It may be hard to believe, but food and beverages sell for exorbitant prices at auctions all the time. The reasons for the sky-high bids vary. Sometimes the item is a luxury food that commands high prices in restaurants. It may be a one-of-a-kind product or have an interesting tie to history. Often, interesting food items are sold at charity auctions where the rich and famous are happy to plunk down tens of thousands for a good cause.
Pizza Hut Perfume
So we can only assume that some people love Pizza Hut so much that they just want to smell like it. We can’t blame them, Pizza Hut does smell good and their pizzas are pretty tasty. Where else but eBay could you get your very own Pizza Hut perfume. You can find a lot of things on eBay, especially things you didn’t know you wanted. Pizza Hut’s parent company YUM! Brands thought that a pizza-scented perfume would be a big hit. Such a big hit that they priced it at the luxurious price of $465.00. EBay sellers promoted this product by using keywords like “limited edition”, “special” and of course “exclusive”. They also marketed it in a very clever way. By using a Facebook challenge that allowed 100 people to win a free bottle as opposed to having to spend almost $500.00. They all come with a congratulations letter and a $10 gift card. The gift card was automatically thrown in because Pizza Hut was very aware that there would be a couple of people who would be unsatisfied with their perfume; whether it smelled too much like pizza or not enough or not at all. The bottle is really nothing special to look at.
Whoppers on Ebay
So we aren’t sure which hipster, entry-level marketing assistant Burger King India had on their team, but this idea sounds a little suspect, yet kind of smart. In an effort to get their Indian customers to utilize online ordering more (we guess) the people at Burger King decided it was a great idea to encourage people to pre-order one of their 3 new whoppers through an online eBay account. The burgers available for order were the veggie Whopper, a mutton Whopper, and a chicken Whopper. This was way back in 2014 when the first Burger King was set to open in India. In an effort to control the ordering process and also do some pre-launch analysis they encouraged patrons to place their orders on eBay. Customers would receive a ticket voucher that they would present on opening day.
McDonald’s McFlurry Maker
There was a time in the late 90s and early 2000s when fast food franchises made replica toys of machines that produced their popular products. Why should you have get up and go to a McDonald’s restaurant to get a McFlurry when you could make one from the comfort of your own home? What kid (or adult) wouldn’t want to have their own, working McFlurry machine at their disposal? The toy machine was one that you cranked with your hands and it came with 6 packs of what we assume is a powdered soft serve. And of course you can’t forget about the toppings; it also came with 2 packs of sprinkles and 2 packs of dessert mix.
Yes, a simple, regular ol’ corn flake. Not even a frosted flake – a corn flake. But of course, there was something special about this corn flake. It’s supposedly shaped like the state of Illinois. Two sisters managed to sell this item on eBay for a whopping $1,350 back in 2008. Can anyone believe that they actually sold a cornflake for more money than most people make on a single paycheque? According to reports, a man bought the Illinois corn flake because he was “starting a collection of ‘pop culture and Americana items’. I guess a state shaped corn flake is the best item to start a collection with. It’s unclear how the sisters found the cornflake in the first place. I mean how do you really distinguish a single corn flake from all the others.
Virgin Mary Toast
The holy mother herself graced us with her presence on a piece of toast back in 1994. A woman from Florida stated that she went to take a bite out of her grilled cheese sandwich and there she was. Mother Mary’s face was glancing back up at her. Ever since the enlightened discovery, the woman claims that the Virgin Mary toast has brought her and her family luck. They even won $70,000 from the lottery since the divine grilled cheese was found. In 2004 she figured she would sell the toast on eBay and maybe it would give someone else luck. At that point she had had it for 10 years and it had only just begun to mold when she decided to sell it.
Remember the beloved gorilla Harambe? Well since his untimely death a lot of people have put efforts into immortalizing him. We can’t fault them. But, let’s be clear, not everything needs to be a homage to the gorilla. Recently a Flamin’ Hot Cheeto Harambe “doppelganger” was sold on eBay for a shocking $99,900! Call it $100,000 after shipping and handling. This is pretty crazy and sounds like something out of a movie. The seller listed the item with this tagline; “I opened up a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and as soon as I looked inside I came across this unique Cheetos that looks like Harambe the gorilla.
Taco Bell Diable Sauce
Cinco De Mayo 2015 must have been a rager because Taco Bell announced that for a limited time they were releasing a special Diablo sauce. If you like spicy food, this was heaven sent and perfect timing. Seeing as it was for a limited time, a few ambitious, future entrepreneurs decided that they wanted to get ahead of the game. The sauce must have lived up to the hype because more and more people were going out of their way to obtain the sauce to sell online. They weren’t selling it for too high a price, but selling sauce that was once free still feels overpriced. Like blatant robbery. The sauce was going for anywhere between $7.00 to $20.00 for usually 10 packets . It is important to note that none of the sellers actually received any bids. Plenty of them on people’s watchlist but as for an actual transaction, it hasn’t happened.