- Empty bottles of Conor McGregor’s whiskey are being sold on eBay.
- One Proper No. Twelve drinker said in a Twitter video on Monday that he bought a bottle for $US31, drank it, then sold it empty for $US40.
- The video caught the attention of McGregor himself, who said he can “appreciate the hustle.”
Canny customers are drinking Conor McGregor’s whiskey and selling empty bottles of it on eBay for more than what they bought it for, and the UFC fighter himself says he can “appreciate the hustle.”
Proper No. Twelve is the new whiskey launched by McGregor, the Irish striker who has taken the UFC world by storm.
McGregor teased the business venture at a post-fight conference in 2017, when he was seen seemingly drowning his sorrows with a whiskey called “Notorious” after losing to Floyd Mayweather in the 10th round of a boxing rules fight.
He then launched the brand with the more recognisable Proper No. Twelve label earlier this year.
McGregor has since taken the whiskey to UFC media events, drank the liquid with his boss Dana White, and even offered it to his most recent opponent, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who refused to taste it.
But the whiskey has proved a monster hit with fans as the bottle sold out so fast they had to ramp up production to restock shelves in December.
Some customers are so desperate to get their hands on a bottle, they’re even willing to pay for an empty one, according to the Irish Mirror and the Irish Sun.
Eric Hammer from New Jersey claims he bought the whiskey for $US31, drank it, then sold it empty on eBay for $US40 – a $US9 profit.
“It’s raining dollar dollar bills, son, cha-ching,” he said in a Twitter video on Monday. “Given his popularity it’s hard to find, so therefore people are willing to pay top dollar for it. Top dollar even if it’s empty.”
The video caught the attention of McGregor himself, who said: “I appreciate the support and the hustle.”
I appreciate the support and the hustle, however.
That is design bottle 1 of Proper 12.
The bottle that dethroned a king.
A king that had reigned over whiskey since the year 1780.
Proper 12 design bottle 1. Iconic!
It is already out of factory. Rare!
Will buy off new owner. https://t.co/VQCOc2e6ZB
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 27, 2018
The listing may have been taken down, as Business Insider’s eBay search for the empty bottles only turned up two options –one for $US7.99 and another for $US10. We also found a “used” cardboard Proper No. Twelve box advertised for $US9.99.
McGregor has not fought since his fourth round submission loss to Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, but has regularly posted Instagram photographs of Proper No. Twelve bottles,his distillery, and his delivery trucks.
Regardless of his success in retail, he remains committed to fighting and is desperately seeking a rematch against Nurmagomedov, or even “the next in line.”
The UFC may not grant McGregor an immediate rematch, as it has been reported that the company has already offered McGregor a contract to fight Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. McGregor is determined to compete in 2019.
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