15-year-old McDonalds voucher on sale

FRANCESCA LEE
Last updated 12:13 27/12/2012
1997 McDonalds voucher
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VINTAGE: McDonalds says it will honour the 15-year-old voucher.

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A vintage cheeseburger voucher from Christchurch is being sold on Trade Me for charity.

The voucher is dated November 27, 1997 and is only redeemable in Christchurch.

While it has nothing to do with inflation, the voucher, which was originally for one cheeseburger, is now redeemable for 31, with McDonalds donating 15 burgers and the Trade Me charities team donating another 15 to go along with the original burger.

All proceeds from the auction will go towards Oxfam.

By midday today the auction had attracted about 35,000 views and 40 bids on the voucher and it has gone up to $180 from a $1 reserve.

''I believe it is a voucher for a free cheese burger from McDonalds that I received while in primary school for doing road patrol,'' Wellington-based seller Paul Schwalger wrote in the description.

He would put 100 per cent of the sale price for the voucher towards his fundraising efforts for Oxfam. Schwalger is part of a four-person team taking part in a 100km Trail Walk for Oxfam in April.

They hoped to raise $2000 for the charity.

Trade Me spokesman Paul Ford said his team had spotted the auction before Christmas and had decided to throw in 15 extra burgers for a bit of festive fun.

''We did it to avoid any doubt about whether it would be honoured,'' he said.

Trade Me had noticed the auction because it quickly attracted over 20,000 views.

They then contacted McDonalds and asked if the fast food chain would honour the voucher which it promised to do, and offered an extra 15 burgers for the winner.

Trade Me would not charge its usual commission for the auction as it was for charity.

The Trade Me auction closes 8pm today.

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