When the Walmart Nazi thirt story first broke, the shirts appeared on eBay the very next day. Bidding was scarce and we never saw the prices rise above their $10 retail value. Now reader David points out they’re selling for up to $31 a pop.
Rising to three times the price tag points to genuine scarcity – Walmart’s removing the shirt from the system is working – and genuine interest. Looking at the item history of several of the Totenkopf eBay bidders show they’ve bought Nazi paraphernalia in the past.
$30 is about the same change a cool designer tshirt sold by Beautiful/Decay will run you. On a related note, Matt points out that even the streetwear scene is getting in on the act, with a company called “Zoltar The Magnicient” releasing a totenkopf hoodie. A party they threw in Milan last year featured a neon totenkopf, an electric chair, and a guillotine.
Though, we’re sure it’s all meant to be tongue-in-Nazi-chic. — BEN POPKEN