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This is how the other half lives (buying high end goods)

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gizmo8 wrote: Well any luxury items can be used as examples of the other halves.My buddy buys Supreme items like its going out of business.He changes $1000 phones every year,he changes his Mac Pro every year even though I usually see him only surfs the internet and plays games on it.Sames goes for high end audio where cables goes as high as $5000 a meter or record cartridges as high as $20,000.What about those folks who pay $1500 for a gold sprinkled steak dinner or a spend $500,000 for a bottle of 1992 wine.Just say that hamper will never sell on Kijiji.The rich will never by a use hamper.


https://www.forbes.com/sites/eustaciahu ... f23f8a52f5
https://www.nordost.com/odin-supreme-reference.php
https://newyorkwineevents.com/top-5-exp ... ever-sold/
Proof that some people have more money than brains.
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gizmo8 wrote: Well any luxury items can be used as examples of the other halves.My buddy buys Supreme items like its going out of business.He changes $1000 phones every year,he changes his Mac Pro every year even though I usually see him only surfs the internet and plays games on it.Sames goes for high end audio where cables goes as high as $5000 a meter or record cartridges as high as $20,000.What about those folks who pay $1500 for a gold sprinkled steak dinner or a spend $500,000 for a bottle of 1992 wine.Just say that hamper will never sell on Kijiji.The rich will never by a use hamper.
That right there is the problem hahahha Macs are not designed to run "games". Maybe AppleSweeper and Appletaire Face With Tears Of Joy... anything beyond that is not good for the machine (due to cooling limitations).
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Its all about bragging rights and my jewel is larger thans yours.I seen a documentary about sherpas that make $4500us to escort the wannabe Edmund Hillarys of the world to Everest.How they lug up 50kg of the climbers gear,make sure the ropes and camps are all set up for the "climbers".How they must baby sit them to the top.Where the average cost per climber is around $40,000cdn for the bragging rights to climb the highest mountain on this planet.Those organizing these climbs are rich while the sherpa get peanuts.Yes for the local sherpas $4500 is lots of money but they are risking their lives so the semi to wealthy can tell everyone they climbed Everst.Why is it even called Everst they should call it Chomolungma.Thats what the locals know it as.Yes Im ranting.
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gizmo8 wrote: Those organizing these climbs are rich while the sherpa get peanuts.Yes for the local sherpas $4500 is lots of money but they are risking their lives so the semi to wealthy can tell everyone they climbed Everst.Why is it even called Everst they should call it Chomolungma.Thats what the locals know it as.Yes Im ranting.
Reminds me of those hunter guides in Africa... they charge an arm, leg and kidney... but in the end you get that "trophy photo" standing over a lion with your rifle... it's very distasteful to say the least.
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Might as well get the garbage can and toilet brush as well. Used, at that:

https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/build ... lsrc=aw.ds

There will always be people with money. What bugs me is when they don't appreciate what they have. One friend, making a very good 6-figure income, all due to their own hard work, nobody gave them anything, always takes it all for granted. 3-4 vacations a year, fancy car, the best restaurants, its their normal.
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You can pretty much guarantee that almost any product has a "high end" version and that's because somewhere in the world there's someone with enough money who's run out of ideas on how to flex it. Money is like an infinitely sized pizza when you're starving. The first few slices are delicious, but by the nth slice, you get a bit fed up. Likewise, people with large amounts of means sometimes have normalized what the average person finds "rich/glamorous" so they look for other, sometimes obscure ways to spend their money to get that dopamine high.

