Startup ShitExpress allows you to mail excrement to an individual of your choosing and pay for the transaction with Bitcoin. What’s behind this strange business?
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. And by trash we mean manure, and by treasure we mean Bitcoin.
The “man” seeking to make said treasure in this case is ShitExpress, a startup that allows you to mail excrement to an individual of your choosing, and pay for the transaction with Bitcoin.
Not surprisingly, the innovation here is more about the Bitcoin than about the poop: That service has been around for a while, as Mailpoop’s amateur-looking website can attest. No, mailing poop is old news, almost as old as the time honored practice of setting a bag of it on fire in front of your enemy’s doorstep.
Here, the innovation is in the Bitcoin, the payment method that will add an extra level of anonymity to your long-distance-poop-flinging escapades.
In a website replete with inside jokes and scatological references, ShitExpress invites you to select your animal of choice (although currently horse manure seems to be the only option), pick your preferred packaging (choose from “cute,” “plain” or “ceremonial”), and pay for your order with crypto currency. The site also suggest you to sign up to their “shitty newsletter,” and invites you to enter a giveaway by providing the most original answer to the question “How would you punish a person?” The prize? Your chance to send a “package” for free.
A truly shady operation
The background information on ShitExpress seems as cryptic as the crypto currency it uses to process payments. Who founded it? Why? (Okay, I think we can guess why). These are some of the many questions we don’t yet have answers for.
The site offers to display its services in nine languages, most of which are European, so this may provide some clue as to the country of origin. And how is business? This is also unclear. Although they charge close to 13 euros a pop (plop?) for their service, one assumes that nobody is getting rich here, especially if you factor the free shipping into the package.
The whole venture stinks of practical jokery, more of a schoolboy prank than a proper venture. Although one of the stranger Bitcoin-related ventures to date, we are still seeing a steady rise in the currency’s creative uses. These range from paying for college, getting martial arts lessons or flying to space; to more, er, bodily functions like getting a haircut or plastic surgery.