Need a little extra cash for your iPad-2? One Chinese teen has it all figured out!

Prior to the original iPad’s launch, many assumed it would cost and arm and a leg, just another example of the so-called ‘Apple tax.’ Instead, it debuted at $500 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version, a fair bit less than many expected, and Apple kept the same price points for its second generation tablet. But for one teenager living in China, the iPad 2 carried a far bigger price tag.

It cost the 17-year-old boy his kidney, which he sold after stumbling upon an online advertisement offering cash to anyone ready and willing to be an organ donor.

“I wanted to buy an iPad 2, but I didn’t have the money,” the boy told Shenzhen TV in the southern province of Guandong, according to the U.K.’s Telegraph. “When I surfed the Internet I found an advert posted online by agent saying they were able to pay RMB20,000 [yuan] to buy a kidney”

The teenager, identified as “Zheng,” jumped at the opportunity to trade his kidney for what amounted to roughly $3,000 USD. He had his organ removed at a local hospital in the city of Chenzhou in Hunan Province and was discharged three days later.

“When he came back, he had a laptop and a new Apple handset,” his mother, identified as Miss Liu, told the station. “I wanted to know how he had got so much money and he finally confessed that he had sold one of his kidneys.”

The Telegraph reports the boy suffered complications from the surgery, but didn’t elaborate. Zheng’s mother, who was understandably ticked off at all involved, took her son back to Chenzhou to report the crime to the police, but the hospital in question ultimately denied any knowledge of the surgery.


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