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Twinkieconomics: Would You Pay $1200 For A Box?

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The news that Hostess Brands plans to shut down and lay off its workers has prompted a run on Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Hos, Sno Balls and other pillowy baked goods.

Some particularly entrepreneurial Angelenos are hoping to cash in on the trend, selling their goods on Craigslist for hundreds of dollars a box. One poster selling a box of Chocolate Creme Twinkies for $1200 is hoping that the "fresh" goods from Ralph's can help to pay for the tires on his beamer and his student loans:

Proceeds go to pay for one full set of Bridgestone Potenza run flat tires for newly purchased BMW Z4. If you're interested in the second box I'll sell it for the remaining balance payoff on my student loans. Serious inquiries only.

Craigslist dreamers posters seem to believe that the Chocolate Creme brand will command a premium. Another poster is offering a box for $300:

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Do I really need to say much about these? I have an UNOPENED STILL SEALED box of Chocolate filled Twinkies. If you want em you can have 'em. Only serious buyers please contact me.

It makes us wonder how much they believe an opened, unsealed box would retail for. But fear not, back on planet Earth you can still find packs of Twinkies on Craigslist for about the same price as that gas station where you used to pick them up. In Montebello, one poster is offering Twinkies for $5 a pack, and one generous soul who believes in "Twinkies for everyone" is offering them for $1 each.In the meantime, we have a recipe for homemade Twinkies. And before you start paying for someone's college loans, consider that PBR (or someone else, we're sure) could be making a bid on the brand.

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