Inside Facebook’s Underground Market for Rare Meat
August 24, 2019 11:51 AM   Subscribe

 
I can’t stop laughing at the image of a hundred men going into a private Facebook group to makes bets on the outcome of the Illinois Pick 3 Plus Fireball Lottery in hopes of winning muffins homemade by a stranger.
posted by sallybrown at 12:11 PM on August 24, 2019 [8 favorites]


Peak 2019. Just absolutely bonkers. But I’m definitely getting some ideas...
posted by Slinga at 12:39 PM on August 24, 2019 [2 favorites]


The appeal of this is deeply mysterious to me.

Beyond the mystery, what is annoying about this is that people can't find a platform other than Facebook for it. Facebook lacks any sort of transactional capability and is completely ill-suited to raffles with complicated rules. Still, all of this activity is on Facebook, making Zuck money, because it's the platform everyone is familiar with.
posted by killdevil at 12:51 PM on August 24, 2019


> Facebook lacks any sort of transactional capability

Uh, you can sell stuff in any FB group, it does transactions. They started taking on eBay and Craigslist a while back.
posted by floam at 1:27 PM on August 24, 2019 [1 favorite]


I thought by "rare meat" they would mean like penguin steaks, but no, it's just boring regular beef distributed through a lottery.
posted by Pyry at 2:04 PM on August 24, 2019 [6 favorites]


"It'll all be goat."
posted by Meatbomb at 2:08 PM on August 24, 2019 [1 favorite]


Gray market meat

unappetizing.

Iberian octopus, though, is tasty. You can get it at almost any traditional restaurant where I live. It's hardly rare, or expensive, and you can eat it without Facebook being involved.
posted by chavenet at 2:11 PM on August 24, 2019


Did no one play policy at the bodega? It was based off a similar random number of the last digit of the total take at the racetrack. And I used to buy steaks from this Mexican guy out of his van. I was cool before it was cool! Wait until the internet figures out you can buy shitty DVDs from a Chinese woman at a bar at 1AM.
posted by geoff. at 2:13 PM on August 24, 2019 [2 favorites]


Is there a Facebook group for stolen art? Because maybe they can help find the paintings from Isabella Stewart Gardner robbery. (Previously.)
posted by ALeaflikeStructure at 2:29 PM on August 24, 2019 [1 favorite]


A friend of mine wins these with such regularity it's bonkers. I may have eaten more wagyu beef in the past year, attending dinner at his, than I have in the previous five put together.
posted by foxtongue at 5:47 PM on August 24, 2019 [1 favorite]


I don't get the baked goods element. Elaine's brownies are so good I'll enter a raffle, er, razzle for them? Or are they special brownies?
posted by ch1x0r at 5:55 PM on August 24, 2019


So....a Facebook meat raffle?
posted by Autumnheart at 10:17 PM on August 24, 2019


Facebook was designed to be a meat market from the very beginning.
posted by mbrubeck at 10:34 PM on August 24, 2019


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