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This article was published on August 9, 2011

Sales of baseball bats up 5,000% on Amazon UK

Sales of baseball bats up 5,000% on Amazon UK
Matthew Panzarino
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Matthew Panzarino

Matthew Panzarino was Managing Editor at TNW. He's no longer with the company, but you can follow him on Twitter. Matthew Panzarino was Managing Editor at TNW. He's no longer with the company, but you can follow him on Twitter.

As the riots continue around London, UK residents have turned to Amazon in order to either protect themselves or to gear up for looting of their own. In fact, sales of baseball bats have seen a 5,000% increase of their sales position, as shown on the “Movers and Shakers” page.

The most popular item is a Rucanor aluminum baseball bat, followed up closely by a telescoping military police baton. Widespread incidences of looting and car burning, along with property damage and violence seem to be running rampant in the news and it seems that people are either trying to protect themselves or they’re gearing up to do damage of their own.

While police in the UK are attempting to find looters via Flickr, we’d be willing to bet that police will be knocking on the doors of those who buy the products too.