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Top 6 Most Ridiculously Overpriced Gifts
1. Millage Flying Tourbillon Watch Don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s only high-end retailers that stock hugely overpriced gifts. The next three are from Amazon, that most universal of retailers. Whether it’s due to Amazon’s strange auto-pricing system that pushes the price up if stock is low, or whether you could genuinely spend the price of a house on a website best known for books and CDs is unclear but should you want to do the latter, why not start with the Millage Flying Tourbillon watch – currently priced at $99,000. It comes in several colors, has a watch made from alligator leather (what did these alligators do to the makers of luxury goods?) and a 7-year guarantee. The reviews may be somewhat cynical and possibly not entirely true but don’t let that put you off if you’re looking for something very, very expensive to put on your wrist.
2. Steinhausen Luxury Accessory Case So, where to put your very expensive watch? Why a very expensive watch box of course! It holds 20 watches and is retailing on amazon.com right now for $99,999.00, just a thousand dollars more than the watch it’s designed to hold. Sadly, a peek on Steinhausen’s website reveals that the box is worth more like $250, which puts it into the luxury range but not the “need a mortgage” range. So, it looks like it might be a victim of a rogue Amazon pricing algorithm but still, if you wanted to buy it today there is the option of spending $100,000 on it (and still getting a dollar in change!)
3. AudioQuest Speaker Cable For our last Amazon item – nothing quite says “I love you” like a speaker cable, does it? And if you want to spoil the audio-lover in your life, there’s a piece of cable on the UK Amazon site right now for $175,000 as shown in the screen shot above. The reviews say it’s a very good cable and worth paying the extra money for but again, we’re getting into house-buying territory here. You may admire its “SOLID 100% PERFECT-SURFACE SILVER CONDUCTORS” (sic) and “MULTI-LAYER CARBON-BASED NOISE-
DISSIPATION” (sic), but you may want to invest your money slightly more wisely.
4. Cobblestone Yellow Diamond Bracelet There are no mistakes on this next item, by luxury jewelers Tiffany. The price isn’t even on their website, presumably going by the mantra “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it”. But a little digging reveals that this rather bling-plastic bracelet is a cool $1.3 million. It has 59 yellow diamonds, and the rest of the platinum bracelet is filled in with boring old white diamonds, bringing the total carat count to over 100. It’s also, as you might be able to see, a bit ugly. It’s garish and heavy-looking and breaks the cardinal rule that gold and silver shouldn’t be seen together. But still, if you want to impress someone just buy this and show them the receipt. They’ll have to love it, even if they don’t like it.
5. Rangyai Island But if you’re going to splash out in true billionaire style, there’s nothing quite like buying someone their private island. When you look at the islands available, you might be surprised to see that they were less than a modest-sized London property – in fact, they start around $27,500 which wouldn’t buy you a garage in London. Mind you, they are the kind of windswept rocks off the coast of Canada that no-one wants to live on. For real style, you need something like Rangyai Island, Thailand, which is currently on sale for $160,000,000. It’s said to be a holiday paradise, with “beautiful white sand beaches and lush tropical forests” and comes with its electricity generator and fresh water supply. It’s even close to Phuket Airport, for jetting in between meetings. The drawback is that foreigners aren’t supposed to buy Thai islands, and there are a few loopholes you might have to get through before being able to set up your summer house. Marrying a Thai national might do the trick, but that might upset whoever you bought the island for. It might be best to stick to that handbag after all… 6. Clive Christian No 1 for Women, 50ml For something that’s billed as “the world’s most expensive perfume” It's disappointing that this is almost affordable. A 50ml bottle in Fortnum & Mason will set you back just $750 – for some people; that’s the cost of one meal! Granted it’s not a huge bottle, but you expect to pay more for even a drop of the world’s most expensive perfume. Even more disappointingly, there’s currently a bottle on eBay that’s starting at $9.99. That doesn’t reflect all the “rare and precious ingredients” that go into it now, does it? Still, the shiny gold bottle will totally impress the woman in your life and make her think you spent a year’s salary on it
6. Ralph Lauren Alligator Ricky Bag We’re back to Harrods for another tasteful bag, this one in unambiguous gold – the color of “look how much money I have”. Priced at a hefty $28,000 it is made of alligator skin and named after Ralph Lauren’s wife. According to the product description, it is also “extremely practical”, thanks to its multiple strap configurations and roomy inside pockets. Practical that is, as long as you’re happy carrying around something that costs the same as a small car. Further proof that Harrods customers probably don’t inhabit the same world as the rest of us do – theirs is probably the world where the sea sparkles and California are picked out with orange gemstones…