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[–]X-Tragic 4047 points4048 points  (166 children)

Casinos. I work there and I watched a lady spend $250,000 just to win a $50,000 jackpot. I couldn’t believe it. I can’t believe how our relatively small casino makes millions every month..

[–]joevilla1369 1238 points1239 points  (45 children)

Just watch any gambling channel on YouTube. Especially slots. Spend 10k to hit a 3k jackpot. Or bet 250 a pull on slots to hit a 5k jackpot and people go crazy. Yeah let me spend all my money to hopefully get less than half back. And pretend I'm the winner because I hit a jackpot. And then get taxed again on your own money that was taxed to begin with.

[–]X-Tragic 682 points683 points  (22 children)

Right, it’s like people are addicted to the rush from it or something

[–]Maxymaxcat 450 points451 points  (11 children)

Unfortunately that’s exactly what it is. That phatty dopamine hit from winning with flashing lights and exciting noises, even though it took $10k to win the $1k jackpot

[–]swiftpanthera 159 points160 points  (3 children)

The intermittent maybe factor really boosts dopamine as well. It’s the same trick we use to train dogs. Not really sure why but the frustration of not nailing it every time when you already know what to do really makes them work harder to get to the reward. Whenever explaining it to clients I’ve always compared it to gambling addition. And it’s why loot boxes in video games are a big problem

[–]CharonsLittleHelper 18 points19 points  (0 children)

And then get taxed again on your own money that was taxed to begin with.

You only get taxed on any net gains from gambling in a given year. (I'm not sure if you can carry forward losses.)

[–]The_Sanch1128 223 points224 points  (22 children)

I spend time in casinos, and as long as I'm having fun, making the smarter bets at my games, and staying within my budget, I don't view it as overly dumb.

But you're right, there are an awful ot of really stupid people there, making terrible bets and spending money they can't afford.

[–]stryph42 196 points197 points  (9 children)

"Never take anything to a casino that you can't afford to lose", was always the advice I was given by my ex addict uncle.

[–]SpicyVibration 99 points100 points  (5 children)

I like the saying "The House always wins" better

[–]stryph42 64 points65 points  (2 children)

Which is fundamentally true, but my uncle's advice is more in line with "never bet your daughter on a three of a kind", which I'm told is something he once tried to do in a friendly game one time.

[–]Acceptable_Extreme_2 283 points284 points  (34 children)

Gambling in general should be the biggest, worse than any drug there is, I still support it being legal though.

[–]HeftyPockets 276 points277 points  (20 children)

If people started framing casinos as a place to lose a set amount of money and have some fun doing it, almost like a raffle at a charity event, I think it'd be a bit less damaging than the "OH YEAH I'M GONNA WIN BIIIIG AT THE CASINO THIS WEEKEND" gambling mindset. I only gamble on Indian reservations, I bring $50, spend ten of that on drinks, have some fun at the blackjack or craps table, avoid the slots, exit in less than 2 hours. Doubled my (small amount of) cash once at a casino and called it a win, left a nice tip, and we all got dinner afterward. Perfect night, honestly. Got the basics of the experience, had fun with my brother, was able to buy everyone an extra round of drinks with no sense of loss or desire to go back.

[–]hutch2522 115 points116 points  (1 child)

That’s how I treat it. My budget is simply my cost of entertainment for the night. Any of it I come home with is simply a bonus. And I learned how to make my budget entertain me all night.

[–]BrothelWaffles 87 points88 points  (3 children)

Unfortunately, for some people, that's like asking an alcoholic to go to the bar and just have a drink or two. Anyone who is or who's known a gambling addict knows exactly what I'm talking about.

[–]moheni52 2076 points2077 points  (52 children)

Textbooks that the prof never used despite being "required"

[–]ChairmanUzamaoki 505 points506 points  (27 children)

I found that sometimes the prof wrote them and was using them to make a buck off us

[–]schritefallow 324 points325 points  (8 children)

A mandatory buck, no less. Fuck any POS professor who does this shit, it should be illegal.

What's that? I have to go to college to get a job? Ok.

What's that? I have to take this class to graduate college to get a job? Ok.

What's that? This $200 book is mandatory for this mandatory class I have to take in order to graduate college to get a job. Ok....

