The Best of the RNC Merchandise: Welcome Bags and In-Person Exclusives
The Republican National Convention kicked off yesterday in Charlotte, N.C. Like its Democratic counterpart, the format had to be tweaked due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the event was centered around livestreamed speeches rather than in-person speakers.
Without the throngs of people visiting Charlotte for the convention, there was obviously no traditional promotional and branded merchandise for attendees, also like the DNC. But, unlike the DNC, which made merchandise available for spectators and supporters through an e-commerce store, the RNC still focused on in-person gifts for delegates and select attendees in Charlotte.
From what we’ve gathered on Twitter, most of the promotional and branded stuff came in the form of welcome gift baskets when people arrived in Charlotte.
Thanks to the Charlotte and North Carolina-based businesses, we’ve been able to provide our delegates with many delicious snacks and treats as they arrive at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport! #RNC2020 #3days pic.twitter.com/GBcrxKCF85
— #RNC2020 GOP Convention (@GOPconvention) August 21, 2020
And the items inside the bags are designed to last far beyond just the convention, with products like rain ponchos and water bottles, as well as timely options like a branded face mask and hand sanitizer.
We can't wait to welcome our delegates to Charlotte! From hand sanitizer and masks, to umbrellas and NC-made products, here's a sneak peek of our 5-star welcome bag! #RNC2020 #5days pic.twitter.com/sVwBu3BfH2
— #RNC2020 GOP Convention (@GOPconvention) August 19, 2020
There also appeared to be "Trump-Pence 2020" branded gifts for each delegate, but no word as to what was inside the branded tote bag.
As the convention goes on this week, there’s always the chance that items like these make their way online for supporters to buy. (The URL www.gop.com/store directs to a 404 page not found error, while the URL www.gopstore.com directs to a working store but with no RNC merch.) But for now it looks like the RNC chose to keep things exclusive to in-person attendees and delegates, rather than take the universal approach of the Democratic convention.