While most of us associate laundry detergent with dreaded chores, thieves associate it with big bucks. In fact, Procter & Gamble’s (PG) Tide detergent is known as “liquid gold” because it sells for so much on the black market.
In fact, the detergent itself is often used as a form of currency for folks looking to buy drugs, with a 150-ounce bottle going for either $5 in cash or $10 worth of marijuana or crack cocaine. As Richard Farrell of Discovery News summed it up:
“The Tide thieves swap their haul in exchange for drugs; the dealers turn around and sell the detergent on the street. (Whether or not drug dealers keep some of the Tide for laundry day chores remains unknown.)”
And that’s part of detergent’s appeal: Just about everyone uses it.