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5 Retailers That Will Continue to Sell Confederate Flag Merchandise

By    |   Thursday, 25 June 2015 03:48 PM

As big-name retailers announce they will no longer sell the Confederate flag, many shops are resisting the move, especially local stores.

Wal-Mart led the charge in removing Confederate flag merchandise from its shelves, with Amazon, Sears, eBay and Etsy following quickly.

As businesses declared their opposition, however, the sale of Confederate flags spiked. Before pulling the products, Amazon saw a 3,000 percent increase in its distribution of the flags, Business Insider reported.

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These are some businesses that are stilling selling the rebel banner:

1. Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Museum and Visitor Center gift shop

Although the National Park Services has requested groups owning gift stores at national Civil War battlefields and monuments remove Confederate flag gear, the Gettysburg Foundation will not.

"We've not changed any policies related to the Confederate flag," the Gettysburg Foundation Director of Communications and Marketing Cindy L. Small told Trib Live News. "Since Gettysburg is one of the places where the armies fought and soldiers carried these flags, we feel that it is appropriate to sell them here."

2. Rebelstore.com

Typically the store receives 20 orders for the flag per day, but recently it had 3,000 requests in 24 hours, according to CNBC.

3. Dixie Outfitters

The company did not sell Confederate flags prior to retailers removing their merchandise from stores, but owner Dewey Barber says he is going to get into the business after a 500 percent increase in clothing sales, CNBC reported.

4. Wildman’s

While larger businesses are bowing to the pressure of public opinion, smaller shops are staying strong, like Wildman’s in Kennesaw, Georgia.

“They are chicken,” owner Dent Myers told The New York Times of the larger corporations. “Kowtowing to the herds.”

5. Toledo Flags

Typically the store in Ohio sells only “a handful” of Confederate flags, owner Joe Stoll told The Toledo Blade, but as retailers began pulling the flags, Stoll began selling more.

“Politics put aside, I’m going to sell what people want to buy,” Stoll told the newspaper.

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