A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published July 21st 2014
Putting Airtasker to the test by ordering McDonald's
Airtasker is a great way to outsource everyday errands to friendly locals. It's said to be ideal for when you want something done but may not have the time or be in the best shape to do so. On this note, I put Airtasker to the test. Feeling under the weather, I was not really up to making something to eat at home, nor to travel out and purchase something. Knowing a McDonald's outlet sits close to home, I decided to experiment with Airtasker to see just how efficient the service would be at retrieving an order and delivering it to my door with the food still hot. Mmmm starting to have cravings now.
To begin this little experiment, I needed to set up an account on www.Airtasker.com and post the task. Posting the task was a simple three-step process: first was clearly describing what I needed done - having a McDonald's Quarter Pounder Meal brought to my place as quickly as possible. Secondly, was stating my location, and finally, setting the price I was willing to pay my taker. $30AUD in cash for the delivery was promised, plus reimbursement for food expenses.
Asking to have McDonald's delivered to my door was an easy three-step process on Airtasker.
Following this, my time-critical test had truly begun. I sat back and gave my post, entitled 'Home-Deliver McDonald's ASAP', an hour or so to wait upon Airtasker's map, which shows the whereabouts of local job requests. Any longer than this would equal me growing hungrier and that would be a problem. Luckily, when I returned, I found that eager Airtasker runner George had already offered to do my McDonald's run.
My request for home-delivered McDonald's sat among the several other jobs waiting to be taken on the Airtasker map.
With a smile, George had arrived with the McDonald's after about a half an hour's wait, just as anticipated. I was lucky to have had an honest, communicative, and friendly runner for my post. Additionally this runner was flexible - catering for my sudden request for an extra McDonald's meal for a family member who simply could not resist joining in on the fun.
Friendly Airtasker runner George turned up with fresh McDonald's in no time.
I found out about some bonuses of Airtasker from speaking with George too. He explained how runners can benefit from the service as it provides anyone who may be in the area, and with the skills for a job, with the opportunity to spontaneously help out. On top of these experiences, of course, it's also a great way to make some cash on the side. I will definitely consider being a runner for Airtasker in future.
So what is the result of my little experiment? It's all thumbs-up. Thanks to the Airtasker service, today I was able to enjoy fresh, hot McDonald's deliciousness from the comfort of my home. I am glad that the website was able to quickly find me a friendly, punctual, and trustworthy runner, who was easy to communicate with and able to efficiently get the delivery done. I am pleased with this result. It made my day all the easier and I won't be hesitant to use the service for a future McDonalds delivery. I may also soon look into just how efficient Airtasker is in getting other types of errands done.
Indulging in McDonalds from the comfort of home in my pj's.