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Have You Bought Obamabilia?

The desire to own a piece of history has spawned a $200 million market for Obamabilia, and there are still two months to go until the inauguration. The New York Times explains that independent vendors have cashed in on the sophisticated branding Barack Obama cultivated during the campaign.

So what's for sale? Posters, books, and mugs with the President-elect's face on them, not to mention print media, which Obama has helped prop up thanks to commemorative newspapers and magazines. has brought in as much as $2 million for the New York Times since Obama's victory, and Time magazine has published an actual book all about Obama's path to the White House. Have you shelled out for a piece of the Barack?


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xXFurygeistXx xXFurygeistXx 8 years
I'm hanging on to some of the Newsweeks featuring him...but I didn't buy any Obamabilia. I did want to get one of the T-shirts with that cool street pic of him, though....or maybe on a tote. But then again, it's not exactly safe to display who you voted for around here...unless you want some seriously unpleasant threats to your person. My state may have switched it's colors this time, but that was mainly due to all the college aged voters here...the older folk get kinda mean.
melizzle melizzle 8 years
I'm hanging onto some magazines. And there's always my McCain action figure... I used to have play battles at work with my coworker who has the Obama one. Yes, I have the brain of a five year old.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
Eugh, if you think about it, people who can't afford to pay bills are paying for this stuff. That's disgusting.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
lawchick lawchick 8 years
my husband accidentally recycled the newspaper from Nov. 5. I couldn't really be mad since I'm so proud of him for recycling :)
lawchick lawchick 8 years
Our car magnets are still on our cars. I'll take them off soon and keep at least one of them. That's it.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I think Obamabilla is kinda creepy. Also if the money isn't going to assist the President Elect, our government and us in getting some of the programs that are truly needed then what is the point. Can you say RIP OFF!
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Maaagic! Just kidding. Just the regular html, img src=
Black-Velveteen Black-Velveteen 8 years
:rotfl: @ Obama panties. I have stickers, buttons, a t-shirt and I still have up my endorsement sign in my front yard. TrueSong , how did you embed your picture in your comment?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Have you seen the garish coin collections on HSN? ghastly.
stephley stephley 8 years
Couple of t-shirts and buttons (I have a decent collection of buttons from past campaigns). A friend who runs a print shop made us a wall-size, cloth map of the U.S. with Obama/Biden on top. we filled in the states Obama won election night and I had my daughter sign and date it - now we put it away for my grandkids to roll their eyes at some day.
krae85 krae85 8 years
this is ridiculous. apart from buying historical newspapers, which I understand, who is spending money on Obama pez dispensers? ugh.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
obama panties? :rotfl:
hyzenthlay20 hyzenthlay20 8 years
I bought some of the "Yes We Did" stickers from MoveOn when they came out. Haven't received them yet, and I'll also order one of the larger poster prints. This was the first time I voted for a winner in the presidential election and Obama was elected on my birthday. If all of the stickers didn't have my birthdate on them, I probably wouldn't have bought any, but it just made the day even more meaningful for me :)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
No, but i wouldnt have bought anything McCain related either
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Nah, I haven't bought anything.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I have the newspaper from the day after the election. The other "stuff" is just going to collect dust, and eventually get broken by my kids. Such good kids...
Imyourdoctah Imyourdoctah 8 years
I bought obama panties...
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I have a poster from the campaign, but it was free. The top says "I registered because my generation is this country's future." It has in small writing at the bottom the Obama logo and website, so I set it up like this with other pictures in front of it so it would be a bit more subtle. I'm planning on this being a permanent part of the décor in my home. I also just got this super neat historical print from the 1908 DNC in Denver and have that up in a big frame. I just decided I'm going to take the sign down from the yard but leave my magnet on for a little while at least. But the "Yes We Can" sign looks funny with the Christmas decorations I put up.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
It's really interesting (to me, at least) to see how campaigns are organized/how well they're organized, and how that relates to results.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Jill, I always keep my stuff from campaigns I work on/volunteer for. I think it's interesting, whether your candidate wins or loses.
silversnowflake silversnowflake 8 years
Now is definitely not the time for most people to buy stuff they don't need. Not that that will stop many people. My mulla is going towards gas, food, and my medications. Once in a while, I can indulge. Maybe in a year or two I'll get something off of ebay.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
I had a button, but I lost it. I'd like to get something else but I'm not sure what.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I have some magazines, buttons, and volunteer paperwork and things that I have kept over the course of the campaign as mementos of something that I was a part of. I have my little folder for registering voters with the guidelines and rules stapled to it that says, "Obama 08" across the top. Maybe my grandkids will think it is interesting.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I haven't bought anything and I probably won't, but some of the stuff (like the commemorative newspapers) is cool, especially for Obama supporters. However, some of it is just tacky! I CANNOT STAND shirts with people's pictures on them and I cannot even count the number of them that I have seen in stores/being sold by street vendors in the last few weeks.
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