WMDT 47 NEWS - Raising children is not cheap. But what some pregnant women are doing to make a quick buck is raising some eyebrows. They're selling their positive home pregnancy tests online, on sites like craigslist.
"That's gross," admits shocked local mom, Lauren Hudson. "I mean that's just nasty! It's one thing to see a picture of it and you know what just happened on that stick, but it's something else to sell it? It's just a little odd."
Michelle Trimper, another local mom, pregnant with her second child agrees, "I was just mortified that anyone would do that! I just don't understand."
Some ads suggest buyers use the tests to finally get longtime boyfriends to propose. Others state you can "use (the tests) for pranks or whatever." And another even suggests asking for money for an abortion and then using it to go on vacation.
On average, the sellers are making about 25-dollars for each positive test. And now it appears some sellers are even selling pregnant urine, for 50-dollars a cup.
No matter the reason for buying, a warning from health experts. Urine can carry bacteria. "It's a biohazard," explains Michell Jordan, Salisbury University Nursing Professor and Midwife. "You run the risk of exposure from somebody else's body fluids. Which if you're buying it off of craiglist you're not completely sure of what you're getting."
Some of these positive pregnancy tests being sold online have been flagged for removal by craigslist. But new ads are still popping up.
And another word of warning for buyers hoping to use the tests for deception or extortion. Legal experts say you could be in big trouble if you're caught faking a pregnancy for money.