Last week's edition of City Pages featured a cover story on Prince, looking back on his career and long relationship with his hometown.
Most readers picked it up for free, assuming it would contain a nice recipe for tuna and green bean hotdish. But it turns out the greater draw was the Prince retrospective. And this brought out the inner capitalist in a few of our readers.
Not long after the issue hit the stands, some starting selling it as a collector's item on ebay.
The more charitable among them listed prices as low as $4.99. Another priced the "Rare! New! Sick!" issue at $12.99.
But one person channeled the spirit of a pharmaceutical executive, ratcheting up the bill to $33.99 — though he or she would graciously take a "best offer" for the five issues in stock.
It's been said that American ingenuity is dead. But when a guy in Richfield can take a free paper and turn it into a potential windfall of $169.95, America doesn't need to be made great again. It already is.