Pete Patriarch’s Musings

October 10, 2007

Gold-digger’s ad makes it to the media (almost)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Pete @ 12:34 pm

I remember this gold-digger’s ad posted on the Don’t Get Married forums, and it has traveled like wildfire. Apparently its been making the rounds, and Reuters did a story on it.

Woman seeks rich husband, banker says “crappy deal”

Amazing! Of course, this will never make it to TV or print media, but the stamp of Reuters makes this legit. Forward away!

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Deal or no deal? An online exchange between a woman looking for a husband who earns more than $500,000 a year and a mystery Wall Street banker, who assessed her potential for romance as a business deal, has cause quite an Internet stir.

The anonymous 25-year-old woman recently posted an ad on the free online New York community Web site Craigslist,, appealing for advice on how to find a wealthy husband.

“I know how that sounds, but keep in mind that a million a year is middle class in New York City, so I don’t think I’m overreaching at all,” the woman, who described herself as “spectacularly beautiful” and “superficial,” wrote.

“I dated a business man who makes average around 200 – 250. But that’s where I seem to hit a roadblock. $250,000 won’t get me to Central Park West,” she said, asking questions like “where do rich single men hang out?”

The mystery banker, who said he fit the bill, offered the woman an analysis of her predicament, describing it as “plain and simple a crappy business deal.”

“Your looks will fade and my money will likely continue into perpetuity … in fact, it is very likely that my income increases but it is an absolute certainty that you won’t be getting any more beautiful!” the banker wrote.

“So, in economic terms you are a depreciating asset and I am an earning asset,” he said. “Let me explain, you’re 25 now and will likely stay pretty hot for the next 5 years, but less so each year. Then the fade begins in earnest. By 35 stick a fork in you!”

“It doesn’t make good business sense to “buy you” (which is what you’re asking) so I’d rather lease,” he said.

While the woman has since removed the ad from Craigslist, it — along with the response — has become a popular email joke that, bank JPMorgan Chase says, led to one of its bankers mistakenly being credited with writing the response.

Brian Marchiony, spokesman for JPMorgan Chase, said the banker did not write the response and that his email signature accidentally became attached to the ad and response when he forwarded it to friends and it then wound up on blogs.

Craigslist was not immediately available for comment, but a spokeswoman told The New York Times that “it does look as if the post was made sincerely.”



  1. I’d give anything to see how this women responded to the banker’s assessment of her situation.

    Comment by Hawaiian Libertarian — October 10, 2007 @ 3:07 pm

  2. Actually first I read it on dontmarry forums, then it made it to the MRA blogs, and yesterday, the ad and the banker’s response was forwarded to me and many other guys by an engineer in a world known tech company.

    It is making its way around the world.

    I am in Scandinavia.

    Comment by ze german — October 11, 2007 @ 1:14 am

  3. Men are finally starting to realize that a piece of ass is something to be consumed and discarded.

    Comment by Anonymous — October 11, 2007 @ 8:38 am

  4. Very good stuff!

    Comment by Ghost — October 14, 2007 @ 12:05 pm

  5. I read that article out loud at the country club (to a group of guys). We all couldn’t praise the responding guy enough.

    You should have a contact form so people can send you messages. (I know you’ll probably get lots of hate mail, but there are people like me with good links for you, too!) If you need help setting one up that’s anonymous and won’t feed your personal email to spambots and feminazis, let me know.

    I’d love to see you post on this:

    Comment by Marina — October 23, 2007 @ 8:55 pm

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