Businessman pays $1000 for a feijoa in the shape of a kiwi
Christchurch businessman Mike Pero has paid $1000 for a feijoa in the shape of a kiwi. Pero, who is best known for...
Christchurch businessman Mike Pero has paid $1000 for a feijoa in the shape of a kiwi. Pero, who is best known for the mortgage brokerage firm that he founded and carries his name, bought the kiwi-shaped-fruit from a TradeMe auction which closed yesterday.
The seller, an Auckland woman, claimed the fruit fell from her tree on Anzac Day and said she could not believe her eyes when she saw the bids jump from $12.50 to $1000. Pero, who is currently running SafeKiwi Escrow, said saving the feijoa seemed to be in line with saving Kiwis from losing money in a financial transaction.
"We took it a step further when we realised that $1000 was too much to pay one person for a piece of fruit. We thought we'd aim to get a second bite out of the feijoa by making our purchase price conditional on a $500 donation to The Child Cancer Foundation. We liked the synergy of money towards saving kiwis' lives in this case," said Pero.
Pero certainly paid more for the feijoa than he would have in the shops. Woolworths, for example, is currently selling feijoas for $4.98 per kilogram. The auction closed at about 10:15 pm last night after about 5000 hits on the site and 362 watchers. The feijoa will travel south to Christchurch over the next few days. Pero plans to preserve the feijoa.
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