Everything Costs Something
April 9, 2009 9:22 PM   Subscribe

What It Costs provides information on the costs associated with a wide variety of services and concepts. Whether you want to know the price range of practical activities — such as what it costs to replace a kitchen countertop, building a nuclear aircraft carrier — or are interested in unusual articles — such as the cost to build Fenway Park, being cryogenically frozen or cleaning up a murder scene — you will find all this and much more.
posted by netbros (24 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

 
This seems like an opportune time to make the "same as in town" joke.
posted by Pants! at 9:28 PM on April 9, 2009


I was going to laugh at the kitchen counter entry, since it listed a range from $5-150/sq ft then I saw that it went on for 4 pages. I'll keep checking entries out, but this might be pretty cool.
posted by Science! at 9:39 PM on April 9, 2009


forgive me if i am gone for a short while to read this neat site.
posted by the aloha at 9:47 PM on April 9, 2009


what does the monetary system cost?
posted by eustatic at 9:57 PM on April 9, 2009


...or cleaning up a murder scene...

Bookmarked.
posted by arachnid at 10:02 PM on April 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


i'm back. i can't afford to do anything that this site writes about. still a neat read.
posted by the aloha at 10:15 PM on April 9, 2009


A friend of mine was getting quotes from kitchen renovation places; to get drawers that went "whoosh" and automatically braked their close was quotes an additional $1k.

He went to the local hardware store and bought the "whooshers" for $4 a pair and installed them himself (no, he did not have 250 drawers in his kitchen).
posted by porpoise at 10:19 PM on April 9, 2009


God bless the Internet. I was just debating whether to spend my tax refund on a kitchen refurb or a nuclear aircraft carrier.
posted by rokusan at 10:52 PM on April 9, 2009


Neat site. Practical.

Wow. When I worked for 5-1/2 years as a building super and had to clean up the remains of a dead tenant (it was not murder but was gruesome), I should have been paid for it. $600 an hour. whoa.
posted by nickyskye at 11:05 PM on April 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


I've put in a request for an article on a handjob in Manila.
posted by rhymer at 1:41 AM on April 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


If you have to ask, you can't afford it.
posted by pracowity at 2:38 AM on April 10, 2009


Sidewalk: No results

Spoke wheel: No results

F-22: No results

Treehouse: No results

Result: Disappointment
posted by Kirth Gerson at 2:42 AM on April 10, 2009


I think the translation of historical costs into modern money is always misleading. For example, it says the Panama canal cost $14 billion in 2008 dollars to build. That might be a literal translation of money then to money now based on something like the CPI, but does anyone really think the canal could be built today for that? I bet it would be something much more akin to $140 billion, plus or minus a couple of hundred billion.
posted by maxwelton at 2:57 AM on April 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


So the ballpark estimate for a new kitchen counter-top is somewhere between five and one hundred and fifty dollars?! That's not a ballpark. That's not even a friggin' stadium. That's a green. That's like saying cars cost somewhere between $100 and $50,000,000. Just. not. helpful.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 3:39 AM on April 10, 2009


(er... per sq. ft., that is.)
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 3:40 AM on April 10, 2009


1) Jackson Pollock - No. 5: $142.7 million.

What I think is a greater work of art is the con job dreamed up by the gallery owner who ordained Pollock as a great artist.
posted by digsrus at 5:42 AM on April 10, 2009


Cars do cost between $100 and $50,000,000. It depends on the car.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 5:42 AM on April 10, 2009


I wonder what this web site costs?
posted by FishBike at 6:04 AM on April 10, 2009


Civil_Disobedient: So the ballpark estimate for a new kitchen counter-top is somewhere between five and one hundred and fifty dollars?! That's not a ballpark.

As the article explains in meticulous detail, an inexpensnive laminate countertop will run you $5 per square foot, a tile countertop in the neightborhood of $20/sq. ft., synthetic will be approximately $50, stone moves us to about $70, engineered stone weighs in at $120, and if you really want one of the $150 per square foot countertops they mention in the headline, then you want to go for marble. The information in the article offers a lot more than just a ballpark estimate.
posted by netbros at 6:23 AM on April 10, 2009


Very handy and interesting. Thanks!
posted by jopreacher at 8:22 AM on April 10, 2009


$600/hr. for murder scene cleanup. Damn. I'm totally in the wrong business.

At least I get paid more than what you can expect to pay for Doggy Daycare!
posted by grapefruitmoon at 10:07 AM on April 10, 2009


I can't imagine any formica countertop that costs only $5.00 a sf. I love my formica, because I could get it exactly the color of dark forest green I wanted, and could get a groovy beveled edge drop in a contrasting shade, and it's unbelievable tough; heat, caustic chemicals, soap curing...none of that has damaged it, but I'm pretty sure I paid a whole lot more than $5 a sq, 10 years ago.
posted by dejah420 at 12:22 PM on April 10, 2009


Great think! I appreciate it!
posted by ragtimepiano at 2:56 PM on April 10, 2009


OOps---sleep deprived---I meant GREAT LINK!
posted by ragtimepiano at 2:56 PM on April 10, 2009


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