Would you sell your partner for £1m?

Covered mag, presented by Gocompare.com
  • | by Kristian Dando

“Love is priceless,” or so they say. Well, according to a recent survey conducted by this very site, it might not be as true as you think.

Inspired by the 1993 Hollywood blockbuster Indecent Proposal, we asked 3,000 people their thoughts on selling their partner, and found out that a fifth of people would hand them over for a million quid or less. Of a survey of 3,000 people conducted by Gocompare.com, 21 per cent said they’d consider it. Having said that, we’re sure we know a few people who’d gladly hand over £1m or more to take their other halves off their hands…

In fact, many people would take considerably less than £1m if cash was on the table. Nearly 20 per cent of men and 14 per cent of women would let their partners go for £500,000, while 14 per cent of men and nine per cent of women would let their partners go for just £100,000. Four per cent said they’d happily give them away for nothing.

When quizzed over what they'd miss most if their partners weren't around, nearly 80 per cent of women and 67 per cent of men said the companionship. Over one in ten randy fellas said they’d miss nookie the most, compared to just 4.5 per cent of women. Five per cent of ladies said they’d miss their partner's income compared to just 2 per cent of men and 3 per cent of respondents said they wouldn't miss a thing about their partner - perhaps they were the same people who'd happily give them away...

Jeremy Cryer, resident life insurance expert at Gocompare.com pondered: "Realistically we're not going to get the opportunity to sell our partner but sometimes we don't have a choice about when they're taken away. It's not a subject people like to talk about but when it comes to looking at your partner's life insurance you need to be a bit selfish. Most people in our survey said that their partner was priceless. It's a lovely sentiment, but losing a partner, especially if you're parents, can have a heavy and tangible financial impact as well as an emotional one.

"Most of us will settle for something in between but the most important thing is to plan ahead and make sure loved ones are financially protected if disaster strikes,” continued Jeremy. “It can be difficult working out how much cover you or your partner needs but as a rule you should certainly be thinking about buying enough cover to clear any outstanding debts, including your mortgage, and providing enough money for your partner or family to maintain a reasonable standard of living."