How to Sell Your Body
By Steve Gillman - September 27, 2014
Okay, keep your clothes on; this isn't going to be about selling
your body in that way (although you might have to remove the
clothes for one of these schemes). But there are some ways to
use your body and sell parts of it that are worth mentioning
in case you're looking for some extra income. Let's start with
the body parts...
(Flickr photo by Kathryn)
Sell Your Eggs
One of the most lucrative parts a woman can sell is her eggs.
That's right, couples who are having trouble coneiving will pay
big bucks for eggs. In fact you can get $8,000 to $15,000 for good healthy eggs,
according to a report on the Huffington Post. But you will have
a lot of paperwork to fill out, and you'll be subjected to therapy
sessions, hormone shots, and what is known as "egg retrieval
Sell Your Sperm
Sorry guys, but your sperm isn't worth nearly as much as a
woman's eggs. On the other hand, you can sell it more often.
Well, that is, if you're between 18 and 40 and not shooting blanks.
You'll also have a lot of paperwork and some tests to do.
We have previously reported on being a sperm donor in more detail, but essentially
you have to find a sperm "cryobank" near you and ask
what they require.
David Plotz reported on his sperm donor experience, and it makes for
a good story and tutorial if you're interested. He found that
if you do it right you can make $200 per donation, and can donate
often. By the way, you might make even more if you have a super-high
IQ or are in Medical school.
Now, at this point you might be wondering if you there are
easier ways to sell your body parts for cash. Fortunately there
Sell Your Blood
Selling your blood is another topic we've
covered before. Yes, you'll have some paperwork here too, and
you can't donate blood if you have certain conditions. But you
can make between $20 and $60 each time you give blood.
Plasma is actually what you'll most likely sell. If you want
money for your trouble skip the usual blood drive operations
and "non-profit" outfits. Go to Bloodbanker.com and use the "Select
by USA State" button to get to a list of labs that pay cash.
Sell Your Hair
The world must be going bald! Hair has become so valuable
that in Venezuela hair-cutting attacks became almost common
for a while. Of course, the thieves go after people with long
hair, so why not chop that hair off and sell it to help fund
a safer trip to Venezuela?
For more on how to get paid and what kinds of hair qualify,
see our previous post on selling
Okay, enough with the blood and hair and sperm and eggs. And
I won't even get into how to legally
sell your kidneys in Iran. Lets look at a couple ways to
profit from your body without parting it out....
Sell a Look at Yourself
Hey, you know that models can make good money. Gisele Bündchen made $42 million last
year, and others have made millions as well. But what if you
aren't super-model material? What can you do?
To start with many small colleges have art classes where they'll
pay you to sit naked for a couple hours while students draw or
paint you. Too shy for that? Read on...
You don't have to get naked or go to Hollywood or New York
to be a model. Local modeling agencies might find you work smiling
and pointing at boats in a boat show, or wearing clothes for
a local clothing store's photo shoot. Google "modeling agency"
or "modeling jobs" plus the name of your town to see
what shows up.
statistics suggest that models average only $9.02 per hour,
but maybe you can work your way up to somewhere between that
and the millions made by top models.
Sell Your Skin Space
Fischer sold his forehead space on eBay in 2005. The high
bidder paid over $37,000 for a temporary tattoo of their logo.
It wasn't the first or last time companies paid to advertise
on people's skin.
Air New Zealand paid for ads on shaved heads in 2009. Volunteers got
at least $777 in cash to wear the message for two weeks. In Tokyo
an ad agency paid women for ads on their thighs
and got more than 3,000 women to agree.
Theoretically you could at one time get a deal brokered on
Leaseyourbody.com and similar websites. Now they seem to be inactive,
so you'll have to approach potential clients on your own or wait
for them to announce the next body-advertising publicity stunt.
One More Way to Sell Your Body
We have previously covered being a human guinea pig. Although there
are risks, not all studies that need volunteers are dangerous
or intrusive. I recently took one aspirin daily for ten days
and was paid $35 for participating -- with no side effects.