Opening eBay bid for a Twinkie? $8,000

With Twinkie maker Hostess announcing the demise of its 82-year-old business, enterprising Netizens are pouring onto eBay in attempt to make a killing from the corpse.

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Your stomach has probably not stopped turning since learning that Hostess, the company that makes Twinkies, has announced it's shuttering its plants and seeks to liquidate the 82-year-old business.

It will soon be the Hostess with the leastest.

This has not stopped those who have learned from companies that are the banes of our lives to turn that frown upside down.

So it was unsurprising to hear the Atlantic reporting that the starting bid for single Twinkie was $5,000.

I couldn't believe that someone would ask for so little in return for so much. This was history for sale.

So I wandered to eBay myself to see whether a single Twinkie's true worth might be realized.

What I found was this beautiful headline: "Single Twinkie! Collectors Item!"

Here was someone who understood the true meaning of the word "sale." Here was someone who realized, a week before Black Friday, how to make today a Golden Friday.

For the starting bid was a sensible $8,000.

The seller is not moved by the idea of offering something for nothing. For on top of your $8,000 (oddly, there are no current bids) you would have to pay another $2.49 in shipping costs.

There is no room for soft centers at the heart of capitalism.

You will be relieved -- given that you might have to extend your line of credit a touch -- that there are 10 of these collectors' items available.

And the seller, Rizzyt2, has a 100 percent positive feedback rating on the site.

What on earth are you waiting for?

Update at 12:13 p.m. PT: It is all happening on the Twinkie front. Bloomberg reports that it has seen 10-packs on eBay for $25. Which seems absurdly cheap.

And, naturally, people seem to be buying them the old-fashioned way -- in stores -- just in case. Bloomberg quotes Mike Siemienas of the Minnesota-based Supervalu chain as saying: "We are definitely seeing an increase in customers purchasing Hostess products and expect this will continue as news about the company spreads."

 

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