EBay pulls 6-year-old McDonald's burger from its website

Rural Ontario farmer Dave Alexander's six-year-old McDonald's cheeseburger and fries was going for $150 on eBay when the website pulled it down.

'I can't fathom what these people are thinking,' says farmer Dave Alexander

Alexander decided to sell the burger and friends because he's downsizing his home and had already sold the shelf that housed the meal. (Dave Alexander/EBay)

Rural Ontario farmer Dave Alexander's six-year-old McDonald's cheeseburger and fries was going for $150 on eBay when the website pulled it down for violating its terms and agreements.

"We're just stunned," Alexander told As It Happens. "I can't fathom what these people are thinking."

EBay confirmed in an email that it pulled the listing because it violated the company's food policy, which forbids selling unpackaged or expired food.

Alexander said eBay told him he cannot sell food without a clearly marked expiry date.

"A six-year-old cheeseburger? You've got to be kidding me that it needs an expiry date," Alexander said. 

Dave Alexander tries to sell a six-year-old McDonald's cheeseburger and fries on eBay, but the company wasn't lovin' it. (Dave Alexander/EBay)

Alexander, who lives on a farm in Staffa, Ont., north of London, posted the meal on Thursday with a starting bid of $29.99.

He told As It Happens guest host Robyn Bresnahan that he bought it on June 7, 2012, as an experiment to see how long it would last.

"The fries are stunningly good looking. The fries look like they were purchased this morning," he said Thursday.

"The burger itself has darkened a little bit. The bun is about as hard as a hockey puck, but it looks just like it's brand new cosmetically."

"The fries are stunningly good looking. The fries look like they were purchased this morning," says farmer Dave Alexander. 5:38

Written by Sheena Goodyear with files from Imogen Birchard.