China market of the day

From a loyal MR reader:

I just read that there is a company in China hiring young females who are paid to get pregnant and deliever a baby for couples suffering from infertility.
The interesting thing is the price discrimination. There are eight types of females with different "qualities". 
Example: Females who are middle school graduates and are not very pretty receive 40,000 RMB.
Females who have bachelor’s degree and are pretty receive 100,000 RMB.
Here is a database (beware: some claim a Trojan virus at this site), here is price information, both in Chinese.

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Some antivirus programs with active scanning will report GIFs on that site as containing a trojan. Might be a false positive, might not be, don't know.

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There's a big market for eggs in the U.S., with Ivy League coed donors commanding much higher prices than beauty college dropouts.

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This is not really price discrimination.

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The pricing is based on perception of different quality "goods," not different classes of consumers. I agree with Paul.

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Paul, Michael, and perhaps Andrew:

It's second degree price discrimination, e.g. offering different versions of a product or service to sort customers by willingness to pay.

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Fertility? Trojan virus? How are the girls going to get pregnant at all?

Zing.

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NYTimes had an article about sperm banks coupla years ago: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/19/magazine/319dad.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all and they said there is a market in what women are looking for "..She did have a few ideas of what she might look for: she wanted a man of her same blood type, O positive. Because she herself is so tall, she preferred a medium height. (Short donors don't exist; because most women seek out tall ones, most banks don't accept men under 5-foot-9.).."

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Why on earth would it be a hoax? The same thing goes on in the U.S., you know. Except usually they pay one woman for surrogacy and another woman for the egg. And the better educated, more beautiful women get paid more for their eggs. Women also get paid more if they are members of some relatively small group (e.g. Jewish).

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steve:
"There's a big market for eggs in the U.S., with Ivy League coed donors commanding much higher prices than beauty college dropouts."

these infertile couples are making a mistake to think they will only have sons.

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"I don't think it is save [sic] to assume that the product (here: a female ovum) has a different quality based on the level of education and/or attractiveness of the woman in question."

Wow. A female ovum contains the mother's genes. Qualities that we know have a large genetic component are beauty and intelligence. Shua, could you be more clueless?

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Yeah, although I can't say genetics has no impact on intelligence, I don't think I'd take such a price premium based on the degree of education they have in determining how smart the child turns out to be. It seems like too much of a gamble.

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the links you posted don't seem to be working anymore.

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