Usually, you can visit someone’s home and you’d know that they’re well off just by examining some of their household goods. You’d notice that they don’t use average dishes and silverware and that they obviously don’t shop at the local Walmart or Target. To the majority of us, someone who’s wealthy might shop at West Elm or Pottery Barn instead. I mean, why spend $80 on a serving dish when you can get something similar for less than half the price at Target, right? If this rings true to you, don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, the majority of us would like to save a little extra money wherever possible.
And then there’s the less than one percent of humans who would splurge a ridiculous amount on some of the most useless household goods you could ever imagine. If you’re like, “I’d never dream of wasting my entire paycheck on a piece of silverware,” believe it or not, people like this do exist and we like to call them the rich and dumb. And business actually cater to their extravagant tastes, often making unique riches in an extremely limited quantity and still yielding quite a large profit. Here’s our list of fifteen of the most expensive household items that only rich idiots would buy.
15. $3,500 Doorstop
That’s exactly what it looks like. In case you feel like doorstops are being taken for granted, you can try seeing them as a lost form of art. In fact, sculptor Tobias Wong designed this $3,500 doorstop made from a Savoy vase and smashed into its current form and shape. They are twelve pounds each and the material is concrete cast. These doorstops are seen as a work of household art and are also limited to just 12 doorstops available online at Citizen and Matter. Considering they were made in 2003 and are still available for sale, it seems that not too many people are interested in splurging on a doorstop.
14. $100 Tube of Toothpaste
The Theodent 300 toothpaste is one of the most expensive toothpaste in the world. Discovered by Dr. Tetsou Nakamoto, Theodent claims that their toothpaste can strengthen enamel through the use of its patented secret ingredient called Rennou, a natural extract found in cocoa bean. The toothpaste is made with other rich minerals that promote healthier teeth. So if you really want to achieve that million-dollar smile, this ridiculously expensive tube of toothpaste might be able to help you get there. Might, but so far, from reading its product descriptions, it somewhat sounds like every other ordinary brand of toothpaste, if you know what I mean.
13. $17 Roll of Royal Toilet Paper
We know that everyone chooses to splurge their earnings on different things depending on their priorities and interests, so we can’t really judge someone for wanting to spend $17 on a single roll of toilet paper. That’s right, Hanebisho is the world’s most expensive toilet paper and it’s made in Japan. A three-pack of this unnecessarily decorated toilet paper costs $51, which is more than the average person would spend on a 24-pack. What makes this luxury good so expensive? Apparently, the toilet paper is made from quality wood fibers imported from Canada and treated in Japan’s Nyodo River. The rolls have been so perfected that they’ve achieved a unique form of art. And they’ve certainly created a league of their own when it comes to art.
12. $12,800 Perfect Pencil
We know that nothing in this world is perfect… well, except for this limited edition “Perfect Pencil” made by Faber-Castell, an old German business popularly known for crafting fine pens and pencils. The pencil is made from olive wood that is 240 years old, and it has a limited run of 99 pencils. The end piece and sharpener are both made of 18-carat white gold and the pencil itself has an exquisite detailing of three diamonds embedded in its end. And if you don’t have $12,800 to dish out on a pencil, but still want to write in luxury, you can opt for the $250 version of the Perfect Pencil which is made from Pernambuco wood and ebony.
11. $250 Gold Light Switch
This Areaware gold-plated light switch designed by Tobias Wong is the perfect addition to any home… that is, if you can afford it. At $250, it’s a limited edition, meaning that there are only five hundred of these total in production. That seems like a pretty high number though, considering that not everyone has the money to burn on a gold-plated light switch. It features a standard on-and-off switch and pretty much looks like the standard 4 by 6 light switch, except it’s plated in 14-carat gold. If you don’t feel like dishing out that much money, but still want in on this limited luxury, you can opt for the chrome-plated version for $150.
10. $39,600 Knife
Not only is this the most expensive knife in the whole world, but it’s also the world’s sharpest knife. It’s the Nesmuk Diamond Studded Knife and randomly comes with a matching ring. I guess you can’t show off your knife on a daily basis with every you meet, so you can just wear the ring and when people ask, you can elaborate on the expensive knife that came with the package. The knife features a finely detailed carbon steel blade and a sterling silver handle that is adorned with eight fancy diamonds, which probably makes up for most of the cost.
