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23rd Mar '17 7:41:53 PM bombadil211
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* Nokia's Vertu line of cell phones feature such things as genuine gemstones and precious metal cases. Prices have ranged as high as $300 000 each for the most expensive models. For a period (before Nokia pulled out of the country entirely) these were the only Nokia-made phones available in Japan.

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* Nokia's Vertu line of cell phones feature such things as genuine gemstones and gemstones, precious metal cases.cases, and a button that immediately connects the user with a concierge service. Prices have ranged as high as $300 000 each for the most expensive models. For a period (before Nokia pulled out of the country entirely) these were the only Nokia-made phones available in Japan.
19th Feb '17 12:48:56 PM JulianLapostat
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* ''Film/BiggerThanLife'' is a {{Melodrama}} UnbuiltTrope that criticizes this mentality in TheFifties (the decade with which it is highly associated). A poor-struggling family go on a shopping spree to feel good about themselves and the result is a day of excitement and exhilaration followed with anxiety and guilt about living beyond their means.
17th Feb '17 1:23:52 PM Generality
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* In ''[[Film/OceansEleven Ocean's 13]]'', Al Pacino's character receives a gold plated and diamond encrusted cell phone as a gift. He's obviously been desiring one for a while.

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* In ''[[Film/OceansEleven Ocean's 13]]'', Al Pacino's character receives a gold plated and diamond encrusted cell phone as a gift. He's obviously been desiring one for a while. This is FlawExploitation by the protagonists, who have put an app on the phone that allows them to hack his security system, something that no other person would be able to go near with a personal device.
17th Jan '17 3:33:45 PM Materioptikon
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* Mr. Ishiguro argues against this, or at least its most prurient manifestations, in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'':
--> '''Mr. Ishiguro''': It's okay to have steak when there's a chicken in every pot. But if you're eating steak and the majority of people have nothing, it doesn't take long for you to look like a chicken.
17th Jan '17 3:29:49 PM Materioptikon
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* Mr. Ishiguro argues against this in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'':

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* Mr. Ishiguro argues against this this, or at least its most prurient manifestations, in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'':
17th Jan '17 3:28:45 PM Materioptikon
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* Mr. Ishiguro argues against this in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}:

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* Mr. Ishiguro argues against this in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}:''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'':
17th Jan '17 3:27:43 PM Materioptikon
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--> ''Keene: "Lana, come on; I'd be the first to tell you if we were letting unbridled hedonism go to our heads. Look, let's discuss this later over a full body massage. The chocolate fondue jacuzzi sound okay?"''

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--> ''Keene: '''Keene''': "Lana, come on; I'd be the first to tell you if we were letting unbridled hedonism go to our heads. Look, let's discuss this later over a full body massage. The chocolate fondue jacuzzi sound okay?"''



--> ''Mr. Ishiguro'': It's okay to have steak when there's a chicken in every pot. But if you're eating steak and the majority of people have nothing, it doesn't take long for you to look like a chicken.

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--> ''Mr. Ishiguro'': '''Mr. Ishiguro''': It's okay to have steak when there's a chicken in every pot. But if you're eating steak and the majority of people have nothing, it doesn't take long for you to look like a chicken.
17th Jan '17 3:27:14 PM Materioptikon
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* Mr. Ishiguro argues against this in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}:
--> ''Mr. Ishiguro'': It's okay to have steak when there's a chicken in every pot. But if you're eating steak and the majority of people have nothing, it doesn't take long for you to look like a chicken.
4th Jan '17 4:08:08 PM gb00393
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** The Lannisters are the wealthiest noble family in the Seven Kingdoms and not afraid to let everyone know it. They put gold and jewels on everything and boast about being able to buy anything. [[spoiler:It's ultimately revealed to be a subversion: their gold mines have run out and the War of Five Kings wiped out both their savings and the only thing they had left of any value; an obscene debt owed them by the Iron Throne and House Baratheon. Now that they've taken the throne and eliminated House Baratheon, they're flat broke and have nothing left save two slummy port towns and the family heirs. They continue to spend lavishly with loaned money to make themselves appear prosperous and powerful, knowing the instant someone tries to call in their debts this will become common knowledge and the entire family is ''screwed'']].

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** The Lannisters are the wealthiest noble family in the Seven Kingdoms and not afraid to let everyone know it. They put gold and jewels on everything and boast about being able to buy anything.anything and their ability to pay debts. [[spoiler:It's ultimately revealed to be a subversion: their gold mines have run out and the War of Five Kings wiped out both their savings and the only thing they had left of any value; an obscene debt owed them by the Iron Throne and House Baratheon. Now that they've taken the throne and eliminated House Baratheon, they're flat broke and have nothing left save two slummy port towns and the family heirs. They continue to spend lavishly with loaned money to make themselves appear prosperous and powerful, knowing the instant someone tries to call in their debts this will become common knowledge and the entire family is ''screwed'']].


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** Olenna discuss the importance of a spectacular presentation at the royal wedding with Tyrion in Season 2 and with Margaery in "Two Swords".
24th Dec '16 10:10:19 AM DaibhidC
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* Pretty much everything bought by the narrator in Music/MitchBenn's "Too Much Money", but in particular the car that "does thirty gallons a mile" just to make the point he can afford to ''keep'' paying for it.
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