Newswire, October 26, 2008: Man puts wife up for sale. A Romanian man has put his 25-year-old wife up for sale on a website specialising in used cars. Alex Cretu, 20, who lives in Bucharest, hoped to get around 4 million pounds but has lowered his price to 3,000 pounds for a quick sale. His ad on reads: "Wife for sale. Model 1983, good condition. Full option, nice suspensions, spacious boot, second owner. "Price is negotiable, comes with three-year-old and five-year-old accessories. Seriousness demanded." Alex says he placed his ad on the site partly because he had got fed up of his wife nagging him all of the time and partly as a joke. He said he waited until his wife left for a job in Spain so as she wouldn't know about the sale. He had received a number of offers but none were acceptable so far as the potential purchasers either offered too low a price or wanted to buy her in instalments.


Luc Devroye
School of Computer Science
McGill University
Montreal, Canada H3A 2K6