Mail a Spud lets you send someone a potato through the USPS


As part of a new feature I will call “World’s stupidest products” or “Do people really buy this stuff?”, we have the Mail a Spud service. And yes, it’s exactly what you think it is. It’s a Russet potato with stamps on it that is sent through the United States Postal Service first class mail direct to your mailbox. The potato isn’t shipped in a box or an envelope. It’s just as you see above. Why? I don’t think there’s an answer to that question that makes any sense. Especially when you learn that it costs $9.95 for one potato and not two potato, three potato, four. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Seriously though, they want you to pay $9.95 for an ordinary potato. Most grocery stores around here sell a bag with several pounds of potatoes for half that price. As a gag gift or a prank it could be funny, but I think it’s just wasteful and dumb. What do you think? Let us know in the comment section. For more info visit

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9 comments… add one
  • yeppers March 11, 2015, 12:23 pm

    Someone trying to reboot the ‘Pet Rock’ phenomena…dumb idea.

  • Betty Widerski March 11, 2015, 1:16 pm

    Not nearly as funny as the too-successful “Mail your enemies glitter” idea.

  • Andrew Baker March 11, 2015, 2:59 pm

    Suddenly Julie receives hundreds of potatoes in the mail…..

    • Martin March 12, 2015, 2:53 pm

      Spuddenly …

  • Ryan Chapman March 11, 2015, 3:31 pm

    I’m just going to leave a “……..” right here for that potato..

  • MarkG March 11, 2015, 4:05 pm

    Tom and Ray always said you could send anything through the mail without any wrapping. They always had trouble with trout. The stamps kept slipping off, but not at first……………..

  • Jim C. March 13, 2015, 8:24 am

    As my mother used to say, some people have more money than brains!

    • Andrew Baker March 13, 2015, 9:15 am

      As my mother used to say, some people have more money than POTATOES!

  • Jeffrey Kelly November 7, 2015, 11:20 pm

    It may be a come-around of the pet-rock craze. Fact being that a crazy number of people bought those and an amazing number are buying potatoes my my site. I think the point is that there is this fad thing that changes from product to product that isn’t really rational.

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