quite lucrative!

No one would really believe that this person earns a living by working hard and delivering takeout, right?

That’s not fair to all the sincere working people…

Wang Shuo said it well: “The most shameless, cunning, and malicious praise in the world is to use the hardships and suffering of the poor as an inspirational story to deceive the underprivileged!”

The Complex Dynamics Behind Food Delivery

I couldn’t care less if that guy is making this much money (assuming it’s true); he deserves it.

But here’s the catch.

Behind the efficiency of food delivery lies a group of delivery drivers facing life-and-death scenarios.

The safety concerns of delivery drivers affect not only them but also everyone on the road.

If you drive in a big city, you should know.

What you fear most isn’t a semi-truck; it’s elderly cyclists and electric scooters.

But, there’s nothing you can do.

Really, there’s nothing you can do.

Because the current system happens to align with the interests of everyone involved – platforms, businesses, customers, and the delivery drivers themselves.

This is a multi-party game of interests, not a simple arithmetic problem.

This situation requires one party to compromise their interests.

But touching interests is harder than touching one’s soul.

Let’s start with the delivery drivers. Who would voluntarily become a delivery driver when they have other options? Everyone is here to make money.

So everyone is taking as many orders as they can, risking it all because making money is the top priority.

Now, let’s talk about food delivery platforms. They are caught up in this too, really caught up.

Don’t assume that they stop being caught up when there are only two players left; they are the most caught up then.

Because they see the possibility of ultimate victory.

When food delivery platforms have to compete, it becomes a prisoner’s dilemma because they are here to serve customers and provide order volume for delivery drivers.

Customers want speed, delivery drivers want money, and businesses want orders. The algorithm’s optimization becomes almost the only answer.

And if you aren’t ruthless enough while your competitor is, the customers go to your competitor.

Once customers go there, businesses follow, and delivery drivers follow suit.

It’s more painful to see your competitor making money than to lose money yourself.

Now, let’s talk about customers.

Many people support delivery drivers, saying we are all in this together, and we are willing to wait.

Those who speak out are, of course, saying good things.

But don’t just listen to what people say; look at what they do.

I personally witnessed someone posting support for delivery drivers on social media and then immediately calling to complain about a late delivery.

Even if these expressions of support are genuine, are they the majority?

Loud voices do not necessarily represent the majority; the internet has the characteristic that a tiny minority can create a massive wave of noise, but the silent majority may not share the same sentiment.

They will make their choices with their money.

Order volumes don’t lie.

People silently make choices.

And why should customers have to make sacrifices?

Customers pay for a service; platforms can slow things down themselves but can’t hold customers hostage.

It’s unreasonable to expect customers to be saints.

Most customers are also part of the workforce, getting beaten up by the world every day. They’ve had enough trouble; why should they tolerate late deliveries?

Why should I wait longer? Is it because of humanitarian considerations? Who will consider and pity me?

Can’t I have a meal on time and take a nap?

Finally, let’s talk about businesses.

How can I put it? Businesses don’t have a choice either; running a restaurant is really tough, and I understand that.

After all, that guy who made a million in three years also paid off 800,000 yuan in debt.

And how did he accumulate that debt?

Running a restaurant.

I can only say that everyone has it tough.

As you read this, have you noticed something?

Customers, delivery drivers, businesses, platforms.

Each one is doing what they think is right.

But everything has become magical.

Food delivery: 3 years, 1 million; Street vending: daily income of 9,000. The media hypes it up like this, no wonder they always think we have money and maliciously refuse to spend. The logic is circular.

Originally, I believed it.

Later, I saw that there was a Beijing guy who, in a single day, completed nearly 60 orders (the highest record among their peers being over 70 orders). The conclusion they reached was that one could accumulate over 400,000 with the highest intensity for three years.

Now, I want to say,

“Eat steamed buns, pull flower rolls,

Eat iron wires, pull wicker baskets,

You’re really good at making things up.”

Not sure if anyone has seen this news and immediately registered as a delivery rider?

Let me pour some cold water on you all. I’ve been online with Ele.me’s Hummingbird Crowdsourcing since last night, and my online time has already exceeded 21 hours, as shown in the screenshot.

In these 21 hours, the number of orders dispatched by the system is astonishing. In just 21 short hours, it has dispatched 5 orders, including one shared assignment.

Lonely, because there are no orders in my pocket.

Online for over 23.5 hours, and the number of orders remains the same, still 5 orders.

No, it’s definitely more than 1.02 million, the title must be wrong, it should be tens of millions.

Oh, it’s probably not three years either, it should be three months.

Inspiration? I think the delivery driver could have achieved a life turnaround through three years of food delivery, but the speed and time are too slow.

Self-employed workers, you should learn from him.

Propaganda works created by the meat trumpets, when handed over to the internet commentators, they ask, “What inspiration do you have for young people?” There must be inspiration, and that is “Don’t be fooled by certain people.”