That didn’t take long. Just hours after Frank Ocean gave away his Boys Don’t Cry zine at pop-up shops around the world, the publication began to appear on auction sites. So how much are people asking for the zine that they received for free? Some are listing it on eBay for anywhere between $250 and $1,000. Again, this project was given away. For free.
The prices are, no doubt, crazy, but these moves aren’t exactly unexpected. Back in 2015, Kanye West released his “Seasons” zine with adidas at various locations around the world. Though the zine was given away for free, people quickly capitalized on the buzz and began posting the book on eBay for up to $800. Clearly, the rarity of an Ocean project has resulted in higher costs.
As of now, the lower-priced listings have received around 40 bids, while the four-digit ones have received zero. Some of the zines will be up for the next couple of days, while others will be up for less than 24 hours.
So, if you’re an Ocean stan who wasn’t lucky enough to make it out to one of the pop-up shops, here’s your chance to cop the highly anticipated Boys Don’t Cry publication. And if you were one of the people who got their hands on the zine, you might want to consider listing it for some good cash. Just saying...