$85 Rock Sells Out, Securing 2016 as Most Unusual Year in Retail History


“A paperweight? A conversation piece? A work of art? It’s up to you,” says the online listing for Nordstrom’s now sold out rock. The rock, which is exactly how you’re imagining it, was also wrapped in a bit of leather… and priced at $85.

But the internet’s been assured that the rock, designed by Made Solid, LA-based brand who also craft high-end leather bags, vases, and key chains, is not a joke. A rep from the company described the product as a “really cool, labor-intensive objects that are used as everything from paperweights to doorstops to home/display accents.”

Regardless of your feelings about the product, one thing’s definitely not funny – how much profit they’re making off the item. “One of our most consistently popular items, actually,” the rep continued in an interview with Buzzfeed. “They sold out at most stores.”


The product is a perfect way to end this year, which was a strange and glorious one for the retail industry. Let’s take a second to reflect on a year that will surely go down in history. Without further ado, the 5 most noteworthy retail moments of 2016:


KFC’s Extra Crispy Sunscreen

Yep, you read that right! In August, KFC gave away 3,000 free bottles of Colonel Sanders’ Extra Crispy™ Sunscreen. The idea came shortly after the June launch of their Extra Crispy Fried Chicken campaign starring George Hamilton as the “Extra Crispy Colonel”.


A shih tzu who has a $1500 car collection

When we get news of busy New Yorkers – a bespoke group of pet pamperers themselves – stopping in the streets to check one pup out, we have to pay attention.


Cards of Humanity raises money to dig a giant hole

“The holidays are here, and everything in America is going really well,” the company wrote on its Holiday Hole website. “To celebrate Black Friday, Cards Against Humanity is digging a tremendous hole.”


Ken Bone, an unsuspecting voter, sparks viral fashion movement

Anyone who tuned-in to the 2016 U.S. presidential debate would be hard pressed not to have noticed undecided voter, Ken Bone, and his now iconic bright red “American Dad” sweater… right?


Pokemon Go turns full grown adults into children running in the streets

“There’s so much loyalty programs can learn from these guys” says Khan, throwing Pokeballs at a Weedle across the room. Because for every person running around the city in search of a Charmander to round out their collection, Nintendo (and the game’s publisher Niantic) are sitting behind their desks watching their business grow.