Company Will Ship Lump Of Coal For Holiday Gift
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
Sure, you can buy clothes, books and electronics online. But today's last word in business is about a more unusual product that you can order online and shipped to someone you think has been really bad this year. The word is Black Christmas.
A company called CoalGram is offering to ship a lump of 100 percent pure anthracite coal to the transgression of your choice: the boss who didn't give you that raise, the boyfriend who forgot your birthday and, in this winter of discontent, the company suggests that you send a lump to the politician of your choice. Each specially wrapped chunk of coal costs $10.
STEVE INSKEEP, host:
Now, wait a minute, Renee. Ten dollars. I mean, I don't know if you realize, but, I mean, you can buy several hundred pounds of coal on the open market for $10.
(Soundbite of laughter)
MONTAGNE: Well, yeah. But Steve, you can't buy that coal with the logo CoalGram.
INSKEEP: Oh, okay. Fine. Fine. Okay.
MONTAGNE: Ta-da. And, you know, delivery is free.
MONTAGNE: And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.
INSKEEP: And I'm Steve Inskeep. Happy Holidays.
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