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Title: It's Expensive At The Top (Not Kite Related)
Post by: chilese on December 10, 2010, 12:31 PM
Bambi and I went to the Cowboy Christmas yesterday. It's held while the National Finals Rodeo is in town.

We walked through the aisles and ended up talking to a mustachioed cowboy selling his jewelry. It must have been well made because Bambi walked by dozens of other similar booths.

Well, pardna, we got to talkin' about cowboy hats and I asked him what his cost and he said:

"Well, this here hat is 100X Beaver leather. I know the man who makes them and we barter. But for regular folk, it'd be 'bout $750."

My jaw almost hit the floor. I thought telling people kites cost $300 was amusing, but wow, who knew?

Anyone else been surprised at what the top end of some product lines cost?

I thought stereo speakers for $125k was pretty silly at last year's CES, but the cowboy hat set a new high in sticker shock for me.


Title: Re: It's Expensive At The Top (Not Kite Related)
Post by: Allen Carter on December 10, 2010, 12:38 PM
That doesn't surprise me at all. $750 for just about any piece of outrwear isn't uncommon. When it comes down to something hand made and custom fitted, and made with expensive materials, well that's down right reasonable. Was it a nice looking hat?

You know how much people spend on boots, right?


Title: Re: It's Expensive At The Top (Not Kite Related)
Post by: indigo_wolf on December 10, 2010, 02:00 PM
Get the hat..... it's a bargain.

Now get a couple of soft pillows....

LumenCraft Gatlight V3 (CF core, Titanium Frame) - $495

(http://lumencraft.net/res/60GatLightTitanium/dsc01390.jpg)

Spy 007 Flashlight - $945
(http://images31.fotki.com/v1095/photos/1/141020/5914544/IMG_0649_E-vi.jpg)

Spy Tri-V Flashlight - $3,295
(http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm234/Stunt-man-mike/Tri-V.jpg)

Argentum Series Charge Acanto Leatherman $12,000
(http://www.leatherman.com/argentum/images/knives/charge/acanto/acanto-lg.jpg)

Argentum Series Charge Del Rey Leatherman $40,000
(http://www.leatherman.com/argentum/images/knives/charge/delrey/delrey-lg.jpg)

Roland Iten Fou Lace (Shoe Lace Ends) $6,100
(http://www.rolanditen.com/images/IMG_BGShoeTip.JPG)

Roland Iten Credit Card Dispenser - $10,000
(http://www.gentlemansgadgets.com/for%20men/images/2008/03/roland-iten-card-dispenser.jpg)

Roland Iten Belt Buckles $25,000+
Roland Iten R8 Mk II Belt Buckle Demonstration (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiEXYJ9i6V4#ws)

ATB,
Sam

P.S.  My birthday is in March.  ::)


Title: Re: It's Expensive At The Top (Not Kite Related)
Post by: Turkey9186 on December 10, 2010, 05:24 PM
A top of the line custom built Lynsky titanium bike frame will set you back close to $5k.  Then you add in all the components (including a front fork.)  When you get done, the bill is between $9k-12K depending on the components.

The only difference between boys and men is the price of their toys!


Title: Re: It's Expensive At The Top (Not Kite Related)
Post by: in.divi.dual on December 10, 2010, 05:46 PM
A top of the line custom built Lynsky titanium bike frame will set you back close to $5k.  Then you add in all the components (including a front fork.)  When you get done, the bill is between $9k-12K depending on the components.
And if you're a dentist ... that (or a Seven or a Serotta) would make a great tosser's bike.



Title: Re: It's Expensive At The Top (Not Kite Related)
Post by: randyg on December 10, 2010, 06:29 PM
How about a well used watch:

(http://www.straitstimes.com/STI/STIMEDIA/image/20101210/ST_18478261.jpg)

Only a Rolex Submariner, the "Bond Rolex" but sold on eBay for $66,100 US.


Title: Re: It's Expensive At The Top (Not Kite Related)
Post by: Ang3lFir3 on December 10, 2010, 06:32 PM
if the hat scared you ... I won't tell you some of the prices people have paid for high quality bonsai....


tho i will tell you that there are people in japan who make a living renting out famous bonsai pots that you can rent to put you tree in..... pots that are themselves often worth nearly $1M USD .....(just the pot)



Title: Re: It's Expensive At The Top (Not Kite Related)
Post by: DWayne on December 10, 2010, 08:18 PM
I've seen Koi sell for for well over $10,000.

Denny


Title: Re: It's Expensive At The Top (Not Kite Related)
Post by: tpatter on December 10, 2010, 08:28 PM
Facebook is now valued at 55-65 Billion! 

