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John McCartney and Herald staff | jmccartney@heraldnet.com
Published: Thursday, September 6, 2012, 4:27 p.m.

Obama-Biden merchandise gets a steep discount

  • Some of the Biden merchandise.

    Some of the Biden merchandise.

Americans love a bargain. "Extreme" coupon-clipping is practically a national pastime, and we're used to shopping around for those 24-hour sales and "buy one, get one free" offers.

So we shouldn't have been surprised to see that official merchandise from the Obama-Biden presidential campaign is being offered at a steep discount. But isn't it a little soon?

Typically, one wouldn't expect to see such ephemeral goods go on sale until later in the season, when fears of having the stock linger in a warehouse, unpurchased, might drive an online merchant to drop prices and clear out the inventory.

But Obama's campaign sent an email Tuesday offering a 25-percent-off coupon code for merchandise at the Obama-Biden campaign store. Which means that goofy beer cozy emblazoned with Joe Biden's mug (and the phrase "Cheers Champ") can be yours for $7.50 instead of the usual $10. That "I Heart Bo" sweatshirt is $30, down from $40.

We couldn't find a similar deal for Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan merch, although the GOP campaign's official store was recently luring customers with a limited-time offer of free shipping.

And while those might seem like good deals, wait until after the election. The goods might drop to bargain-basement steals - particularly for the losing camp.

Online: store.barackobama.com


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