Joshua Pundit: There's a new, mega-hot item selling on Craigslist these days - positive pregnancy tests.The going rate is between $20 and $40 each, The Daily Dot reports.
One New Jersey mom writes: 'Wanna get your boyfriend to finally pop the question? Play a trick on mom, dad or one of your friends?
The sellers are numerous, and most of them seem to be aware that their positive tests are being used for immoral and duplicitous purposes.
'I'm pregnant and will sell you my positive pregnancy test for $20,' reads one ad from a woman on Manhattan's Lower East Side writes. 'I don't care what you need them for.'
Aside from tricking a man into marriage or into staying in one he's in the process of getting out of, the tests are being used in another popular scam. If a woman's been sleeping with a man - or men - and needs some quick, easy cash,she merely buys a used, positive test, confronts her bedmate(s) with the 'evidence' of her pregnancy and says she wants an abortion, but she needs $500 to pay for it. A lot of men will be glad not to have to go through the nightmare that family court and child support laws have become in America and will happily fork over the cash.
There's an easy way to not be victimized by this deception. If your girlfriend confronts you with one of these home pregnancy tests, be sweet and agreeable. And then say 'you know, honey, I actually was reading the other day about how error-prone these home pregnancy tests are. This is a big deal, so let's go to a doctor and get it confirmed so we know for sure.' Offer to pay for it.
If you meet with resistance to the idea, remain calm and pleasant but insist on seeing a doctor 'to be sure'. If she won't go, you pretty much know what's going on.