By on June 6, 2016


One supermarket’s loss was Ehren Thompson’s gain.

The Sydney, Australia man was able to use a 77-pound wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese he found at a local grocery store to get himself into a used Peugeot hatchback, according to BuzzFeed News.

Thompson, who has a history of trading used goods for better things, saw the large cheese displayed in a grocery store that was about to close down. Realizing it possessed some value, he made an offer. The bearded Australian walked away with the wheel after paying a “very low” price.

“I have a theory that cheese doesn’t go off though, it just turns into a different cheese,” Thompson told BuzzFeed.

Even though it was sizable enough to top his spaghetti for years, Thompson had bigger plans for the cheese. He wanted to turn the wheel into wheels, so off he went to a local swap-and-trade Facebook group.

Estimating the cheese’s net worth at $2,100 (deli counter price), he made his pitch:

Now I dont really need 35 kilograms of Italian cheese. I’m posting here on the off chance that I might be able to arrange a trade for something I do need. A laptop or ideally a (manual) car.

It may be unlikely, but I won’t know if I don’t try!

P.S. I got it legally.

Thompson said he got four “legitimate” offers, including a 2001 Ford Falcon and a Focus, but he ended up taking ownership of a cousin’s Peugeot. The cousin wasn’t interested in 77 pounds of parmigiano, meaning Thompson can pay for needed repairs and licensing fees by selling off portions of the cheese online.

The rest of the wheel will go to charity, meaning everyone gets to share in the joy that only a hefty block of cheese can provide.

“It’s done a lot for me, this cheese,” said Thompson, who once traded a Volvo for two cases of beer.

[Image: fourthandfifteen/Flickr]

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