If I only had a little bit more money to spend frivolously…

I found a television that I want. Or maybe I should say, a television that I NEED. It was on sale for $29,995, marked down from $35,995. It cost that much because it was an 88″ OLED 8K unit.. I would literally need a bigger house if I were to acquire this TV because the thing is huge. To translate the math, an 88″ screen is roughly 7.33 feet diagonal, or for my readers outside the US, nearly 2.23 meters.

That’s a Pretty Big Screen For Me to Watch Baywatch On...

As usual, like many other random things in my life, this got me to thinking. First, who the heck would pay $29,995 for a TV? Second; Why would anyone pay that much for TV? Third; WHY DO I NOT HAVE THIS TV?

Every once in a while I see something like this and think to myself, “If only I had an extra $30,000 laying around.” But then I also often think, “What if I had an extra $20,000, an extra $10,000, an extra $5,000, an extra $1,000 or even an extra $100 to spend frivolously?”

What Would I Do With The Money If I Had It?

The reality is, I probably wouldn’t buy an oversized, overpriced TV, even if I had the money to spare. I simply couldn’t justify it in good faith. I would only use it watch to old episodes of SpongeBob or to play GTA 5 on, so I just don’t see the need. While it would be pretty cool to have the TV, it’s far from practical. It would be nice if someone just gave me this TV, but I’d never in a million years buy one, even if I had the money to spare.

If / When I’m Rich, I’m Still Going to be Cheap…

Back in the 1990’s, MC Hammer had a house with a gold plated hot tub, gold plated gates, and many other outrageous things to blatantly flaunt his wealth. Even with a massive income, he managed to squander away his fortune by purchasing an assortment of expensive crap. There’s a lesson to be learned there. If you’ve got it, you should indulge a little, but not stupidly. If you’re rich, you won’t be rich long if waste your money. But I guess if you’re someone like Jeff Bezos, $30,000 would be like pennies are for me. Either way, I’ll probably never be in a position to know what it’s like to wastefully spend thousands of dollars on toys. I can only imagine what people in third world countries must think when they hear about a $30,000 TV…

The moral of this week’s story is there is probably a TV out there for $19,995 that is nearly as good. Buy that one, and with the leftover money you can probably afford a Netflix subscription and a pizza to go with it.

~ Marty ~


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