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20th Jan '16 3:31:31 PM eowynjedi
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* This is the root of the Elliots' financial troubles in ''Literature/{{Persuasion}}''. Sir Walter thinks he has to live up to the style of a baronet, which means buying expensive, flashy things until he runs into such deep debt he's forced to rent out his estate to an admiral. Which brings Anne's sea-captain ex-fiance back into her life.
18th Jan '16 1:27:32 PM margdean56
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** Cyrano combines this with AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted: At Act I Scene IV, [[ImpoverishedPatrician Cyrano]] confides [[TheWatson Le Bret]] that [[BuyThemOff the bag of crowns he used to pay the entrance fees of the Burgundy Theater]] was his parental bounty and so, he has not money for the rest of the month. Even when Le Bret scolds Cyrano for his folly, Cyrano calls this ''"a graceful act"''. This conduct explains better than anything why Cyrano is condemned to a PerpetualPoverty life.
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** Cyrano combines this with AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted: At Act I Scene IV, [[ImpoverishedPatrician Cyrano]] confides to [[TheWatson Le Bret]] that [[BuyThemOff the bag of crowns he used to pay the entrance fees of the Burgundy Theater]] was his parental bounty and so, he has not no money for the rest of the month. Even when Le Bret scolds Cyrano for his folly, Cyrano calls this ''"a graceful act"''. This conduct explains better than anything why Cyrano is condemned to a PerpetualPoverty life.

** At Act II Scene I, We see Raguenaeu’s Bakery, where Ragueneau is giving free his pies to [[FalseFriend his friends, the starving poets]]… who in retribution give Ragueneau their poems and hear his own poetry (and they flatter him). Ragueneau buys a lyre made of pastry from one of his own apprentices, and when he shows it to his wife, Lisa, she lampshades that is a silly consumption. Also, when a multitude of invaders comes to his bakery at Act II scene VII and break all, he doesn’t ask them for paying the damages. This attitude explains why he is ruined at Act III.
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** At Act II Scene I, We we see Raguenaeu’s Ragueneau’s Bakery, where Ragueneau is giving his pastries free his pies to [[FalseFriend his friends, the starving poets]]… who in retribution return give Ragueneau their poems and hear his own poetry (and they flatter him). Ragueneau buys a lyre made of pastry from one of his own apprentices, and when he shows it to his wife, Lisa, Lise, she lampshades that is a silly consumption. Also, when a multitude of invaders comes to his bakery at in Act II scene VII and break all, everything, he doesn’t ask them for paying to pay the damages. This attitude explains why he is ruined at in Act III.
18th Jan '16 1:22:18 PM margdean56
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** Nobility tends towards to this, with expensive outfits that are only intended to be worn once.
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** Nobility tends towards to this, with expensive outfits that are only intended to be worn once.

* ''The Satyricon'' by Petronius, written in Roman times, is full of this. In the chapter describing banquet of Trimalchio, a heavy silver platter is dropped by one of the household slaves, and the wealthy Trimalchio commands that the platter be left on the floor and swept out with the rest of the garbage. Between courses, the guests have their fingers washed with wine instead of water. The narrators are obviously party-crashers, but no one cares.
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* ''The Satyricon'' by Petronius, written in Roman times, is full of this. In the chapter describing the banquet of Trimalchio, a heavy silver platter is dropped by one of the household slaves, and the wealthy Trimalchio commands that the platter be left on the floor and swept out with the rest of the garbage. Between courses, the guests have their fingers washed with wine instead of water. The narrators are obviously party-crashers, but no one cares.

** Note that Wonka himself in an aversion to this trope. Though he says repeatedly he's rich, it says in the book that most of his fortune is used to maintain his business, research new candies, and care for the Oompah-Loompahs. In fact, in the above anecdote, Grandpa Joe says Wonka was absolutely ''shocked'' at the prince's declaration that he'd live in the chocolate palace.
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** Note that Wonka himself in an aversion to this trope. Though he says repeatedly he's rich, it says in the book that most of his fortune is used to maintain his business, research new candies, and care for the Oompah-Loompahs.Oompa-Loompas. In fact, in the above anecdote, Grandpa Joe says Wonka was absolutely ''shocked'' at the prince's declaration that he'd live in the chocolate palace.

