The Growing Business of Ebola Merchandise
"Keep Calm, It's Only Ebola," a T-shirt announces on eBay.
More than 1,500 people have been killed in the Ebola outbreak that's cut across West Africa, and some businesses are taking the conversation to market. Says Café Press PR director Sarah Segal to Adweek, "It's not uncommon for people to provide content as a reaction to what's happening in real world news--and that content varies widely in terms of taste and opinions." Indeed, some of the company's recent content speaks for itself, including kitchen aprons and coffee mugs with slogans like "Life is Just Ebola Cherries," and "I Heart Ebola Death Rattle." Believe it or not, there's even an Ebola thong.
Check out these six companies that are capitalizing on the public attention that the deadly disease has drawn.
--by Zoë Henry