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Occupy the Merchandise Booth

By aaroncynic in News on Nov 8, 2011 7:00PM

2011_11_occupy_condoms.jpg Last month , we received a press release from a company called Condomania telling us that the Occupy Wall Street movement was ”really reaching its climax” because Americans were tired of “feeling screwed.”

The release continued: “Occupy Condoms are sold at a 70 percent discount to demonstrate our support for social change and the virtuous pursuit of equality for all.” Soon after, items like bracelets, pins, t-shirts and more started showing up on Ebay, CafĂ© Press, and plenty of other opportunistic websites.

Now, if you’d like to have some fun coloring, Really Big Coloring Books of St. Louis offers a “Grown-Up Coloring Book Novel” for your pleasure.

Unlike the Tea Party Express, who seemingly universally embraced hocking their political slogans and agenda items, Occupy Wall Street movements aren’t exactly happy monetizing the movement with promotional products.

The Washington Post reported Occupy Wall Street applied for a trademark for the name as an unincorporated association Oct. 24.

They do have some competition, however. On the same date, a small businessman in Arizona applied to trademark “Occupy Wall Street” as well, only saying “I believe there are opportunities in commerce not directly related to the movement.”

While most of the internet merchandise available is currently related to Occupy Wall Street in New York, if you’re desperate to pay money for, say, Occupy Chicago swag, you can pick some up here.

Alternatively, you could just do what most of the people at LaSalle and Jackson have been doing and make your own.