By Juli Weiner, Vanity Fair
There is an Official Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan Store amidst the bowels of the Republican National Convention. It is right between an empty space that should serve Red Bull and a second empty space where bowls of anti-anxiety medication ought to be. You can't miss it.
According to two friendly and helpful cashiers at the Official Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan Store, the most popular items sold include: tote bags, T-shirts, and logo Tervis waterbottles. Tervis is "a Florida company," one of the Official Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan Store employees told us. "They offer a lifetime guarantee on those tumblers." Does that lifetime guarantee include damage accrued while being slammed against a press desk after a particularly frustrating encounter with wireless-network customer service?
The popularity of tote bags and T-shirts is totally unsurprising -- everyone loves a new tote, plus it is very rainy out and the Official Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan Store is very handy if your clothes got soaked during the walk inside. However, demand for a certain other item was truly shocking. The item? "The Mitt Romney iPhone covers!" the younger of the two cashiers explained. "They're $40!"
"Oh my God, why are they $40?" we asked.
"I have no idea!" she answered. They were "flying off the shelves," though! Of the 2,000 ordered, that one register -- one of a handful -- has already sold about 100.
A picture of a Mitt Romney iPhone cover runs a much more reasonable zero dollars.
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