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Absolutely Preposterous Prices for Everyday Objects! Snobbish Consumerism.

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posted on Apr, 7 2015 @ 12:47 PM
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Wow. Just wow. Sometimes I'll come across an item so stupidly priced that it truly TRULY shocks and repulses me.

Some of you may have heard about Urban Outfitters , it's an online retailer that specializes in mostly needless hipsterish items and clothing. I have an Aunt who collects their pint glasses, and we gift them to her for birthdays, etc. Today, while shopping online for a glass, I came across this Rope Swing





It's a One Hundred and Twenty Dollar ROPE SWING.

This priceless rope swing comes with 10 feet of pro Manila rope, and one 10 inch diameter piece of wood to sit your a** upon. What makes it worth $120.00 you ask? Well, and you'll be so impressed, your wallet will be screaming to let loose it's credit cards...the circle of wood, barely large enough to accommodate a butt...comes from the floor joist of a 19th century house. Well gooolly. Sign me up.

No.

Real world cost?

Pro Manila Rope : $.78/ft. Hardware Store.

10" Diameter Wood Circle : Likely Free as F***. Your Dad's Failed Woodworking Projects.

Grand Total : $10 maximum.

What is the world coming to that this rope swing is being hocked for such an exorbitant price? It's anyones choice if they'd like to buy this and wait for it to ship instead of making one in an afternoon...but my lord...what is wrong with this picture.

Rant complete.

edit on 7-4-2015 by Atsbhct because: Spelling




posted on Apr, 7 2015 @ 12:55 PM
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a reply to: Atsbhct

The price of everything is through the roof.

It costs as much just for basic food today for 1 person a year as a brand new corvette back in the day.



posted on Apr, 7 2015 @ 12:56 PM
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a reply to: Atsbhct

So some clever person is ripping apart a 19th century house and selling it off as pieces of useless junk? That's the real tragedy. Why not set up a Go Fund Me site and restore a historic home instead?

Pfffffttttt



posted on Apr, 7 2015 @ 12:59 PM
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a reply to: eeyipes

Or are they? Does this fancy rope swing come with a certificate of authenticity? Or is a junker of some sort rooting through abandoned houses, stealing aged wood? I doubt this wood comes from anywhere other than Home Depot.



posted on Apr, 7 2015 @ 01:00 PM
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originally posted by: eeyipes
Why not set up a Go Fund Me site and restore a historic home instead?


If I set one up will you help pay for my historic home?



posted on Apr, 7 2015 @ 01:00 PM
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look at it this way if someone can make a profit from people stupid enough
to pay that then good for him.

and anyone stupid enough to pay that for an item like that deserves to be shafted



posted on Apr, 7 2015 @ 01:00 PM
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heh.... last summer was the first time I saw a $4000 purse...

costs almost 3x as much as my bloody car... and was half the size of a shoe box

Insanity...




posted on Apr, 7 2015 @ 01:01 PM
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a reply to: Atsbhct

You're right, I'm sure. Makes me feel better ... I have a thing for old houses



posted on Apr, 7 2015 @ 01:02 PM
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a reply to: AugustusMasonicus

Start a blog on your old house adventures and I'm sure you'd get people willing to help you fund the old house money pit madness.



posted on Apr, 7 2015 @ 01:02 PM
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I guess the insanely rich gotta spend their money on SOMETHING right?

I mean helping people out or something like that? Preposterous!



posted on Apr, 7 2015 @ 01:06 PM
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a reply to: Atsbhct
Ever been on a bicycle when the gear shift fumbles the shift and the chain just raps itself around the spinning gear and the whole thing locks up????? That is what just happened to my brain when I read about that swing. Mind boggling.



posted on Apr, 7 2015 @ 01:06 PM
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a reply to: Atsbhct

I can get You something even "better" for $100 even.. Hand strung fiber from the elusive "White Palms of Flori-Duh" these are albino in nature and grow within the confines of the famous Coral Castle. Legend has it that the fibers each contain hidden messages.
The wood is "ALL Natural" and is hand gathered as it floats to it's end upon the world famous Withlacoochee River, one of 2 rivers in the world that flow North..

$100 + Postage & Handling figure about $25.00 for that...

Butt (pun intended) the one I'm going to make...uh...er... get You a deal on is "All Natural" even the wood it is way better..



posted on Apr, 7 2015 @ 01:10 PM
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a reply to: TerryMcGuire

Me too. I'm more shocked than outraged. I want to meet the person who says, "I need this!" and find out why the heck they would need this.



posted on Apr, 7 2015 @ 01:11 PM
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I agree that consumer prices for many things are absurd. However, that's capitalism, right? If people are willing to pay $120 for something you can make for a few dollars, what's the problem? Also, what's stopping you from making them & selling them yourself? You could even sell them for $20, make good profit, and save your customers $100. Win-win situation.



posted on Apr, 7 2015 @ 01:11 PM
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a reply to: JimNasium

It's "All Natural"?! Count me in, you've hit my buzzword!



posted on Apr, 7 2015 @ 01:12 PM
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a reply to: enlightenedservant

I firmly believe each and every person who wants a rope swing should be making their own rope swing.



posted on Apr, 7 2015 @ 01:14 PM
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That does it.

Hubby has a set of classic whitewall tires from a 1955 Chevy Bel Air collecting dust leaning up against the side of the garage out back, and refuses to get rid of the dang things because he figures he could use them for something some day...

Well, it seems that "some day" has arrived (yay me) !

I'm going to convince him to make them into 4 tire swings and sell them on Ebay for $220 each... I'll even use some ink from my printer and print out a certificate of authenticity for each swing.

I heart capitalism !



posted on Apr, 7 2015 @ 01:16 PM
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a reply to: CranialSponge

Make up a story about some celebrity or another dying in an accident that involves the tires. Sell them for $1000.00!



posted on Apr, 7 2015 @ 01:17 PM
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a reply to: CranialSponge

No No you have to sell the hipster stuff on Etsy, you'll get $350 a piece for them easy.



posted on Apr, 7 2015 @ 01:18 PM
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a reply to: Atsbhct

There is a sucker for every seat


People are gonna pay for it though.




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