Do you hate how technology has come to rule the day? Are you looking for some peace and quiet during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday madness that is nearly upon us? Do you like...nay, LOVE fried chicken? Then boy, oh boy, does KFC have a product that is right up your alley. It is the Internet Escape Pod, essentially an adult-sized dome made of metal with Colonel Sanders perched on top. And it can be yours for just $10,000!
The only thing more obscene than the asking price is what Colonel Sanders appears to be doing to it, but we won't go there. And before anyone cries fowl at the price tag, understand that KFC originally intended to sell this for nearly ten times that amount.
"We were going to sell this for the ridiculously high price of $96,485.34, but in the spirit of the season, I said, 'nah, let's make it a deal,'" said George Felix, director of advertising at KFC.
Surely KFC is pulling our chicken legs, right? Well, yes and no. The Internet Escape Pod is actually a real product (and not its first quirky one), available through the restaurant's online merchandise shop, KFC Ltd., which opened this past summer. Other items are much more reasonably priced and include a variety of KFC-themed swag, things like t-shirts, enamel pins, a pillow imprinted with Colonel Sanders' face, and a few other items.
The new pod is undoubtedly an attempt at a viral marketing campaign, but it's real, and it looks like KFC is only making one. Our guess is that somebody will actually buy it, for the novelty factor. Whoever that person is, they will be able to fit four adults and a bucket of delicious fried chicken inside.
"We've come up with several technologically advanced, creative experiences for our customers and fans this year. But even we feel the burden of technology during the holiday season. So we decided to go in the opposite direction and create an anti-technology product, using technology, to help one lucky buyer literally escape the holiday chaos," Felix added.
The other reason for this product is to draw attention to KFC's online store. This is the first new product since the store opened with a limited edition collection launch in July, and a full second collection will be unveiled early next month.