An Australian teenager just made a small fortune — all thanks to her perfectly “puffy” Dorito chip.
“I found a puff Dorito!” Rylee captioned her video. “Is this valuable or should I just eat it … tell me please.”
As it turns out, Rylee made the right call. Over the past few years, there’s been a seemingly endless number of rare everyday items to go viral and later sell for thousands of dollars. That includes a $110,000 box of Pokémon cards, a $1.8 million tuna and a $660,000 copy of Super Mario Bros.
On the surface, Rylee’s chip seems insignificant compared to those rarities. But, according to Australia’s 9News, it ended up earning the teen $20,000.
As Rylee’s video began to go viral, several commenters encouraged her to sell the chip on eBay. When she did, the bids started rushing in — and in a matter of days, the price had surged up to a whopping $100,000.
According to The Takeout, the chip was eventually taken off eBay, but Rylee still got her money. That’s because PepsiCo, which owns Doritos, heard about Rylee’s story and decided to give her $20,000 for her “perfect” chip.
It’s an interesting move by the snack food company, which previously sold an intentionally puffy chip called Doritos 3D in the ’90s. That product, originally discontinued in the early 2000s, finally returned to stores in late 2020, according to Food Business News.
Rylee, meanwhile, has gotten attention from news outlets around the world. The teenager chronicled her strange rise to fame on TikTok, where she’s earned all kinds of shocked and supportive comments.
“All this for a Dorito,” one TikToker commented.
“Weird how things change so quick. You’re lucky,” another added.
“GIRL THAT’S ICONIC,” another wrote.
Rylee, for her part, had some wisdom to share from the experience.
“I wasn’t expecting this,” the teen said on TikTok. “And it just goes to show, all the people who said, ‘Just eat it’ … Maybe think next time before you eat that chip.”
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