May 11, 2011

GUILT — WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? Last week, Bob Owens of Confederate Yankee blogged, “Guy makes $120K in Two Days on Osama Bin Laden Tee Shirts:”

Maurice Harary, 23, set up his T-shirt website Osamadeadtees.com as soon as he heard that the former Al Qaeda leader had been shot by U.S. Navy Seals on Sunday night.The New Yorker raced home to his apartment to work on building the website on Sunday night and it was ready to go live at 3.30am on Monday morning.

Making money: Maurice Harary, 23, from New York, made $120,000 from his Osama Bin Laden merchandise website in two days.

By Tuesday evening he had already sold more than 10,000 items at $12 a time.

T-shirts bearing slogans including ‘Obama killed Osama’, ‘Osama’s back – not!’ and ‘Just dead it’ have been flying off his virtual shelves.

Sadly, a fair amount of guilt appears to have quickly set in, according to CBS:

“I will now be refunding all orders on Osama dead tees,” he says. “Celebrating over the death of someone, whoever it is, is evil in my eyes.”

“I feel it’s not a positive way to be making money,” he says. “I don’t want my success to come at the expense of anyone else.

He says he wants to make money the right way.

So, he’s launching another site, selling a wider variety of clothing.

CBS notes that “The 23-year-old is a business student at New York University.” Oh to have been a fly on the wall if his professors discussed this topic with him.

Fortunately, Confederate Yankee has a suitable T-shirt he links to, that, as Bob writes, will “honor those who made Bin Laden a room-temperature commodity.”

Incidentally, speaking of Osama T-shirts, how long before Osama as Ché T-shirts begin to appear and become the “hip” pop culture fashion accessory?

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