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Top 10 Most Outrageously Expensive Everyday Objects

by Jacob Palmer
fact checked by Jamie Frater

Every day, you look at a pen, an HDMI cable, or a bottle of water. These items are very common, and seemingly inexpensive. However, this is not always the case… Here is a list of the 10 most insanely overpriced everyday objects!

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10Gläce Luxury Ice Co. Ice Cubes—$325

What started as a business school project, Gläce Luxury Ice Co. sells what is claims to be the very best way to cool your drink. Their ice cubes and ice spheres are perfectly geometrically correct, and they claim that, mathematically, they most efficiently chill your drink.

The ice is available in bags of 50 Cubes, 50 Spheres, or a 25 Cube/ 25 Sphere mixed bag. The ice is available online, shipped in insulated bags via FedEx. For just $325, one of these bags could be yours.

The water that the ice is frozen into is completely purified, in an effort to not contaminate the taste of any of your top-shelf liquors and spirits. They claim the ice has a dilution rate of about 15-30 minutes, which gives you plenty of time to enjoy your chilled beverages.[1]

9Platinum Starlight 7 HDMI Cable—$4,000

For about the price of 4 brand-new iPhones, you can buy a 6-foot long “Premium” HDMI cable for your TV or computer monitor. On WireWorld’s website, the cable is available in lengths of 1 meter for $1,000, all the way up to 7 meters, for a whopping $4,000.

This cable features double-helix style wrapped cables inside the flat exterior insulation on the full length of the cord. The connectors are carbon-fiber, and the connectors are made completely of pure silver, for optimal conduction. The company claims that the cord is “the ultimate HDMI cable.”

This cord is often the choice for high-end home theater systems due to the rich sound and color transmission quality, but this comes at a cost. Not everyone will have the opportunity to experience this $4,000 cable.[2]

8Trek Madone SLR 9 Disc eTap—$12,500

Since the 1970s, Trek has been one of the leading names in the Bicycle industry. It is a case of the classic success story of a business starting in a garage, and building its way to the top of its industry. Along with this success, they have developed some of the best bikes in history, but they come at a price…

The Trek Madone SLR 9 Disk eTap is the bike to end all bikes. Its carbon fiber frame paired with electronic gearing control makes it perfect for long-haul and short-sprint races alike. It features an aerodynamic frame and wheel design for ultimate efficiency.

This bike is for the top of the top bicycle racers, and is almost an unfair advantage for most races. It’s $12,500 pricepoint puts it out of reach for most riders, though. So, the next time you are looking for a new ride, give this bike a consideration.[3]

7Grand Velas Los Cabos Tacos—$25,000

In the mood for tacos? How about spending $25,000? Well, here’s just the place for you. Located on the Baja Peninsula in Mexico, the Grand Velas Los Cabos Resort Hotel offers the world’s most expensive tacos. For $25,000, you can get two of the world’s finest tacos.

These tacos are served packed with some of the most expensive ingredients. They’re packed with Kobe beef, Lobster, Black Truffle Brie Cheese, and Almas Beluga caviar. This is all inside a soft corn tortilla, and topped with flakes of Gold.

These tacos are available inside the resort’s world-famous restaurant “Frida”. Head Chef Juan Licerio Alcala says, “Our ultimate goal at Grand Velas Los Cabos is to break the mold of expected, traditional cuisine and go outside of the box for our well-traveled guests”, and he certainly achieved this goal with his tacos.[4]

6Acqua di Cristallo Tributo a Modigliani Bottle of Water—$60,000

Most water bottles sell for $1 at your local convenience store, or even for cents a piece in bulk packs. And at the pricey end of the scale, you might pay up to ten times that if your neighbourhood Costco is currently being raided by Coronavirus preppers. But, imagine going to the store, and the water bottle costs more than a new BMW. The Acqua di Cristallo Tributo a Modigliani water bottle sold for $60K at a Mexico City Auction in 2010.

It is not simply a water bottle, though. The container itself is a 24K Gold-covered abstract figure of a woman’s head. There was only one of these bottles ever made, making it extremely rare, which contributes to its ridiculous price. The water inside is a mix of spring water from Fiji, France, and even an Icelandic Glacier.

