Meanwhile In The Real World, Americans Sell Hair, Breast Milk And Eggs To Make Ends Meet

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With a stunning 41% of global wealth in the hands of a mere 0.7% of the world's population, the lower- and middle-class continue to fight amongst themselves for the scraps to maintain a decent standard of living. In the US, with the home-equity ATM now closed (and maybe EBT interrupted), those struggling to make ends meet are turning to the only "asset" they have left that is unencumbered (for now) - their body parts.

As Bloomberg reports, since the beginning of 2011, 'hair,' 'eggs,' or 'kidney' have been among the top four autofill results for the Google search query, 'I want to sell my...;' and "the fact that people even explore it indicates that there are still a lot of people worried about their financial outlook," as hair, breast milk and eggs are doubling as ATMs for more and more cash-strapped Americans.

As one analyst noted,

“This is very much unlike every other recovery that we’ve had. It’s going to be a slow-grinding, very frustrating recovery.”

Which should come as no surprise given the massive wealth inequalities...

Personal wealth varies across adults for many reasons.


Some individuals with little wealth may be at early stages in their careers, with little chance or motivation to accumulate assets. Others may have suffered business setbacks or personal misfortunes, or live in parts of the world where opportunities for wealth creation are severely limited.


At the other end of the spectrum, there are individuals who have acquired a large fortune through a combination of talent, hard work or simply being in the right place at the right time.

The wealth pyramid above captures these differences in striking detail. It has a large base of low wealth holders, alongside upper tiers occupied by progressively fewer people.


Via Bloomberg,

Hair, breast milk and eggs are doubling as automated teller machines for some cash-strapped Americans such as April Hare.




I was just trying to find ways to make money, and I remembered Jo from ‘Little Women,’ and she sold her hair,” the 35-year-old from Atlanta said. “I’ve always had lots of hair, but this is the first time I’ve actually had the idea to sell it because I’m in a really tight jam right now.”


The mother of two posted pictures of her 18-inch auburn mane on, asking at least $1,000 and receiving responses within hours. Hare, who also considered selling her breast milk, joins others exploring unconventional ways to make ends meet as the four-year-old economic expansion struggles to invigorate the labor market and stimulate incomes.


In all but two quarters since the beginning of 2011, “hair,” “eggs,” or “kidney” have been among the top four autofill results for the Google search query, “I want to sell my...,” ...


While Americans can legally sell hair, breast milk and eggs, the sale and purchase of a kidney in the U.S. is against the law.




“If you’ve been unemployed for years, if you’re on food stamps and you’ve had trouble getting by, I can totally see you being very economically desperate,” Colas said. “I don’t think a lot of people sell their kidneys. I do think a lot of people in desperation do that search to say, ‘If worse comes to worst what could I do?’”




The average donor is about 27 years old, and 78 percent have a college degree or are pursuing one, Williams said. More than half of donor applications come through an online resource.


The Internet is probably responsible for much of the increased interest in cashing in on body parts, Becker said. Online search engines and exchanges make communications between “buyers and sellers of things like organs or hair much easier,” he said.

Perhaps the last paragraph sums up the US citizenry's perspective better than any other:

“I’ve been growing my hair out for maybe a little over two years, and I just decided now was the time since I lost my job,” MacDonald said. “It doesn’t cost anything to grow your hair out and sell it for money. It’s basically profit with very little work. Anything you can do, I’m sure people are willing to do it.”

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Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:43 | 4058016 JustObserving
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Not to worry - they still have kidneys left to sell.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:49 | 4058044 TruthInSunshine
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Something that didn't hear or see EVEN during the Great Depression (Thanks Obama!):

{On any one of thousands of street corners across the country & down in Obamavilles}

"Breast Milk! Get your fresh, creamy Breast Milk here!"

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:49 | 4058051 NotApplicable
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Only if I can draw it straight from the tap.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:56 | 4058082 A Lunatic
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Roseanne Barr just gave you the green light........

