A Teenager in Australia Gets $15,000 for Selling a “Puffy” Dorito on eBay
That’s one expensive chip!
A teenager in Australia is now $15,000 richer thanks to an atypical chip she stumbled across while eating a bag of Doritos several days ago.
As 13-year-old Australian Rylee Stuart was enjoying her savory snack earlier this month, she encountered a unique chip she dubbed a “Puff Dorito.” Unlike typical Doritos, which often lay flat, Stuart’s special chip was puffed up, not unlike a 3D Dorito.
Unsure of what to do with her peculiar finding, Stuart turned to TikTok for advice, and shared a clip of herself holding the interesting chip on the social media platform. “I found a Puff Dorito! Is this valuable or should I just eat it?” she wrote over the clip, which features an NSFW song playing in the background. “Tell me please.
Not surprisingly, the video has now been viewed nearly five million times, and dozens of fellow TikTokers encouraged Stuart to sell her unusual chip. The teen listened and created an eBay account, and even shared another TikTok explaining what went into photographing and staging the chip for its eBay debut.
According to 9News in Australia, eBay users went bananas for the Puff Dorito, which had a modest starting price of $0.99. Bidders quickly drove that up to AU$20,000 (about $14,750) and the highest bid was ultimately AU$105,000, which is more than $77,000. “I saw $10,000 [bid on the eBay listing] and I screamed,” Stuart told the outlet. “Dad is saying that since he bought the packet [of Doritos] it’s his chip, but I ate the packet, so I believe it is mine.”
Though the Puff Dorito listing was ultimately pulled from eBay before Riley could sell it, she was able to make a nice profit in another unexpected manner. After hearing about the teen’s “boldness and entrepreneurial spirit,” Doritos awarded Stuart AU$20,000, which is just shy of $15,000.
“It's been a whirlwind couple of days for Rylee and her family and we’ve loved following her story,” Vandita Pandey, PepsiCo’s head of marketing for snacks and beverages in Australia and New Zealand, said in a statement. “We’ve been so impressed with Rylee's boldness and entrepreneurial spirit, so we wanted to make sure the Stuart family were rewarded for their creativity and love for Doritos.”
Believe it or not, this is hardly the first time an oddly shaped food item has resulted in a massive payday for one lucky consumer. Back in June, a McNugget from a BTS meal sold for nearly $100,000 thanks to its uncanny resemblance to a character from the popular Among Us video game.