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Earplug Sales Explode at World Cup

6/15/2010 2:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Those damn vuvuzela horns aren't pissing everybody off in South Africa -- TMZ has learned earplug sales have gone through the roof since the World Cup began on Thursday. 

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TMZ spoke to two major earplug suppliers based in South Africa -- Ear Plugs Online and Sheppard Medical -- and each are boasting ENORMOUS increases in sales since last week.

A rep for EPO tells us their sales are up 121% -- selling more than 10,000 sets of plugs and counting.  Sheppard Medical tells us they've moved more than 400,000 sets since kickoff -- a 20% increase.

Both companies attribute the increase to those damn horns -- which people are constantly blaring both in stadiums and on the streets. Reps for both companies tell us neither would be surprised if they each sold over one million sets by the end of the World Cup.


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46.

Mike2001    

BAN THOSE THINGS!!! THEY´RE RUINING THE WC!!!!!

1504 days ago
47.

Jagermom    

Well, we should be wary of the World Cup anyway. Those horns might be for a more sinister purpose than people realize: http://tinfoiler.com/2010/06/15/world-cup-soccer-obviously-part-of-the-evil-socialist-liberal-agenda/

1503 days ago
48.

DW    

I think its annoying when you're trying to watch the game and you can hear those STUPID Vuvuzela's over the shouting! How annoying...someone should go and blow out the ears of the person who invented them!

1503 days ago
49.

Londoner    

@49 wtf r u chattin bout? ur just a hillbilly dat doesnt like football so get over it. americans are dumber than bush lol n thats sayin sumfink!!! btw that link had no meaning wot so ever, jus sum patriotric americano bull **** lol get over it no one calls it soccer its football for f sakes!!

1503 days ago
50.

DW    

Ur on an American Website U moron! Of course most American's don't like the Vuvuzela, U dumba**!

1503 days ago
51.

Londoner    

well then @DW fought americans didnt like football anyways so y the fu.ck u complaining bout the vuvuzelas???????? ur just racist n like to kick ne coloured ppl down u wan.ker

1502 days ago
52.

DW    

FYI Londoner, I'm black and NO American's ARE NOT racist. And YES we do like football aka soccer because we are passionate about sports in our country! What the hell does vuvuzelas have to do w/Racism? Get a Life!

1501 days ago
53.

Londoner    

americans passionate about football? yh right mate!! vuvuzelas are used in african football games so yh its their tradition and wen majority of americans critise it without even watching the games it pisses me off as they are ignorant to anything outside the states. if ur black n fink amreicans arent rascist den ur mad and mayb u need to stop bein so dam patriotic n realise ur roots fool.

1500 days ago
54.

Nathaniel Wright    

I think that the horns sound cool...unique ONLY to the World Cup. Wish I could invest in some earplugs, though.

1482 days ago
55.

Michelle    

The noise generated by the cowbell is way too loud. After a while you just get immune to the back ground noise but wearing a pair of ear plugs would off course help.

The problem was when I tried to buy them online ( before going to the England, Germany match ), the prices appeared to have gone up, although I do not know when they would have costed before. I ended up buying from a site called www.comfyearplugs.com if it helps. Not sure if they still have, but at the time they had a discount for the Worldcup.

1480 days ago
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