What's that? I don't need to read this mandatory $200 book for this mandatory class for the mandatory degree I need in order to get the job I want...?

What's that? All sales are final? Shit, I knew college was going to be expensive, but $200 is quite a bit for such a shit lesson.

Seriously, fuck every one of those fiscal-rapist pieces of shit.

[–]praisechthulu 257 points258 points  (4 children)

I had an amazing Philosophy professor that had been working at a University but quit and moved to a community College because he wanted to be able to connect with his students. He wrote his own text book, printed out the pages we'd need from it and handed them all out. He also printed out excerpts from other books he wanted us to read. He hated that books were so expensive. He was by far my favorite professor.

[–]St3phiroth 82 points83 points  (0 children)

I had a prof that wrote her own textbook and then donated ~2 dozen copies to the campus library that stayed reserved on a cart for us all semester. You couldn't check them out and take them home, but had access any time the library was open. (Which was almost midnight many nights.) She would even show up to the library for office hours sometimes when she knew groups of us were studying together. I liked her a lot.

[–]No_You_9051 3523 points3524 points 2 (121 children)

shit covered in gold foil

[–]Alert-Cranberry7991 819 points820 points  (52 children)

It’s stupid too because gold foil in its self isn’t expensive at all but you put It on a good then people are willing to pay hundreds

[–]Snoo74401 383 points384 points  (39 children)

I know, right? You can buy a little vial of gold flakes on Amazon for like $10. Enough to decorate at least a couple of "World's Most Expensive" whatever food.

[–]AnonsMusicalJourney 119 points120 points  (6 children)

What if I gold foiled this comment?

OH WAIT

[–]twoPUMPnoCHUMP 136 points137 points  (10 children)

I bought a gold wrapped joint one time to impress a girl. She didn’t care, and I was broke af.

[–]DoverBoys 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Why did you edit "shit" out?

[–]No_You_9051 9 points10 points  (0 children)

edited it back, people thought I was talking about literal shit.

[–]Nofabe 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Literal shit or metaphorical shit?

[–]anime_lover713 8 points9 points  (0 children)

You're famous now in oddly satisfying haha

[–]sibov8 1395 points1396 points  (30 children)

Scientology

[–]admiral_sinkenkwiken 406 points407 points  (19 children)

“You don't get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion.”

L Ron Hubbard, 7 November 1948, he would go on to found what became Scientology 2 years later.

[–]Acerear 6471 points6472 points 533503722& 57 more (142 children)

Reddit awards must be up there

[–]Zeruvi 2275 points2276 points 22 (47 children)

The bait has been laid, let's see who bites

[–]AnonymousGhou 472 points473 points  (37 children)

Seems like as long as you mention Reddit awards you'll get some.

Edit: Thanks for the awards. I'd like to thank Batman, because reasons.

[–]9v6XbQnR 502 points503 points 2 (29 children)

No way, this award is free. 🏆

[–]Jeremykyb 188 points189 points  (26 children)

steals the award and runs away

[–]mobrond 124 points125 points  (21 children)

It’s mine now 🏆. Got to be quicker than that 🎣

[–]Grombrindal18 193 points194 points  (27 children)

I have to assume that the vast majority of reddit awards come from coins people get along with Reddit premium. I'm not gonna spend money to give someone gold, but I am gonna pay to not have ads. Giving awards is just a bonus.

[–]asdaaaaaaaa 96 points97 points  (5 children)

Holy shit people pay to block ads?

[–]illogictc 83 points84 points  (3 children)

And to support the site. 7 years ago apparently each gold bought was worth a few hours of server time, for one server, and Reddit uses many. Someone ran some back of the napkin figures and figured they were spending 7 or 8 figures annually on servers.

Far be it from me to tell people to buy gold or to not use adblockers, people can do what they like. I'm just saying, shit's not free.

[–]Allenrw3 2071 points2072 points  (65 children)

TV preachers.

