In the wake of a recent survey showcasing the high numbers of lonely, un-kissed singles in China, sales of amulets possessing the magical power to bring back ex-lovers have soared on Taobao, according to Shanghai Daily.
Around 563 online stores, including 30 in Shanghai, are selling the charmed amulets priced between one and 20,000 yuan a piece. One of the more popular stores on Taobao claims to have sold over 1,953 in the past month, raking in hundred of thousands of yuan.
According to the store owner, after purchasing an amulet, which you keep, your ex will begin to recall the sweet times you spent together. Fifteen to 49 days later, he or she will start to call or text you before going to bed every night. Once back in touch, you will fall in love with each other again and forget everything unpleasant about the breakup, the store owner claimed.
It sounds slightly more enchanting than the alternative, cradling a bottle of whiskey at three in the morning while flooding your ex’s phone with a barrage of unsolicited text messages and unanswered calls until they grudgingly agree to take you back if you let them sleep.
The store is also selling amulets meant to prevent extramarital affairs. Conveniently, the vendor claims that the amulets will lose power if the owner stops believing that they work.
Here is a selection of some amulets available. If you do choose to buy one, please come back in 15-49 days to tell us how it all worked out.
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