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Staples sponsored last week’s task in NBC’s The Apprentice and agreed to sell a desk organizer designed by the episode’s winning team. The company says it sold out the 15,000 organizers that were available through its Web site. However, quantities of the $35 organizers were in stock at New York bricks-and-mortar Staples facilities. The company said "The Desk Apprentice" represents "the first time a retailer has manufactured a product created by The Apprentice candidates and made it available to consumers immediately after a new episode airs." Indiana-based Deflect-O Corp. produced The Desk Apprentice. In this week's episode, Donald Trump has the teams design a commemorative t-shirt for apparel maker Hanes that will celebrate 50 years of t-shirt culture.

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