Is there anything more seductive than the prospect of never-ending pasta? The answer is yes, but the reemergence of Olive Garden‘s borderline mythical Never Ending Pasta Pass was such a colossal event you might be tempted to think otherwise.
For those unfamiliar with this in-demand magic rectangle, the Never Ending Pasta Pass provides the cardholder with seven weeks of unlimited pasta, sauces and toppings, soup or salad, breadsticks and Coca-Cola products. You may also get a chair and table where you can sit down and eat your food. It’s not mentioned, but it’s heavily implied. Olive Garden put 21,000 of these cards up for sale at 2 p.m. on Thursday and they were sold out immediately. Emphasis on immediately.
“Everyone else received the sold out message, which for them occurred in less than one second/immediately,” explained an Olive Garden spokesperson about those poor souls that have to find an alternate route to shove their gobs with pasta and breadsticks.
If you’re willing to pony up the dough, Olive Garden has plunked a number of the passes in the ancient arena of auctioning combat known as eBay. Twenty-one cards are being auctioned off to benefit the charity Feeding America. As you might expect from a product that sold out at a speed normally associated with Adele tickets, the bids have been climbing to impressive heights. As this is being typed, top bids for the assorted passes range from $520 to $810 with days to go.
If you’d prefer to pay a hefty chunk of change for one of these passes and would rather not help a charity (nuts to those guys, right?), there are also eBay listings from folks looking to sell their passes. Prices for these listings go up to an absolutely ridiculous $4,500 which might be overestimating the value of being able to get meals at Olive Garden for seven weeks. Even with the promise of unlimited Coca-Cola® products for you and your guests.