Russians are flooding a popular online resale platform with deals on McDonald’s menu items — some trying to charge exorbitant sums for plain cheeseburgers after the fast-food giant shut down its Russian stores in response to the invasion of Ukraine.
A search on Avito, a popular Russian classifieds and auction site similar to eBay, yielded posts for everything from Big Macs to McDonald’s cherry pies and signature sauces. The listed prices were often well above the usual menu prices.
For example, A listing asked for 5,000 rubles, or about $44, in exchange for a single Big Mac. Another poster asked for 10,000 rubles, or about $88 two classic McDonald’s cheeseburgers “with a taste of American capitalism of the past,” says one translation.
Apparently they are McDonald’s items that the sellers hid before the American store in Russia was closed.
Under normal conditions, a Big Mac sold in a Russian McDonald’s store cost about 135 rubles The Big Mac Index‘ – the equivalent of less than $6.
As The Post previously reported, the resale listings first surfaced last week after McDonald’s announced it would temporarily close its 850 stores in Russia and suspend operations because of the invasion of Ukraine.
The announcement also sparked long lines at stores and drive-thru locations as fast-food-loving Russians tried to get one last McDonald’s meal or stock up on their favorite items.
A viral Reddit post showed a Russian’s refrigerator stocked with dozens of McDonald’s cheeseburgers.
McDonald’s is just one of countless companies based in the US and other Western countries that have severed ties with Russia.
The value of the Russian ruble has collapsed as the country’s economy reacts to losing businesses and crippling economic sanctions on key financial institutions.
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Meanwhile, there are signs Russian officials are considering ways to retaliate when companies pull out.
Last week, Russian state media indicated officials are considering rolling back intellectual property protections – a move one expert warned could pave the way for local operators to keep McDonald’s and other businesses open without permits.
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