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Twinkies cakes and Twinkie merchandise hot items on eBay

screen shot of a box of Twinkies for sale on eBay
After Hostess announced yesterday the company was closing its operations and filing a motion to liquidate, a market for Twinkies and Twinkie-related merchandise emerged on eBay.
On Nov. 16, Hostess followed through on its promise to shut the company down and file a motion with a federal bankruptcy court to liquidate the company if striking workers did not return to work by a Nov. 15, 5 p.m. deadline. Employees continued to strike, and the company ceased operations yesterday.
As a result, the closing has created a hot market online for not only Twinkies snacks, but related merchandise. According to CNN Money, "Twinkies merchandise is hot on eBay, with prices soaring now."
Reportedly, a "Twinkie the Kid" lunch box, sold for $690 on Friday. It was listed on Nov. 9, reported CNN Money, with a starting price of $14.99. All week the item didn't get any bids, but after Hostess made its announcement, the lunch box received almost 60 bids in a short period of time.
Additionally, other products such as Beanie dolls, Twinkie containers and a Twinkie Bake Set are picking up bids as the prices inch higher. Over the next few days the items remain on auction, these prices may increase significantly.
Other media reports note that people are also putting actual boxes of Twinkies up on eBay to sell. ABC News reported "entrepreneurial" eBay sellers were placing boxes of the popular brand on the site with a 95 percent markup starting bid. One box reportedly sold for $59.99.
As grocery stores sell out, supply is limited, so what people are willing to pay for the spongy yellow cake may see some interesting fluctuation over the next couple of weeks. Hostess' final shipments went out yesterday so stores may have supplies for the near future, but if more eager eBay sellers hit the grocery stores, these supplies are likely to be gone soon, if not already.
It may be the run on Twinkies are for naught, depending if another company purchases components of the 85-year-old Hostess company.
In the meantime, those who don't want to gamble on possibly never seeing another box of Twinkies again, can always put a bid in on eBay. Although, be warned, some prices are listed at astronomical numbers. Prices range anywhere from (approximately) $15 to over $1 million for boxes. Other Hostess products are listed at a variety of prices as well; some more reasonable than others.
Here are a few screen shots taken on eBay by Digital Journal this morning:
Screen grab taken of auctions listed on eBay the day after Hostess announced it was ceasing operatio...
Screen grab taken of auctions listed on eBay the day after Hostess announced it was ceasing operations. Some listings, like these, were ridiculously high while others ranged more in the $15-$45 range or less.
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Screen grab of a Hostess  Twinkie the Kid  vintage child s t-shirt placed on eBay.
Screen grab of a Hostess 'Twinkie the Kid' vintage child's t-shirt placed on eBay.
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Screen grab taken on eBay of Twinkie Bake Set auctions; as you can see a few bids have been made alr...
Screen grab taken on eBay of Twinkie Bake Set auctions; as you can see a few bids have been made already.
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Some sellers are placing Twinkie items  such as these lunch boxes  at high prices.
Some sellers are placing Twinkie items, such as these lunch boxes, at high prices.
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However some sellers are opting to go the bid route  staring at lower prices  which as you can see h...
However some sellers are opting to go the bid route, staring at lower prices, which as you can see has numerous bids. By the time this auction ends, the ending bid could possibly change drastically.
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12 comments

