Just when you thought you have seen everything on eBay, positive pregnancy tests show up for sale. Following several articles in the Washington Post, ABC News, and CNN.com last week about used (positive) pregnancy tests being sold on Craigslist, listings for positive pregnancy tests have started popping up on eBay. Historically, prank positive pregnancy tests have been sold on eBay as a gag gift, but now the real thing is appearing for sale - and people are buying them. According to completed (sold) eBay listings, the tests are selling for between $10 and $25.
According to the Washington Post story, one Craigslist ad in Buffalo listed the positive test at a price of $25. The ad copy read, "Wanna get your boyfriend to finally pop the question? Play a trick on mom, dad, or one of your friends? I really don't care what you use it for." Another woman from Texas offers her positive tests for $30, according to the Washington Post article.
The frenzy has now carried over to eBay. One current listing shows a very pregnant young woman advertising positive pregnancy EPT tests for a starting auction price of $25. She has 39 auction listings starting at $25, and ironically, all end around the same time have 1 bid on them. (Could these be fake bids to get a bidding war started?) Some of her listings read, "Make him cry - positive EPT pregnancy test."
So what's wrong with an enterprising entrepreneur selling this type of item? The unsanitary nature of the product is an issue. An item that has come in contact with human urine is definitely a biohazard. The emotional and legal repercussions that could be involved if the item is used for anything other than a joke should also be considered. But this is America, where capitalists are encouraged to "see a need and fill it" - and apparently the need right now is a plastic stick that a pregnant woman has peed on.