taken literally: fair price for an infant?

Question courtesy of Yahoo Answers:

Dear Love Geek,

My friend asked me if I wanted to watch her daughter so I didn’t have to go back to work and could stay home with my son. She is 6 weeks old: what is a fair price a week? Is $100 too much?

Sincerely,

beybee momma

That’s a very good question beybee. Baby pricing has actually been a hot topic in recent months. Like most markets in today’s economic climate, infant trading is quite volatile and subject to the strange temperaments of Asian markets.

Check out this story from the New York Post. One mother paid as much as $180k for her child! But don’t worry, that isn’t typical. The articles cites $100k as the baby-broker’s base price.

But before we start breaking down the monetary value of your friend’s daughter, it’s important to note that, according to this article, an average child …more

misread headlines: China and India Making Inroads in Biotech Dogs

See the original article here.

Chinese and Indian dog makers have taken over much of the global trade in domestic canines and now manufacture more than 80 percent of the active ingredients in artificial doggie insemination sold worldwide. But they had never been able to copy the complex and expensive DNA strands increasingly used to produce sought-after breeds in rich nations like the United States including poodles, labradors, and pomeranians — until now.

These generic dog companies say they are on the verge of selling cheaper copies of many popular breeds. Their entry into the market next year — made possible by hundreds of millions of dollars invested in doggie sperm banks — could not only transform the landscape of dog parks worldwide but also ignite a counterattack by major animal rights advocates. Such advocates allege that increased dog production in Asia could reduce adoption rates of canines born at …more