Russians are trying to sell a Big Mac for $36, a McDonald’s paper bag for $300

  • Russians are trying to sell McDonald’s menu items online, following branch closures.
  • Popular items like Big Macs and McMuffins were offered at inflated prices.
  • An ad on a classifieds website offered McDonald’s wraps for up to $373.

Russians are trying to sell McDonald’s menu items online at hugely inflated prices, following the closure of more than 800 restaurants in the country.

Insider viewed several ads on Avito, a Russian classifieds website, which offered products such as Big Macs and McMuffins. Avito is described on LinkedIn as the most popular classifieds site in Russia and the second in the world.

A Moscow-based seller advertised a Big Mac for the equivalent of $36. In Russia, the burger would typically cost 135 rubles, or about $1, according to The Economist’s Big Mac index.

Another vendor recently posted a “McDonald’s breakfast,” including McMuffins, potato pancakes, and sauces for around $18.

In an English-translated listing, the seller said it was offering the items to “those who want to enjoy the latest taste of a bygone era.”

Nothing seems off limits, with some people even trying to sell “McDonald’s packages”. As of this writing, a listing from Avisto showed a paper bag advertised for the equivalent of $373. It is not known if the bag contained any products.

The website also contained several other advertisements offering packaging, including cups and chip holders. A vendor advertised a “McDonald’s signature drink” for around $74.

The closure of McDonald’s branches in Russia has drawn a strong reaction from its citizens in recent days. Footage shared on social media shows Moscow residents rushing to shops for meals ahead of the lockdowns.

According to Indy100, a Russian completely stocked his fridge with McDonald’s burgers before the shutdowns, according to a photo posted on Reddit. “McDonald’s is permanently closing in Russia, this is my friend’s stash,” read the caption alongside the photo.

McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski said in a March 8 memo to employees that it was “impossible to predict” when McDonald’s would reopen its restaurants, but the company was “monitoring the situation closely.”

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