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The long-awaited Rick and Morty Season 3 premiere dropped on April Fool’s Day, in one of the greatest reverse pranks the world has ever seen. The premiere itself caused quite a commotion, but it was a reference within the show that caught the world by storm.

On April 1, 2017, we were reintroduced to McDonald’s 1998 special edition Mulan Szechuan sauce dipping sauce, and the world as we knew it had been changed forever.

The world went Szechuan sauce crazy in the week following the Rick and Morty Season 3 premiere, and fans were dying to get their hands on some of that delicious dipping sauce. A petition made the rounds, asking for McDonalds to bring the sauce back (receiving over 20,000 signatures), but McDonald’s response was not what Rick and Morty fans were hoping for. Later that same week, a recipe for the Szechuan sauce was released, but people wanted the genuine article, not a homemade replica.

One fan took that desire to the next level this week. He or she now owes an obscene amount of money for a 20-year-old packet of dipping sauce auctioned on eBay.

One Lucky Ebay User Is On The Hook For A $14,700 Szechuan Sauce Packet

Time is reporting that an eBay auction for an unopened, 20-year-old packet of McDonald’s Szechuan sauce ended in a bidding war with a successful bid of $14,700. The eBay seller listed the McDonald’s sauce with the following description:

“I just bought a really old car, while cleaning it I found a packet of this sauce, after watching the recent episode of Rick And Morty I went online to see if it was worth anything. Turns out it was, I hope somebody who wants to eat some 20 year old gnarly sauce gets this. I would prefer not to sell it to a collector."

The buyer has still yet to pay for the delicious and surely solidified dipping sauce, and it looks like this purchase might have been part of some joke. The buyer might just be getting his or her finances in order, but more than likely, eBay is about to hit the buyer's account for the money they owe.

What Happens To The Buyer If They Don't Pay?

The internet has become a place where people can say or do a lot of things with little-to-no repercussions. Sadly, for the winning bidder of the unopened packet of McDonald’s Szechuan sauce, eBay is not a consequence-free marketplace. When you bid on an item, you are entering a "binding contract" for the purchase, just like in any other real-life auction.

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The terms of use on eBay are cut-and-dry, and when you agree to them you are basically giving eBay the right to charge your account for any fees you acquire. The eBay action for unpaid items is as follows:

"If a buyer doesn't pay within 2 days, a seller can open an unpaid item case in the Resolution Center. If the buyer still doesn't pay or reach some other agreement with the seller, eBay may record the unpaid item on the buyer's account."

The wording eBay uses on for their unpaid item policy doesn't seem threatening, but seeing as you need a PayPal/bank account to register for eBay, it could mean serious repercussion. After two days, eBay will charge the buyer, and if the buyer has a bank account attached, it will be processed as a legitimate charge. Which is scary, when you think about checking your balance, only to see a charge for $14,700 — especially if the bid was a joke, and you don’t have the funds.

According to

"[T]hat amount may be considered a bad debt. If that debt is turned over to collections, it potentially could appear on your credit reports as a collection account, and lower your scores."

A lower credit score could affect someone's ability to buy a car or rent an apartment — or even their chances of finding a job in most states. Of course, the seller (or eBay itself) can decide to let a regretful buyer off the hook. Best case scenario, you may be let off with just a warning:

"Many sellers are willing to work with you if you communicate with them openly and honestly. ... If you get too many unpaid items recorded on your account, your account may be limited or suspended."

Rick and Morty has created a sensation that it can’t control, and people have officially gone off the deep end for McDonald’s Szechuan sauce — which most of us have never even tasted. We can hope that the buyer has nearly $15,000 to spend, or they might be in for a world of hurt — Wubba Lubba Dub Dub!


Do you think the eBay auction winner will pay $14,700 for the packet of McDonald’s Szechuan sauce?

(Source: Time; eBay; Poll Image Credit: Adult Swim)


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