There are only three weeks left until Christmas. For all we know, Rob Ford‘s mayoralty could collapse even sooner than that, perhaps under the weight of new outrageous allegations. That’s why it’s imperative to stock up on Ford-related gifts before either the mayor or the holiday season is utterly finished. Here, our guide to all the best Rob Ford merchandise available this December, whether you have $7 to spend or $700,000.
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Last week, we told you about a T-shirt printed with a Rob Ford caricature and signed by Margaret Atwood that was up for sale on eBay. (It was a ploy to raise funds and attract attention to Fanado, a start-up Atwood founded that helps fans connect with artists). In the final hours of the auction yesterday, the bidding jumped from $85 (US) to several thousand dollars—in the end the T-shirt ended up selling for a staggering $7,100 (US). Atwood may not be a big fan of the mayor, but it looks like she’s found a way to benefit from his hijinks. [eBay]
Ever dream of sporting a caricature of Rob Ford flipping the bird, autographed by Margaret Atwood? The opportunity to do just that has arrived, thanks to an eBay user working on behalf of Atwood who is selling a T-shirt signed by the author and frequent Ford critic. The one-of-a-kind shirt is emblazoned with a striking image of the mayor (which we recognize from Atomic Toybot’s Ford-themed art show this spring), and the sale is a ploy to get attention and cash for Fanado, a start-up Atwood founded that helps fans connect to their favourite artists. The shirt has already attracted at least a few interested bidders and currently stands at $255 (US). Unfortunately, most people—including Ford himself—will not be able to sport the rare design, as it only comes in small. [eBay]
It’s July 17 and there’s an extreme heat advisory, but eBay Canada picked today to announce its plans for the holiday season, which include collaborations with seven well-known designers: Billy Reid, Chris Benz, Fallon, Jonathan Adler, Ruffian, Steven Alan and Tibi. Each brand will produce limited edition gifts ranging in price from $50 to $100, and eBay will sell the resulting men’s and women’s apparel, jewellery, travel accessories and home décor online, with no shipping fees anywhere in Canada. Could this be a Canadian response to Target and Neiman Marcus’s buzzy designer holiday collection?
When Kobo was bought by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten back in November, CEO Michael Serbinis said it now had the backing to aggressively compete with the e-reader big boys. It seems he was right: Kobo has just announced it’s venturing out into 100 brick-and-mortar bookstores across the U.K. The plan will see 100 Kobo-branded shops placed inside WHSmith stores, and mirrors moves by e-retailing giants like Amazon, Samsung and eBay. (Of course, Kobo readers can already be found in Indigo stores in Canada since the company began life under the aegis of the super-chain.) We love that a scrappy, inexpensive Canadian tablet is doing so well—but it does make us a little sad that that other one is just limping along. [Toronto Star]
First hair, now footwear—Justin Bieber’s belongings seem to be quite a hit on the charity circuit these days. The Biebs recently donated a single Nike sneaker, in his signature purple, of course, to Stratford Northwestern Secondary School. The proceeds from the auction will help Bieber’s former school raise money for a broadcasting and communications studio (which couldn’t be more fitting). The size 7 1/2 sneaker features a few scuffs and some gravel and dirt, as well as a scrawled black autograph. In case anyone questioned the authenticity of the shoe, it comes complete with a letter attesting to its authenticity. The singular shoe sold on eBay for $5,500, a price that plummeted from $12, 400 on the last day. Apparently, some of the higher bids weren’t legitimate. Leave it to those over-enthusiastic beliebers.