05
Jun
pm

Postmates is an app-based courier service that's grown quite popular recently, and the company is expanding its reach to tech's two hottest hubs: Silicon Valley and Austin, TX. The Silicon Valley area includes Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Mountain View, and Atherton, if you're interested in the specifics.

Postmates is actually pretty neat, if kind of expensive. The company partners locally with restaurants, stores, and other retailers to build a "menu" of items available for purchase, which you then select in the app, and a Postmate courier then accepts your order and delivers said items to your door. You can also order from any business, assuming you're willing to type out specific instructions for the courier. Typically, there's a delivery fee associated with this convenience, but like previous launch cities today's new additions will get $50 in free delivery credit simply by entering a promo code. The Silicon Valley promo code is SVFriend and the Austin code is ATXFriend. Just enter these in the apps and you'll have a $50 delivery credit applied to your account.

Note that this credit only applies to deliveries, and not to Postmates' service fee (yes, there's a fee on top of the delivery fee, on top of the tip you're expected to give the courier) or the cost of the actual items delivered.

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  • Grayson

    Yeah, think I'll stick with Google Shopping. Wider availability, 6 months free vs. just $50 credit, and there are no additional fees or tipping.

    • Brandon Smith

      Yeah but it only has like 8 stores for me and none of them are terribly great :

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

      You're missing the point of Postmates. Any store, any restaurant, anything you want. No limitations, you can freestyle the whole order if you want. Nobody else does that.

      So if you're sick and really crave a certain dish from your favorite Indian place that doesn't deliver, Postmates is invaluable.

      • Grayson

        Yeah. That makes sense I guess. Can't get restaurant orders or perishables from grocery stores on Goog Shopping. I'm in Silicon Valley and still out of range of this service though. They need wider availability.

  • jdomann

    Thanks for the heads up! I'll share this with my friends here in Austin, who I'm sure will love it :D

  • Nee Austin

    The app "Favor" will deliver pretty much anything in central Austin. $5-$10 fee depending on value. I haven't used it yet.

  • Vedant Maheshwari

    Postmates clones are already springing up in the market: Shows how popular the app is!

    http://appscrip.com/postmates-clone-on-demand-delivery/