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There Is A Black Market Of Stolen Restaurant Props From Disneyland’s New Star Wars Land

If you weren’t one of the first to check out Disneyland’s new Star Wars-themed land, you’ll be unhappy to know that those who did go, have ruined it for everyone else.

There is a black market for Star Was Galaxy’s Edge items, as the Orange County Register recently brought to light. Guests have stolen pretty much any mundane prop they could get their hands on and put it up on reseller websites.

If you’re wondering why I said they’ve ruined it for everyone else, well, Disneyland stopped putting out a lot of the little detailed props that were being stolen and sold online.

Example No. 1 being metal sporks that were a part of the dishware at the Docking Bay 7 restaurant. The sporks, along with other silverware, were accessible for guests to eat their delicious Fried Endorian Tip-Yip or Felucian Garden Spread.

Little did they know that patrons were going to be swiping these bad boys and peddle them for over $150 and even up to $250 when added to a bundle.

Those nifty little sporks can no longer be found at Docking Bay 7, as Disneyland has stopped putting out the silverware for these thieves to profit from.

They’ve even stopped handing out menus at Docking Bay 7, since everyone is swiping them as well.

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Oga’s Cantina has plenty of resale items of its own on the market, as people are taking the menus and reselling those also.

While you are allowed to take home those nifty drink mugs, for a $45 price tag, you can understand why one would want to get their money back from it.

The beer flight is also an item that sold out for the summer and is in high demand because of it. The flight kit sold for $75 retail, and is being resold on eBay, Facebook Marketplace, and OfferUp for as much as $199.

The menus are monitored a little better here, as our own Constantine Spyrou said the restaurant only provides one menu per party, making it a little hard to sneak out with one.

You’d think the Stormtroopers guarding the land would catch someone running out with a 2-foot wooden beer flight, or let’s say an entire TIN SIGN, but no.

 

One of the Galaxy’s Edge items that seems to be popping up the most in searches is the drink coaster in Oga’s.

As of this writing, the coasters are still being put out for customers to use, and are probably the most disposable items in the restaurant.

Accessibility isn’t stopping people from putting them up for sale and trying to make a quick buck, though.

If you’re wondering if Disney even cares about these unauthorized souvenir flips, they absolutely do.

A similar problem arose back in December 2018, as Disneyland started cracking down on annual passholders who were reselling souvenirs by revoking their passes and banning them for a year, according to the OC Register.

The park-goers who got banned weren’t even selling stolen items, like some of the people above. They were instead flipping everyday souvenirs you can buy at the park. Of course, with it being proprietary Disney merch, they still see re-selling as a no-no.

With hundreds of Galaxy’s Edge souvenirs on eBay, you’ve gotta believe that Disneyland is going to start cracking the whip on those resellers, too.

Like Mobb Deep said, “Ain’t no such thing as halfway crooks,” and if all these Disneyland thieves are willing to do the crime, they can’t be surprised if Disneyland brings the hammer down on them.

Hopefully Disney does respond to these folks, and brings back some of the little park props it has currently removed. With less than a month of being open, the rest of us common folk deserve the same experience that the early bird visitors all had a chance to enjoy.

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The Curious Black Market Of Oddly-Shaped Cheetos

So, I Googled Cheetos the other day, as one normally does on a random Wednesday afternoon, and within my search, I was not expecting to stumble upon a $4,500 Cheeto on eBay.

The chip was shaped like Chester Cheetah, I got a good chuckle out of it, and was about to move on with my day, until I saw that there was also a Cheeto shaped like Chester playing baseball, selling for $2,700. After that I was led to a Cheeto shaped like Super Mario, and another shaped like a fox sniffing the ground.

Before I knew it, I was trapped in a wormhole of randomly-shaped Cheetos, selling for exorbitant prices you’d see for work at a contemporary art gallery.

Apparently, a strange black market for oddly-shaped Cheetos exists.

Does anybody buy these Cheetos? Doubtful, but the fact that there are pages upon pages of people attempting to sell these snacks for hundreds, even thousands of dollars, is insane.

As with most things in life, this Cheeto phenomena could probably be traced back to Harambe.

In February 2017, a year after we lost our dear sweet Harambe, an actual bidding war took place for a Harambe-shaped Cheeto.

The Cheeto’s resemblance was uncanny, and would make you think, ‘Is this really Harambe reincarnated into a cheesy snack?’

OK, maybe not, but the Cheeto was significant enough to garner 115 eBay bids, and a final bid of $99,900.

The Harambe Cheeto seller had a hard time actually getting hold of winning bidder, according to TMZ, but he did have 36 bidders that eBay snaked down until someone paid something.

If you see a Harambe Cheeto sell for damn near $100,000 you best believe someone’s going to try to be next in line for that type of eBay food hype.

Believe it or not, it took no more than two weeks for the next ridiculous random food bid to take place, as someone bought a McDonald’s Big Mac sauce bottle for $10,504.