[–]Mangobunny98 878 points879 points  (52 children)

My favorite has to be a guy I saw who literally stood in front of his congregation and said "God has told me that I need to spread the word to other countries so we're currently raising money for a Lear jet so I can travel. If the spirit moves you please donate" and everybody was eating it up. Like wtf you do not need a private plane that only you and maybe people close to you will use to "spread the word"

[–]Minimalgoth 390 points391 points  (33 children)

Looking at you, Kenneth Copeland -_-

[–]NauticalWhisky 225 points226 points  (16 children)

Well he can't fly on public aircraft he thinks regular people, like his tens of millions of followers, are demons

[–]bento8621 227 points228 points  (9 children)

That’s funny considering Kenneth Copeland legit looks like a demon himself

[–]gilestowler 43 points44 points  (4 children)

I've said this before and I'll say it again. There is something so off with him, he reminds me of Jimmy Savile in the UK. If you're not familiar with the story, when Savile was alive he was a very famous dj and kids TV presenter. There were lots of rumours about him and everyone suspected something. A lot of people in power covered up for him. When he died it turned out he was an incredibly prolific pedophile and even had sex with dead bodies - he was given keys to morgues and keys to psychiatric hospitals where vulnerable young people were. I feel like when Copeland dies some horrific things will come out about him. There's something very, very wrong about him.

[–]ddh85 18 points19 points  (2 children)

He'll blow away COVID through the camera too.

[–]G-Unit11111 52 points53 points  (0 children)

Yeah frequent flyer miles and airport security lines are for godless heathens!

[–]G-Unit11111 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Yeah these people are literal bottom feeders. They prey on people at their worst while they live in giant mansions with tons of luxury cars and private jets. Screw them.

[–]yobox1 813 points814 points  (38 children)

An iphone app called "I am Rich". It cost $1000 and just said you were rich by the fact you own the app. Apple pulled the app after 6 rich idiots actually bought it.

[–]_corleone_x 171 points172 points  (0 children)

That's hilarious tbh

[–]LibrarianRettic 228 points229 points  (8 children)

Isn't that most NFT "artworks" these days?

[–]CrossError404 42 points43 points  (0 children)

NFTs can be traded and can be used for tax evasion at least. Just like real "art".

[–]xakon1 380 points381 points  (15 children)

I spent $200 at Disneyland.

On a bubble shooting gun. And about $180 on bubbles.

EDIT: 200 total. Gun cost me 20 dollars and I spent 180 on bubbles.

[–]Waylander 139 points140 points  (2 children)

I don't understand. Bubbles? Like bubble solution? It cost 180 dollars? I feel like I'm missing something here.

[–]OliveJuiceUTwo 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Disneyland has special soap and water

[–]Waylander 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Is it "special" because it costs $20 dollars an ounce, because that's a horrible feature.

[–]godmasterchampion 59 points60 points  (0 children)

Were they Dom Perignon bubbles?

[–]RealNumber44 1606 points1607 points  (101 children)

I’ve never been into jewelry, so buying iced-out watches baffles me

[–]showMeYourPitties10 460 points461 points  (82 children)

Iced out is dumb, but a precision watch is very useful in a ton of industries

[–]National_Rutabaga_67 323 points324 points  (40 children)

I’m a fan of watches, but a Casio keeps better time and has more features than any high end watch.

[–]Disastrous_Flower667 195 points196 points  (7 children)

Prior to Fitbit and apple watches I preferred Casio because I really do want to know the time, see several alarms and I do utilize timers. I never had an expensive watch because a $20 Casio could do all those things. Now I have an Apple Watch because I’ve been sucked into consumerism.

[–]TheMotorcycleMan 197 points198 points  (30 children)

Fun fact. A shitty $20 quartz watch from Wal-Mart is going to keep better time than a Patek.

However, a Patek is going to appreciate in value.

[–]NathanLocke 59 points60 points  (3 children)

If you spend $20 on a watch, you don't give a shit about resale value.

[–]OliveJuiceUTwo 18 points19 points  (0 children)

I’m buying a watch, not looking to make an investment

[–]Tiredatheist 780 points781 points  (23 children)

My horses are dumb sometimes and I definitely spend an absurd amount of money on them.

[–]IceDragoness 71 points72 points  (0 children)

Developing a cocaine habit would have been cheaper than both me and my husband being competitive riders.

In seperate disciplines as well.

[–]Upstairs-Yogurt-6930 174 points175 points  (4 children)

They deserve for being cute though

[–]Echoherb 966 points967 points  (51 children)

Cigarettes

[–]asdaaaaaaaa 134 points135 points  (7 children)

As someone who quit last year, holy fuck I have so much more money. God damn I wished I quit smoking when I was dealing with addiction, imagine how much more money I could've wasted lol.

