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$8,000 Mr. Potato Head
October 6, 2004 12:28 PM   Subscribe

It takes more than 40 hours to cover Mr. Potato Head with more than 23,000 Swarovski® crystals in 14 different colors.
posted by ZippityBuddha (22 comments total)

 
8k!!! What the hell, I'll take 2!
posted by Juicylicious at 1:01 PM on October 6, 2004


Anyone who buys one of these things should have all of their money taken away. "No more money for you, until you learn how to use it!"
posted by The Card Cheat at 1:01 PM on October 6, 2004


Wouldn't you rather have this?
posted by contessa at 1:01 PM on October 6, 2004


Clearly this is a product oriented towards those who have more money than sense.
posted by clevershark at 1:03 PM on October 6, 2004


Classy.
posted by chrid at 1:09 PM on October 6, 2004


.
posted by Peter H at 1:11 PM on October 6, 2004


Meh. Call me when they do this to Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots.
posted by papercake at 1:18 PM on October 6, 2004


I can hardly wait to see this on "Growing Up Gotti".
posted by briank at 1:20 PM on October 6, 2004


It's probably too classy for "Growing up Gotti".
posted by clevershark at 1:28 PM on October 6, 2004


God. Most people only dream of being able to care so little about the homeless to consider wanting one of these.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 2:12 PM on October 6, 2004


Neiman's is also offering the following "Fantasy Gifts" this year from their Christmas Catalog:

-5000 square-foot, four-lane bowling center, beginning at $1,450,000.00
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Limited edition 2005 Maserati Quattroporte for $125,000.00
-Las Vegas 3-wheeler motorcycle for $65,000.00
-And best of all: Customized Suit of Armor for $20,000.00

posted by naxosaxur at 2:16 PM on October 6, 2004


i love this fucking country.

IN YOUR FACE, MEXICO.
posted by fishfucker at 2:27 PM on October 6, 2004


This is the kind of thing I'd buy people as a Christmas present if I were a rock star. I might include a $50 Best Buy gift card if I was feeling particularly generous.
posted by logovisual at 3:03 PM on October 6, 2004


I note there is a back order.

What is especially odd to me is I was thumbing through my Useless Gifts to Give People Christmas Catalog and remember seeing little Mr. Potato Heads studded with crystals. But not 23,000 Swarovski® crystals in 14 different colors. This one was more like 40 crystals in 5 different colors.

Or you could make your own. I've bought Swarovski® crystals wholesale and the price (which varies by color) is around ten cents each for the smallest, 3mm size. $2300.00 total plus glue.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 4:06 PM on October 6, 2004


And really wouldn't it be worth going blind from gluing 23,000 Swarovski® crystals in 14 different colors onto Mr. Potato Head when you see that look of sheer delight on your loved one's face Christmas morning!
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 4:10 PM on October 6, 2004


You just love writing that little R thingie, don't you. ;)
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 5:00 PM on October 6, 2004


I think this is why the terrorists hate us. And, for the first time, I'm not sure I blame them.
posted by swell at 5:26 PM on October 6, 2004


What's the big deal? I wipe my butt with those things - and only those things. They're quite practical, economical and functional. Makes me feel oh-so-fresh.

/snarkoff

In the highly unlikely event that anyone that might be influenced by MeFi is seriously considering purchasing one of those sparkling shit-grenades, consider instead purchasing a monetarily equal quantity of the plain-old non-sparkly Mr. Potatoheads and giving them away to the less fortunate.

Well, I'd seriously consider a different toy altogether, as Mr. Potatohead is pretty lame to begin with. Hell, just send someone to school. Buy some poor teacher some supplies or schoolbooks. Buy 800 people an inexpensive lunch.

If you've seriously got so much money that buying this kind of unredeeming crap seems to be a good idea to you, I'll gladly take any money you'd like to give me, and apply it to a number of personal pet projects I have. (Art, music, activisim, and direct action with the homeless and hungry. (I'm actually looking into starting a small program with my own piddling money and a few friends to just get simple food, clothes, blankets and toiletry to people on the street here in LA. We're talking huge numbers. Like maybe 5-20 dollars a week or something. But it's something. (On that note, three nests deep, why is it that the poor like myself are more likely to help the really insanely poor?)))

Otherwise you might as well burn the money. I thought rich people were supposed to have taste or something.

/jihad on Neiman Marcus
posted by loquacious at 5:52 PM on October 6, 2004


This is one of the dumbest ways to spend money, ever.

I love it.
posted by mosch at 6:14 PM on October 6, 2004


I thought rich people were supposed to have taste or something.

Where in the world did you get that idea? :)

Well, actually it's because have the money and power to foist their ideas of taste on the rest of us. Not that the bling-blinging, von dutching, Britney listening masses don't often have shitty taste too, but at least they usually find a way to do it on the cheap.
posted by jonmc at 6:36 PM on October 6, 2004


Neiman's puts out this stuff more as a marketing ploy than in hopes they will actually sell any. A friend of mine works there and told me that most years they don't even sell one of the "fantasy gifts."
posted by sixdifferentways at 10:57 PM on October 6, 2004


Jonmc: i had to go to a mouth surgeon to stitch up the hole my tongue put through my cheek on that one.

Wanna buy a von dutch trucker cap? direct from the counterfeiimporter, as seen on craigslist.
posted by loquacious at 2:01 AM on October 7, 2004


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