An "impoverished journalist" not quite desperate enough to sell her body on Craigslist decided to try the next best thing—selling used panties. "Unlike sex for money, selling used underwear didn't feel inherently sleazy or immoral," Meghan Pleticha writes for Nerve. She drew the line at posing in them, but not at meeting buyers at Starbucks, and then discretely removing them in the restroom.
Though the two men who took her up on her ad—after bargaining her down from $100 to $30 a pair—seemed nice and normal enough, the 166 emails she exchanged with non-buyers who "just wanted to get pictures of me in my underwear for free" made her feel slimed. "I'd envisioned a wallet full of Benjamins and a drawer of new panties," she writes. "I hadn't envisioned myself—and I'm cringing as I write this—making extravagant promises about how 'juicy' my panties were."