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* Flashlights made out of copper, titanium or stainless steel don't perform any better than anodized aluminium ones in fact, they are often ''worse''[[labelnote:e.g.]]titanium and stainless steel don't conduct heat as well as aluminium and copper, copper and steel are heavy, and titanium screw threads tend to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galling gall]][[/labelnote]] but that doesn't stop them from selling well despite being two to five times more expensive than the aluminum ones. That said, [[SubvertedTrope gold and copper as part of the internal components are not a luxury, but an indicator of quality]]: gold-plated components conduct electric current far better, and a big slab of copper below the emitter LED helps distribute the heat away from the emitter, preventing efficiency loss and eventual breakdowns from {{overheating}}.

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* Flashlights made out of copper, copper[[labelnote:*]]pure or in brass alloy[[/labelnote]], titanium or stainless steel don't perform any better than anodized aluminium ones in fact, they are often ''worse''[[labelnote:e.g.]]titanium and stainless steel don't conduct heat as well as aluminium and copper, copper and steel are heavy, and titanium screw threads tend to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galling gall]][[/labelnote]] but that doesn't stop them from selling well despite being two to five times more expensive than the aluminum ones. That said, [[SubvertedTrope gold and copper as part of the internal components are not a luxury, but an indicator of quality]]: gold-plated components conduct electric current far better, and a big slab of copper below the emitter LED helps distribute the heat away from the emitter, preventing efficiency loss and eventual breakdowns from {{overheating}}.
13th Oct '17 1:02:10 PM REV6Pilot
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* Flashlights made out of copper, titanium or stainless steel don't perform any better than anodized aluminium ones in fact, they are often ''worse''[[labelnote:e.g.]]titanium and stainless steel don't conduct heat as well as aluminium and copper, copper and steel are heavy, and titanium screw threads tend to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galling gall]][[/labelnote]] but that doesn't stop them from selling well despite being two to five times more expensive than the aluminum ones. That said, [[SubvertedTrope gold and copper as part of the internal components are not a luxury, but an indicator of quality]]: gold-plated components conduct electric current far better, and a big slab of copper below the emitter LED helps distribute the heat away from the emitter, preventing efficiency loss and eventual breakdowns from {{overheating}}.
11th Oct '17 8:54:46 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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-->'''Collin Gibson, production designer''': ''In a world where there's barely one of anything, to show you had power, he's the man who's got two of everything.'''

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-->'''Collin Gibson, production designer''': ''In a world where there's barely one of anything, to show you had power, he's the man who's got two of everything.'''''
25th Sep '17 5:29:04 PM nombretomado
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* "Minnie the Moocher", made famous by Cab Calloway (with a little help from BettyBoop), especially the second half;

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* "Minnie the Moocher", made famous by Cab Calloway (with a little help from BettyBoop), WesternAnimation/BettyBoop), especially the second half;
12th Sep '17 3:09:26 PM WillKeaton
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* In [[http://www.commedia2x00.wordpress.com Commedia 2X00,]] Mr. Pants' family has been earning royalties on their patent on pants for centuries. His sidekick/attendant is a solid gold robot named Goodz. Several early updates are spent in his treasure room, which includes things like a Polybius arcade machine, the Chaos Emeralds, and an electric guitar autographed by Mozart.

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* In [[http://www.''[[http://www.commedia2x00.wordpress.com Commedia 2X00,]] 2X00,]]'' Mr. Pants' family has been earning royalties on their patent on pants for centuries. His sidekick/attendant is a solid gold robot named Goodz. Several early updates are spent in his treasure room, which includes things like a Polybius arcade machine, the Chaos Emeralds, and an electric guitar autographed by Mozart.



* The concept of conspicuous consumption was first coined by Norwegian-American economist Thorstein Veblen in his book ''Theory of the Leisure Class''. His work was at the same time both Anti-Marxist and critical to capitalism, and he insisted conspicuous consumption and lavish display of wealth is an innate trait of humans in all cultures and all eras of the world (it is). Items that violate the law of supply and demand by being ''more'' sought the ''higher'' their price, because the higher price is a signal of status, are called "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veblen_good Veblen goods]]" in his honor.[[note]]Items that violate the law of supply and demand because they are so basic and necessary that poor people will buy them in the same or increasing quantities at any price, even if it means having to give up on some partially substitutable goods, are called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giffen_good Giffen goods]]; Veblen goods are known to exist, but evidence for the existence of Giffen goods is sketchier.[[/note]]

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* The concept of conspicuous consumption was first coined by Norwegian-American economist Thorstein Veblen in his book ''Theory of the Leisure Class''. His work was at the same time both Anti-Marxist and critical to capitalism, and he insisted conspicuous consumption and lavish display of wealth is an innate trait of humans in all cultures and all eras of the world (it is). Items that violate the law of supply and demand by being ''more'' sought the ''higher'' their price, because the higher price is a signal of status, are called "[[http://en.[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veblen_good Veblen goods]]" "Veblen goods"]] in his honor.[[note]]Items that violate the law of supply and demand because they are so basic and necessary that poor people will buy them in the same or increasing quantities at any price, even if it means having to give up on some partially substitutable goods, are called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giffen_good Giffen goods]]; goods.]] Veblen goods are known to exist, but evidence for the existence of Giffen goods is sketchier.[[/note]]



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Am_Rich "iAmRich"]], a short-lived iPhone app, costing $999.99 (the highest price allowed by the App Store), consisted simply of a glowing gem displayed on the screen. It was literally made for buyers to show off that they can blow a thousand dollars on nothing. The creator sold six before the app was pulled by Apple - mainly because some geniuses clicked on it to see whether it was real.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Am_Rich "iAmRich"]], "iAmRich,"]] a short-lived iPhone app, costing $999.99 (the highest price allowed by the App Store), consisted simply of a glowing gem displayed on the screen. It was literally made for buyers to show off that they can blow a thousand dollars on nothing. The creator sold six before the app was pulled by Apple - mainly because some geniuses clicked on it to see whether it was real.
12th Sep '17 3:07:58 PM WillKeaton
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* In [[http://www.commedia2x00.wordpress.com Commedia 2X00]], Mr. Pants' family has been earning royalties on their patent on pants for centuries. His sidekick/attendant is a solid gold robot named Goodz. Several early updates are spent in his treasure room, which includes things like a Polybius arcade machine, the Chaos Emeralds, and an electric guitar autographed by Mozart.