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 18:02 | 4058096 ACP
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I hear she's in the market for man-chowder.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 18:05 | 4058105 James_Cole
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It's the circle of life, some folks live fabulously wealthy doing not much of anything at all, others sell their organs to scrape by. Free market, don't fight it - if people don't want to sell their organs as an alernative to starvation, then starve. Geez, all so simple! 

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 18:08 | 4058120 Ratscam
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+1 for simplicity of the obvious

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 19:29 | 4058435 WayBehind
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Damn! It sucks to be bald ...

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 18:13 | 4058129 TruthInSunshine
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The Obama Economy has EVEN crushed African-Americans, as finally admitted by fellow hardcore liberals:

As we reported this week, PBS radio host Tavis Smiley debated Fox’s Sean Hannity over the government shutdown. Another interesting nugget from that interview is when Smiley asserted that the lot of black Americans has not improved under this current presidency.

“Are black Americans better off five years into the Obama presidency?” Hannity bluntly asked the political radio host.

“Let me answer your question very forthrightly: No, they are not,” Smiley responded. “The data is going to indicate, sadly, that when the Obama administration is over, black people will have lost ground in every single leading economic indicator category.”

Cornel West Attacks Al Sharpton: ‘Bonafide House Negro of the Obama Plantation’

“Brother Martin himself, I think, would’ve been turning over in his grave,” West said of the event. “[King would have wanted] people to talk about Wall Street criminality, he wants people to talk about war crimes, or drones dropping bombs on innocent people,” he asserted.

“Instead,” he lamented, “we saw the coronation of the bonafide house negro of the Barack Obama plantation, our dear brother Al Sharpton.” West went further declaring that Sharpton’s decline was “supported by [MSNBC analyst] Michael Dyson and others who’ve prostituted themselves in a very ugly and vicious way.”

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 18:16 | 4058145 lolmao500
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Free market for the poor folks, cronyism for the billionaires! Winning!

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 18:27 | 4058188 maskone909
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Cambodian breastmilk ftmfw

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 19:18 | 4058376 TruthInSunshine
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Automatic +1 for Chappelle's Show reference.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 20:01 | 4058589 maskone909
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Haha oh yes!

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:59 | 4058087 McMolotov
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Speaking of straight from the tap, do sperm banks pay for donations? I looked into selling plasma to make some extra money, but my blood is usually around 50% alcohol, so I'd probably be denied.

I could fill a bucket with man-sauce if I'd get money for it.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 18:21 | 4058166 Winston Churchill
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Bad luck Molotov.All the cashiers at the sperm bank look

like Yellen on a bad day.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 18:43 | 4058255 GubbermintWorker
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Yeah, and they just give you some lousy porn and expect you to do all the work.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 22:22 | 4059090 MachoMan
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and all the pages are stuck together...

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 19:49 | 4058507 RafterManFMJ
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LOL Back in college we'd all go up Friday morning and donate blood plasma; the money gained was enough for a case and a half of beer apiece.

We were never sure, but we assumed the loss of blood components made the follow on alcohol all the more potent.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 20:04 | 4058599 TheFourthStooge-ing
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"Breast Milk! Get your fresh, creamy Breast Milk here!"

Just make sure it's not raw breast milk if you want to avoid those USDA SWAT team raids.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 18:07 | 4058113 Australian Economist
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Why not have both, just shoot the dealer.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:59 | 4058094 midtowng
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It's the perfect libertarian world, where everything has a price. So was slavery.

So I don't see why this is even an issue.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 22:37 | 4059151 Suraj Corominas
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How exactly does slavery fit in a world where every man is sovereign and free?

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 03:19 | 4059516 Ghordius
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that's because perhaps you don't understand what the very word sovereign means. if you are indeed sovereign, I can engage in war with you, beat you and... well, look at history, plenty of examples of gruesome ends to sovereigns. mutilations, decapitations, selling into slavery, etc. etc.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 18:02 | 4058100 Seasmoke
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You trying to move in on Israel's black market ??......Bibi will not like that. 

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 19:39 | 4058477 RafterManFMJ
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Why would a woman sell eggs or kidneys when she could dance on a pole or sell her puss-puss?

