GLUT: eBay Overstocked With Hundreds of Cheap Pussy Hats

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By Emily Zanotti | 1:27 pm, April 4, 2017

The “Resistance” may still claim to be in full swing, but if eBay sales are to be believed, the market for Women’s March attire—especially the iconic, hot pink “pussy hats”—has bottomed out.

It turns out, its not easy these days to be a subversive knitter, particularly if you want to make a living selling your perky, pink-eared knit hats to fellow progressives who feel wearing these things in public makes them look sophisticated and worldly, rather than like particularly woke Kindergarteners decked out in Hello Kitty finery.

An unscientific, several-day-long Heat Street study of eBay, Etsy and other Internet sale sites where the Pussy Hat trade once rivaled the gross domestic product if a small nation, shows sales have slowed to a trickle, with desperate knitters looking to offload their wares at deep discounts.

The “Buy it Now” range for new Pussy Hats is between $7.00 and $20.00, but even at the low end, the hats simply aren’t selling. As each auction Heat Street watched ended, the same Pussy Hats were often re-listed, at discounts of $2 or more. One retailer is so desperate, she’s knocked 40% off her listings, but the hats aren’t selling at $10, let alone $14.

Of 617 individual listings for Pussy Hats, only a handful had bids, and all of those had starting prices of $.99, with bids struggling to reach $5. Two of those auctions appeared to have the exact same bidder.

Even “used” Pussy Hats, presumably worn during the Women’s March, making them vagina-shaped historical artifacts aren’t commanding collector’s item prices. At least two “used” eBay auctions (one with a starting bid of $23.00 and one with a starting bid of $20.00) have no watchers, and are nearing their respective auction ends.

Even Pussy Hats for actual pussies (cats, not…you know), aren’t selling. This listing for a cat-sized pink knit hat (only $10!), has no bidders and no watchers, but it does have free shipping.

Perhaps interest in wearing a replica of your genetaIlia on your head in public has simply waned. Or, perhaps, the Women’s March itself just isn’t doing the work necessary to be relevant any longer.

Although there are no more large-scale Women’s Marches on the calendar, the Women’s March itself claims that it will have several demonstrations in the future, for which Pussy Hats are undoubtedly needed. For now, though, the March encourages its participants to “huddle” in homes, over Trader Joe’s organic, vegan appetizers and plot their own forms of civil disobedience—a natural evolution of the movement perhaps, but utterly anti-climactic.

Especially for the nation’s Pussy Hat manufacturers.

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