Bag Borrow or Steal is a Seattle, WA based subscription service that enables you to “borrow” designer handbags and jewelry.

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At the beginning of the month, we wrote about entry-level jobs at Netflix, today we’re going to talk about a company that has adopted the same business model, but is radically different in what they rent. Bag Borrow or Steal is a subscription service that enables you to “borrow” designer handbags and jewelry. There’s no need to spend big bucks on an item that you’ll use six times a year, when you can instead borrow (read: rent) six different designer items that will ensure that you’re always looking trendy. Now you can be like those movie stars who wear OPA (other people’s accessories) for big events like the Oscars (which we didn’t watch last night).

Some of you are probably asking, “how do I sign up?” While others are thinking that this company must be run by crazy people. There isn’t yet a consensus on whether Bag Borrow or Steal will have staying power, but it seems like things are going in the right direction – especially considering the fact that they closed a round of $15 million in venture capital last Summer. We love the creativity of this idea, and see a ton of opportunity for growth in many areas – adding customers, expanding their product offerings, and improving efficiency in their supply chain in particular. With the capital that they’ve secured and the potential for business expansion, Bag Borrow or Steal should be adding a lot of jobs in the near future. As of now, they only have a couple openings on their careers page.

The two current entry-level openings at Bag Borrow or Steal are both web related. One is as a Junior Web Developer and the other is as a Web Designer. The Junior Web Developer is listed under IT, while the Web Designer is listed under Marketing, which seems a little strange to us, since there is a lot of overlap in the necessary skills. We’re just guessing, but maybe it’s a telling distinction. Maybe, the web designer will have more interaction with the marketing team; however, the job description for the web designer almost looks more like it belongs in IT than the web development position. It’s a bit perplexing.

We’ll also note that we’re a little disappointed that Bag Borrow Steal doesn’t have more job openings that are directly relevant to what their business is about. They clearly have a huge advantage when it comes to hiring people for fashion/trend related positions. Then again, maybe that’s why there are no openings. If you’re looking for a job that is more related to the handbags than the website, keep watching or give cold calling a try.

Note: On April 25th we revisited entry-level jobs at Bag Borrow or Steal.

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What other markets can be adapted to the Netflix model? Tell us in the comments… or keep the idea for yourself and get millions of dollars from VCs.

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