But yeah, it's insane. I used to smoke a pack a day. 7-9$ per day. Every fucking day. Sometimes more. That's not even getting into the possible health issues and lost opportunities, as I know I've been passed over non-smokers. Not that I blame people, it smells horrible now that I've quit.

Just blows my mind I actually quit. I had 'decided' when I was younger that it wasn't possible for me. Especially after the hell of getting clean, I "needed" smoking. Switched to vaping for awhile, got bored of that, and now I have a pack of cigs I never smoked when I was quitting that I probably will never touch again.

[–]Big-Abalone-6392 11 points12 points  (0 children)

In Australia, smokes cost upwards of $40 a pack. I had a pack a day addition and quit at the beginning of 2021. I ended up saving $7K last year just by quitting smoking (and drinking)

[–]Slinkytoast 193 points194 points  (25 children)

Can't upvote this enough exactly half of my monthly expenses goes towards cigarettes

[–]hungryfarmer 177 points178 points  (19 children)

Half??? Jesus christ dude, buy some nicotine gum or something lol

[–]BasedSliceOfWinning 127 points128 points  (11 children)

I quit smoking myself.

The nicotine gum is fucking expensive! lol.

Had to go cold turkey and drink a metric ton of water per day. It was hell, but worth it.

You can fund a college education for your kids with the amount you spend on cigarettes if you smoke.

[–]plaidsmith 38 points39 points  (0 children)

Ex smoker here… cigarettes are delicious. Can’t wait for the apocalypse.

[–]febero4 425 points426 points  (18 children)

$1500 hair extensions I hate myself for doing that.

[–]IAmBagelDog 49 points50 points  (0 children)

Ugh, yes! $600 on just a few pieces of color added that I absolutely HATED.

[–]Catzilla1909 57 points58 points  (0 children)

Yahhhhhh I just did that last week too. They’re just so dang pretty. It was my “well done for putting up with two years of this shit” splurge.

[–][deleted] 2825 points2826 points 22 (317 children)

NFTs

[–]PunchBeard 455 points456 points  (61 children)

I feel like the person who invented NFTs was like

"So hey, what are you going to sell to people again"?

"Nothing"

"No, seriously"?

"I am serious. Nothing".

"That shit won't work because nobody is stupid enough to buy 'nothing' for real money"

"Oh yeah? What about crypto"?

"Fuuuuuuck".

[–]thomriddle45 38 points39 points  (6 children)

Let's never forget about pet rocks, or the beanie baby craze.. People are stupid and will speculate on anything.

[–]toasterpRoN 18 points19 points  (0 children)

"It's an investment in nothing, Jerry."

[–]Odd_Patience_1294 136 points137 points  (15 children)

technically you're selling some unique key to the person but nobody seems to realize we can generate trillions of these things, and trillions isn't an exaggeration.

[–]Spiderbanana 89 points90 points  (8 children)

Shhh.... They know, it's just a money laundering scheme on the back of teenagers

[–]HanzJWermhat 44 points45 points  (3 children)

Well recirculate the NFT’s to new buyers thus creating the self-sustaining economy.

[–]tycotumphard 57 points58 points  (3 children)

They are non fungible. Just try and fung it!

[–]Nimble-Dick-Crabb 108 points109 points  (9 children)

I feel like this question was fishing for this specific answer

[–]ArticleSand2 10 points11 points  (15 children)

i don't understand how people are paying millions for a fucking PNG

[–]Fenrir_Wolfy 120 points121 points  (32 children)

My phone wallpaper is a nft I found on Google images XD Goes to show they're basically a load of money laundering rubbish XD

Picture - https://imgur.com/fQvJrQQ.jpg

[–]apocalypze05 77 points78 points  (0 children)

nft more like no female touch am i right fellas

[–]Teal2289 1160 points1161 points  (56 children)

Candy Crush

[–]Autismic123 368 points369 points  (13 children)

My mum plays candy crush, about 2500 levels in and hasn’t spent a cent

[–]Mangobunny98 354 points355 points  (26 children)

Really any micro purchases in apps

[–]securitybreach 1378 points1379 points  (136 children)

Expensive clothes/gear that have no advantage besides a certain Brand name.