Who would have thought that people liking to talk about themselves could be soo valuable!! :)


Title: Re: It's Expensive At The Top (Not Kite Related)
Post by: JimB on December 10, 2010, 09:29 PM
A custom hat of that sort for <$1000.00 is indeed a bargain.

Shoe lace ends=Aglets

Yes, there's a name for that.. you don't even want to know what an aglet setting tool goes for.

:)


Title: Re: It's Expensive At The Top (Not Kite Related)
Post by: indigo_wolf on December 10, 2010, 09:57 PM
A custom hat of that sort for <$1000.00 is indeed a bargain.

Shoe lace ends=Agelets

I actually vaguely remembered that.... it was the topic of a TV comedy series episode a couple of years ago.

Yes, there's a name for that.. you don't even want to know what an agelet setting tool goes for.

:)

You just don't know me that well....  :D 

ATB,
Sam


Title: Re: It's Expensive At The Top (Not Kite Related)
Post by: Ang3lFir3 on December 10, 2010, 10:45 PM
Shoe lace ends=Agelets

Yes, there's a name for that.. you don't even want to know what an agelet setting tool goes for.

:)

so you got me curious..... and not to be too anal but its actually spelled aglet with aiglet as the alternate spelling.
aglet (http://www.google.com/search?sclient=psy&hl=en&q=define%3Aaglet&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=&pbx=1)

my google-foo netted very little in the way of "aglet setting tool" or its variants so I am guessing it falls under "if you have to ask how much ... "


Title: Re: It's Expensive At The Top (Not Kite Related)
Post by: JimB on December 10, 2010, 10:58 PM
Spelling corrected.

You can pick up a cheapie for about $100.00 or so.

The last one I bought as a present for a colleague of mine who sets a lot of aglets was $750.00, but then; it was a present and this particular individual is really into obscure, specialized tools.

It really is a thing of beauty.


Title: Re: It's Expensive At The Top (Not Kite Related)
Post by: Ang3lFir3 on December 10, 2010, 11:39 PM
now that i realized it was a "crimper" ... d'oh hush its late..... I was actually able to find one (http://www.richardthethread.com/index.php?submenu=CorsetEssentials&src=directory&view=shop_richard&srctype=detail&id=86&category=Corset%20Supplies) ... not bad.... but not as the one show here (http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/aglets.htm)

very kewl indeed..... :) i like learning new things :)


Title: Re: It's Expensive At The Top (Not Kite Related)
Post by: Sherman Myers on December 11, 2010, 09:20 AM
Next time ask how much the boots cost.  :o


Title: Re: It's Expensive At The Top (Not Kite Related)
Post by: kitenut75 on December 12, 2010, 12:35 AM
Here's more, Oakley's C-Six sunglasses cost US$1,500 a pair and the new Tron Limited Edition Pit Boss wil set you back US$750  ???

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Title: Re: It's Expensive At The Top (Not Kite Related)
Post by: justinpwheeler on December 12, 2010, 10:40 AM
And I thought my golf clubs and various shafts were expensive.....


Title: Re: It's Expensive At The Top (Not Kite Related)
Post by: kiwi49er on December 12, 2010, 12:24 PM
Coast Guard just shelled out $3200 for my newest set of wet weather gear.   :o
Wish I hadn't seen the invoice.  I feel bad for thrashing the last set now.


Title: Re: It's Expensive At The Top (Not Kite Related)
Post by: obijuankenobe on December 12, 2010, 01:03 PM
Custom handmade anything...price is usually worth every penny. 

Custom knives...worth it IMHO.

Custom flashlights...like the Tri V (although that price is the 'MSRP' price when there are only about 30 in existence currently)...totally a one man design, hand made limited production home project...worth it IMHO. 

These things, just like our kites, represent man hours of design, dreaming...prototyping...creation...that's what I pay for in all of them.

Now, a 25K belt buckle is not something I'd ever own, but a Tri-V might be coming my way soon.  I have McGizmo lights, so this is the logical next step for me :)

obi


Title: Re: It's Expensive At The Top (Not Kite Related)
Post by: indigo_wolf on December 12, 2010, 03:18 PM
Custom handmade anything...price is usually worth every penny. 

Custom knives...worth it IMHO.

Mmmmm.... Chris Reeves Mnandi....  :-\

Custom flashlights...like the Tri V (although that price is the 'MSRP' price when there are only about 30 in existence currently)...totally a one man design, hand made limited production home project...worth it IMHO. 

