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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 10:27 AM
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23-year old New Yorker makes $120K in 2 days selling "Dead Osama" t-shirts online
23-Year-Old Makes $100K Off Osama's Death

5/6/2011 12:25 AM PDT by TMZ Staff

Osama bin Laden's body was barely in American custody -- and one savvy New York kid was already making t-shirts to commemorate the bastard's death ... pulling in over $100,000 in less than 2 days.



23-year old Maurice Harary tells TMZ, he made a beeline to his NY apartment as soon as he heard the news of Osama's death -- and started building a website to sell his "OBL is dead" t-shirts.

Maurice claims the site went live at 3:30 am on Monday -- and by Tuesday evening, he had already sold around 10,000 units at 12 bucks a pop ... meaning dude raked in approximately 120k in less than two days.

Yes, we know ... you had the idea first. Stop whining.

http://www.tmz.com/2011/05/05/dead-osama-t-shirt-seller-i-made-120k-in-1-day-bin-laden-911-maurice-harary-death/
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inademv Donating Member (738 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 10:30 AM
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1. Further proof that Americans have no taste in t-shirts.
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rfranklin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 10:31 AM
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2. sounds good but what are the expenses?
10,000 tee shirts, printing 10,000 tee shirts, mailing 10,000 tee shirts, quite a bit of labor. Maybe he can outsource it all to China?
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itsrobert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:18 PM
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33. Looks like he's charging/charged for shipping
n/t
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 10:31 AM
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3. On the off chance that anybody in GD wants one, here's his site.
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WhollyHeretic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 10:33 AM
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4. He did not make $120k. He sold $120k worth of t-shirts. Big Difference
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NeedleCast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:38 AM
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14. Bingo
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:49 AM
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26. I'm sure he used expensive shirts
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KurtNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 10:51 AM
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5. BS
Forbes say $300K
http://blogs.forbes.com/marcbabej/2011/05/06/bin-laden-assassination-nets-23-year-old-entrepreneur-300k/

He made $120K only if the T-shirts, mailing, processing fees and a dozen other costs were all free to him. And only if he really sold 10,000 of that ugly, 4 days ago shirt.

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JohnnyRingo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:28 AM
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8. He'll realize that when the IRS hears about it.
The people who bought the shirts will relaize what idiots they are after the first washing and it's as current as "What you talkin' about Willis". "People who bought this item also liked "I'm with stupid"."

Now I know what the Tilt-A-Whirl operator will be wearing at this summer's local street fair.
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:29 AM
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9. Went to the site and it looks like a full blown operation.
A bunch of different tees along with stickers and other merchandise. Also a shipping and handling charges page.

And he takes paypal which is more than most.

I wouldn't buy this stuff, but good for him.
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KurtNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:06 PM
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28. the "Obama killed Osama" is better but what gets me
is a business magazine like Forbes confusing gross sales with net profit. The guy has no organic google position so he is buying PPC traffic. So I'm calling BS on him "making" $250K or whatever sensational number it is.
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Gold Metal Flake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:01 AM
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6. Teh Internets is a magic money machine!
Only if you can't count.
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:20 AM
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7. So a guy takes an idea works his butt off and makes a decent chunk of change
And gets not a single commendation for it?

Do we really worship the dignity of poverty that much?

Ironic considering our own erstwhile message board owners have also figured out how to make a living off their ingenuity.

Good for them all I say.
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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:29 AM
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10. No, Not Exactly
He used a Social Network Design company - kind of like Cafe Press. Only much, much cheaper.



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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:32 AM
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11. If he actually made the shirts himself, he would have yielded a bit more...
Edited on Fri May-06-11 11:37 AM by Javaman
but since he probably went to cafepress or a place like that to generate the shirts, the gross might have been 120K but his net, I can bet you (since he charged only 12 bucks a shirt) was much much much far lower.

a plain white T with a basic logo will run you, for a mens, starting at 17 bucks on cafepress.

He had to find some sort of cut rate t-shirt site.

If he sourced the shirts, did the printing himself (which it doesn't sound like he did), each shirt in bulk of a gross, would probably run him in the area of about 4 bucks a shirt.

That would be a killing, but that also doesn't take in shipping.

So long story short, guy had a money making idea, found a cut rate insta-shirt design site. Created the logo and posted it. Probably after all is said and done, made about 1.50 per shirt. In t-shirt land, that's crap.

Interesting story. Guy makes money on peoples instant gratification. THAT is the American way.
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cbdo2007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:37 AM
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13. Why do you all assume he is losing money on "shipping"?
I'm sure he tacked a $3 shipping charge on to each shirt for a total of $15.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:41 AM
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17. If he does the shipping himself and doesn't get a bulk rate.
shipping kills the start biz.