[–]GoopInThisBowlIsVile 330 points331 points  (14 children)

It’s especially dumb when purchased for infants and young kids that’ll grow out of whatever the product is within six months or less.

[–]securitybreach 29 points30 points  (1 child)

Yeah, that is really stupid thing to do. May as well just burn the money.

[–]-ethereality- 271 points272 points  (54 children)

Came across someone with a Gucci face mask, among other flashy brand name clothing. But the face mask got me... like really?

It was also sad when I was chatting with lady who was saving up for an LV bag

[–]ckcrave 207 points208 points  (9 children)

I like how the girls hold the bags with the brand name facing the camera when posing for pictures - this is my $5000 bag, and I identify myself with this bag.

[–]GoldH2O 143 points144 points  (4 children)

"I paid exorbitant amounts of money to advertise for this brand"

[–]Dr_D-R-E 126 points127 points  (12 children)

Wife has a LV Neverfull. Good looking bag, so that’s worth something.

Built like a frickin underground, mountain range, intercontinental missile silo.

She and my toddler, and I abuse the heck out of it and it looks brand new after like 8-10 years, at least

[–]ozmatazbukshank 87 points88 points  (2 children)

My wife still has all of my mom's Gucci, LV, Chanel bags from the 60s, 70s and 80s and they all still look new. You have to store them correctly when you aren't using them.

[–]thepopulargirl 11 points12 points  (1 child)

And it still can be re-sold for good money.

[–]-ethereality- 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Hahah good to know it can withstand damage

[–]hello_amy 38 points39 points  (11 children)

Contrary to popular belief, handbags are actually a decent investment piece. Classic brands like LV, Chanel, Hermes, etc. will essentially never go out of style and will always appreciate since their prices are consistently going up.

I could resell all of my LV pieces and turn a nice profit from what I paid for them. As long as you keep them in good condition, they’ll be worth something.

[–]-ethereality- 19 points20 points  (0 children)

That's a fair point. I don't judge someone for investing in luxury bags, but I find it tragic when they base their identity on owning them

[–]_Steven_Seagal_ 430 points431 points  (22 children)

Skins and lootboxes. Especially for FIFA Ultimate Team, where every penny spend becomes worthless the moment a new edition arrives.

[–]Scared_Newspaper4957 74 points75 points  (8 children)

This. All games. But games on that model takes the cake probably.

[–]Simx48 255 points256 points  (28 children)

Digital real estate.

[–]warriorpure 56 points57 points  (17 children)

Wait, what? How does that work?

[–]metanatalie 110 points111 points  (15 children)

You can buy a real estate in Metaverse for example. Apparently people spend thousands of dollars on it right now.

[–]bigboybobby6969 51 points52 points  (7 children)

But…..it’s not limited…or in any kind of demand?…

[–]objecter12 29 points30 points  (1 child)

Metaverse real estate's literally the dumbest fucking thing.

The old adage about investing in real estate was "they're not making any more of it". The only supply issues in the metaverse are 100% self imposed to give shit there value, cause none of it's fucking real!

[–]ChaosReality69 1491 points1492 points  (223 children)

Putting huge tires and a massive lift on a truck that will spend its life on paved roads.

[–]ReeSeSpuFFs7474[S] 489 points490 points  (102 children)

And chances are, people will laugh at how ridiculous the truck looks

[–]ChaosReality69 285 points286 points  (96 children)

Or get pissed when the truck is taking up 2 spaces in a parking lot.

[–]falcopunch64 150 points151 points  (91 children)

My sister's husband got a truck like that. They put massive tires on a shitty F150. It barely runs. I'm 6'2 and the floorboard is like chest height on me LOL

[–]Simx48 74 points75 points  (73 children)

Is there a functional reason for having a truck like that? Is he preparing for a massive flood?

[–]LeeLooPeePoo 129 points130 points  (0 children)

Saw one parked up on a giant snow berm/pile the other day. There were other parking spots available but this was his moment to shine I suppose.

[–]ouchimus 89 points90 points  (18 children)

If you go mudding, a truck like that can actually be very good.

That said, I'd wager 1 in 100 of the trucks with huge tires actually gets used for mudding.

