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Overpriced Merchandise

Rusty Trash Can

We have a new addition to our ongoing series about overpriced merchandise.

The Atlantic directs our attention to the "West Village Corrugated Can" which Anthropogie is currently selling for $99.95 (on sale from $148). Yes, it's a rusty trash can.

Anthropologie even offers cleaning instructions: "Wipe with dry cloth." I assume a wet cloth might further rust it, which wouldn't be good.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jan 18, 2016 | Comments (7)
Category: Overpriced Merchandise

$250 Stapler

The El Casco hand-held stapler looks like it's very well made. But is it worth $250? Because that's what it costs.

Perhaps there's a community of stapling enthusiasts out there willing to pay top dollar for the very best.

via Book of Joe
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Nov 01, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Overpriced Merchandise

Starbucks Gift Card Redux

Back in 2013, I posted about a Starbucks gift card that cost $450 to buy, but only got you $400 in store credit.

The folks at Starbucks were probably wondering how they could possibly top that deal. But they managed!

For Mother's Day, they're now offering a gift card that costs $200, and comes generously pre-loaded with a full $50 of store credit. The other $150 pays for the card, which is made of metal and ceramic (and comes in a fancy box).

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Apr 28, 2015 | Comments (12)
Category: Overpriced Merchandise

Golden Wipe

My German grandfather often used to say, "Ich bin kein Dukatenscheisser." (I don't s**t money.) But if he had this roll of toilet paper, he could have wiped with money. Or rather, gold.

It's 6-layer toilet paper embossed with 24-karat gold plate. It comes in 2 versions: either with the words 'Happy Birthday' or an Alpine rose embossed on it. Yours for only 178.50 Euros ($245, according to my desktop currency converter).

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Apr 04, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Bathrooms, Overpriced Merchandise, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, Excrement

Nuke Lamp

Add a little armageddon chic to your home with the Nuke Lamp from VeneriDesign. It's yours for only $1,445.53.

If they're charging that much, couldn't they have rounded down to an even $1445?
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Mar 03, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Armageddon and Apocalypses, Furniture, Overpriced Merchandise

Starbucks Limited Edition Card

It's a gift card that costs $450, but it only gets you $400 worth of store credit. The extra $50 pays for the card itself, which comes in a "stunning rose gold hue."

But it's too late to get one, because they went on sale on Dec. 6 and sold out in minutes. []

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Dec 27, 2013 | Comments (9)
Category: Overpriced Merchandise

Futuristic Euro3plast Gnome

"A colored resin sculpture suitable for outdoor and indoor settings. In the luminescent version it acts as a 'dwarf guard' thanks to a luminous resin that absorbs light momentarily and then releases it for several hours, making it a small presence in the night." Available at According to Esquire, it only costs $340.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Dec 21, 2013 | Comments (8)
Category: Overpriced Merchandise

White t-shirt

How much would you pay for this white t-shirt? Does $495.00 sound about right? It is made in Italy, after all, out of "viscose/silk". Get yours at needlessly marked up Neiman Marcus.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Mar 13, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Fashion, Overpriced Merchandise

$290.67 Paper Bag

It's made from coated brown paper. It has stitched seams at each side with two gold-colored metal eyelets at the bottom. But, most importantly, it has the name "Jill Sander" printed at the bottom. This bag could have been yours for only $290.67 -- but you're too late. It's already sold out! [via hypebeast]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Sep 06, 2012 | Comments (10)
Category: Fashion, Overpriced Merchandise

The Chainsaw Bag

We here at Weird Universe like to make sure our readers remain on the cutting edge of fashion, so we urge you to make sure you're sporting Facetasm's new Chainsaw Bag whenever you go outside. It costs only ¥178,500 JPY, or $2,249. So it's a bargain. Naturally it can't be used to carry an actual chainsaw. Links:,

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Jul 26, 2012 | Comments (11)
Category: Fashion, Overpriced Merchandise
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