People are trying to sell what they call a “piece of history”, which actually turned out to be a piece of history that never happened, for up to $10,000.
Copies of Newsweek magazines with a smiling photo of Hillary Clinton and the headline “Madam President” were supposed to be destroyed, but instead they are being sold online to the highest bidders. At least, sellers are attempting to sell them.
Prior to the election, two versions of the Newsweek magazine were prepared, one celebrating Clinton as the winner, and the other for Trump. The media, along with Topix Media Lab, who prints the magazines, were so certain Hillary Clinton would be the winner, that they went ahead and printed those in advance.
Topix “made a business decision to print the Clinton version ahead of time given that she is almost universally favored to win the election” according to CNN. “If Trump wins, the Clinton copies will be trashed and the Trump version will be rushed to the printing presses — a simple business calculation.”
They were so certain of Clinton’s win, that they went ahead and shipped out 125,000 magazines to retailers. Before the magazines could be pulled from store shelves, 17 were reportedly sold.
However, according to The Hill, over 400 listings for the magazine have showed up on eBay:
One eBay seller, a self-described graduate student, is aiming to turn the magazine snafu into a major moneymaker, selling a copy of the errant issue for $9,995. “Own a piece of history and help a good cause, my education,” says the listing.
Another listing starts bidding for the “recalled special commemorative edition” at $2,016 — but so far, no one appears to be biting at those prices. Another seller offering the “brand-new” and “excellent condition” issue for $40 had nine bids on Tuesday. Other sellers have copies of the Clinton cover for sale for as little as $2.
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