If you run a zoo, it’s usually best not to let the lions escape. 🦁 That’s something Elon Musk might be quickly learning after letting users pay US$7.99 (about NZ$13) to get their hands on a coveted blue verification check mark. Like lions roaming free from their cages, chaos quickly ensued. Imposter accounts sprang up to troll celebrities and big brands, from drugmaker Eli Lilly (LLY) to Pepsi (PEP) and even Chief Twit’s own Tesla (TSLA). Twitter quickly threw the brakes on, pausing access to the Twitter Blue feature for new accounts. It made for a bumpy start for Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover. 🍿
For those not ready to pay $13 to join feeding time at the zoo, there are plenty of other ways you could spend the money. A standard Netflix (NFLX) account will set you back a few bucks more at $15.49 per month, but if you can put up with ads, Netflix Basic with ads is just $6.99 per month. Gamers might prefer Microsoft’s (MSFT) Xbox Gold pass where they can tame the lions in Zoo Tycoon, or play hundreds of other games for $12.95 per month. 🎮
After paying the $60 membership fee, head along to Auckland’s Costco (COST) and get the squad six $1.99 hotdogs and refillable sodas. 🌭 Alternatively, head to Taco Bell (YUM) for a $13.10 Classic Burrito Combo. 🌮 Classic. Thirteen bucks would also let you treat the office a couple of boxes of Hershey's Kisses (HSY) once a month to just say mwah. 😘 Or invest in a little self-care with a set of Herbal Essence shampoo and conditioner (PG) from Chemist Warehouse.
Finally, you may choose to get that $13 working over the long term by saving or investing it. It might be small change, but over time it may really add up. 💰