That’s not all, though. There are even 23K gold flakes inside the water. This is the water Midas would have wanted. There is only one of the gold version on earth, but there is, however, less expensive versions of the same bottle, made of different materials. The cheapest available is still a wallet-busting $285.[5]

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5Louis Vuitton Crocodilian Leather Backpack—$79,000

Louis Vuitton is a name synonymous with quality, exclusivity, and most notably, luxury. For centuries, they have provided the wealthiest among us with a product unlike any other. Exotic design and a high-end price define Louis Vuitton. Celebrities have used their product for decades, and the Louis Vuitton Crocodilian Leather Backpack is no exception.

For the price of $79,000, this backpack can be yours. It premiered at the Louis Vuitton Men’s Fall/Winter 2018 fashion show. It features crocodile skin as its primary textile and is only available in the season’s “signature hue” Titanium Grey. To buy it, you cannot simply walk into a store, or order it online. You have to call in to the Louis Vuitton headquarters in Paris, France in order to make a purchase.

This backpack features titanium zippers and buckles. Padded shoulder straps and back provide ultimate comfort for the opulent customers. In contrast to many other Louis Vuitton backpacks, this pack features minimal branding. And due to animal skin trade restrictions, this backpack cannot even be shipped to California.[6]

4American Express Centurion Credit Card—$500,000

The wealthy elite have lines of credit like you wouldn’t believe, and this card is no exception. If you are an American Express Credit Card holder, and spend (and pay back) more than around $500,000 in a calender year on your AmEx account, there is a chance of being invited to apply for the American Express Centurion Card.

This card is what some consider to be the holy grail of status symbols. American Express only invites those who spend more than $500,000 a year on their cards. The spending doesn’t stop there, though. Once you are invited, there is a fee of $7,500 just to open the account. And then another $2,500 yearly to keep the account on top of the spending quota.

Its not just a titanium rectangle, though. This card gets you extra spending points with hotels and airlines, as well as lots of cashback. This card is a prime example of how incredibly wealthy some people are. If you ever find yourself in a situation in which you are invited to join this card, you are one of the lucky ones.[7]

3Aurora Diamante Fountain Pen—$1,470,600

Think about the nicest pen you’ve ever written with. The ball-point glides over the paper like butter on a hot pan. Its line is crisp and solid. The color is bold and you feel like you are the boss of the office when you write with it. How much did that pen cost?

In 2009, the pen designer and manufacturer “Aurora” released this $1.5 Million pen. It is covered with over 30 carats of high-quality diamonds. It features a fountain-style white gold nib, and was available in a light and dark variant. The pen is very limited, and only sold to a select customer once a year.

The pen is made in Florence, Italy, where Aurora’s headquarters are. They also make a variety of other pens, at a range of price points. There is no doubt however, that their “Diamante” will hold its place as their most expensive pen for a long time.[8]

2Alexander Amosu iPhone—$2,700,000

In 2014, with the release of the iPhone 6, designer Alexander Amosu released this one-off modified iPhone. 18 carat gold is encrusted with 6,127 diamonds to make the most blinged-out iphone ever made. Phone calls like no other are made on this phone.

The phone features a 51 carat diamond Apple logo on the back, with a flawless cut. The “Alexander Amosu” logo appears on the lower back of the phone, emblazoned with even more gold and diamonds. People scoff at the $1,000 price point of the brand new iPhones of today, but this phone surely takes the cake!

The phone was quickly made obsolete with the release of the iPhone 7 in 2016, but the Amosu iPhone’s legacy lives on as one of the biggest show-offs in today’s world.[9]

1Jada Dubai x Passion Jewelers High Heel Shoes—$17,000,000

Jada Dubai and Passion Jewelers collaborated on what would hold the world record for the most expensive pair of shoes ever. What Jada Dubai calls their “Passion Diamond Shoes” will run you a wallet-busting $17 Million Dollars.

Over 200 diamonds line the 24 carat gold stiletto heel, and gold-covered leather construction are sure to draw attention at even the most opulent occasions. And to top it off, there are two 14 carat high grade diamonds on each toe. Most of the value of these pumps come from the massive rarity of the 238 diamonds onboard.

Fashionistas from all over the world had the chance to view these works of art at the famed “Burj Al Arab” hotel in Dubai, UAE. The massive price tag turns away most potential buyers.[10]

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fact checked by Jamie Frater