9. $285 Alarm Clock
You might be able to afford this Chelsea Square Desk Alarm Clock in Nickel for $285, but would you really want to buy it? It performs just like any other standard alarm clock. In fact, you might be able to find a $20 alarm clock at Target that has ten times more features and functionality. So what makes this pricey alarm clock so special? It’s made of nickel-plated solid brass and has a sleek and simple design to match your elegant décor. And if you want to save a couple of bucks, you can opt for the brass version of this same clock for $15 less ($270).
8. $2,800 Bar of Soap
The average family probably doesn’t even own jewelry worth this much. But buy this soap and you might never want to wash your hands ever again. Infused with gold and diamond powder, this soap costs $2,800. It’s called Qatar, and it’s made by a Lebanese family-run soap business that has been crafting natural and organic beauty products for over ten years. The company doesn’t claim that the soap will work any wonders on your skin, but instead it’s a symbol of the Lebanese culture which values unique and rare handcrafted goods. As soap making is becoming a popular hobby, this company certainly sets the bar pretty high.
7. $70 Nail Clippers
The last pair of nail clippers I purchased was included in a five-piece grooming set that cost $1 for the entire set. So if you’re like me, you probably can’t imagine what idiot would want to spend $70 on this MARUTO Crystal Nail Cutter made by BoxCave. Granted, it has an almost perfect Amazon rating, so who knows… it might be worth it. It’s supposed to be the best nail clippers money can buy, made of premium Japanese steel. It’s also so easy to use that you can even use it on babies’ nails. I guess if you find clipping your nails to be an extremely daunting task, then these nail clippers might just make your life a little easier.
6. $130 Eraser
This eraser was made by Gucci, so of course we’d expect it to be a bit more on the expensive side. But, honestly, I wonder if Gucci made this product sort of as a joke to see if anyone would actually buy it. To be fair, it does come with a bland-looking black leather case that probably could compensate for half the cost being that it’s high-quality genuine leather, but once the eraser runs out, that case would serve no purpose whatsoever. Also, the eraser itself is pretty regular in terms of performance, looks, and material. Know anyone who might appreciate this rare and expensive gift?
5. $100 Coasters Set
This definitely not your average set of coasters. The Michael Aram Hammertone Drink Coasters features six coasters and a dish all for $100. Sold at Bloomingdale’s, this is a household item that is made for only those with expensive taste and fat wallets. It gets its name from the hammer marks shown on the metal that are achieved through the pounding and shaping of the hammer that creates a unique and faceted surface texture. Again, if you’re into domestic art, this set was designed by an actual American designer known for also designing unique bowls, tea cups, and other home décor pieces.
4. $888 Set of Straws
If you’re a frequent straw user, perhaps you might want to consider buying this $888 set of straws that will last you forever. Why? Because they’re made of stainless steel and plated in pure 24K gold and we all know that gold will never wear out. Exclusively sold by The House of Solid Gold, you literally cannot find straws like this anywhere else in the world. This set comes with four gold straws and a floating display frame. It’s a completely useless gift unlike any other gift anyone could ever receive. But if you’re a collector of rare commodities, perhaps this would be your thing.
3. $150 Tumbler
Starbucks recently came out with the Ember, a high-end tumbler that allows you to set the temperature for your drink – and to keep it at that temperature throughout the entire day. This smart tumbler basically protects you from burning yourself and notifies you when your drink is ready via what’s called “phase-change cooling” technology. It can also connect to your smartphone, where you can control the temperature settings. Compared to rest of the products on this list, the technological capabilities of this mug might actually make it worth its price tag. This probably explains why the Ember tumbler is completely sold out on Starbucks’ website.
2. $110 Glass Ice Cubes
You would not believe that you can actually find this set of eight glass ice cubes for $110 at good ole thrifty Walmart. This set features eight 1-inch genuine glass cubes that you can refreeze and reuse to cool any beverage. And that’s about it as far as features go. I’m actually not sure why they cost $110, and I really don’t understand why anyone would want to buy them. If you really need some reusable ice cubes, but don’t have $110 on hand, you can also opt for the plastic ones that cost less than five bucks a set.
1. $5 Million Toilet
Every piece of possession in the average home probably wouldn’t even add up to the ridiculous cost of this unnecessary five-million-dollar solid gold toilet. Built in Hong Kong by the Hang Fung Gold Technology Group, the gold toilet is part of an exclusive gilded bathroom worth more than 29 million dollars. The entire bathroom set is a part of the company’s showroom called “The Hall of Gold” and it features other pieces also made of 24-carat solid gold. According to TIME magazine, all visitors of this royal bathroom must wear plastic covers over their shoes to avoid scuffing the floors.
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