TAMPA, Fla. -- Buttons featuring vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan have been a hot sell on the streets outside the security perimeter of the Republican National Convention.
Business hasn't been as good for Hanson Yuen.
Yuen, 25, drove from Mountain View to Tampa last week to sell boxes of chocolate sandwich cookies rebranded as "Obameos" and "Romneos." The cookies, which Yuen priced at $10 today, feature caricatures of President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
By midday Thursday, he had only sold 10 boxes.
"It's not like really, really great yet," said Yuen, who has been sleeping in his car all week.
It cost Yuen about $5,000 to commission the art, print the packaging and purchase the cookies for the 500 boxes he brought to Tampa.
While he hopes to break even, the former IT analyst said he'll be content if the week brings more eyeballs to his new start-up, a website aimed at "creating a sharing economy for food" by allowing strangers to turn their homes into impromptu restaurants.
He said whether he goes on to Charlotte for next week's Democratic National Convention "depends on performance" in the second half of the final day of the GOP convention. He hoped adding the Obameos to the mix would up his numbers. He lost three potential customers as a result of not having those on hand earlier in the week.
"I thought it was all about the Romneos, but I was wrong," he said.
PHOTO CREDIT: Hanson Yuen, 25, talks to a potential customer blocks from the pedestrian entrance to the Republican National Convention site Thursday. The Sacramento Bee/Torey Van Oot