Craigslist Goodies

Thriving Cronut Black Market Emerges On Craigslist

They're gonna make you an offer you can't refuse.

A cronut-pushing cat. (Photo: Craigslist)

Typical Craigslist cronut-pusher. (Photo: Craigslist)

Cronuts are hot right now. So hot, in fact, that a couple of regular Paulie Walnuts are amassing the delicious pastries and selling them on Craigslist at up to five times the original price.

The croissant-donut hybrid is sparking Magnolia-Bakery-in-2002 levels of buzz, although most have never even lain lips on its flakey, sugary layers. Cronuts are found at Dominique Ansel Bakery in SoHo — but only for a few minutes after the opening at 5 a.m., after which point they’re sold out.

But thanks to some Craigslist schemers, the hungered masses throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and sometimes Staten Island can get their mitts on the half-breed pastries.

cronuts Thriving Cronut Black Market Emerges On Craigslist

Mmmm, cronuts. (Photo: DominiqueAnsel.com)

One Manhattan pusher is charging $25 for one cronut and $55 for two, unless you’re above 59th Street, in which case it’s $30 for one and $65 for two. It’s okay if you don’t have cash, he takes PayPal.

Says another poster, “My girl and I will get 5 as I will eat one and the rest are yours.” He’s also charging $25 per pastry.

Many are charging customers different prices by borough. This one will deliver to Manhattan for $15 per cronut, Queens for $40, and Brooklyn for $25.

The most colorful post comes from a Brooklynite who includes a photo of a tough-looking cat about to make it rain, just so you know he’s serious. He’s looking for the type of customer who “can already foresee yourself getting waaaay too wasted tonight to get up and get cronuts tomorrow.” Way to know your audience.

“I don’t care where you live, unless it’s the Bronx or Staten Island,” he concludes.

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