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Is This iPad the World’s Most Grotesque Display of Wealth?

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Posted on Nov 1, 2011
Engadget

What do you give the oligarch who has everything? Why not an $8 million iPad 2? This device, which normally has a starting price of $499, has been dipped in gold, covered in diamonds and, because he’s no ordinary 1-percenter, styled with the bone shavings of a 65-million-year-old tyrannosaurus rex.

(Source: Engadget)

From Stuart Hughes, the maker of this ostentatious paperweight:

Undoubtably the world’s most unique gadget is the Ipad 2 Gold History Edition. Encrusted with 12.5 cts of ‘I’F’ Flawless diamonds, a magnificent total of 53 individually set sparkling gems dwell beautifully in solid 24ct Apple logo with rear section formed again in 24ct gold weighing an immense 2,000 grams. The unrivalled imagination towards the craftmanship of the iapd is down to its main front frame which is made from the oldest rock the world has to offer in the form of Ammolite , sourced from Canada this stone is over 75 million years old. However to make this masterpiece even more individual, sections of a 65 million year old T-REX Dinosaur’s thigh bone was splintered and then shaved into the Ammolite , then finished off with ultimate jewel , as single cut 8.5ct flawless diamond inlaid in its own platinum surround with 12 outer flawless diamonds. A magnificent combination of top of the industry technology and unique thought were involved in creating this piece of History !. Material spec, 16.5 ct diamonds & 8.5ct single diamond, 57 grams of T-REX bone, 750 grams of Ammolite stone and 2000 grams of solid 24ct Gold. This item is of a limited edition of only 2 units to be made

Mr. Hughes has also wrapped overpriced cellphones in gold, but he doesn’t mention that metal interferes with cellular signals. Being rich doesn’t buy good reception.

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By damon shea, November 2, 2011 at 8:31 am Link to this comment
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This fu*king psychotic. How many starving mouths could that feed, over a
vanity device that will be obsolete in 2 years. A poor nutjob goes to the
mental ward but rich nutjobs can do whatever they want whenever they
want and be greeted with a smile. Absolutely disgusting.

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By diman, November 2, 2011 at 5:27 am Link to this comment

Would somebody please stuff one of these faggoty pillows down his throat already.

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By blogdog, November 1, 2011 at 10:50 pm Link to this comment

dinosaur ornamentation for dinosaurs - works for me - just so as the handful of
these communicators that ever get sold are later preserved in a museum, as are
the toilet utensils of Marie Antoinette, after the current crop of dinosaurs meet
their equivocal fates

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By David, November 1, 2011 at 6:18 pm Link to this comment
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This is a little bit sick, but honestly, I wouldn’t pay more for a gold plated iPad or whatever. Why add the extra weight? You know, being really rich can’t really be all that great these days. I mean what “rich people” items are available these days that weren’t available before? Yeah, rich people have fancy iphones, but poor people have exactly the same ones. Check your city bus. I’m not kidding. This tech boom isn’t really making anything that makes the rich feel their privilege, so they resort to this absurd “icing” of poor-people consumer electronics, because even the poor in North America can afford the best phones on Earth. If you have insurance (like the vast US majority), you get better health care than the ultra rich did 20 years ago.

What the rich can still do it buy influence and access, but they only do that to get more money. So what fulfilling thing can they do with that money that we poor people can’t do?

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