'Black Friday queuer' is actually a job now

Sarah Coles
Black Friday queue
Black Friday queue

Do you want to take advantage of massive savings in store on Black Friday? Do you find it hard to get excited about queuing round the block in the small hours in order to be in with a chance of grabbing the best deals? Then how do you fancy getting someone to queue for you?

Jobs website Bidvine has developed a new category for Black Friday line queuers. You just tell the site where you are, which store you want someone to queue for, when you want them to start, and how long for. Then you submit your request and queuers will contact you with quotes for the wait.

Bidvine will give them energy bars, water and 'personal toilet facilities' so they don't have leave the line. Then you arrange to meet them just before the store opens, and the rest is up to you.

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If you actually like the camaraderie and sense of occasion of a sales queue, and can't imagine paying someone to do it for you, then Bidvine is also recruiting queuers. All you need to do is create an account, name your location, and submit your hourly price, and you could end up making money on Black Friday instead of blowing it.

Unusual festive jobs

If this doesn't sound like your idea of fun, then there are plenty of other odd seasonal jobs on offer at the moment. Here are our pick of our favourites:

1. Elf (team leader)
A Grotto Manager at Priory Meadow, Hastings, is needed to manage the grotto experience and all staff, handle the cash, and communicate with head office. The posting reads: "Grotto Managers should also be willing to wear one of our handmade Elf costumes."

2. Santa
Hobbies garden Centre is advertising for Santa. The successful candidate apparently needs to be jolly, look good in red - and be able to work well with children and reindeer. The advert says you'll also have the opportunity to enjoy the odd mince pie.

3. Princess
Disney Princesses are required in the Edinburgh area to attend parties, sing, dance, and entertain children.

4. Present wrapper
Harrods is on the lookout for 'temporary gift wrapping associates'. Don't go thinking this is a gentle festive activity though. The adverts points out it's 'hard work' and a 'fast-paced environment'. You can only imagine what 24 December will be like.

5. Turkey pluckers
This one is less glamorous than some of the other, but it pays £7.20 an hour and requires no skills or experience, so it might be just what you need - as long as you're not squeamish.