A Canadian man placed a 6-year-old McDonald’s meal on eBay on Thursday, and by Friday the bidding for the ancient cheeseburger and fries reached $150 before eBay shut down the auction for violating its food policy. Ontario farmer Dave Alexander had purchased the plain McDonald’s cheeseburger and small french fries on June 7, 2012 as part of an experiment to test it’s longevity.
For six years, the cheeseburger and fries have been sitting on a speaker cabinet in his office, and they still mostly look like new. The burger itself has darkened a little bit, and the bun is about as hard as a hockey puck, but it looks just like it’s brand new cosmetically. Alexander planned to end the auction next Thursday, giving eager buyers amble time to bid – but they now will never get the chance as eBay pulled the auction for violating food policy, which states any food sold must have a “clearly marked expiration or use-by date.”