Also, people (and therefore also rich people) have different interests in where they think it's "worth" spending money. Who knows maybe someone's a huge laundry hamper enthusiast :lol:
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HP_John wrote: Now, I've never paid $10,000 for any plane ticket (though I have spent a lot once I've landed in Tokyo, Vegas, etc), but I've been to every high end Omakase except Saito ($500 per person NOT including alcohol, not $200 per person like a lot of the other Omakase), but for me personally, I just can't spend $800 on a laundry bin. To each their own
Don't get me wrong, I love Omakase and I try to go at least once a year with my wife on a special occasion.
OntEdTchr wrote: Sure, but the experience of eating at a high-end restaurant and eating top-quality food prepared by experts is something that can be argued to provide a superior experience than eating $15 AYCE sushi. As can the comfort and amenities of first-class travel. Unless that hamper grows legs and walks my laundry to the machine, sorts it, folds it, and puts it back on my shelf, how is it better than any white cylinder with a lid?
Value is different in everyone's eyes. I knew a girl who once told me eating expensive food is a waste of money because whatever you eat just gets pooped out in the end, but a $20,000 Hermes handbag is forever. In Asia, a lot of female office workers (aka office ladies) survive on instant noodles and cheap out everything just to save up for a designer handbag. I think it's just sad to see a girl with a $10-15K handbag get packed inside a subway car, when that bag that she proudly tug between her armpit in a car full of sweaty men can get her 1 year's worth of uber rides to work.
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Statistics101 wrote: Don't get me wrong, I love Omakase and I try to go at least once a year with my wife on a special occasion.



Value is different in everyone's eyes. I knew a girl who once told me eating expensive food is a waste of money because whatever you eat just gets pooped out in the end, but a $20,000 Hermes handbag is forever. In Asia, a lot of female office workers (aka office ladies) survive on instant noodles and cheap out everything just to save up for a designer handbag. I think it's just sad to see a girl with a $10-15K handbag get packed inside a subway car, when that bag that she proudly tug between her armpit in a car full of sweaty men can get her 1 year's worth of uber rides to work.
Was at Costco the other day and saw a middle aged woman, rather poorly dressed and made up, but my wife identified a designer purse she was clutching with obvious pride. No, the purse does not the woman make. But for her that purse is probably worth it for the good feeling it gives her.
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Well, lots of things r overpriced, like playoff tickets, when u can watch the game for free on tv. A pair of designer shoes can go on sale for $800. But buying a used laundry hamper seems unsanitary. Depreciation should be drastic.
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Tiffany sells a golden paperclip for $2,100.
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Statistics101 wrote: Value is different in everyone's eyes. I knew a girl who once told me eating expensive food is a waste of money because whatever you eat just gets pooped out in the end, but a $20,000 Hermes handbag is forever.
I have known only a couple of people who I have considered to be seriously rich... and I didn't know them for very long..., but my observation was that with few exceptions, their consumer purchases didn't last "forever". In fact, they tended to buy replacements quite quickly in order to have the latest, especially in fashions.

The exception tended to be automobiles. One fellow I knew and still know is in his late 80s and still drives his 1980's era Rolls Royce
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In my view if you buy anything,eat anything etc that makes you feel good all the power to you.Whos to say you are wrong.Its your money.
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Statistics101 wrote: Don't get me wrong, I love Omakase and I try to go at least once a year with my wife on a special occasion.



Value is different in everyone's eyes. I knew a girl who once told me eating expensive food is a waste of money because whatever you eat just gets pooped out in the end, but a $20,000 Hermes handbag is forever. In Asia, a lot of female office workers (aka office ladies) survive on instant noodles and cheap out everything just to save up for a designer handbag. I think it's just sad to see a girl with a $10-15K handbag get packed inside a subway car, when that bag that she proudly tug between her armpit in a car full of sweaty men can get her 1 year's worth of uber rides to work.
Lol I’m kinda the same way with food , friends talking about how good their meal was at the keg for 60.00 and I’m just like I had a Couple McDouble’s from McDonald’s and I’m full also , food it’s just something to get me by until I’m hungry again lol no need to spend a fortune.
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Dealmaker1945 wrote: Was at Costco the other day and saw a middle aged woman, rather poorly dressed and made up, but my wife identified a designer purse she was clutching with obvious pride. No, the purse does not the woman make. But for her that purse is probably worth it for the good feeling it gives her.
The bag could be fake. I know many people who buys counterfeit just to pretend they are rich.

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