Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Markets in Everything: Student Auctions Virginity

TIMES ONLINE -- "A student has auctioned her virginity to a stranger for almost $32,000 to help fund her university tuition fees. The 19-year-old New Zealand woman offered her virginity to the highest bidder in an online auction on the website after she found herself desperate for money.

The student, who called herself "Unigirl", said that she was delighted with the outcome and thanked auction participants who had bid more than she expected. "Thank you to the more than 30,000 people who viewed my ad and to the more than 1,200 offers made," she said on the auction site yesterday. "I have accepted an offer in excess of $NZ45,000 ($32,000), which is way beyond what I dreamt."

A spokesman for the New Zealand police, Jon Neilson, said that no law appeared to have been breached."

HT: Gallego

MP: So it would be legal in New Zealand for her to sell her virginity online, but illegal for her to sell one of her kidneys?


At 2/03/2010 9:40 AM, Anonymous DrTorch said...

What will this do to the human trafficking issue?

At 2/03/2010 10:18 AM, Anonymous m said...

i suppose that diversity of opinion is what makes a market, but in most markets for services, don't skilled and experienced practitioners get higher wages?

would you pay extra to have the first car a mechanic fixed?

though, i suppose the (sorry for the pun) maiden voyage of a ship tends to have higher prices that those years later, so perhaps there is some precedent for this sort of "pay extra to be first" behavior, but i'm having a hard time coming up with an example of another personal service that would exhibit this pricing behavior.

At 2/03/2010 10:58 AM, Blogger BlogDog said...

"Online customer service, how may I help you?"
"I'd like a refund of the $NZ45,000 i paid in a recent auction."
"Reason for refund request?
"Merchandise not in the condition advertised."
"I'm sorry sir or ma'am. That was a 'no returns' auction."

At 2/03/2010 11:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"So it would be legal in New Zealand for her to sell her virginity online, but illegal for her to sell one of her kidneys?"

Ignoring the hymen, isn't that an invalid service-to-parts comparison?

At 2/03/2010 12:46 PM, Anonymous Benny The Man said...

I am still waiting for brothel-casinos, where you can smoke pot and gamble to win a night with the naked dancing girl on stage.

Now, that's free enterprise!

At 2/03/2010 12:49 PM, Blogger Hey-nonny Bosh said...

This is just the latest INSTANCE of an increasingly common story. I note with amusement that the price goes down each news cycle...

At 2/03/2010 1:37 PM, Blogger Shawn said...

pics or it didn't---wait.

**inappropriate man strikes again**

At 2/03/2010 5:16 PM, Blogger BlogDog said...

The only reason I'm leaving a second comment is that the verification word is "spern."

That's right. "Spern."

At 2/03/2010 6:16 PM, Blogger QT said...

as Shakespeare would say "much ado about nothing"...if you're not familiar with Elizabethan colloquialisms, the nothing ie. zero was a symbol for a woman.

actually, the price may be cheap...the winner does not have to keep the object of his Woody Allen said marriage is the most expensive free sex you'll ever have

At 2/03/2010 8:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was Woody talking about sex with his wife or his adopted daughter? Or is it adopted daughter turned wife? I get so confused with Hollywood leftists.

At 2/04/2010 2:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prostitution is legal in New Zealand?

At 2/04/2010 10:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn those leftists and their sexual scandals. Remember Clinton?

What we need are more politicans with the moral fiber of a Mike Duvall, Paul Stanley, Mark Sandford, John Ensign, Alan David Berlin, Chip Pickering, Bruce Barclay, Matthew Elliott, Vito Fossella, Robert McKee, Daniel Dean Thompson or Derek Walker. (And this is 2009/2008 only - refer to for more)


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