Now, a 25K belt buckle is not something I'd ever own, but a Tri-V might be coming my way soon.  I have McGizmo lights, so this is the logical next step for me :)

obi

While a lot of the McGizmo lights are awesome, there's something about the Sapphire 25 that keeps drawing me back... ::)

Hope you are using the CPF discount to knock about a grand off the Tri-V's MSRP.

ATB,
Sa,


Title: Re: It's Expensive At The Top (Not Kite Related)
Post by: Schook on December 12, 2010, 05:59 PM
Next time ask how much the boots cost.  :o

The Hat the Boots and the complete outfit.

My Wife and 2 daughters show Quarter horses so John,
Yes I do indeed know the price of the the clothes, now add in the equipment costs (saddles, bridles, blankets, etc, etc) the price of the truck and trailer to haul them, feed, vet bills and such  :'( :'( :'(

And yet I still feel guilty asking for a new kite now and then.  ???




Title: Re: It's Expensive At The Top (Not Kite Related)
Post by: kiteclique on December 12, 2010, 06:04 PM
A shotgun from Fabbri (http://www.fabbri.it/#/guns/gallery_two/reel)

(http://www.fabbri-net.it/Fabbri_434_web.jpg)

or Purdy (http://www.fabbri.it/#/guns/gallery_two/reel) perhaps ?

(http://www.fieldandstream.com/files/imagecache/photo-gallery/photo/23/purdey.jpg)

-Frazer


Title: Re: It's Expensive At The Top (Not Kite Related)
Post by: rxburner on December 12, 2010, 07:58 PM

Starting @ $200,000

http://www.virgingalactic.com/overview/space-tickets/ (http://www.virgingalactic.com/overview/space-tickets/)

(http://www.virgingalactic.com/assets/img/overview/space_tickets/banner.jpg)

Rx


Title: Re: It's Expensive At The Top (Not Kite Related)
Post by: zippy8 on December 13, 2010, 05:40 AM
(http://www.electricpig.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/i-am-rich-app.jpg)
Don't know what this is ? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Am_Rich) It's about the same as an awful lot of these pricey items listed here in terms of value for money, usefulness, P-T-Barnum (http://thinkexist.com/quotation/there-s_a_sucker_born_every/187915.html)-was-a-visionary-osity.

Mike,
cynic.


Title: Re: It's Expensive At The Top (Not Kite Related)
Post by: Allen Carter on December 13, 2010, 08:11 AM
Don't know what this is ? ([url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Am_Rich[/url]) It's about the same as an awful lot of these pricey items listed here in terms of value for money, usefulness, P-T-Barnum ([url]http://thinkexist.com/quotation/there-s_a_sucker_born_every/187915.html[/url])-was-a-visionary-osity.


Aw, c'mon, the iPhone isn't that big a ripoff.   :D


Title: Re: It's Expensive At The Top (Not Kite Related)
Post by: brettgrant99 on December 13, 2010, 10:14 AM
It's the app, not the iPhone.

Brett


Title: Re: It's Expensive At The Top (Not Kite Related)
Post by: quintum on December 14, 2010, 08:43 AM
 
Custom handmade anything...price is usually worth every penny. 

Custom knives...worth it IMHO.

Custom flashlights...like the Tri V (although that price is the 'MSRP' price when there are only about 30 in existence currently)...totally a one man design, hand made limited production home project...worth it IMHO. 

These things, just like our kites, represent man hours of design, dreaming...prototyping...creation...that's what I pay for in all of them.

Now, a 25K belt buckle is not something I'd ever own, but a Tri-V might be coming my way soon.  I have McGizmo lights, so this is the logical next step for me :)

obi

  Well, when it is justifiable it is one thing, but high tech (and increasingly, hand-made) for its own sake is the mass-man's kitsch, now as ever.  There were always Beatle freaks whose stereos costs 5X more than all the Beatles' equipment combined ever cost them. The problem is the technology in many cases was often more useful when not as efficient, and now e.g. the only people making tubes are grandma bubushkas somewhere in Russia so you are forced to pay the premium for an unused good old Philips 6L6 for your guitar amplifier to sound any good.  Then there is what were original Germanium vs the newer Silicon transistors meant to replace what was historically meant to replace the tube technology. Believe it or not this is crucial to musicians who can tell you exactly what year Hendrix was playing any particular song from the sound of his effects, so now you buy something that was once the 'plain Jane' standard that is now fancy 'boutique' with the correcponding price, and so on, more than you could list.   

 The good news is that it hard to lawn dart a fuzzbox, and there is a small market for some of these things.