Most Expensive Items on Amazon - 2012
Ridiculous Amazon Prices Abound!
The now-proverbial 99% say that the US economy is lopsided. How lopsided? Some people can afford luxury doghouses equipped with CCTV, climate control and retina-scan entry systems. Meanwhile, about 45 million Americans (15 percent) officially live in poverty. Even more struggle for food.
So, how are the uber-rich spending their cash? They aren't necessarily creating jobs with their tax breaks. Here are five ridiculously expensive items on Amazon seen at the beginning of 2012.
1. The $10,600 Singing Toilet
What's so special about this toilet? It's made of solid ash hardwood. It's packaged with a matching ashtray and candleholder. Also, it sings in French. The toilet rings out with "Le Bon Roi Dagobert" ("Good King Dagobert") when the lid is lifted and it chimes a few bells during the flush.
Is French to be expected for a luxury toilet? I would like a language selection feature. Also,for $10,000 it seems that somebody ought to follow up by powdering your bottom.
2. The $4600 GPS & Fish Finder for Boats
When you're a VIRP (Very Important Rich Person) it's important that you don't get lost while sailing your yacht. Also, you must be able to find fish on demand. The Furuno NavNet 1824C/NT combines radar, GPS/WAAS, a fish finder and weather maps. It boasts a color screen that's easy to read even in bright sunlight.This unit can also print charts for maritime use.
Interestingly, the Amazon price is higher than the list price. Hm.
3. $500 Bedsheets
I understand the value of high threadcount sheets: They're exceptionally soft. I did not spend $500 on mine and yet I sleep beautifully. Curious.
What's included? One flat sheet, one fitted sheet and two pillowcases.
For this price I would also like a year of nightly massages, comforting bedtime stories and a harpist playing lullabies.
4. Edible Gold
Maybe you've heard about the $1,000 ice-cream sundaes sold at Serendipity in New York. Why so pricey? They're sprinkled with edible gold.
Now the ultra-rich (or their cooks) can prepare such sparkling treats at home. Genuine 23 karat gold flakes are sold in cute gram-sized jars.
The price for this edible gold is $140 per gram. The price for non-edible gold is currently about $50/gram.
5. $1400 Cartier Sunglasses
Some Americans buy sunglasses for $8.99 at the gas station. Others plunk down $1400 for a pair of Cartier shades.
Why so expensive? Because people will pay. Don't let the shade falls into your $10,000 toilet.
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