I now have a picture to put in my mind when I hear the term 'stupid money'
I need a new black leather purse and I've surfed Ebay for the past month or so to find what I'm looking for. In the process, I've come to know different designers and what their purses look like and what they usually cost.
Yesterday, I scrolled past something that I knew had to be a mistake. My eye could not have seen that price accurately. I checked. Yes, that was the number I saw. Convinced it was still a mistake...that the seller must have typed the wrong number, so I decided to compare prices.
I learned that the Hermes Birkin handbag is a very pricey purse, indeed.
$50 is an average price to pay for a basic leather purse.
Make that purse a designer purse made with vacchetta italian leather and you're talking perhaps $500. To me, that's more than I'd spend on a purse, but it's certainly not an outrageous price.
$1000 seems rather indulgent to me.
$5000 hits the point of rediculous in my eyes. This is the point where I feel a $5000 purse doesn't look any more elegant/classy/well-constructed than the $1000 purse.
Then there's the category of 'stupid money'. It's the price that's so rediculous it blows the mind. It doesn't matter if the purse is made from good quality materials or even if it has a bit of gold or diamonds or something on it. It's a purse. It's not a mode of transportation. It's not a power generator. It's an accessory.
This particular Hermes accessory can be yours for $39,000. Thirty-nine thousand dollars.
Who would be so selfish to buy such a thing?
Buy the thousand dollar purse and use the other $38,000 to fight world poverty. Think of what Muhammad Yunus could do with $38,000. http://www.grameen-info.org/
For a moment, I thought I should buy a knock-off Hermes Birkin for a joke, but then I thought two things.
1. People would assume it's a knock off based on the rest of my apparel.
2. I wouldn't want anyone to think I was stupid enough to pay $39,000 for a purse.