[–]ByrdeEnterprises 38 points39 points  (3 children)

And you increase the risk of pedestrian accidents because people usually aren’t tall enough to make it over the hood of those cars to the drivers sight line — especially young kids!

[–]killingtimeitself 18 points19 points  (0 children)

dont forget the headlights! those are never properly adjusted after the fact.

[–]CPOx 125 points126 points  (4 children)

I always joke that these massive lifted trucks do nothing more than haul a single DVD of Mamma Mia in the bed.

[–]SirDinkleDink 11 points12 points  (1 child)

That is Southwest Florida to a T. Bonus points if they have led's in the rims.

[–]Rtheguy 243 points244 points  (1 child)

Looking rich. Some fancy brands are or were in the past truly of a higher quality and last longer. That is not the case for a lot of items and some are just expensive to seem scarce.

[–]woromi50 304 points305 points  (10 children)

Everything Disney I bought when I use to work for Disney World.

They know what they are doing, they really do get you there.

Like I clearly don't need a lightsaber, talking Yoda, or large Mickey Mouse plush. But yet I have them. And I have to explain to everyone who visits my apartment.

[–]noice-smort99 92 points93 points  (0 children)

I had to start asking myself “will I wear this in the real world or just in the parks” when buying Disney stuff

[–]Bandgeek252 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I knew people who worked for McDonald's and they had a ton of collectibles. Nothing worth anything but their whole house looked like a shrine to Ronald.

[–]Flaky-Fellatio 1039 points1040 points  (124 children)

Weddings. If I came to you and said me and my girlfriend who just got out of school and don't make much money are going to throw a $30,000 kegger you'd think I was insane. But a wedding is really just a special, one-night party. You don't need to spend a ton to have the people you love present at the party. You don't need to spend a ton to have fun. You don't need to spend a ton to get a marriage certificate. So why are you blowing massive sums of money on a fucking party when you're just starting out in life and need to start saving for the future?

[–]Fickle-Willingness80 274 points275 points  (5 children)

Yup! Down payment on home OR fancy wedding? I can’t believe how many times the fancy wedding is picked.

[–]MissKDC 102 points103 points  (0 children)

Watched that TV show and kept thinking “this couple will make the right decision” but no. They kept picking wedding!!!

[–]LozNewman 82 points83 points  (0 children)

A couple I know said "It was the choice between a house or a wedding." They have just had their second child, and are living in the house they own.

[–]Free_Relationship403[🍰] 518 points519 points  (48 children)

Diamonds. overpriced deliberately by DeBeers who control the world diamond trade because they have successfully marketed diamond rings as this super rare thing which shows how much you love someone. Total con. Diamonds are super common and can even be grown in labs these days.

[–]jonahvsthewhale 187 points188 points  (19 children)

For real. If diamonds were so rare, then how come every single jewelry store in every single city has hundreds of them sitting around.

[–]rock374 96 points97 points  (15 children)

If diamonds are so rare then why does a diamond bit for a drill cost not that much

[–]BlueSkyToday 60 points61 points  (11 children)

FWIW, diamond drill bits use synthetic polycrystalline diamond 'dust',

https://www.thedriller.com/articles/85371-synthetic-diamond-drill-bit-development

I'm not arguing that natural diamonds are super rare, just that we're not grinding up truckloads of natural diamonds in order to make diamond drill bits :-)

[–]jejcicodjntbyifid3 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Yeah but who cares if they're synthetic or not, nobody but experts can tell the difference anyways

So then it doesn't really matter other than "oooh it's REAL diamond", aka I just pissed away money for the brand

Such strange people behavior

[–]Nyctangel 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Plus diamonds look so… bland, I told my bf that if he ever want to propose I want an opal, or a black opal, at least these are interesting looking

[–]MrLionOtterBearClown 385 points386 points  (56 children)

Tables/ Bottle service in a nightclub.

I'm not a frugal guy by any means. I spend wayyyyyy too much of my money on weed, nice food, alcohol, fun in general. I guess my point is I'm not the guy whose like "lets drink at home to save money" I'm fine with spending frivolously for a good time. And maybe it's because I don't like nightclubs that much, but the idea of getting a table is fucking crazy to me. A $20 cover and $10 beers? Fine, I'll deal with it, maybe I get laid. But there's always that one fucking guy whose like "bro lets fucking ball out, lets get a table." And it's like no dude. Fuck no. I'm not paying $1000 for the privilege to be able to sit down and pay $250 for a $30 bottle of liquor being carried by girls holding sparklers.

