With the world in panic mode now that Hostess has filed for permission to liquidate, people are going to extreme measures. Some people are selling them on eBay, with people willing to buy as many as 5 boxes for nearly $75. A spokesman for the Minnesota company that owns Jewel-Osco, Albertsons, and Shoppers reports an increase in sales for Hostess products, and anticipates that it will continue as news about the company spreads.
One health freak is already getting his hustle on, despite not being a fan of Twinkies himself:
John Stansel of Tampa, Fla. blanches at the thought of eating a Twinkie. He's a self-described health nut.
Yet he, too, rummaged shelves late Friday at a neighborhood Walgreens and then again early Saturday at Target and a grocery store. He spent about $100 for 20 boxes of Twinkies and Ding Dongs. His goal: sell them for about $1,000 and put the money to good use.
"Maybe I will hire a personal trainer for myself or go do some shopping at Whole Foods or donate the money to a charity to fight diabetes," Stansel, 40, said. "No matter what, I figure I am getting sugar off the streets."
At least he won't get high on his own supply.