The human body is worth $160


According to a recent article in Wired magazine, a body could be worth up to $45 million — Calculated by selling the bone marrow, DNA, lungs, kidneys, heart … as components.

What about the value of a body based around just the chemical elements that make up a corpse?

Turns out if you break down a human body to its raw components, it’s worth about $160.

In this context it becomes a really meaningless number. This exact same thought exercise is exactly what comes to my mind every time a tech blog quotes iSuppli about how much the latest Apple product cost to build.

  • It’s all just hydrogen that has been processed by a star or a supernova.

    Getting a star to turn into a supernova is the costly part.

  • meaningless

    “meaningless number”

    only in your mind.

    BOM gives clues as to Apple’s margin on the device in question

    and savings going forward as the component prices come down.

    • No, it doesn’t. Because iSuppli has no data on the associated costs of programming, design and marketing. iSuppli also has no firm idea what Apple, a company that buys staggering numbers of components, actually pays for said components.


      • Boo

        Yup. There’s also the costs of customer service, assembly, shipping, retail and online operations and R&D to factor in as well.

  • Good job, Peter. Now those who only skim articles will come away with the impression that Apple uses human organs in their products based on a cost breakdown from iSuppli.

  • Cook already said once that iSuppli teardowns were way inaccurate.