* In the ''Citizen'' series by David Drake and John Lambshead, the protagonist actually thinks that this trope can be a good thing: Encouraging the ultra-rich to spend large amounts of money on expensive and frivolous things is an easy way for wealth to be redistributed back into the lower social classes without the need for figurative or literal class warfare (This assumes that some poor people will be hired at a decent wage to produce/deliver the expensive items the rich man is buying to flaunt his wealth).
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* In the ''Citizen'' series by David Drake and John Lambshead, the protagonist actually thinks that this trope can be a good thing: Encouraging the ultra-rich to spend large amounts of money on expensive and frivolous things is an easy way for wealth to be redistributed back into the lower social classes without the need for figurative or literal class warfare (This (this assumes that some poor people will be hired at a decent wage to produce/deliver the expensive items the rich man is buying to flaunt his wealth).
18th Jan '16 1:16:43 PM margdean56
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Anyway you look at it, these people are just spending money for the hell of it. You aren't buying a luxury car. You're buying a gold plated one. You don't just have a private jet. You have a private aircraft carrier (and not for your [[PrivateMilitaryContractors private army]] either).
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Anyway Any way you look at it, these people are just spending money for the hell of it. You aren't buying a luxury car. You're buying a gold plated one. You don't just have a private jet. You have a private aircraft carrier (and not for your [[PrivateMilitaryContractors private army]] either).
9th Jan '16 10:33:28 AM nombretomado
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* ''SpongebobSquarepants'': Squilliam Fancyson owns a private yacht, a private lake, a private heliport, a private island and a Zeppelin casino. [[BigFancyHouse His house]] shows even more of this. * ''CloneHigh'': Principal Scudworth devotes a considerable chunk of the advertising kickbacks he got toward having Mr. Butlertron gold-plated and lowered. The rest of the money disappears in a similar fashion.
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* ''SpongebobSquarepants'': ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': Squilliam Fancyson owns a private yacht, a private lake, a private heliport, a private island and a Zeppelin casino. [[BigFancyHouse His house]] shows even more of this. * ''CloneHigh'': ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'': Principal Scudworth devotes a considerable chunk of the advertising kickbacks he got toward having Mr. Butlertron gold-plated and lowered. The rest of the money disappears in a similar fashion.
20th Dec '15 3:26:33 PM SMARTALIENQT
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* Western cuisine is fundamentally different from Eastern food because of this trope. The European elite used to eat foods with expensive imported spices like cumin and saffron, until [[http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/03/26/394339284/how-snobbery-helped-take-the-spice-out-of-european-cooking more trade meant that spices weren't only for the upper class anymore.]] Then the new fashion became eating unspiced food that accentuates the existing flavors.
17th Dec '15 3:42:25 AM Kid
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** To the Ferengi, profit is quite literally their ''religion.'' They believe that after death, a Ferengi's soul -and his account balance- are weighed by the Blessed Exchequer, with a successful Ferengi being able to bribe his way into the Divine Treasury, where he can use his wealth to bid on his next life under the supervision of the Celestial Auctioneers. A Ferengi who died poor would be cast into the Vault of Eternal Destitution, never to be reincarnated. Profit is ''SeriousBusiness'' to Ferengi; squandering money on ostentatious displays would be seen as not just silly but ''insane'' when your next life is at stake! Only the Grand Nagus, the leader of the entire race, would go in for displays of wealth (the Nagal Residence is said to contain Latinum-plated fixtures) because he is supposed to already be ''by definition'' the smartest and richest of all Ferengi.
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** To the Ferengi, profit is quite literally their ''religion.'' They believe that after death, a Ferengi's soul -and soul--and his account balance- are balance--are weighed by the Blessed Exchequer, with a successful Ferengi being able to bribe his way into the Divine Treasury, where he can use his wealth to bid on his next life under the supervision of the Celestial Auctioneers. A Ferengi who died poor would be cast into the Vault of Eternal Destitution, never to be reincarnated. Profit is ''SeriousBusiness'' to Ferengi; squandering money on ostentatious displays would be seen as not just silly but ''insane'' when your next life is at stake! Only the Grand Nagus, the leader of the entire race, would go in for displays of wealth (the Nagal Residence is said to contain Latinum-plated fixtures) because he is supposed to already be ''by definition'' the smartest and richest of all Ferengi.
15th Dec '15 9:47:27 PM KatanaCat
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** He was past displaying bling on his person, but not otherwise. One bit was a jeweler leaving after repairing one of the phones. His normally-wealthed female friend was puzzled until she saw the phoine, which had gemstones instead of numbers on the keypad. Richie had to give her the dialing sequence in gemstones.
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** He was past displaying bling on his person, but not otherwise. One bit was a jeweler leaving after repairing one of the phones. His normally-wealthed female friend was puzzled until she saw the phoine, phone, which had gemstones instead of numbers on the keypad. Richie had to give her the dialing sequence in gemstones.
1st Dec '15 4:57:55 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* In FrederickPohl's ''TheMidasPlague'', the US went through a period of severe shortages, which strongly inculcated a strong "thou shalt not waste" ethic in the population, followed by a period of cheap fusion energy, and automatic production, which created huge surpluses. But people couldn't "waste" things, so they had to consume them, which leads to an inversion of consumer culture, where "poor" people have higher consumption quotas that they have to meet.
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* In FrederickPohl's Creator/FrederikPohl's ''TheMidasPlague'', the US went through a period of severe shortages, which strongly inculcated a strong "thou shalt not waste" ethic in the population, followed by a period of cheap fusion energy, and automatic production, which created huge surpluses. But people couldn't "waste" things, so they had to consume them, which leads to an inversion of consumer culture, where "poor" people have higher consumption quotas that they have to meet.
22nd Nov '15 5:47:52 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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** To the Ferengi, profit is quite literally their ''religion.'' They believe that after death, a Ferengi's soul -and his account balance- are weighed by the Blessed Exchequer, with a successful Ferengi being able to bribe his way into the Divine Treasury, where he can use his wealth to bid on his next life under the supervision of the Celestial Auctioneers. A Ferengi who died poor would be cast into the Vault of Eternal Destitution, never to be reincarnated. Profit is ''SeriousBusiness'' to Ferengi; squandering money on ostentatious displays would be seen as not just silly but ''insane'' when your next life is at stake! Only the Grand Nagus, the leader of the entire race, would go in for displays of wealth (the Nagal Residence is said to contain Latinum-plated fixtures) because he is supposed to already be ''by definition'' the smartest and richest of all Ferengi.
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