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6 Strange Ways to Make Money Online

Who needs a part-time job when you can get paid for seeking out smut, selling your hair, or sending text messages?

Hawking Your Hair

Darling, your locks are worth a million. It may sound strange, but people are actually making decent money by selling the strands right off their pretty little heads.

Sites like specialize in online hair sales. Anyone can post a listing for free, then potential hair-buyers -- a title I'm guessing folks don't proudly display on their business cards -- bid on the soon-to-be-chopped tresses. (Most use the hair for wigs, extensions, and dolls.) An average bundle brings in around $500, while the really impressive manes go for thousands.

The site's current sales record? A healthy $3,600 for 27 inches of "thick, gorgeously long, body-filled" hair. Geez...Vidal himself couldn't write a better description.

It wasn't just length or body that made the $3,600 hair so special, though: According to its former owner, the fibers had never been dyed, permed, or mechanically dried. That's what people in the biz call "virgin hair" -- yes, seriously -- and hair-buyers are willing to pay a pretty penny for it.

Jamie Benzies is a proud hair virgin who's hoping to cash in. His 15-inches of curls are described on the site as "beautiful and thick tawny brown."

While Benzies says he's gotten a fair amount of spammy responses to his ad, he's also attracted some genuine interest -- and he's optimistic he'll end up walking away with his wallet well-filled.

"I'm effectively making money for something that I was otherwise going to throw away," Benzies says.

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