Twenty-three-year-old New Yorker Maurice Harary had dollar signs in his eyes last Sunday, after hearing the news of Osama bin Laden's demise. The opportunistic entrepreneur immediately created a website, Osamadeadtees.com, which he had up and running by 3:30 A.M. Monday. By Tuesday night, the dude had already sold over 10,000 tees at twelve bucks a pop.

It may be cynical cashing in, but it's also smart. Some of the celebrating may be overzealous, but no one's going to get jumped for wearing a t-shirt that trumpets the death of a national enemy. And people made money off the death of Mother Teresa as well. The almighty dollar has no truck with ideology. So one can proudly express their wish that bin Laden "rest in piss." Or if that's too crude, you can just rock a basic "Obama killed Osama" tee, and rile up your Republican friends.

A more established website, Zazzle, which allows customers to customize their own items, like t-shirts, mugs, and buttons, has reported handling thousands of bin-Laden-related orders this week as well, including one that was placed almost an hour prior to President Obama's official announcement. (Jesse Ventura shops on Zazzle?) Zazzle Marketing Director Mike Karns said, "It's been boiling up for ten years and this is the moment where people can finally express this sentiment."

Commentarium (24 Comments)

May 06 11 - 3:48pm
faulknersaysrelax

well, someone had to do it. and you know, we can bluster about it as much as we want, but it was inevitable and at least it happened and we can move on with our lives.

May 06 11 - 3:48pm
Russo

Well there's some perfect symmetry in this guy's success. I assume Osama will be agitating in his watery grave knowing that his last performance has been subverted into the service of American free enterprise. Maybe our friend Maurice's second act will be to send a couple of container assignments of highly flammable American flags to Karachi to satisfy demand from the newly minted martyr's supporters? Now that would be cynical.

May 06 11 - 6:01pm
fishstix

how american.

May 07 11 - 8:01pm
Similarity

Thank you and you're welcome.

May 07 11 - 12:35am
KateO

*Mother Teresa

May 07 11 - 9:18am
AmanV

SuperLike! And thanks

May 07 11 - 3:23am
Lawrence

It's too bad selling 10,000 shirts at $12 a pop doesn't mean a profit of $120,000... most companies that sell their tees at $10-15 make less than $4 a tee, especially if they do good prints on decent tees.

May 07 11 - 5:00am
Jesse

Even at $4 a tee, that's still $40,000, not a bad haul either way!

May 07 11 - 12:58pm
Mock26

Heck, even if it was only $0.50 a tee that is still a nice chunk of change to bring in in a 24-hour span!

May 07 11 - 8:29am
Frankenbeans

It said he made $120,000. Not $120,000 profit.

May 07 11 - 11:40am
NFN_NLN

"Man GROSSES $120k in two days selling bin Laden t-shirts"

There fixed.

May 07 11 - 3:37pm
Bradlee

Sadly Lawrence you dont know what youre talking about. I've worked in the garment industry for 15 years and none of what you said stacks up.

A cheap T can be bought for as little as a dollar, white T's especially. you can get even cheaper T's if you simply want event T which go for less than a dollar.

So lets say he buys a T for a dollar. the print will cost a minuscule amount, and lets say for simplicitys sake that cost a dollar too (it doesn't even cost a tenth or a fifth of that) and theres two colors there so double that. then lets say that it costs a dollar to set up the screens (again, spread over a run of 120,000 prints it would cost a microscopic amount) but i think you should really re-expose the screens as they may get worn over that amount of prints, so double that too. so...

White T shirt - $1.00
Black ink pass - $1.00
Red ink pass - $1.00
Expose two screens - $1.00
Expose another two screens - $1.00

thats a basic example of what it would cost him personally to print them with his own set up. but in reality you could print a shirt for not much more than its basic cost. so i think he was making in the region of ten dollars clear profit.

if he was getting a company to produce them for him i think they would charge the following...

a run of 100 T shirts - $6.50 per garment
a run of 1000 T shirts - $4.75 per garment
a run of 10,000 t shirts - £2.20 per garment

10,000 single pass black and single pass red printed on white garments would take a team of three people in the region of 5 days to print them at a normal rate.

I'll let you work out the profit margins but it most certainly is not $4.00 profit per garment. its more likely double of that.

May 07 11 - 8:24pm
Lawrence

And yet it still isn't $120,000.

May 07 11 - 9:22pm
Grunko

Obvious troll is obvious.

May 08 11 - 2:52am
jeff m

where do you get tee's for a dollar and have it setup for a dollar more? i'd love to learn.. :)

May 07 11 - 3:43pm
bullsballs

too bad, but there is no proof obl is dead, other than the potus said so...
and we can always trust the government, right?
since there was a "burial at sea" there is no way to prove obl is dead...

May 07 11 - 4:47pm
Ben

Al Quaeda has admitted his death. Proof enough?

May 07 11 - 5:30pm
joe

everybody says he is dead, but there is no corpse... he may be living a golden retire.

May 07 11 - 8:11pm
ThinkALittleHarder

Duh, Al Qaeda agrees he's dead. Know how much pressure the US isn't putting on their operations if everybody thinks "we got him"? They may have him in the very next room but it is Good For Business if Al Qaeda says "Oh yeah, he's dead, so now there's nothing to worry about and you'll be leaving us alone now??"

May 07 11 - 9:28pm
O' Comma'

Well God Bless America. Capitalism at it's finest.

May 07 11 - 10:50pm
Joe Mahma

dumb

May 08 11 - 5:49am
Alex B.

Gran idea. Un éxito.

May 08 11 - 6:39am
kkinoss

Excelente noticia!! Thx x la informacion facilitada, y seguir asi ya que es una pagina estupenda y gracias a ella estamos al dia.

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May 08 11 - 9:24pm
Yeah.

Not true, lol.

1) No one would buy 25,000 (yes it said 25,000 on forbes) of those shirts.
2) Other sites that posted this story on the same day claim he made 300k.
3) No college student would give back 300k.

This guy is trying to gain attention through this stunt, and he made a big mistake associating his name with Osama shirts. Just a stupid thing to do.