Protest gear is selling like hotcakes on Amazon. Pepper spray and “Black Lives Matter” merchandise have become some of the e-tailer’s best sellers amid raging demonstrations over the police killing of George Floyd. A pocket-sized bottle of pepper spray with a keychain attachment was the top-selling item in Amazon’s “Sports & Outdoors” section as of early yesterday afternoon, suggesting increased demand for self-defense gear as some protests turned violent. Personal safety brand Sabre also sells the keychain in a bundle with a miniature stun gun — a $22.60 package that ranked 50th on the Sports & Outdoors list as of midday Tuesday. A different, rechargeable stun gun sold by Vipertek ranked 40th. Other categories suggest shoppers are supporting protesters’ calls for racial justice with their wallets. “Black Lives Matter”-related T-shirts, for instance, accounted for seven of Amazon’s top 15 “novelty” clothing items. A shirt in the No. 3 spot reads “I can’t breathe,” which Floyd said as Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin held his knee on his neck. The same item recently ranked 41st in the broader overall clothing category.
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