Craigslist is no stranger to bizarre and oddball ad postings, but this outlandish trend has left us squeamish and disturbed. Pregnant women are selling their positive pregnancy tests online — and they’re making money off buyers who want to hoodwink their boyfriends into proposing, ABC News reports.
“[W]anna get your boyfriend to finally pop the question? Play a trick on mom, dad, or one of your friends?” a Craigslist seller asks. ”I am pregnant and will sell you a positive pregnancy test.” Many ads like this one have been surfacing on the online community; you can buy one ranging from $20 to $40 a pop.
One ad even suggests, according to ABC News, using the positive pregnancy test to scam others into donating money for an abortion, then using it for a vacation.
Some people have expressed how sickened they are by these postings. “Proves your level of desperation. Manipulating 2 B married; worst possible foundation. Until the truth is revealed. Sad when we hear of 1 of 2 marriages divorce,” tweeted Mary Jo Rapini, a relationship expert.
“I can understand extra cash right now would be great, but I wouldn’t want to give my (used test). It’s just ew. I’m sorry, that’s gross,” said Katie Davis, a pregnant woman due to deliver on Friday.
One posting, titled “I need a positive pregnancy test or urine,” involves a woman—dealing with an unfaithful boyfriend—who would love Davis’ pee stick:
I was with my ex for 5 years and 2 children. We had been trying for another and he came home last night and said… his receptionist he got pregnant. He had been cheating for the last 6 mnths. He isn’t sure which one he wants to be with. He text this morning and said just wanted to make sure you start your period this week let me know. I was so shocked I have kicked him and I think I handled it well for what a cheating lying dog he is. I am so done with him an angry and don’t want him back, but would like the last laugh out of this. I will give a girl $40.” [sic]
This ad (and all of its grammatical errors) was taken down shortly, like many other similar postings that have been deleted for its peculiar content. “The ads appear in Chicago, Manhattan, Houston and other cities. Some have been flagged for removal by Craigslist, but new ads that have not been shut down remain,” ABC News said.
Clearly, there’s a market for everything.