It wouldn’t be the craziest thing someone has done to get something from Apple. On a popular Chinese microblogging service called Weibo, a girl from Guandong recently offered up her virginity for an iPhone 4 because her dad wouldn’t get her one. Either the status message was a joke and their sense of humour is lost in translation, she had some friends who played an especially mean prank, or that’s a pretty drastic offer. Apparently the status message included a picture of herself, which was followed by a flood of negative feedback. Her profile doesn’t seem to have the message up anymore, if nothing else, due to an angry parent.
According to her profile, she’s 18, so if she really wanted to go through with this transaction, I doubt she’d have any trouble. It’s hard to tell if the offer was legit, but considering at least one person in China is willing to sell a kidney for an iPad 2, it’s not that hard to believe that a girl would be willing to give “it” up for an iPhone. Apple can enchant consumers in a way that no other manufacturer has been able to emulate, but when brand fanaticism gets this far, it really drives home how powerful good marketing can be.
As easy as it may be to dismiss this as an extreme Chinese phenomenon, I think we can all attest to how crazy some Apple people can get about their gadgets. That’s a big part of the reason I steer clear of Apple products; it feels like just owning one would give off the vibe that I’m part of some elite techno-cult, but I guess some people are into that kind of thing. What’s the farthest you’ve seen an iPhone fanboy (or girl) go to get their fix?