Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Unusual Things That You Can Rent In The Sharing Age – (Part 1)

The sharing economy can be a strange place sometimes! Whatever you may need, the industry will somehow make it happen for you. You can rent anything, from fake funeral mourners and bridesmaids to Christmas trees and friends.
In the sharing economy renting different things from each other has become a normality. The internet is responsible for the rise of the sharing economy, providing easier methods for various peer-to-peer transactions. Therefore, beside the usual things that you can rent from the sharing economy, we have prepared a list of unusual stuff that you might want to check out. Some of them are funny and some are quite odd. Here it goes:

Fake Funeral Mourners (UK)

That’s right, you can request “professional, discreet people to attend funerals and wakes” in case you lack attendance to the memorial of a loved one. We know it sounds creepy but this could be a useful service if the person who died was new to an area or was not very popular. Anyhow, the platform is called Rent-a-Mourner and the service is only available in UK. For 45 GBP per hour, the fake mourners can be rented to cry and pretend they have known or even loved the deceased person. If you wonder where the inspiration comes from, China seems to be the answer.

Bridesmaids (US)

Is your wedding coming up pretty soon and the only thing you need is a professional to take care of all the details? Then Bridesmaid for Hire is the place to go. The service will cost you between 1000 USD and 2000 USD, depending how needy you are.

Professional Wingman or Woman (US)

Not very good with dates? Don’t long-term relationship seem to work for you? Now you have the chance to borrow The Professional Wingman. He/she will teach you all the tricks and manners, in order to get what you want. We don’t know about you but we can’t help but think of a Kevin Hart movie and this one with Will Smith. Maybe the inspiration comes from one of them?

A Friend (US)

As the team behind this concept states on their website, “if you want to do something fun and don’t want to do it alone, you can rent someone to do it with you (…). The site’s intentions are to be used only as a means for platonic companionship if you’re new to the area, don’t have any friends who like to hang out with you for free, or all your current friends are boring and you’re looking to try something new (I may have paraphrased).”
Yes, we find it awkward too, but if you want to find out more, you can go to Rent A Friend.

Crowds (US)

If you are preparing for a protest, rally, a flash-mob, a paparazzi event or a PR stunt, Crowds On Demand is at your service. According to the company, the politicians are using this service too.

A Real Christmas Tree (US)

Want to go eco-friendly this Christmas? You can rent a potted Christmas tree during the month of December and return it afterwards. Thereby, you don’t need to sacrifice nature’s resources for the sake of tradition. This is a well thought idea, but for now it’s only available in California.

A Local Party Guide (UK)

Do you want to party like a local wherever you go? Check out Zoola Fix, a community marketplace that connects local partygoers (called Fixers) with guests seeking authentic nightlife experiences. Pretty cool, right? The platform connects people around the world, so next time when you are planning a crazy party in an exotic city, a Fixer will be there for you.

Someone’s Backyard for Camping (FR)

If you are scheduling a camping adventure in France, you might want to consider HomeCamper. It’s a platform that connects you with locals willing to rent out their backyard to you. Instead of going to designated camping places, you can choose to meet new people and embrace an authentic experience in the romantic heart of Europe.

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