For Apple Fan Girls, like myself, there is nothing more frustrating than wanting to get Apple branded mercy when you live nowhere near the ONE store on Earth that, legally, sells Apple logo products. In the past, this hasn't been a big deal. We have friends that go to Cupertino fairly often and, when we want something, we just ask them to pick a mug, pen, or t-shirt up for us. This has worked really well, until I found something that I needed to acquire before a hard deadline.
What did I have to have? First, this was really for a friend who is pregnant with her first daughter. It is an embroidered Apple baby hat (which I later learned is called a beanie). Once I discovered this hat was in existence, I search every potential place that could sell it. I scoured Etsy & Ebay; tried every keyword in Google; and eventually, remembered the Apple branded products that are only sold in the Cupertino store. Unfortunately, I thought of this about 3 hours after they closed.
The next day, Tori, the friend who had to have the beanie, patiently (ok, we we really don't do well with waiting) waited until the store opened & called them to confirm that a-they sold this beanie and b-that they would ship it to a very pregnant woman calling them the second that they opened. Enter California tax code and Apple can't ship the beanie - BUT they do sell it!
We now know there is a beanie at the store exactly 4.5 hours, by direct flight, away from Alexandria. Since we weren't planning on a trip to San Francisco in the near future, and Tori's due date is getting closer every day, we had to come up with a new solution. Enter TaskRabbit.
TaskRabbit allows you to hire someone to run errands or do tasks for you in certain areas of the US; most importantly, in the Bay Area. A few minutes later, we had an account and posted our task: go to the Apple Company Store in Cupertino, buy 1 pink baby beanie/hat and ship it. A few minutes after posting the task, there were several offers for people bidding on the task. As I am writing this, there is a pink Apple beanie on its way to Tori.
So that my friends, is an easy way to get that "I've visited the mothership" t-shirt or other Apple products you've been craving; all with out leaving your couch.