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Over 13 Million People Watched This Guy Unbox One Of Amazon’s $19,999 Tiny Homes, And The Reactions Are Bleak

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April 09, 2024

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how messed up the housing market feels right now. According to Bankrate, the average home price in the US hovers around $387,600. This means buyers should make around $106,000 annually, have $50,000 for a down payment, and hold $500 or less in monthly debt payments to afford, ya know, a roof over their head that they own.

Illustration of a quaint house with a tree behind it and a path leading to the front door

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Well, the average yearly income for Americans is about $59,000, and many live below this — making housing feel impossible.

Man speaking with subtitled text "My net worth is a minus sign."

So you can imagine people’s surprise when a video by YouTuber Unspeakable was posted and inevitably shared in droves online, racking up at least 13.6 million views on YouTube and Twitter.

And what could such a video entail, you may ask?

In the now-viral clip, Unspeakable unboxes a tiny home purchased via Amazon.

YouTube: Unspeakable / youtube.com / Via Twitter: @Agojie_

Yes, Amazon sells prefabricated mobile homes. This 19 by 20-foot space comes equipped with a built-in bathroom, shower, and kitchen cabinets — you just need to hire an electrician for all standard wiring.

Prefab house advertised online, 19x20ft with pricing information, windows on three sides

All of this comes at a price of $19,999. And, at the time of writing, the price just jumped down to $18,999 with an additional $1,000 off coupon for Prime members.

Online shopping interface showing a product priced at $19,999 with free delivery details and a prompt to buy now

If you’re wondering how the homes work, Unspeakable offered a step-by-step view of the process.

Screenshot from Unspeakable's YouTube video

Upon unboxing, the home comes folded in on itself.

Screenshot from Unspeakable's YouTube video

So you may need a small group of people to help you unfold your walls, ceilings, and floors.

Screenshot from Unspeakable's YouTube video

But eventually…

Screenshot from Unspeakable's YouTube video

…after some elbow grease…

Screenshot from Unspeakable's YouTube video

…you’ll have a place to call your own!

Screenshot from Unspeakable's YouTube video

Furniture does not come with the purchase, but you can style the place to fit your aesthetic.

Screenshot from Unspeakable's YouTube video

There’s enough space for a bedroom…

Screenshot from Unspeakable's YouTube video

…living room…

Screenshot from Unspeakable's YouTube video

…and kitchen.

Screenshot from Unspeakable's YouTube video

Reactions to the home varied widely online. Some, like this user, said, “This is just about the only house I will ever be able to afford.”

YouTube: Unspeakable / youtube.com / Via Twitter: @Listenerbell_

In that same vein (but perhaps with a glass-half-full mindset), others said the home price was tempting in this economy.

Twitter: @Agojie_

Meanwhile, others pointed out the record highs of homelessness in America, and how prefabricated small homes could be a solution.

YouTube: Unspeakable / youtube.com / Via Twitter: @KammyTaughtYou

As it stands, states like California — which has the largest population of unhoused people in the US — would need a proposed $8.1 billion annually for the next 12 years to solve the problem, according to a study reported in Bloomberg.

This number considers building 112,000 apartments each year, but does not consider these homes from Amazon. Would it make a difference?

YouTube: Unspeakable / youtube.com / Via Twitter: @LeArielleSimone

Regardless, the more affordable price of the small homes prove, in some users’ minds, that a little money from the pockets of those with billions could change lives.

YouTube: Unspeakable / youtube.com / Via Twitter: @thunderthize

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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