iPhones can’t always buy you love, but they can buy you a house.
For evidence, just ask one resourceful young Chinese woman who managed to get her 20 boyfriends to buy her an iPhone 7 each, which she then converted into cold, hard cash to pay for her new place.
While China’s bubbling property market has been all over the news recently, it’s this seemingly fantastical tale that has most captured the imaginations of web users around the country.
According to the BBC, the story comes from a netizen named “Proud Qiaobao” regarding her friend “Xiaoli” (a pseudonym) from Shenzhen, just one of many major Chinese cities where municipal authorities have enacted home-buying restrictions to cool down the red hot Chinese real estate market.
According to Proud Qiaobao, Xiaoli is apparently popular enough with the guys to have 20 boyfriends ready and willing to buy her the new iPhone 7 within about a month of the phone being released in China. She then sold those 20 phones on to a mobile phone recycling company for a total 115,010 yuan ($17,000), and used that cash as a deposit on a countryside home, astonishing her friends and coworkers with her hustle.
“Everyone in the office is talking about this now,” wrote Proud Qiaoba. “Who knows what her boyfriends think now this news has become public.”
While many netizens have called her shameless, Xiaoli could just have pure motives for this deceit. Her friend says that Xiaoli is not from a wealthy family — her mother is a housewife and her father is a migrant worker — and this home may be meant for her aging parents.
However, it’s more likely still that the story is a convoluted marketing stunt by the mobile phone recycling company hoping to cash in. The BBC did reach out to the firm, which confirmed that it had purchased 20 iPhones in October from a single woman, paying her 5,750 per phone. However, the company refused to actually let reporters interview “Xiaoli.”
“Her day-to-day life has been affected (from the local media attention) and she doesn’t want the media to continue covering this story,” the company said, “so she has turned down your interview request.”
True or not, it certainly seems that Wang Sicong’s dog could follow Xiaoli’s lead and buy himself a pretty sweet dog house.
Get out while you can, Coco!