It’s official: China’s sharing economy has reached its peak.
After shared workout pods, stools luxury cars, and, of course, bicycles, Shanghaist reports that a Beijing-based startup now has come up with a “mesmerizingly grotesque” idea: what if people could rent sex dolls through an app and return them after a period of time so that other silicone slammers could take advantage of the very same product?
And no, sadly this is not a joke.
The Chinese app, which is called Ta Qu, or “Touch” in English, was launched in 2015 as a platform for discussing issues about sex and sexuality. Over the past two years, it has pivoted or “(d)evolved” into a sex doll sharing app, which is now being tested in Beijing. The Global Times reports that daily rentals cost 298 yuan, or less than $50, while users of the app can rent dolls for a week for the price of 1,298 yuan, after making an 8,000 yuan deposit.
The dolls then get delivered right to the user’s doorstep.
According to the Chinese outlet, there are currently five models to choose from: “Greek bikini model,” “US Wonder Woman,” “Korean housewife,” “Russian teenager” and “Hong Kong car race cheerleader.” Users can customize the dolls to their liking by picking out hair and eye color, as well as their outfits.
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