Those hoping to make a quick buck on the troubles of Rupert Murdoch after the phone hacking scandal have found that their isn’t a market for wares.

Ad Age notes the difficulties anti-Murdoch merchandisers have  faced;

Exhibit 1: The final edition of Murdoch’s News of the World, which published on July 10. At press time, eBay had 32 copies for sale—and all of two bidders. The highest offer stood at $8.13; the other guy’s best offer was $1.61. (C’mon guys, these papers were in mint condition!) Nearby, a genuine autographed photo of Murdoch was selling for 100 bucks. No takers. (eBay did not respond to a request for comment.)

Murdoch merch isn’t moving very well over at gag retailer Zazzle.com, either, which is currently selling an apron that reads “I’m Grilling the Murdochs” and a “News Corp. Hacked My Phone” shirt. “The items appeared fast and furious,” said vp of marketing Jason Kang. “However, Rupert Murdoch isn’t something that translates well into being a hot consumer item.” Why not? “When bin Laden got taken care of, people felt enormous pride,” Kang explained. “The Murdoch thing is funny, but doesn’t engender the same emotional response.”

Even at pop culture gift giant CafePress, nobody wanted a little something to remember Rupert by, though the prices were tough to beat. Eleven bucks buys you a Rupert Murdoch notebook. A T-shirt that reads “Without News of the World, where can I read my phone messages?” has been reduced from $24 to $15. Still, no orders. “The recent news around Rupert Murdoch has caused barely a blip,” lamented PR manager Marc Cowlin. The scandal, he ventured, “is interesting—just not in a T-shirt or merchandise sort of way.”

There are a lot of people particularly on the left who despise Murdoch and he certainly didn’t handle the phone hacking scandal very well, but he doesn’t engender the emotional response necessary to gin sales of merchandise.

The same would go if Murdoch had done something heroic, people just don’t care or know very much about hims despite the headlines and that is a recipe for disaster when it comes to selling anything with his name attached to it.

Chalk this one up to another get rich quick scheme that fizzled.

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