Date
20 July 2017
A promotional campaign posted by Shanghai’s Renji Hospital on Weibo offers donors enough cash to buy an iPhone 6S. Photos: Reuters, Weibo
A promotional campaign posted by Shanghai’s Renji Hospital on Weibo offers donors enough cash to buy an iPhone 6S. Photos: Reuters, Weibo

Why sell kidneys for iPhone 6S? Sperm banks offer alternative

Some mainland youngsters are so desperate to acquire the iPhone 6S they are willing to sell their kidneys to raise enough money for the latest Apple smartphone.

But there’s a less risky alternative: why don’t they just donate their sperm cells instead?

Two mainland sperm banks have come up with a unique proposition to encourage able-bodied youth to make donations — and help them release some of their pent-up energy as well.

One is in central China’s Hubei province and the other in Shanghai’s Renji Hospital, Ming Pao Daily reported on Thursday, citing a story published by Changjiang Times.

“No need to sell your kidneys anymore, you can easily have an iPhone 6S,” goes the pitch posted by the Hubei sperm bank on WeChat.

It’s referring to a recent news report about two young men from Jiangsu province who tried to sell their kidneys to a human organs trafficker to be able to buy an iPhone 6S.

According to the sperm bank, instead of selling their kidneys, men aged between 22 and 45 can donate semen to be able to raise enough money to buy the much-coveted device.

Through a government subsidy scheme, it is offering 5,000 yuan (US$785) for every 40 cc of sperm donation.

With that amount, one just needs to come up with a few hundred more yuan to be able to buy an iPhone 6S, whose cheapest model costs 5,288 yuan.

It’s not a bad offer, according to some college students who read about the sperm bank’s offer.

Medical experts say that each visit to the clinic will yield 1.5 to 5 cc of sperm, or about one quarter to a full teaspoon.

That means that a donor needs to make at least eight trips to the sperm bank and be able to make a successful donation each time to raise enough funds for an iPhone 6S.

No need to worry, there’s enough time. Apple won’t start selling their latest mobile device until Sept. 25.

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