After failing to deliver on the contract he had signed with Russian online gift store Pich Shop, a 21-year-old entrepreneur agreed to be auctioned off to the highest bidder and marry a complete stranger for at least one year, in order to avoid being sued.
A week ago, a strange listing showed up on PichShop.ru – a young man named Aleksandr Kramarenko available for marriage, with a 1 year warranty. The “product” was listed as “in stock” and featured a detailed description – including age, height, weight, zodiac sign and interests – and photos.
The listing mentioned that Aleksandr was going to be auctioned off to be married to the highest bidder, and invited women no older than 35 to bid for the chance to become his wife for at least one year. The minimum bid was set at 10,000 rubles.
On the “product” page, Pich Shop states that the 21-year-old entrepreneur owes them 3,125,150 Russian rubles ($51,000), after failing to deliver on a contract to screen print 1830 ash floorboards. They sent him the materials for printing, but not only did he not deliver the finished products, but he couldn’t return the materials either, “for reasons that were beyond his control”.