#1Nov 17, 2012 Bart B. Van Bockstaele
I have tasted Twinkies only once. They seem to be very popular, but I can't understand why. I have rarely tasted something as thoroughly disgusting as a Twinkie. It tastes like fresh paint in a sponge. Bwerk.
#2Nov 17, 2012 Anne Sewell
And has about as much nutrition too! With all that high fructose syrup and other crap no doubt.
@Bart B. Van Bockstaele
I have tasted Twinkies only once. They seem to be very popular, but I can't understand why. I have rarely tasted something as thoroughly disgusting as a Twinkie. It tastes like fresh paint in a sponge. Bwerk.
#3Nov 17, 2012 Bart B. Van Bockstaele
@Anne Sewell
And has about as much nutrition too! With all that high fructose syrup and other crap no doubt.
High fructose syrup is about the only good thing in them. Fructose is sweeter than beet sugar or cane sugar, which means less calories for the same sweetness. The funniest part about high fructose corn syrup is that health quacks like to vilify it while they heavily promote fructose by selling agave nectar at exorbitant prices to their gullible victims. Agave nectar is a product that consists of almost 100% fructose (not including the water), whereas high fructose syrup is only about 55% fructose (not including the water).
In other words: if fructose is indeed bad for us, the ultra expensive "health food" agave nectar is the worst of all. Fortunately, evidence that fructose is bad for us is very thin indeed.
#4Nov 17, 2012 Tim Sandle
I never tasted one, but I can see that they are quite iconic.
#5Nov 17, 2012 Gar Swaffar
A sugary sponge cake with a sugary creme filling,= nutrition with a three hundred year shelf life.
#6Nov 17, 2012 Greta McClain
I remember splitting a package of the Hostess cupcakes with my mom as a treat during the summer. Never was a big fan of the Twinkies, but clearly there are a lot of people who are.
#7Nov 17, 2012 Hans Smedbol
they are nothing but industrial waste packaged, as "food"....if you look at the ingredients list you won't find too many ingredients that actually SHOULD be in such "food"....it's all chemicals....crappy cheap chemicals to maximise their profits at minimal cost to them...so they didn't use real food ingredients because they cost too much...instead just cheaper industrial chemicals....yum...who wants a twinkie???
i say it's a good thing that Hostess is history...they didn't produce anything of real value anyways.....just trash and more trash...i haven't eaten a Hostess product in many many years....they are just not good enough...in fact they are not really "food".
#8Nov 17, 2012 Larry Clifton
The ebay angle is amazing. Hostess used to have a bakery in Tampa. As a child I remember that the company invited the public in during holidays, especially Christmas, to pick up miniature loafs of Wonder Bread. They also decorated the warehouse. The smell of the bread baking in huge ovens remains wonderfully vivid.
Isn't amazing how some people think the ebay story and 18,500 lost jobs are about their personal dislike for Twinkies and Ding Dongs? Gotta love that....
#9Nov 17, 2012 sumdume
@Hans Smedbol
they are nothing but industrial waste packaged, as "food"....if you look at the ingredients list you won't find too many ingredients that actually SHOULD be in such "food"....it's all chemicals....crappy cheap chemicals to maximise their profits at minimal cost to them...so they didn't use real food ingredients because they cost too much...instead just cheaper industrial chemicals....yum...who wants a twinkie???
i say it's a good thing that Hostess is history...they didn't produce anything of real value anyways.....just trash and more trash...i haven't eaten a Hostess product in many many years....they are just not good enough...in fact they are not really "food".
Hans, Hostess produced a much greater range of products than sugary snack foods. Many of their bread products were actually quite nutritious.
#10Nov 18, 2012 Leigh Goessl
I just checked eBay and several more ridiculous listings are up in the millions to hundreds of thousands price range (using taglines such as "Last Batch Of Twinkies Ever Produced! *Collectors Item*", "10% of this auction goes to American Red Cross", "CALLING MR. WARREN BUFFET AND MR. BILL GATES..." and "Proceeds go towards national debt." to name a few...).
The ones in the $30 range are getting numerous bids though from what I can see.
#11Nov 18, 2012 Leigh Goessl
@sumdume
Hans, Hostess produced a much greater range of products than sugary snack foods. Many of their bread products were actually quite nutritious.
One of the grain breads I buy was one of their brands.
#12Nov 18, 2012 sumdume
@Leigh Goessl
One of the grain breads I buy was one of their brands.
We commonly purchased several of their bread products. I don't think I have had twinkies or ding-dongs in years.

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