Chinese sperm facilities are currently facing a sperm donor shortage, so Renji Hospital in Shanghai is capitalizing on the iPhone's fame by contacting newspapers to publish an unusual advertisement.
"You don't need to give up a kidney to raise cash to buy an iPhone 6s as you can get enough money just by donating sperm," the ad says.
According to the advertisement, Renji Hospital is offering $943 for each 17-milliliter (0.57 ounce) sample of sperm. Meanwhile, another Chinese institution, the Hubei Province Human Sperm Bank in Wuhan, also posted online ads with an offer of $785. Despite receiving criticism from some university students campaigning on WeChat, the search for donors continues.
A 16GB iPhone 6s is sold for $831, while the upcoming 64GB model is priced at $955.
Earlier this month, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were revealed at an Apple event in San Francisco. Prior to dropping details on the trending devices, CEO Tim Cook said Apple's market in China had grown 75 percent annually. The CEO further shared that the rose gold color of the Apple Watch and Apple iPhone 6s is dedicated to its Chinese iPhone fans. After all, demand for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus has intensified in China that back orders have reportedly piled up.
Interestingly, iPhones are much more expensive in China than in Hong Kong, where smugglers are taking advantage of the price difference.
In January, 94 iPhone units were uncovered being smuggled at the Chinese border. All of the units were strapped to the body of a Hong Kong citizen, using a smuggler's strategy called mobile armor. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were covered by plastic and silver tape tied to the man's thighs, torso, calves and crotch.
The man caught the police's attention because of his stiff movements and weird walking posture. The phones were held by customs officials.
News has also surfaced of how far people are willing to go just to get the much-coveted handset. Early in September, two men were caught attempting to sell their kidneys just to own an iPhone.
A Chinese man identified simply as Wu from Jiangsu Province desired to own an iPhone 6s but didn't have the money to buy one. His friend Huang suggested they both sell one of their kidneys to raise the money.
Later on, however, Wu had a change of heart and decided to spare his kidney. He also wanted his friend to cancel his plans, but Huang was insistent. Wu decided to call the police to save his friend.