Bromley Olympic badge sales 'doing well'
PUBLISHED: 17:12 21 September 2011 | UPDATED: 16:17 22 September 2011
Sales of Olympic pin badges bearing the Bromley logo are "doing well" despite earlier controversy over sales.
The Times reported how it was discovered that the pins were not on sale anywhere in the borough and customers had to visit a website based in Watford to get hold of one after leader of Bromley Labour group, John Getgood, raised the issue last month.
However, the pins, which feature the BBC television tower in Penge, are being sold by website pinsandthings.com for £6.95.
Owner John Silverstein said: “Sales are going well. We expect they will increase as the event draws nearer. Some are bought by collectors and some are bought by people who want a keepsake. Some might stay at the bottom of a drawer.”
Mr Silverstein said he thought the badges have the potential to increase in value.
“Anything that is limited edition can be attractive and make people want to buy it,” he said. “There is a market for Olympic items. We are seeing an increased interest.”
Mr Getgood said he was “dismayed” to learn that the badges were not being sold in Bromley.
He said: “Bromley residents, like those across London, are contributing a precept on their council tax to support the London Olympics of 2012.
“We were delighted that the BBC Television Tower in Penge was selected as the landmark to represent Bromley.
“People living in Penge, and across Bromley, are therefore dismayed to discover that they are unable to purchase the London 2012, Bromley Borough landmark pin badge.”
Honav, the Chinese company which makes the badges, said it would welcome any Bromley retailers who wanted to sell them.
n To buy the badge see: www.bit.ly/pKHqGB