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Is Harambe-shaped Cheetos snack really selling for $100K?

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Sounds like it might be legitimate, but who knows.  I know I would never even buy a bag of Cheetos let alone buy a single one for $99K.

 

In the tradition of Virgin Mary toast and Elvis potato chips, it appears that an individual Cheetos snack is about to be sold for the same price as a decent house.

An eBay auction listing the vaguely gorilla-shaped snack ended at 3:45 a.m. Tuesday with a winning bid of $99,900 out of 132 bids.

"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," the item description reads.

Harambe was a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo who was shot and killed after a small boy entered his enclosure in May 2016. Since then, Harambe has become a persistent presence on the internet spawning hundreds of memes.

 

 

Could this be an internet prank or a fake bidding war? There's a chance, but the auction has some signs that point to it being authentic.

First, the starting price for the auction was about $11.99, meaning the seller, "valuestampsinc" didn't list a high starting price or put a crazy reserve on the auction. But that doesn't mean the seller wasn't looking to make a profit.

 

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2017/02/06/harambe-shaped-cheetos-snack-really-selling-100k/97571386/

 


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  This one add's to the humor, if you want to call it that. Off brand Harambe for $212. It's cheaper 'cause it's not a real Cheeto.

 

  The first one has at least 15 different bidders over $90,000, which is unusual. For a Cheeto anyway. If it's a prank, it's well organized to say the least. 

 

 


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7 hours ago, Nature Boy Flair said:

It appears it's true. If was really rich I would buy it and eat it , in some exotic kinky way 

So you leave us hanging?  Please elaborate on this exotic kinky way!


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I don't use Ebay so I'm wondering:

 

Can you make two separate ebay accounts with different email addresses and then bid for your own items? If you win, what happens? Do you just "pay yourself"?

 

I feel like it wouldn't actually be that hard to set up something like this just to "gain attention".


Can you see the accounts of each person bidding? Can you tell if they are robust, real accounts (with a purchase history etc...) or as a viewer do you get no information? If you get no information, it could easily be a person just planning to "pay him/herself" and get attention in the meantime.

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