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You can still get last week's Prince issue for... $33.99?

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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.

The price gouging on last week's Prince issue is proof that American ingenuity is alive and well, soaring like a great winged steed piled with lucre.

The price gouging on last week's Prince issue is proof that American ingenuity is alive and well, soaring like a great winged steed piled with lucre.