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* In [[http://www.commedia2x00.wordpress.com Commedia 2X00]], 2X00,]] Mr. Pants' family has been earning royalties on their patent on pants for centuries. His sidekick/attendant is a solid gold robot named Goodz. Several early updates are spent in his treasure room, which includes things like a Polybius arcade machine, the Chaos Emeralds, and an electric guitar autographed by Mozart.



* In ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'' the Milton ferrets [[PetHeir inherited]] more money than they could possibly spend, not for want of [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/04/22/poolside-manner/ trying]].

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'' the Milton ferrets [[PetHeir inherited]] more money than they could possibly spend, not for want of [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/04/22/poolside-manner/ trying]].trying.]]



* {{Website/Cracked}} has a list [[http://www.cracked.com/article/188_7-great-products-telling-world-youre-rich-dick/ of real life ways to show off wealth]].

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* {{Website/Cracked}} has a list [[http://www.cracked.com/article/188_7-great-products-telling-world-youre-rich-dick/ of real life ways to show off wealth]].wealth.]]
12th Sep '17 3:06:30 PM WillKeaton
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* Brazilian BasedOnAnAdviceBook movie ''Até que a Sorte nos Separe'' ("Til Luck Do Us Part") has a guy who won the lottery 15 years prior finding out his fortune is basically gone after years of spending in things the bank makes sure to make a {{montage}} of: yearly travels both stateside and on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reduced_gravity_aircraft Vomit Comet]], buying a yacht that sunk after 30 minutes (without insurance!), celebrating a birthday in a private rock festival, having the wedding anniversary in a French castle... HilarityEnsues when he has to hide it from his wife who is still fond of spending because she can. (Note that this fate often befalls people who win the lottery in real life. It just usually happens a lot faster.)

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* Brazilian BasedOnAnAdviceBook movie ''Até que a Sorte nos Separe'' ("Til Luck Do Us Part") has a guy who won the lottery 15 years prior finding out his fortune is basically gone after years of spending in things the bank makes sure to make a {{montage}} of: yearly travels both stateside and on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reduced_gravity_aircraft Vomit Comet]], Comet,]] buying a yacht that sunk after 30 minutes (without insurance!), celebrating a birthday in a private rock festival, having the wedding anniversary in a French castle... HilarityEnsues when he has to hide it from his wife who is still fond of spending because she can. (Note that this fate often befalls people who win the lottery in real life. It just usually happens a lot faster.)



* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' noted this in the short film ''[[http://www.archive.org/details/Designfo1956 Design for Dreaming]]'', made in 1956 to advertise GM's Motorama expo. As the heroine and her man drive away in their fabulous Firebird II, Mike Nelson quips, "Conspicuous consumption makes our love stronger!"

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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' noted this in the short film ''[[http://www.archive.org/details/Designfo1956 Design for Dreaming]]'', Dreaming,]]'' made in 1956 to advertise GM's Motorama expo. As the heroine and her man drive away in their fabulous Firebird II, Mike Nelson quips, "Conspicuous consumption makes our love stronger!"
25th Aug '17 12:05:43 AM WillBGood
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* In the third act of ''VideoGame/PathOfExile'' the player visits the ruined city of the fallen empire. The empire was known for having endulged in a lot of Conspciuous Consumption shortly before it's fall. It's nowhere more evident than in the Solaris Temple where everything is made from polished white stone, red fabrics and covered in gold. The nature bound Ranger character even comments on how creepily unnatural it all looks.

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* In the third act of ''VideoGame/PathOfExile'' the player visits the ruined city of the fallen empire. The empire was known for having endulged in a lot of Conspciuous Consumption shortly before it's its fall. It's nowhere more evident than in the Solaris Temple where everything is made from polished white stone, red fabrics and covered in gold. The nature bound Ranger character even comments on how creepily unnatural it all looks.
18th Jul '17 8:07:50 PM HeroGal2347
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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' eventually adapted the aforementioned Creator/CarlBarks comic into the episode "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E14TheStatusSeekers The Status Seekers]]," where his treatment by his wealthy peers leads Scrooge (who never spends a cent if he can help it, let alone thousands of dollars on useless status symbols) to think he ought to "start ''acting'' rich." Unlike Barks' story, which ends as another successful treasure hunt, with Scrooge keeping the valuable artifact he finds, the episode ends with him deciding to screw it and give up trying to fit InWithTheInCrowd this way.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' eventually adapted the aforementioned Creator/CarlBarks comic into the episode "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E14TheStatusSeekers The Status Seekers]]," where his treatment by his wealthy peers leads Scrooge (who never spends a cent if he can help it, let alone thousands of dollars on useless status symbols) to think he ought to "start ''acting'' rich." Unlike Barks' story, which ends as another successful treasure hunt, with Scrooge keeping the valuable artifact he finds, the episode ends with him deciding to screw it and give up trying to fit InWithTheInCrowd this way.
14th Jul '17 9:19:00 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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