apiece, which she traded in to put a deposit on a house. It is not a
surprise that she was able to sell all the iPhone units she had too,
considering the public’s love for Apple products in the country.
story first came to public knowledge via a blog post on Chinese
platform Tian Ya Yi Du, where a user going by the name Proud Qiaoba
wrote about a colleague who tricked each of her 20 boyfriends to get her
an iPhone 7, which launched in the country last month. The woman,
called Xiaoli on Chinese social networking website Weibo (though that is
not her real name), reportedly then sold all the iPhone 7 units she had
on the Hui Shou Bao website, making around CNY 120,000 (roughly Rs.
12,00,000) in the process.
Qiaoba wrote in the post that Xiaoli is not from a wealthy family – she
is the older daughter of a migrant worker and a housewife. “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!” the post said.
news became fodder for office gossip at Xiaoli’s workplace when she
called a few friends from work over to show them the house and told them
the story of how she got the money to pay the deposit. Proud Qiaoba
wrote in the post, “Everyone in the office is talking about this now.
Who knows what her boyfriends think now this news has become public.”
contacted her employers to get in touch with her, they were told, “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, so she has
turned down your interview request.”
one would expect, Xiaoli’s story caught like wildfire on social media,
with 13 million people reportedly using a hashtag (that roughly
translates to ’20 Mobiles for a House’) to share her story or comment on
some people have lauded her scheme, others have not been so kind to her
ways. One Internet user in China posted, “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.” But another called Xiaoli “the most shameless person.”