A day after the release of the highly anticipated McDonald's 'BTS Meal' yesterday, 26 May, netizens were amused to find packaging for the meal being sold online
The meal was released in collaboration with Korean musical icon BTS — also known as Bangtan Sonyeondan — and it comes with 10 pieces of Chicken McNuggets, a Coke, Medium Fries, and two exclusive sauces.
On the first day of the launch, ARMYs — members of the band's loyal legion of fans — rushed to their nearest McDonald's to get their hands on the limited time only meal, which comes with BTS exclusive packaging.
In just 24 hours, packaging of the meal was already being resold on online marketplaces, such as Shopee and Carousell.
"Sanitised and wiped. 100% clean and no smell," one seller wrote on an e-commerce site.
AmanzPromo, a Twitter account dedicated to sharing the latest discounts and promo codes, shared a screenshot of someone reselling the packaging on Shopee today, 27 May.
According to the tweet, the seller is selling the McDonald's x BTS menu collab packaging for RM21.90, which is slightly more expensive than the actual meal itself. The meal costs RM15.70 at certain stores.
Others have also taken to different marketplaces, such as Carousell, to resell the packaging. The normally disregarded food boxes and paper bags now have intrinsic value after having the BTS logo in the band's iconic purple shade printed on.
One reseller mentioned that the packaging had been sanitised and cleaned, following concerns of the rise of COVID-19 cases nationwide.
The description on the Carousell product page states they "took out the food from the box and cleaned with antibacterial wipes, [poured] out the coke without using the cup to drink".
Many netizens were bewildered by the sale of the packaging
The BTS Meal is still available until 16 June. Malaysians can order it through McDelivery, Drive Thru, or in stores while stocks last.
"To ensure everyone's safety, we urge all our customers who will be purchasing the BTS Meal at our restaurants to adhere to the SOPs we have set in place during this Movement Control Order (MCO)," said McDonald's Malaysia chief marketing officer Melati Abdul Hai.
Meanwhile, McDonald's Malaysia released a new commercial featuring the Billboard #1 singers on the fast-food giant's YouTube channel today. Watch it here: