Finally, Handmade 18-Carat Gold Earbuds that Cost $14,500

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As a tech blogger, there are few things in this world that I would spend three years’ salary on. These $14,500 18-carat gold earbuds might be just what I’m looking for, though.

What will not eating, not having a place to live and not paying for cable solely so I can watch Tia and Tamera for the next three years get me? According to the Happy Plugs product page:

A Swedish goldsmith in Old Town, Stockholm, makes the headphones by hand. 18-carat solid gold is molded into the shape of the Happy Plugs Earbuds and 25 grams of gold are used for each pair of earphones, which gives the headphones weight as a large jewelry.

If you’re not a high roller like I am, the non-gold versions of these headphones are available in a veritable rainbow of colors and are priced between $25 and $30.

18 carat gold headphones [Happy Plugs via Incredible Things]


Stupid, pointless waste of money items like this should be subject to a "stupid, pointless waste of money" tax, levied worldwide at 500%, to remind stupid people that their wasted money could have been used to feed a hundred families who otherwise died today.

It wouldn't affect the quantity sold, naturally, as the product exists solely for purchasers to gloat about having more money than a million poor people put together.

Meanwhile, I will content myself with the likelihood that these items will be ripped from the ears of their owners by thieves, to be melted down in those "cash for gold" joints. It's just a pity that the proceeds will go into the pockets of heroin dealers, probably to be spent on gold headphones.

Rant over. I feel rather better now.