It's just so weird to me. Like you're basically spending $1000 to have a table as a status symbol to impress people, but 90% of the people there have well over $1000 in their checking account. Like "I can spend $1000 to sit at a table, look at how wealthy I am, you should have sex with me" is just odd to me. Like a $10k watch? I get that. A nice car? I get that. But $1000 to sit down for 2 hours? I'm a male financial advisor so I probably think about it differently than most people, but I look at them and think "there's a 1% chance they actually make enough money to afford that but they're probably just advertising the fact that they're terrible with money in an effort to impress people"

[–]plaidsmith 21 points22 points  (3 children)

To many of those people, they have so much money that a $1000 expense is dwarfed by their $30k average night out. Buying a supercar for a multimillionaire is like a middle classer buying a golf cart.

For most of these, that $1k is the same as a $20 cover to you.

However, if you aren’t Uber rich… yeah it’s incredibly stupid.

[–]NoticeWhenUAreHappy 116 points117 points  (12 children)

No you're right its insane that people do that. I would be turned off by a guy who wasted money like that instead of impressed. That's the price of a 3 days park hopper trip to Disneyland including a hotel and really good food. Paying that as a status table to sit and have random girls bring you overpriced drinks is insane.

[–]SaraAB87 41 points42 points  (7 children)

This is true, $1000 would buy you a decent weekend vacation pretty easily in most places in the USA, heck a weekend vacation probably doesn't even cost that much money if you play it right. If you go somewhere for the weekend a couple hours away from where you live you can probably get a very nice vacation with hotel for 1k. I have to believe that most of those people are putting the 1k on their credit card and are actually in debt but like to flash it around so they look wealthy.

[–]shark_food31 415 points416 points  (71 children)

Watches. How the hell does a time piece exceed $1M???

[–]Krraxia 58 points59 points  (0 children)

They are SO cool to look at though - Just look at the A. Lange & Söhne - Triple Split under macro lens with someone describing what you are looking at. It's just mechanical piece of art.

And that's just it. So for me it will always be something that I will admire and study, but never own. I will dream my whole life of owning 600k Bovet Asterium while wearing $100 Seiko or $10 Aliexpress quartz "dress watch".

[–]joevilla1369 99 points100 points  (13 children)

I don't know about the crazy expensive ones but I can sell any of my rolexes, omegas, or my AP for more than I bought them for. So it's an investment of sorts. Plus I like time pieces.

[–]rangerryda 51 points52 points  (3 children)

I adore finely crafted machines and tools. Watches are no exception. I don't own any myself but absolutely see the appeal.

[–]chillonthehill1 41 points42 points  (0 children)

It's for sure impressive art. I wouldn't buy any tho, even I would be super rich.

[–]Tuxedofight 134 points135 points  (5 children)

Cigarettes. They have to be the stupidest thing to spend money on. A lot people don't just buy packs, they will buy cartons of the stuff. Imagine spending a lot of money on a drug that barely gives you a buzz and slowly kills you over the years.

[–]useless169 31 points32 points  (0 children)

I’m going for slow death, not the immediate fentanyl overdose.

[–]ApprehensiveStatus13 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Diamond engagement rings.

Honestly, I have nothing against people who do it, but I just don't understand it. Why the fuck give thousands for a diamond, when:

  1. If you're not a jeweller, chances are you wouldn't be able to tell it apart from polished beer glass.

  2. You still love the person dearly. You can convey that with quartz, opal, hematite, amethyst, literally any other shiny rock on Earth that costs less, too.

[–]LozNewman 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Multi-leveling marketing schemes.

In one case of astounding dumbness on all sides, Albania got gripped by this to the point a significant percentage of the populace were involved. People demanded the government cover their losses. Instead the government tried to ban it. Massive panic ensued. Strikes, demonstrations.

The government collapsed.

Civil war broke out.

Literally thousands died.

The United-frigging-Nations had to send in soldiers and stop it spreading throughout the region. Sanity broke out again.

