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Overpriced Merchandise

Double-Back Shorts

Fashion brand R13 has introduced shorts that kind of look like two pairs of clothes have gotten stuck together in the dryer. Price: $565.



Posted By: Alex - Wed Dec 12, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Denim, Overpriced Merchandise

$1000 Cooler

Another ridiculously overpriced item you had a chance to buy in 2018. Designer Alexander Wang collaborated with Magnum Ice Cream to produce this black-leather cooler. Yours for $995.00 (though now sold out).

Bella Hadid, who modeled the cooler, said: "I’m a strong believer in living life to the fullest... The Magnum x Alexander Wang cooler bag allows you to enjoy an indulgent moment wherever and whenever."

Yeah, but couldn't you do that just as well with a $10 cooler? And for an extra $5, you could even spray paint it black.



Posted By: Alex - Mon Dec 10, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Overpriced Merchandise

Boycott Dolce & Gabbana

As reported recently by the NY Times: "Dolce & Gabbana has been the subject of boycotts so often that the company makes T-shirts inviting people to '#Boycott Dolce & Gabbana,' with a red heart."

Sure enough, Dolce & Gabbana does sell this product. Price: $295.



Thanks to Jenny Beatty!

Posted By: Alex - Sat Nov 24, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Fashion, Overpriced Merchandise

Grunge Sneakers

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.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Oct 04, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Overpriced Merchandise, Shoes

Most Expensive Ice Cream Sundae

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.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Sep 02, 2018 - Comments (9)
Category: Overpriced Merchandise

Solid Gold Dumbbells

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.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Aug 27, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Overpriced Merchandise

Designer Duct Tape

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.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Aug 26, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Fashion, Overpriced Merchandise

Keg of Ranch

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.

Fortune.com 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.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Nov 12, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Food, Overpriced Merchandise

Tiffany Tin Can

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.

via bloomberg.com

Posted By: Alex - Wed Nov 08, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Overpriced Merchandise

Pre-Dirtied Jeans

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.



More: nbc4i.com

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 27, 2017 - Comments (7)
Category: Fashion, Denim, Overpriced Merchandise

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