 

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At the time, the bottle was a rarity with McDonald’s releasing a 10,000 bottle limited batch. Being extremely business savvy, the Big Mac sauce seller shipped the winning bidder a copy of his current mixtape, and planned to use the money to get rapper Young Thug to appear on his upcoming mixtape.

You can’t make this shit up.

Later that April, the eBay hype train hit again, this time with McDonald’s Szechuan sauce.

Before McDonald’s officially brought back its coveted Szechuan sauce, there was an underground scene of sellers selling the original sauces that released in the 90s.

The sauces returned to relevance after the Cartoon Network show Rick and Morty mentioned the sauce as part of a gag. They didn’t sell for quite as much as the great Harambe Cheeto, or the Big Mac sauce, though, mustering up a comparatively reasonable $199 bid at the time.

As we all know, McDonald’s later re-released the Mulan-inspired sauce, and while it slowly became more available to the public, at least that eBay bidder had one of the originals.

With all this rich recent history of making money selling ridiculous food items for thousands of dollars, we now see these hundreds of Cheetos, aimlessly floating in the eBay atmosphere, each hoping to be the next hit.

Will we ever see one hit the heights of Harambe? Who knows. Although there is a new Harambe Cheeto listed at $2,500. There are even 26 people watching it, granted it’s probably half the Buzzfeed staff waiting for it to sell so they can write seven two-paragraph articles, and post two quizzes titled something like, “Which Harambe-shaped food are you?”

Regardless if any of the oddly-shaped Cheetos sell or not, we can admire the entrepreneurial spirit and the imagination to see these shapes within their metallic polypropylene chip bags.

I’d punch you right now if I could.
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Why This Bottle of Tabasco is Selling For $449 On eBay

Tabasco hot sauce is one of the most well-known sauces in the U.S., having been parked on the tables of most restaurants you can think of.

Well, it seems like there is an eBay seller who believes a hardcore Tabasco fan will be willing to spend $449 on a limited edition, commemorative “Diamond Reserve” bottle.

Good ol’ Tabasco has been around for 150 years now (which is 103 years longer than our beloved Tapatio), and to commemorate the 150th anniversary, the brand released the special Diamond Reserve Red Sauce.

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This special sauce was 6 ounces (an ounce bigger than the standard bottle), came in a pretty black and gold champagne-style packaging, and retailed at $34.99.

The fancy Tabasco sauce was described as:

“A selection of the finest tabasco peppers on Avery Island, chosen for their superior color, texture, and robustness. These peppers are mashed with a small amount of salt, then aged—some for up to 15 years—and blended with sparkling white wine vinegar. The resulting pepper sauce has exceptional complexity, while maintaining the signature flavor and vibrancy for which TABASCO Sauce is celebrated around the world.”

Sounds pretty amazing, right? Unfortunately, it was a very limited release and no longer available on its online store.

So now, the only way to get your hands on one of these exclusive bottles is to fork over the money on eBay, or convince me to give you the one that’s been sitting at my desk for about a month.

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More listings have been popping up, one for a more reasonable $250, and the lowest being $99. It looks like all these sellers are posting pretty aggressive prices, so good luck finding one at retail.

Here at the Foodbeast office, we’ve been trying to figure out who would actually spend hundreds of dollars on hot sauce, especially when it was only worth $35. Here’s what we came up with:

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“Collector’s items always go up in price once the sale ends, but usually not by that much unless it’s super dope or cult-worthy. Szechuan Sauce sold for thousands at first and Pie Tops 2 went from $150 to like $1,800 on eBay. But those were very limited quantities and highly sought-after, making them rare exceptions. I’m not sure how hyped up Diamond Tabasco was, but didn’t seem like it merited a 10x price increase.”

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“When the inevitable Robot Apocalypse happens, money will be as useless as ‘love’ or ‘friendship.’ Hot Sauce, however, will be a sought-after commodity used for fuel, luring unsuspecting foodies to robot education centers, or simply as a weapon to throw into humans’ unprotected eyes.”

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“This person might know something about how limited this bottle is that we don’t. And if he sells that point well enough, some rich dude with extra cash and a penchant for hot sauces would buy it.”

We shall wait and see if this thing actually sells, and if eBay user ceichin1 laughs all the way to the bank. Or you can wait and see if they release a second batch, kind of like McDonald’s did with its limited edition Szechuan sauce.

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You Can Buy McDonald’s Big Mac Sauce Bottle & This Guy’s MIXTAPE For $10,000

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In January, McDonald’s released a limited batch of 10,000 Big Mac Sauce botttles across the United States. Customers had to download an app to find the McDonald’s locations that were giving the bottles away.

A few lucky patrons who put in the work were able to get their hands on a bottle or two. Some even capitalized on the giveaway by selling off the bottles online, though leaving their burgers dry and unwanted.

One guy decided to not only sell the bottle, but throw in his mixtape as well.