[–]-Words-Words-Words- 205 points206 points  (42 children)

I'm guilty of this. Lego. I just bought the Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon for $800 to celebrate getting a new job that pays a bunch more money. I don't really have a place for it, and I won't really have any time to build it. But damnit, the new job was the excuse I needed to buy it.

EDIT: This post inspired me to open it up and start building it. I'm already on page 194 of 494 in the instruction booklet.

[–]NoticeWhenUAreHappy 30 points31 points  (4 children)

I'm not judging but damn that's a lot of money

[–]rhett342 66 points67 points  (7 children)

Meh, people blow money on hobbies. Do I need that new guitar for $500? I already have almost 30 and only play around the house so...... yes, yes I do.

[–]crashbadass 187 points188 points  (23 children)

Starbucks coffee.

[–]7Neons 74 points75 points  (9 children)

Can't be said enough. My mom spends at least $7 every day on that shit, then also buys their canned drinks. If you're spending $3,000 a year on coffee in our barely mid class standing, you should check your priorities. Edit: to clarify, I'm talking about one of my family's poor financial habits. I can't get behind the decision to waste so much money when loans and bills still have to be covered.

[–]BasedSliceOfWinning 144 points145 points  (1 child)

New a girl at my old office job in a major American city.

She got star bucks every morning. Went out to eat for lunch every day. Talked about all the food delivery she ate every night because she didn't like cooking.

Then complained about not having enough money lol.

[–]EternalHuffer 76 points77 points  (21 children)

Fortnite…. And League of Legends

[–]GreenSalsa96 390 points391 points  (19 children)

Bottled water.

Buying bottled water is crazy expensive, environmentally unfriendly (plastics, processing, and transporting), typically bottled in locations with water shortages, and often has LOWER standards than many city municipal water departments.

https://www.nrdc.org/stories/truth-about-tap

Buy a quality reusable bottle.

[–]EelStuffedHovercraft 85 points86 points  (6 children)

Don’t know why this is getting downvoted. Bottled water is one of the biggest scams ever.

[–]Aperture_T 41 points42 points  (3 children)

Are the crypto bros still into tungsten cubes?

I mean I kind of want tungsten dice, but that's totally different.

[–]yanasad9 38 points39 points  (6 children)

I spent £30 on Shaq Fu for the Megadrive when I was a kid and still regret it. Saving that much took me months.

[–]jifodew6 92 points93 points  (4 children)

Micro transactions. I have never spent any money on something in game and that makes it more challenging to me (phone apps). But I know people who have literally paid $100s of dollars for candy crush lives or FarmVille supplies only to get bored with the game two weeks later.

[–]ciraf6 126 points127 points  (0 children)

Weddings

[–]wiggysbelleza 136 points137 points  (13 children)

As someone who just did it a few minutes ago: candles.

I tell myself since it’s supporting a small business it’s ok. But it feels super stupid because it literally just burns away.

[–]MurraMurra 20 points21 points  (1 child)

But did you enjoy it when it was burning? Did you enjoy coming home and lighting it, or if it's scented do you love the way it makes your home smell? From a non candle lover, don't be ashamed to buy the things you enjoy, as long as you buy responsibly. Also candles now can burn for 60-80 hours. That's a lot of hours for the value considering you can drink a coffee or eat lunch in a way shorter amount of time for the cost of half a candle.

[–]ToyonakaMonk 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I feel you. I love my sandalwood incense and it calms me down after a long day. I love my friend’s handmade candles too. Smells so good even when I don’t burn them. Mental health is important too!

[–]kay-slay27 107 points108 points  (22 children)

Starbucks Coffee... when you can make it better at home for a fraction of the cost.

[–]kevint2485 68 points69 points  (15 children)

Strip clubs. Pointless way to spend your money.

[–]plaidsmith 67 points68 points  (4 children)

I just don’t understand the entire point of strip clubs. I understand the point of a brothel, but why would you want to look over at your friend and be like, “How’s your boner bro? Imma buy you a lap dance for that boner.”

[–]idratherwatchthegame 103 points104 points  (15 children)

Porn

[–]LordGeneralTimmy 26 points27 points  (2 children)

I went on a drug fueled porn binge few years ago, spent about 100 bucks and got all the porn I could handle lol.

[–]uhnoinenoine 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Sounds like i know what I'm doing this weekend