If you're nice and cozy at home, you have to ask yourself how much value you place on not leaving the house to go to the store. If you said $5 or more, eBay would like a word. The auction site's eBay Now app has just launched on Android so you can have someone else do the legwork. Just find the product you want in a local store, and tell the app you want it. Pay for the item (plus a $5 delivery fee) and it shows up in an hour. It's the ultimate in modern laziness technology.

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The eBay Now service can bring you products from Best Buy, Home Depot, Target, Macy's, and more. The item can also be delivered wherever you want – home, work, or some other place you happen to be. eBay claims to have several thousand items ready for immediate delivery. The app not only lets you place orders, but tracks the progress of the valet as the item is picked up and transported to you.

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Sadly, you won't be able to join the lazy shopping revolution unless you live in San Francisco, San Jose, or parts of New York City. Other markets are supposed to be coming soon, but for now most of us will still have to get up off our butts.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play.

  • Michael Ta

    I'll order 10 light bulbs and text my wife to change them all. While i'm sitting on my couch.

  • inzandity

    No more awkward trips to the store when I run out of TP!

  • Funem

    Which answers the age old question "How many Android uses does it take to change a lightbulb" answer, "none just their wife"

  • Cory_S

    Prob expected to tip the guy too.. this could get pricey.

    • Justin Foster

      You normally tip UPS delivery people and mail carriers?

      • Cory_S

        No, but I tip pizza delivery guys. Do you really think mail carriers or UPS will be going to homedepot and delivering you a light bulb within an hour?

        • WHO?

          lol #true But in reality we want good service and bad service from the pizza guy is the idea of him spitting in your pizza. I would be less prone to tip someone who brought me electronics.

        • Justin Foster

          They might have to for competition's sake, xD. Anyways, you don't have to feel obligated to tip.

    • Andrew

      Q: Do I need to tip the valet?
      A: You are not required to tip your shopping valet. However, if you feel inclined to do so, the valets accept tips, via cash or credit card. If you are using version 2.0 of the eBay Now app for iOS, you can also tip your valet at checkout.
      Q: How much should I tip the valet?
      A: You are not required to tip your valet. If you would like to offer a tip, feel free to leave whatever you think is fair for the valet’s performance of the delivery. 100% of the tip goes directly to the valet.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Yay, SF! So now we have InstaCart, Google Shopping Express, and eBay Now. Sweet.

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    Apparently some people are afraid of dealing with kids, including their children.

    • Ray

      Shouldn't have kids if he can't control them in public.