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Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Shortage Sparks Delicious Black Market

Last Updated September 23, 2020 12:55 PM
Josiah Wilmoth
Last Updated September 23, 2020 12:55 PM

When Popeyes  launched a new chicken sandwich , few could have predicted that it could truly rival the mouth-watery goodness served up six days a week at Chic-fil-A.

Not even Popeyes – which announced on Aug. 27 that its new chicken sandwich is already sold out at locations throughout the US.


Luckily, Popeyes fans won’t have to quit the delicious new product cold turkey. You can still get your chicken sandwich fix – as long as you’re willing to buy them on the black market.

At prices way higher than advertised.

Popeyes Sandwiches Trade for $50 on the Black Market

The black market is all about supply and demand, and Popeyes chicken sandwich hoarders know that they’re sitting on a deep-fried gold mine.

If you live in the Washington, DC area, you can score two chicken sandwiches (one spicy and one regular) for $100. They were purchased on Aug. 26.

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This black market broker has a receipt to verify their product is the real deal. | Source: Craigslist

Worried they might be counterfeit? The seller promises they’re not.

“Receipt to verify authenticity,” the Craigslist posting reads.

That’s a lot of money, but it’s far from an outlier.

Fifty dollars per sandwich seems to be the going rate, and that’s what it will cost you to score one in Atlanta from this seller, who promises to deliver right to your door.

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This dealer offers delivery straight to your door. | Source: Craigslist

“Hurry limited supply,” the posting warns. “Get yours and satisfy your craving, curiosity, and most important of them all your HUNGER.”

Atlanta, incidentally, is where Chic-fil-A is headquartered.

Want a Cheap Chicken Fix? Head to San Francisco

Remarkably, one of the best black market deals on Popeyes chicken sandwiches can be found on the San Francisco Craigslist.

One Santa Clara-based scalper is selling the deep-fried goodness for just $10 a sandwich – 80% lower than comparable offerings on the East Coast.

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The cheapest black market chicken can be found in Silicon Valley. | Source: Craigslist

The posting’s still live at press time, which means the seller still has sandwiches in stock. And doesn’t realize just how much they could sell for in a city where a 580-square-foot apartment will set you back $3,100 per month .

Wherever you live, you’d better act quickly. Black market prices won’t get any cheaper the longer the shortage lasts, and the chicken sandwiches won’t get any tastier the longer they sit in your dealer’s fridge.

Of course, you could always just go to Chic-fil-A – just not on Sunday .