Women can be very resourceful, especially if they know they have you wrapped around their finger! But the hustle from this girl is insane. A woman in China was able to get her 20 different boyfriends all to purchase her brand new iPhones. Which is an amazing feat in it self, but then she sells all 20 of her iPhones to get enough money to make a down payment on a house! You read that correctly, a woman with 20 boyfriends and each of them to purchase her a brand new iPhone 7, which she then sold, so she could purchase a house!
It started with a blog post on the popular blogging platform the Tian Ya Yi Du forum, by a user under the name ‘Proud Qiaoba’.
The lead character in Proud Qiaoba’s post is a colleague, whom Chinese media have dubbed ‘Xiaoli’ (not her real name).
Xiaoli, a woman from the city of Shenzhen in southern China, asked each of her 20 boyfriends to purchase the new iPhone 7 for her. She then sold each phone to a mobile phone recycling site called Hui Shou Bao for 120,000 Chinese yuan (about £14,500), and used the money to place a deposit on a house.
Proud Qiaoba wrote when Xiaoli showed her new house to their group of friends, they were all very surprised when she told them how she was able to acquire the money for the deposit.
“Everyone in the office is talking about this now,” wrote Proud Qiaoba, “Who knows what her boyfriends think now this news has become public.”
Proud Qiaoba added that Xiaoli “is not from a wealthy family. Her mum is a housewife and her dad is a migrant worker, and she is the oldest daughter. Her parents are getting old and she might be under a lot pressure hoping to buy them a house… But it’s still unbelievable that she could use this method!”
Many people on China’s microblogging site Sina Weibo have been expressing their surprise at Xiaoli’s enterprise and quick work in convincing her 20 lovers to each buy her the latest in Apple’s mobile coterie – particularly since the iPhone 7 was only recently launched, on 16 September of this year,
A hashtag which translates as ’20 mobiles for a house’ quickly began to circulate on Weibo, and became the country’s top trend. It has now been used in excess of 13 million times.
Some users, like ‘small sand is growing’, have expressed admiration for Xiaoli.
“I can’t even find one boyfriend. She can actually find 20 boyfriends at the same time and even get them to buy her an iPhone 7. Just want to ask her to teach me such skills.”
Other users like, ‘TST’ praised her enterprising nature, saying that she has “a bright future.”
But others haven’t been so complimentary.
‘Little Bee’ wrote that Xiaoli was “the most shameless person”.
Some users wondered the authenticity of the whole story. The store seemed like an elaborate product placement for Hui Shou Bao, the mobile phone recycling business.
BBC Trending approached Hui Shou Bao and a company spokesperson confirmed that they indeed purchased 20 iPhones from a female client at the beginning of October and paid 6,000 Chinese yuan (about £725) for each one phone.
BBC Trending put in a request to interview Xiaoli through the company. They responded saying that they had asked their client if she would like to speak with BBC Trending, but she declined.
“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,” they said, “so she has turned down your interview request.”