Seems rather invasive and drama-queenish to undergo surgery for cash.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:44 | 4058020 zorba THE GREEK
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When things get much worse hair and milk won't be all that women will be selling.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 18:01 | 4058098 ACP
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That would be under "services" as opposed to "products".

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 18:15 | 4058141 lolmao500
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Yep. Most Zhers will have harems and rightfully so! The physical gold owners should inherit the world bitchez!

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 21:01 | 4058805 Imminent Crucible
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"Most Zhers will have harems"

I can tell you don't even have the first woman. A guy who has one woman does not entertain any idiotic ideas about keeping up a harem.

Or keeping up with a harem. Even when I was 16 I wasn't that dumb.  Or maybe I was, I can't remember.

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 21:06 | 4063280 MeelionDollerBogus
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unlike polygamy marriage, a harem means you get to keep 'em in line because you do not bow to them.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 18:21 | 4058158 1100-TACTICAL-12
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Hell they already are craigslist,, etc...

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 19:53 | 4058525 RafterManFMJ
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Yep you'll be able to buy Kate Upton for a night for just a 12 oz. can of green beans and a fried squirrel.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:46 | 4058025 LetThemEatRand
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"If there is one more item of Uzbek propaganda claiming that we do not drink fermented horse urine, give death penalty for baking bagels, or export over 300 tons of human pubis per year, then we will be left with no alternative but to commence bombardment of their cities with our catapults."   - Borat.    Ich bin ein Borat.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:45 | 4058028 Rainman
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Don't forget to sell the blood...those platelets are MONEY !

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:50 | 4058046 NotApplicable
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I work in a college town near one of those places, and noticed that the waiting room has over 20 chairs, nearly always filled.

I'm not sure I'd want their blood, though. They don't look too healthy.

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:47 | 4058031 Kirk2NCC1701
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Fed/IRS: Legalize & register all vice, and tax it.  Registration is good for standardizing and improving quality, and bullish for a Consumer/Prosumer-led recovery.

Long Johns.  /s

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:49 | 4058052 fonzannoon
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Does this organ market have brokers? It seems like what it needs is a middleman to charge a few percent to facilitate this. 

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 18:13 | 4058130 lolmao500
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There should be a stock market quote, option and CDS on organ trading... I mean, HFT need to take their cuts from this business! Otherwise, it's just socialism!

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 20:59 | 4063238 MeelionDollerBogus
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the kosher nostra!
And for  the ultimate lulz from the 1st link:
"Gov. Jon Corzine said: "The scale of corruption we're seeing as this unfolds is simply outrageous and cannot be tolerated.""

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 21:00 | 4063240 MeelionDollerBogus
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the kosher nostra!
And for  the ultimate lulz from the 1st link:
"Gov. Jon Corzine said: "The scale of corruption we're seeing as this unfolds is simply outrageous and cannot be tolerated." "

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 21:00 | 4063246 MeelionDollerBogus
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and a reverse-repo market-exchange for kidney-default swaps!

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:53 | 4058060 Goldilocks
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97% Owned - Economic Truth documentary - Queuepolitely cut (2:10:23)

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:55 | 4058067 johnnymustardseed
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A country that can not help the many that are poor, can not save the few who are rich!

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:58 | 4058078 Pumpkin
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Selling breast hair?  That's just gross!

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:56 | 4058079 PSEUDOLOGOI

can i sell my pubic hair?

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:58 | 4058081 RaceToTheBottom
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I am surprised that selling sperm did not make the rankings

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 19:12 | 4058363 LongOfTooth
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Not a good market.  Too many are willing to give it away.


Tue, 10/15/2013 - 18:00 | 4058092 NIHILIST CIPHER

Pregnant women were much sought after by the wealthy patrons in Berlin when Germany tanked. Men sold their wives and daughters to buy food. 

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 19:36 | 4058452 QQQBall
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Its always greener on the other side of the fence. My ex- wouldn't have brought much value in exchange anyway.  She was pretty used up. I would have let her go for a back of cigarettes and some canned milk.

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