Golden Goose Superstar Taped Sneakers, selling for $530
. From the product description:
Crumply, hold-it-all-together tape details a distressed leather sneaker in a retro low profile with a signature sidewall star and a grungy rubber cupsole. Lace-up style Removable insole Leather upper/leather and textile lining/rubber sole.
You can buy regular Golden Goose Superstar Sneakers for around $460
. So, essentially, you're paying $70 more for the piece of tape.
Advertising it as "the world's most expensive ice cream sundae,"
this is what Three Twins Ice Cream will give you in exchange for $60,000:
Travel to the summit of Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, where Three Twins Ice Cream's founder will hand-churn a batch of ice cream with glacial ice from the mountain's summit. The mountain's glaciers are predicted to disappear within the next 10-15 years due to climate change - and your purchase helps raise awareness of this fact with a five-figure contribution to an African environmental non-profit. The sundae's price also includes first class airfare to Tanzania, five-star accommodations, a guided climb, as much ice cream as you can eat and a souvenir t-shirt made from organic cotton.
Moda Operandi sells a pair of solid gold dumbbells for $125,000. (Though they're currently sold out). From their website:
Hock Design effortlessly combines form and function in these stunning Goldloft dumbbells. Crafted with precision-turned handles of rare Grenadilla wood and 2kg worth of 18k gold per dumbbell, this set is an opulent workout accessory, investment, and truly modern objet d'art for the home.
Each dumbbell contains 2kg of 18K gold. So that's 4kg of 18K gold that you'd be buying.
The current market value of 1kg of 18K gold is $29,079.14. So, 4kg of it would be worth $116,316.56. That would represent the base value of the dumbbells -- what you could get if you melted them down. Which means that you'd be paying $8683.44 just for the design of the dumbbells, outside of their gold value.
Another item for our ongoing collection of ridiculously overpriced merchandise. It's duct tape from designer Raf Simons with the phrase "Walk With Me" stamped on it. Yours for only $286.
Or you could buy a roll of duct tape at Home Depot for $5.
Raf Simons also sells jeans with a "duct tape detail at back." They usually go for $504.08, but right now they're on sale for only $252.04
Hidden Valley has made it possible to buy a mini keg of ranch dressing for $50. This gets you five liters of ranch, or 169 fl oz. The keg is conveniently stackable, in case you need more than one.
worked out that you can buy 160 oz of ranch in bottles for $30. So you're paying a $20 premium for the keg.
You can order one here.
If you have $1000 to spare, you can buy a tin can from Tiffany
. As far as tin cans go, it's a very nice one. It's made with "Sterling silver and vermeil with Tiffany Blue enamel accent." But at the end of the day, it's still a tin can.
They also offer a $1500 coffee can.
Nordstrom is now selling pre-dirtied jeans
for $425. And here I've been washing my jeans all these years! It reminds me of that guy back in the 90s who sold shotgun-blasted jeans
, though his prices were more reasonable.
I wonder if the dirt washes off.
For slightly cheaper ($395) you can get what looks like paint-stained jeans
The latest ridiculously overpriced merchandise making headlines is the Balenciaga large shopper bag
, which sells for $2150. A lot of people have been pointing out that it looks suspiciously similar to IKEA's "frakta" shopping bag
, which sells for $0.99.
However, the two bags are not identical. The Balenciaga bag is made of leather. The IKEA bag is plastic.
Balenciaga large shopper
IKEA frakta shopper
More info: bbc news
New York's Industry Kitchen
recently added to its menu what is being described as the world's most expensive pizza
They're charging $2000 for the whole pizza (I don't think they sell it by the slice). For that you get a wood-fired pizza "topped with stilton cheese, foie gras, truffles, caviar, and 24-karat gold flakes."
Doesn't sound appealing, at all.
For the sake of conspicuous consumption, you could pair it with the world's most expensive potato chip
on the side.
Swedish beer-maker St. Erik's Brewery recently debuted the world's most expensive potato chip
. A box of 5 chips cost 499 kr, or around $56, which comes out to about $11 per chip.
They're made with a bunch of fancy-sounding ingredients: Matsutake, Truffle Seaweed, Crown Dill, Leksand Onion, India Pale Ale Wort, and Ammarnäs Potatoes.
However, you can no longer get your hands on any of these chips because the beer-maker only made 100 boxes of them, and they've already sold out.
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