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)

2 comments on “Want a Twinkie? That Will Be $5,000.

  1. “the greatest example of price-gouging i” really how about the law of supply and demand instead. the seller has something he values at $5K now the question is does anyone else place that level of value on it. if not then the seller would have to lower his price until he finds a buyer. On the other hand increasing the price of an object for which their is a scarcity ensures that it will be available for some time. my suggestion would be to read these two articles by the economist Walter Williams
    http://www.americanconservativedaily.com/2006/06/walter-e-williams-explains-price-gouging-myth/
    http://econfaculty.gmu.edu/wew/articles/04/gouging.html