Every time a new iOS device is released, we hear hundreds and thousands of people making jokes on how expensive the devices are and how they might end up ‘selling their kidney’ to be able to afford it.
Not even in our wildest dreams could we ever imagine something like this actually happening.
Apple has been a name which started off as a ‘phone for the premium’.
This had been their marketing strategy throughout, until the recent few years.
Now that contracted iPhones have become common and EMIs have made it easy even for the common man to be able to afford the iPhone, the iPhone no longer is the phone of the premium, but however, it still is the phone of the aspirer.
If you don’t have an iPhone, you don’t have an iPhone has been one of the most powerful pieces of communication, hitting the target market in the bull’s eye.
Coming back to the ‘sell your kidney for an iPhone’ joke, it appears that a harmless joke turned out to be too serious to be true, as two men in China were found to sell their kidney because they wanted an iPhone but were not able to afford it!
The two men are Wu and Huang. Apparently, Huang is the man who convinced Wu that they should sell one of their kidneys each in order to be able to afford an iPhone. They found an illegal organ agent online and when they reached the hospital they were not able to find the agent.
On this they reconsidered their decision, but Huang still wanted to sell it. Wu called the police over it, and Huang ran away!
Two years ago, a Chinese couple illegally put their third child up for adoption online and accepted money for the baby, using the proceeds to reportedly buy an iPhone. A year before that, a Chinese teen reportedly sold his kidney to buy Apple iPhone and iPad.
Such incidents happen all over the world as a Saudi Arabia based man reportedly asked an iPhone as a dowry from a man who proposed his sister!
“We have heard of quite a few things, but an iPhone 6 that has not even hit the markets here is a bit bizarre,” Saud Ahmad, a Bahraini office clerk, had said at the time. “We need to promote a culture where marriage should not be used by anyone to get gifts or make profits in any way.
If I had been the groom, I would have confronted the brother.”
It is indeed a very strange world.