The Chronicle was among many major metro newspapers that printed an extra edition yesterday commemorating President Barack Obama’s inauguration. The Chron printed 150,000 of the extras and sold them for $1 a piece at Walgreens, BART stations and the paper’s office at Fifth and Mission. The AP reports:
- Nicole Washington, 32, of San Francisco, joined a steady stream of people who filed into the Chronicle’s classified advertising office to snatch them up.
She bought 10 copies at $1 apiece to give to friends and family, though she also admitted some economic motivation.
“The Obama phenomenon is an industry, so anything with his name on it – ka-ching!” said Washington, who said the Chronicle’s post-election extra fetched $7 on eBay within days of selling for $1 on the street.
In the photo, Chron pressmen Mark Arata, left, Niel Nielsen, center, and supervisor Bill McCarthy check the print quality of the Chron’s extra. Photo by Jeff Chiu, AP.