Triangle owners put Twinkies on eBay for $5,000 and $8,000

aroman@newsobserver.comNovember 16, 2012 

A Raleigh man is selling a single Twinkie on eBay for $5,000 and a Clayton entrepreneur seeks $8,000 for another after news broke Friday that parent company Hostess would be winding down operations.

Hostess has said its products should be available for another week or so. Read more about Hostess' decision here.

As the supply of the iconic snack decreased, some outsized eBay offers were getting attention from national media, including Mashable, Fox News and the Huffington Post.

Patrick Singletary, known on eBay as pingsing24, put one of his two prized confections online at about 9 a.m. Friday morning for $5,000 with this description: "The news is out. Hostess Brands Inc. has filed for bankruptcy and has decided to end productions of their snack cakes. This is your opportunity to own a piece of history, a delicious piece at that. You are bidding on a single Twinkies that will be protectively packaged and shipped to the winning bidder."

Singletary, who also is a co-founder of the late-night delivery website Raleighmunchies.com, said by email that Twinkies were popular with his customers. He said he does not plan to increase the purchase price of Little Debbie snack cakes, another company that caters to the sweet tooth.

If he can sell the four-figure Twinkie on eBay, Singletary said he'd take his wife on a "much-deserved honeymoon."

As for Singletary's other Twinkie, he might save it for a rainy day, possibly selling it on his website or using it as a promotional item.

Singletary wasn't the only eager entrepreneur on Friday. About three hours later in Garner, user rizzyt2 posted 10 individual Twinkies for sale at an asking price of $8,000 and is willing to negotiate if a customer sought to buy them all. The listed price does not include shipping, unless the price exceeds $9,000.

Rizzyt2 was declining all media interviews until the auction was complete, according to an updated eBay listing. By Sunday evening, the eBay listing was updated to include the Red Cross, which stands to receive a donation worth 50 percent of the final sale price. The seller also was declining all requests for taste tests, but is willing to consider a trade for "a Chocodile."

Returns are not accepted, both sellers say.

One eBay user has bid on the $5,000 Twinkie. There have been no bids on the other auction yet. Both auctions end on Black Friday, a date also known for other acts of extreme capitalism.

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