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Bay user mrjohnacc decided to be one of many to throw the limited edition Big Mac Sauce bottle onto the auction site for a hefty sum of $10,504. However, unlike other sellers, he decided to also throw in an original mixtape with the bottle of burger sauce.

Here are some details from his sale.

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Wait, what’s that at the bottom?

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In a super sus turn of events, this dude threw a tiny disclaimer at the bottom of his descriptor.

Whether he’s not really giving out the Big Mac Sauce with the sale remains to be seen. We’d be a little more careful buying this bottle. Especially if you’re willing to drop $10,000 on it.

Hey, you can always just hit him up for a free mixtape though.

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There’s A Fierce Bidding War Over A Harambe-Shaped Cheeto

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[UPDATE] The final winning bid was for $99,900, at around 10:53 p.m. PST.

We once saw someone put up an Ebay listing for a sandwich bag of air from Kobe Bryant’s final basketball game as a Laker, so nothing should surprise you.
As of this writing, there is a fierce Ebay bidding war over a Flamin’ Hot Cheeto that looks a hell of a lot like a gorilla. There have been 115 bids by 36 people trying to get their hands on the snack to end all snacks.

The photo on the listing even shows a gorilla hanging from a tree in the exact same position as the Cheeto, just to enhance the visual.

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It’s described as “rare” which I guess is accurate, and they even threw Harambe’s name in there, because everyone knows all gorillas on the internet are Harambe.

The seller said:

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.

This item is one of a kind!

It measures up to about 1 1/2 inches in length.

This item up for bid is only for this unique Cheetos, bag not included.
This makes a great collectible for anyone who appreciates rare items!

The Burbank, California listing will be up until Tuesday, at 12:45 a.m. PST, and people have bid over $99,000 for it.

My money’s on this being a hoax. I don’t know how Ebay regulates scammers, and fake bids, but if someone’s actually trying to spend 100 grand on a Cheeto, we might as well give up on this world.

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Justin Bieber’s Used Glass Of Milk Is Currently Selling For $70K On eBay

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Justin Bieber’s arguably one of the top 5 music artists in the world in terms of popularity, and after eight years, the Bieber Fever hasn’t died down.

If you don’t believe me, look at this eBay listing for his unwashed glass of milk, selling for 65,900 euros (about $72,364), as of this posting.

Kings Oak Hotel in the UK snapped some pictures of the Biebs as he had a low key dinner at the hotel. They said the popstar ate some mash, salmon, and washed it all down with a glass of milk for some reason.

One of the hotel employees preserved that glass of milk, not even washing it, and then put it up on eBay for a ridiculous bidding war. The listing also claims that the proceeds will go to a charity, so at least it’s not a total waste of money.

The next listing might not be legit, seeing as how they used the same photos as King’s Oak, but now someone is trying to sell Bieber’s napkin, claiming that they grabbed it before staff could clear out the table.

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That auction is not doing quite as well, with a $1.20 bid so far. Good try, though.

If you have enough money to blow $70,000 on a glass, you should be able to, or at the very least pay your way into a meet-and-greet with the guy, right? What are you going to do with a dirty glass from a random hotel?

Whatever. It’s not my money.

Have fun with your dirty Bieber glass.

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Why This Bottle of Big Mac Sauce Sold For Almost $100,000

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A few weeks ago, we wrote that McDonald’s was selling its famous Big Mac Sauce by the bottle in Australia. While those bottles ran for about a $5 a pop, halfway across the world another bottle sold for nearly $100,000.

What’s special about THIS bottle of Mac Sauce is that it was the first-ever bottle of sauce in the UK, Grub Street reports. McDonald’s created an eBay listing a couple weeks ago auctioning off the bottle of sauce to the public.

The opening bid was £3 ($4.34 US) which quickly snowballed. Seven days later, the final bid ended at £65,900 which is almost $96,000.

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For a bottle of Mac Sauce.

McDonald’s plans to use the money they made from the auction for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Perhaps the winner really just wanted to give money to charity. Otherwise they could’ve saved a TON bidding on some of the $5 bottles Australia was selling.

 

 

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Drift Away to Your Mind Palace With This Sherlock Coffee Mug

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Who needs Starbucks Coffee when you can have Sherlock Coffee? Wrap yourself up in a cozy blanket with your new Sherlock Coffee mug filled with piping hot tea (because British) and drift away to your mind palace.

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If you like your coffee like you like your Sherlock villain: dark, bitter, and a little bit crazy then perhaps you should check off that little Moriarty box right there. It’s okay, the fandom will forgive you…maybe.

Interestingly enough, this reusable porcelain mug isn’t being sold by BBC, it’s available in limited quantities on Ebay. Can you imagine how cool you’d look at Comic Con with this thing…

*Frantically rushes to Ebay to purchase future dreams of Comic Con popularity*

Sherlock Holmes Starbucks Cup, $39.99 @ Ebay

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