Toilet paper with Donald Trump’s face outsells the kind with Hillary Clinton’s by 6 to 1
A common Donald Trump refrain during the US presidential election is, “China has rebuilt itself with the money it’s sucked out of the United States.”
Thanks to Trump, some Chinese manufacturers are making even more money from US citizens this election.
One Chinese factory is mass-producing Trump masks, betting the Republican candidate will eventually win the presidency in December. Chinese manufacturers are making souvenirs of the US presidential candidates, from T-shirts to badges to hats, and selling them on Alibaba’s overseas shopping sites, state newspaper China Daily reported on Tuesday (May 31). These goods include toilet paper with candidates’ faces on them—and Trump’s face far outsells Clinton’s.
Qingdao Wellpaper Industrial Co., based in north China’s Shandong province, told China Daily that sales of its Trump toilet paper have been rising since mid-February. So far the company has taken 50 orders—some for up to 5,000 rolls—for Trump toilet paper. In comparison, the Clinton toilet paper has attracted only eight orders.
Qingdao Wellpaper is not the only Chinese company cashing in on people’s feelings toward Trump, Alibaba.com shows. A search for “Donald Trump toilet paper” on the site reveals dozens of products, while a similar search for Clinton turns up only 16. (There appears to be no Bernie Sanders toilet paper for sale at all.)
The Trump toilet paper is also a winner when it comes to choice of artistic expression: You can choose from smiling Trump, pouting Trump, or angry Trump pointing his finger.
These rolls sell wholesale for around $0.5 per roll, and appear to be purchased mostly by buyers from the US—who may be doing a savvy bit of sucking money out of their fellow citizens’ pockets, as well. Similar toilet paper rolls retail on eBay at around $10 a roll, though some eBay sellers claim theirs are made in the US.
Apparently, many US citizens enjoy wiping themselves with Trump’s face. Prominent among them is US women’s national soccer team star Sydney Leroux. In May, Leroux posted her husband’s latest toilet paper purchase on Instagram:
Chinese manufacturers are churning out Trump toilet paper.
Toilet Paper Featuring Donald Trump’s Tweets Has Sold Out on Amazon
Toilet paper featuring old tweets by President Donald Trump appears to have sold out on Amazon.
The toilet paper — described as “a collection of ten of Donald Trump’s tweets that we deemed were most suitable for flushing” — was sold by a company called Toilet Tweets and fulfilled by Amazon. A single roll was being sold for $11.99 as of Friday, according to the Hill. On Monday, the toilet paper was listed as “currently unavailable” for purchase.
An Amazon spokesperson declined to comment on the product.
“Do you think Putin will be going to The Miss Universe Pageant in November in Moscow – if so, will he become my new best friend?” read one 2013 tweet printed on the roll.
“Are you allowed to impeach a president for gross incompetence?” read another from 2014.
Toilet Tweets isn’t the first company to pursue this kind of business idea. Similar rolls of toilet paper are still available for sale on Amazon, including a roll featuring Trump’s face that a company called The Gag is currently selling for $12.95.
Earlier this year, NBC News reported that a lawyer from Mexico announced his plans to launch a Trump toilet paper brand in the country.
Toilet paper featuring old tweets by President Trump appears to have sold out on Amazon. Toilet paper rolls were selling for $11.99 each