Obama Victory Newspapers Going For More Than $100 On eBay

Dead-tree media has one thing going for it that the Internet never will: When historic news breaks, like Barack Obama’s election, no one will take a screenshot of their RSS reader to keep as a memento.

Demand for Wednesday newspapers heralding the Obama win was so high that many papers ran an extra run yesterday, and predictably, a thriving market in the collectibles has emerged on eBay (EBAY).

How much would you pay for an Obama newspaper? The following are the top bids this morning:

  • $122.50 for the New York Times
  • $100.00 for the Chicago Tribune
  • $51.00 for the Chicago Sun-Times
  • $51.00 for the Los Angeles Times
  • $41.00 for the New York Post
  • $28.76 for the Chicago Daily Herald
  • $26.00 for the Chicago Northwest Herald
  • $16.50 for the Rockford Register Star (IL)
  • $14.49 for the New York Daily News
  • $12.50 for USA Today
  • $9.49 for the Indianapolis Star

We should an add a few caveats to our eBay prices:

  • A lot of these bidders are probably going on eBay for the first time and not comparing auctions, the smart buyer will research the listings carefully: You can buy the prized New York Times Obama “1st edition” (pictured) for as low as $49.99 with eBay’s “Buy It Now” if you’re smart.
  • With so many sellers, we think the bottom will drop out from under this market in a few days. But at least a few are going long — one bidder put up $1,009.99 for 400 copies of the Chicago Tribune.

See Also:
Found! Empty Newsstands, Newspapers On The Subway
NYT Printing 50,000 More Obama Papers, Sees Record Web Traffic

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