People are shopping for rare meat from invite-only Facebook pages

You’ve in all probability scrolled Facebook’s marketplace, a feature for users to shop for and sell things in their own communities—maybe you’ve even snagged a hand-me-down couch on there. However if you’re searching on social for something a bit more, unique, there’s additionally reportedly a secretive underground marketplace for rare meat.


According to Mel Magazine, there’s a whole web of invite-only FB groups where users are gambling to attain both rare seafood and rare meat like Wagyu beef, stone crabs, or even a whole Spanish octopus.


Here’s how it all purportedly goes down: someone will post a prompt concerning the merchandise, and if it’s of interest to a user, they’ll place in a $25 dollar bid. That gets you a number of 1 through 9. The more numbers you pick, the likelier you’re to win. You’re even liberated to claim all 9 numbers if you’re thinking that it’s definitely worth the $225 buy in.


The phenomenon, generally known as “Gray Market selling,” is something we’ve seen before. Individuals are gambling real money on the world’s most unavailable delicacies. For today, though, it’s exclusive cuts of cows and sea critters rather than booze. Seems like a recipe for food poisoning, however what do we know?


Let’s talk about the raffle system. The outlet reports it’s called a “razzle.” Since it’s all, you know, illegal, admins are careful to not get caught (and shut down!) by Facebook. They sub out words with fun slang like “doll hairs” rather than dollars, and once it involves the numbers, they look to actual lottery drawings. If the final number drawn is yours, ding, ding, ding, you’ve got yourself a slab of extremely pricy meat.


So why are individuals doing this? in line with University of Texas psych professor and avid meat gambler Art Markman it’s a real passion: “Finding a community, where all the members are individuals you can talk about this issue you care about that not everyone cares about—and there’s tons of joy you can get out of that,” he told the publication.


“The forbidden has forever had an allure, whether or not there’s a rule against it or it’s something extremely exclusive,” he added. “Partly, we’re intrigued by why there are rules around things, why there are limitations.”