He could tack on the 3 bucks but then that doesn't make it a $12 shirt does it?

More than likely, as with cafepress, the site he sells his shirts through offers some sort of shipping.

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cbdo2007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:43 AM
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22. Why are you arguing something that doesn't make a bit of sense?
Of course "if he does shipping himself and doesn't get a bulk rate..." - THAT"S WHY NO INTERNET BUSINESS THAT SELLS $12 T-SHIRTS GIVES FREE SHIPPING!! HAHA. That doesn't even make sense as an argument.

"He coudl tack on the 3 bucks but that doesn' tmake it a $12 shirt..." - yes it does. It's a $12 t-shirt with $3 shipping. $12 t-shirt. That's his revenue smarty.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 03:02 PM
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37. Look...
it doesn't make sense and none of it matters.

it's all bullshit anyway in the grand scheme of things.

I only offered my opinion because I used to make and sell t's.

that's all.
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wellst0nev0ter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:36 AM
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12. Have We Learned Nothing From The Dot-Com Bust?
Although to be fair, his business model is more concrete than a lot of those shell companies.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:41 AM
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19. He learned a lot. LOL
to have an actual product first of all :rofl:
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cbdo2007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:38 AM
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15. I admit - I wish I had thought of it and could have executed it this quickly.
Got to give the guy props. Everyone else here bashing him is just jealous too and bashing him rather than praising him is the DU way.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:42 AM
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20. Not bashing him, bashing the article for not printing the truth.
clearing 120k is nice and all but that is the gross.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 03:34 PM
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42. and what happens when the person who owns that photograph comes a-calling?
:evilgrin:
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 03:52 PM
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44. Touche'! LOL nt
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Wait Wut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:44 AM
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23. +1
Give the guy a break. Good for him.
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KurtNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:14 PM
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31. People went to ground zero 4 days after the attack and were
scooping up ashes and dust in envelopes. I reminded one of them that he was scooping up the remains of dead NYers. He grunted.

Postcard vendors were selling pictures of the WTC smoking or collapsing. Then in 2004 the GOP came to cash in. Don't see this stuff as all that different from snuff films. Americans in general are so used to being spectators that when they do act it can be in a detached fantasy manner.

I think you really could sell Soilent Green these days. Burger King was selling chicken nuggets shaped like the RugRats for a while (eg. human babies that you dip in sauce and eat).
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 03:42 PM
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43. Deleted message
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sufrommich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:39 AM
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16. There will be better, funny t shirts. This one is pretty plain. nt
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VEI Donating Member (4 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:41 AM
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18. goes to show that anyone with an idea can make money
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:43 AM
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21. No, goes to show there is a sucker born every day.
people will buy anything with enough press behind it.
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VEI Donating Member (4 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:46 AM
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24. who is the sucker? not the guy who sold the shirts.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 03:00 PM
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36. No, the people who bought it. nt
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:49 AM
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25. Good for him!
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Stevenmarc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 11:54 AM
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27. LOL looks like he made more than Atlas Shrugged did
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nichomachus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 04:02 PM
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47. LOL
Edited on Fri May-06-11 04:02 PM by nichomachus
OK you made me really laugh out loud
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Courtesy Flush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 04:20 PM
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48. And paid more taxes than GE
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ileus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:08 PM
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29. now that's really "winning"
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:10 PM
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30. If he only made one dollar a shirt- selling 10,000 shirts= $10,000 profit.
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 03:16 PM
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40. Still not bad for a few hours of work.
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Shagbark Hickory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:17 PM
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32. And by 3am the following day, the site "Or Is he really dead .com" was launched n/t
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markpkessinger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:25 PM
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34. If making money is your primary goal, then by all means appeal to the lowest common denominator....
Works every time in the good old USA.
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Nailzberg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 12:32 PM
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35. "Just Dead It"? Wonder when Nike's lawyers will come knocking.
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 03:04 PM
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38. Alright then, I call dibs on the "Still Dead" t-shirt idea.
Abe Vigoda could cash in big-time. Just sayin'.
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ThoughtCriminal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 03:14 PM
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39. Oh - why didn't I think of that!
:eyes:
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 03:32 PM
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41. Why didn't I think of that? LOL!
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aj_cd Donating Member (58 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 03:56 PM
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45. I want a T-shirt of picture I saw
It was picture of President Obama with a cowboy hat on.
top of picture said "here's my birth certificate, here's Osama"
down at bottom said "can I get you anything else"

I know he is not some pretend cowboy president but this would drive some people nuts. I would enjoy that, so much. Not saying it is right, but damn it would be fun. lol
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leeroysphitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 03:57 PM
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46. America!
Fuck yeah.
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