15 Unreasonably Expensive Versions of Everyday Products
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You can get a pen—yes, a pen, which you can snag from a hotel room or get for free at many conventions and events—that costs $1,265 from Tiffany & Co. This fountain pen is made of sterling silver and brass, with an 18-karat gold “nib”…whatever that means. Meanwhile, on Amazon, you can get a box of 60 pens for five dollars. And you thought that pen was crazy? Hilariously, Tiffany & Co. has an entire section called “Everyday Objects,” where you can get glamorous, massively expensive versions of common household items, like a sterling silver paper clip bookmark, a sterling silver “tin” can, and a sterling silver ball of “yarn,” the latter of which is more than nine thousand dollars. These “Everyday Objects” might be on the list of things even rich people don’t waste their money on.
Foods, especially basic foods, provide great opportunities for pioneering chefs to put their own twists on them and dress them up. And that’s how we got this 169-dollar hot dog sold by a Seattle food truck. With a 2014 debut, this Japanese-inspired dog is topped with caviar, Teriyaki onions, foie gras, and shaved truffles, to name just a few things. And it is a full foot-long dog, so you’re getting your money’s worth in that respect, we guess? We can’t really knock this one because we’ve never tasted it—it could be so magically good that we’d happily hand over that much money for it. (It does sound pretty tasty, to be honest.) Curious about exactly why truffles are so expensive? Find out.
There are all sorts of fun, luxurious hand-made soaps out there, from ones made with nurturing ingredients like olive oil to ones formed into fun shapes. They’re easy to find at street markets or craft fairs. But a $2,800 bar of soap is a little more challenging to come by. This bar still contains olive oil—but its primary ingredient is gold dust. It also contains powdered diamonds, which the Lebanese manufacturers claim are actually not rough on the skin. It was originally made in 2014 as a gift for the First Lady of Qatar, and eventually went on sale in Qatar’s Al-Saboun City Center.
Now, a pillow is something that we can definitely justify spending a bit more money on—a good night’s sleep, after all, is pretty priceless! But a 57-thousand-dollar pillow seems…a little excessive. For this “Gold Edition” pillow from Van der Hilst, purchasers need to undergo a scan of their head and neck, and then the pillow is 3D-printed—seriously—to match their specific contours. Oh yeah, and it has a cover made out of 24-karat gold fabric and a massive sapphire embedded in the zipper. Pretty extravagant for something you only use while sleeping. This $24 two-pack of microfiber quilted pillows is a little more our speed. Here’s a reason to get up off that pillow early—did you know there are some things that are cheaper before noon?
And you thought Yankee Candles were expensive! Just like it seems weird to have absurdly expensive toothpaste, which is just going to get spit into a sink, it also seems odd to have a ridiculously expensive candle that’s just going to burn away into nothing. But when you learn that the most expensive candle ever was designed to celebrate a British royal milestone, it makes a bit more sense. A candle costing 750 British pounds—approximately 968 U.S. dollars—was designed by the British candle company Owen Drew to celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. Its smell was supposed to evoke the aromas of the various flowers and scents being used at the wedding, including the Duchess of Sussex’s favorite flower, the peony. But they were a very limited edition, with only 12 available. But for a much more reasonable $44, you can buy one of the candles that the Duchess herself burned before her wedding. This just goes to show that there are some surprisingly frugal habits of the royal family.
And you thought you’d seen everything. Yes, you can buy a 17-thousand-dollar pacifier, made of 14-carat white gold and garnished with 278 diamonds. You can also personalize it with your little bundle of joy’s name, birthday, and/or birth weight. Perhaps the best thing about this pricey pacifier is that it’s for sale on the site aBaby, whose tagline insists that it’s “the smart choice for proud parents.” Are you…sure about that? Maybe buy this $6 pacifier instead—will baby really know the difference?!—and save that dough for your kid’s college fund. Next, see if you can guess which of these very similar items is reasonably priced—and which is crazy expensive.