Broke college students have been known to try some wacky stunts to earn money, but these days middle-class Americans are selling their hair, breast milk and eggs to make ends meet.
Women are selling their hair on BuyandSellHair.com where they list the color and asking price, which can be in the hundreds of dollars.
Ladies are also selling their breast milk online for $5 an ounce on websites such as OnlytheBreast.com.
“The fact that people even explore it indicates that there are still a lot of people worried about their financial outlook,” Nicholas Colas, a chief market strategist, told Bloomberg News. “This is very much unlike every other recovery that we’ve had. It’s going to be a slow-grinding, very frustrating recovery.”
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"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. 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?'"
It is legal for Americans to sell their hair, breast milk and eggs, but it's not legal in the U.S. to sell your kidneys. However, there is an underground world market in countries such as China for kidneys, livers and other body organs that go for thousands.
Ali Williams, a marketing assistant supervisor for the Shady Grove Fertility Center, which has locations in numerous states, said that about 13,000 women will try to donate their eggs for money, a 13 percent increase from 2012.
Williams says the average donor is 27 years old, and 78 percent of donors have a college degree or are pursuing one. The women can make $7,000 or more by donating their eggs.
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How bad is the economy? According to a Sept. poll by the Pew Research Center, 54 percent say their household incomes have “hardly recovered at all" since the 2008 Wall Street crash and 52 percent claim their job market has barely recovered.
A whopping 72 percent of middle-class people say the government has done nothing to help them, but 69 percent say government policies have done a great deal or a fair amount to help the banks.