For The Busy Fanboy
The launch date for the iPhone 5 is next Friday and a couple of fanboys are already in their camping chairs outside an Apple store in London. But if you live in San Francisco, you can pay somebody to wait in that line for you.
San Francisco-based TaskRabbit has rolled out a new program that lets people in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as New York, purchase four hours worth of wait time in line at an Apple retail store for $55. That's more than a quarter of the price of Apple's entry-level iPhone 5, and $55 more than it costs to pre-order the phone from Apple's Web site and carrier partners beginning tomorrow. The program is part of what the company calls an "experiment" that will make specific types of tasks available for a flat fee. Typically the company's business revolves around people creating tasks and naming their own prices, something people are still able to do.