The Quarter Pounder Loophole

Hi blog reader! I hope I haven’t starved you of shame and McDonald’s savings while I was on my involuntary blogging hiatus!

It appears that my blog has gotten a few hits while I have been catching wedding bouquets (yes trying to speed up my fairytale life), working, not eating McDonalds, and shopping. Some wonderful reader, shared my blog on OzBargain, and I got a lot more attention, so now every time I seem to try a loophole these days, I swear some stores give me death stares.

Regardless of these death stares, I did come up with the Quarter Pounder Loophole today where you save $1.20 off the extortionate retail price of $5.05. This idea came after trying the McChicken Loophole on OzBargain, which I will later write a review on how it all worked if one does not have shameless friends. After trying this loophole, I found out that you can buy a Quarter Pounder bun for only 75 cents, and that is how it all began…

The Quarter Pounder Loophole

What to do:

This Loophole involves ordering in two lots. The first order is to ask for everything but the Quarter Pounder patty, so that is:

  • A Quarter Pounder bun
  • 2 slices of cheese
  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Pickles
  • Onion

Generally, you need to go to someone who is experienced with the registers to do this, so find someone wearing the nicer coloured shirts or those who have stars on their badge. You will then end up with a Quarter Pounder without the patty for $2.25 as below:


The next thing you need to do is, go to another McDonalds if you are by yourself, or ask a friend to order a Quarter Pounder patty for $1.60. If your first order looked as stingy as mine, make sure to ask for more onions and pickles.


Once you have both of these orders, all you need to do is assemble the burger! And now, with these orders combined, you have a Quarter Pounder for only $3.85

This loophole works as all components of the Quarter Pounder can either be purchased individually, or they are free. Refer to the cost breakdown below for more detail:



Quarter Pounder Shame

I must admit doing these loopholes where you need to walk to two stores to obtain all components, actually does feel really shameful, but remember, nothing tastes as good as shame feels. 


The Double Cheeseburger Loophole

Once upon a time McDonald’s used to offer the Double Cheeseburger as part of its Loose Change menu.  However,  Mcdonald’s has since reinstated the Double Cheeseburger as part of its full priced menu for an extortionate $4.35. Now the closest substitute is the Double Beef n Bacon burger for $3.00. But what if you are poor, Jewish or Islamic? This new product is really discriminating and McDonald’s bacon is generally below average, making the new substitute largely inferior.

Well to honour diversity, here is the Double Cheeseburger Loophole, which is essentially an extension of The Cheesy Cheeseburger Loophole. This will get you a Double Cheeseburger for $2.90. $1.45 cheaper than the full priced menu, and 10 cents cheaper than the Double Beef n Bacon burger, eliminating the free pork dilemma.

How it works
The only difference between a cheeseburger and a double cheeseburger is an extra slice of cheese and an extra patty. As you can transform the Cheesy BBQ burger into a Cheeseburger with an extra slice of cheese for $2, for an additional 90 cents, the cost of an extra patty, you can make a Double Cheeseburger.


Spot the difference

What to order:

  • A Cheesy BBQ burger
    • No bbq sauce
    • Add mustard
    • Add pickles
    • Add extra cheese burger patty
    • Free packs of ketchup


    Paper proof

    What to do
    Order the item, if you have a server with at least a IQ of 80, you will receive a Double Cheeseburger missing only the ketchup.
    Open the burger and spread the ketchup with anything you can use to substitute a knife (straws work quite well).
    Reassemble the burger and you now have a Double Cheeseburger and an extra 200 calories compared to a Cheeseburger.


    Shame/Stupidity analysis

    As with all loopholes McDonald’s likely has these pricing discrepancies to take advantage of the average person’s shame or stupidity. Because the only difference between a Cheeseburger and a Double Cheeseburger is the extra patty which costs 90 cents and an extra slice of cheese at 50 cents, you can transform the Cheeseburger into a Double Cheeseburger for $4.00. This infers that McDonald’s values the stupidity of customers who purchase the Double Cheeseburger, and don’t know the difference between a Double Cheeseburger and a Cheeseburger at 35 cents.

    The base item of the Double Cheeseburger Loophole involves transforming a $2 Cheeseburger with an extra slice of cheese, into a Double Cheeseburger with just one 90 cent patty. The only reason one will avoid doing this with perfect information is a shame value greater than the $1.45 price differential between retail cost and base cost.

    As $1.45>$0.35, we can conclude from this that for McDonald’s the value of shame > value of stupidity.

    Also check out the McFlurry Loophole, McNuggets Loophole, and the Fillet O Fish Loophole

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