Want a Twinkie? That Will Be $5,000.

Mashable just found possibly the greatest example of price-gouging in the history of capitalism: the Twinkie Curve. Well that’s what I’m calling it. Due to the impending end of Twinkies – save a last-minute buyout by another company – the price of Twinkies has gone through the ceiling on eBay.

A single Twinkie is selling for $5,000, and the starting bid for a box of Twinkies is $10,000. That box is marketed with the tagline “ATTENTION ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ preppers.”

Someone else is selling a full box, and the bidding starts at a reasonable $10. Fine print: “Hostess Twinkies Box of 10, however I got into them this morning…4 individually wrapped golden sponge cakes actually.”

(h/t The Atlantic)