Post-election papers a hot commodity

November 6, 2008 4:34:59 PM PST
Barack Obama's election to the nation's highest office has produced a milestone in United States history - and some Bay Area residents are capitalizing on it.

Newspapers dated Nov. 5, 2008 - the day after the election - are being sold on Craigslist for as much as $100.

That is the price of a commemorative special edition of the Washington Post that was offered on the site by a seller in downtown San Francisco.

A Berkeley man is selling a San Francisco Chronicle for $50, and an Oakland Tribune is posted in another listing for $40.

A man who answered a call to a number in one of the ads identified himself as Tom Liang. He is selling a Chronicle in San Francisco for $40.

"I actually bought it just to read it," he said.

Liang, 20, said his friend suggested selling the paper and created the Craigslist posting.

"I thought he was messing around but he actually posted it," Liang said. "I was planning to keep it for myself."

He still might; he hasn't decided yet, he said.

Along with the "for sale" posts, Craigslist also showed listings by people seeking Nov. 5 papers.

Hundreds of copies of the nation's top newspapers were also up for sale today on the online auction site eBay.

Many Bay Area newsstands sold out of major newspapers by mid-morning Wednesday, with the New York Times being one of the hottest commodities.

"Oh yes, we sold out by 10 a.m.," said John Bodwell, an employee at Borders Newsstand at 865 Market St.

"Then the Chronicle came out with a special in the afternoon, people were getting that on the street," he said.

Lothar Klatt, who answered the phone at News & More Smoke Shop at 1 Sansome St., said his stand was sold out by 9 a.m.

"In the afternoon people still came to me and they wanted the paper, they were really desperate," he said.


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