You know how sometimes people will joke around and say things like, “I’d give an arm and a leg” for something? Well, what about a vital organ… like a kidney? According to China’s Shenzhen TV and the Telegraph, a 17-year-old teenager named Zheng sold his kidney, so he could buy an iPad 2 after seeing an ad offering cash for organs. In the reports, Zheng was quoted as saying: “I wanted to buy an iPad 2 but could not afford it. A broker contacted me on the Internet and said he could help me sell one kidney for 20,000 yuan.”
As odd and shocking as trading a kidney for an iPad 2 might seem to Westerners, selling organs is actually pretty common in China. It has even created a niche in tourism. People frequently come to China on “vacation” as “Transplant Tourists” and pay upwards of $100k for organs such as kidneys.
What about you? Would you ever give up an organ for a gadget? If so, what organ would you sell first?
Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.