Sellers seek big bucks for ‘Madam President’ issue
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They were supposed to be destroyed, but copies of Newsweek featuring a beaming Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden | Treasury Dept. sanctions Iranian government-backed hackers The Hill's Campaign Report: Arizona shifts towards Biden | Biden prepares for drive-in town hall | New Biden ad targets Latino voters FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden MORE under the headline “Madam President” are being hawked online for as much as $10,000.

The magazine produced copies of both a Clinton cover and one with President-elect -Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE ahead of the election. But, according to CNN, only the Clinton versions of the commemorative special editions actually went to press ahead of Election Day.

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Topix Media Lab, which produced the $10.99 special edition mags under the Newsweek brand, “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. The cable network reported earlier this month, “If Trump wins, the Clinton copies will be trashed and the Trump version will be rushed to the printing presses — a simple business calculation.”

“Like everybody else, we got it wrong,” Tony Romando, Topix Media’s CEO, told The New York Post. The executive said that 17 “Madam President” Clinton magazines, out of the 125,000 that were printed and shipped to retailers, were sold before being pulled from store shelves. But a search for the magazine on eBay yields more than 400 results.

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.

Newsweek’s parent company, IBT Media, and Topix Media didn’t return ITK’s requests for comment.