The following is a guest post from Tina at Frugal Sisters. Tina found that while she was paying off debts, she wasn’t getting anywhere fast. She has gotten serious about her finances, and is working hard to pay off debt and make better choices.
Hard Times and Desperate Measures
People are having a harder time raising the money to pay their bills. Some people are willing to do just about anything, including selling platelets, donate eggs and sperm, and selling their hair, to make enough money to survive.
According to the article Short on Cash at MSNBC, there has been a significant increase in people inquiring about selling body fluids and parts.
“Increasingly, industry officials say people are hoping to trade spare body fluids, tissues and other parts for payments that can range from $20 to $50 a pop for blood plasma to $60 to $100 for a shot of sperm, $200 for a shiny ponytail and up to $7,000 for a fertile egg.”
Selling Body Fluids
Time commitment. Be aware that selling body fluids is not an hour process. You will be tested to make sure that you are in good health and disease free. In the case of fertile eggs, it can take up to six months before you see your first paycheck. You need to be prepared to be turned down after going through a lot of tests and find another way to get some extra money.
Impact on body. From personal experience, donating fertile eggs can be very taxing on your body. If you are afraid of needles, this is not the way for you to snag money to pay for college. You will automatically be turned down if you are over the age of 32 and at some clinics 29 years old is the cut off.
Time and travel. Check with clinics that pay for plasma. Some clinics only pay for your time and travel, not for the plasma itself.
Frequency. You are also restricted to how often you can donate. In the case of plasma, you can donate twice a week. Sperm donations can be made up to 10 times per month. Fertile egg donations will depend on the clinic and your health, but it does take a month to go through the process to be able to donate eggs. Donating enough hair to make a wig can take up to a year or more depending on how fast your hair grows. Some organizations will not take your hair if it has been colored or permed.
Motivation. Some people do donate because they want to help and the money is just a bonus. Helping couples to bring home a healthy baby or someone who needs plasma or giving hair to make a wig for someone going through cancer treatments is more of a motivation than the money.
Check out The Hair Trader if you are interested in selling your hair. To find a blood bank near you to sell plasma, go to BloodBanker.com. Call your local fertility clinic to inquire about selling eggs or sperm.