It's iPhone Eve, and all around the country good little Apple Fan Boys and Girls are performing their annual ritual: dumping lawn chairs and sleeping bags on slabs of sidewalk -- a ready-to-be-replaced iPhone 4S, of course, clutched firmly in their hand.
But for those equally Apple-addicted -- yet sidewalk-sleeping averse -- folks out there, there's a better option* to be among the first to claim an iPhone 5. His name is Sebastian.
*Truthfully, the best option was to pre-order one online like, five days ago, and have it delivered to your home.
For a negotiable fee, Sebastian -- and many other people just like him -- will sit in line for you. It's all the benefits (a new iPhone 5) and none of the drawbacks (dinner by Sterno light) of being there yourself.
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Sebastian works with the website Taskrabbit, which connects paying customers with people looking to take on odd jobs or help out with everyday tasks, like picking up groceries or assembling IKEA furniture. Users post a task on the site and the Taskrabbits -- like Sebastian -- bid on them. The lowest bid wins the job.
Sebastian told HLN he's been doing tasks around New York for about two months and the iPhone release will be the first time he's waited in line for a new Apple product. Though this isn't his first sidewalk sleepover, though: He's camped out for "Black Friday" deals several times.
He says that Taskrabbit takes a cut of whatever he gets paid, but for the iPhone 5 release there's no charge.
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So what's it cost to hire a professional like Sebastian to sit in line for you? He will be paid $55 for four hours, though he'll be out there for eight -- from midnight until the store opens at 8 a.m. The phone itself costs between $200 and $400, so it's a decent percentage of the overall cost to hire an iPhone squatter.
But can you put a price on the satisfied smirk you'll get to wear (as well as your PJs) sitting at home while others sit in line?
iDon't think you can.
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