Twinkies going for hundreds of dollars on eBay

Snacks all but gone from store shelves

Published On: Nov 19 2012 01:18:16 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 19 2012 06:43:32 PM EST
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Many say it's hard to believe -- Twinkies going for hundreds of dollars on eBay.

People are buying up boxes of Twinkies and reselling them on the website at outrageous markups now that they've all but disappeared from store shelves.

One box of 10 Twinkies of eBay is marked at $8,000.

The now-rare commodity is nowhere to be found in Jacksonville stores, save for the Hostsess store off Beach Boulevard, where Channel 4's Ashley Mitchem snagged some of the last ones.

After purchasing the last Twinkies at the Hostess store I met a big fan of the snack- he was even representing a save the twinkies t-shirt

"Twinkies have always been important to me because I always had them in my lunch box growing up, so I grew up with the Twinkies and now I don't know what to think it's kind of gone," said Will Detherage, who was sporting his own "Save the Twinkies" T-shirt.

Detherage has been on a mission to find the cream-filled golden spongecakes, but hasn't had any luck.

"Well, we've been to a couple of grocery stores and it seems like they've just flown off the shelves," he said.

Detherage said he would consider spending a little more on eBay for his favorite childhood snack.

"I wouldn't go over $10 for a Twinkie," he said. "If I was dying for a Twinkie, I don't know, I couldn't tell you."

He couldn't believe what they were going for online.

"Well, that would be too rich for my blood," Detherage said. "I would say more power to them -- that could go to the royalty can have the Twinkies now."

Detherage also said it will be sad for kids who grow up without ever knowing the taste of a Twinkie.

"We'll never be able to explain what it tastes like because I'm not sure, because you can't explain it," he said.

Twinkies still may have a chance of survival depending on what happens in the court system.

Hostess Brands, baker of Wonder Bread as well as Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos, were in a New York bankruptcy courtroom Monday to start the process of selling itself.

About 18,500 jobs were lost. Hostess said employees at its 33 factories were sent home and operations suspended. Its roughly 500 bakery outlet stores will stay open for several days to sell remaining products, including the one off Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville.