Listen Now: Royal Souvenirs
The Queen has died and people are cashing in. I’m Brian Banmiller on Business.
The funeral of Queen Elizabeth is about to wrap up after ten days of pomp and circumstance. People poured into London, lined up for hours and of course, shelled out for souvenirs to remember every moment. Just days after her death unofficial mementos rolled out at royal-themed gift shops in London and online on sites such as Amazon and Etsy. In one case, a shop just across the street from Buckingham Palace pushed suppliers to work overnight to get things ready for mass sale just two days after the queen’s death. Some of the more popular items flying off the shelves include queen bobbleheads and rubber ducks wearing crowns. And it’s not just her. Shops are selling out of items depicting the new King Charles III. But buyers beware. The official mementos, those sold by approved vendors, are not on shelves yet. That is because sales are being halted out of respect for the mourning period. And people aren’t hesitant to spend money because as they point out, it’s never going to happen again. Brian Banmiller, CBS News.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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