Designer Sweat Pants For Men

{flickr|100|campaign} Would you pay $ 300 for a pair of designer sweat pants? This is the reverse of the infomercial, where the price starts out high and gets lower and lower. Then they double the offer, giving you two for one for the same price. Then they triple the offer. Then they throw in free stuff if you just pay the extra shipping and handling which more than covers the – $ 30 Retail value free stuff – that actually only costs $ 0.50 from China for the additional S&H of only $ 7.99! Wowowowowowooooooooo! At least with infomercials, you are on your guard. If you think that this is the excess of stupidity, hold on to your seats and get a barf bag for the offering of one thousand dollar designer sweat pants.

Designers recently had the arrogance to go the other way and take something very cheap and utilitarian, not improve it in any way whatsoever, and just put a ridiculous price tag on it.

Gold is about on thousand dollars an ounce. Use that as your comparison. Are these $ 1,000 sweat pants gold? No, they are not gold. They are not even gold lame’. They are not striped and layered in 24 karat gold like the fake coin knockoffs from the Rip-off-the-Collector’s Mint. They don’t even have a gold colored stripe down the sides. Except for the designer name, (which we will not name, because that would defeat the purpose of lambasting them, if we also popularize them), they look like, … well very ordinary sweat pants.

Something you could get at JeeCee Cents or Seers NoBucks. Certainly you can find them at Targee’ and Middle American Hall of Fame-Mart. They are readily available in any of these places for less than a hundred and less than a twenty if they are on the super-saver, green light, scratch-your-back and roll-around-on-the-floor special.

Need we go on? Every once and awhile designers do something that is really stupid and hope they catch an inversion. An inversion is when the only reason an item is desirable is because it costs so much more than the same thing available for cheap elsewhere. Dutch did this with $ 75 baseball caps that routinely sell for $ 5. The Big John (a name we used to protect the innocent) is the King of this high-priced nonsense, in that you must make an appointment to come into his stores to have the privilege of paying $ 5,000 for a $ 200 sports coat (he pays less than that for one in China).

He parks a US $ 1.7 Million dollar Bugatti car in front of his salon on Rodeo Dr to attract attention. A crowd gathers for sure, even though no mere mortal is allowed in his store. The doors are locked and closed to anyone who is not a Sultan of something. How do designers get away with this nonsense?

The only way they can pay for their extravagance is to create the illusion of value from fake rarity. It is the same trick that NY club owners learned to do. Make all the people from New Jersey wait outside and form a big line that cannot get in, even when the club itself was empty. Sometimes it works, sometimes even mere mortals notice the emperor is not wearing any clothes. That is the case with super expensive designer sweat pants. They are not worth the labels sewn and shown on them.