This Hermes Birkin bag is available at 1st dibs for $85,000. Can we figure out why?
You could get this pink one for only $65,ooo. That’s a whopping savings of $20,ooo. But maybe you’d feel like a cheapskate if you bought the pink one. Why quibble about $20,000 when you’re shopping at this level? Grey Himalayan Crocodile says you really care. It says “Classy!”
You could have this blue one for only $12,500! With your savings, you could buy a luxury car or feed all the orphans in Haiti. But now the blue one looks like crap, right? Who wants a crap Birkin bag?
I’d love to hear women justifying the purchase of a Birkin bag, or any bag that telegraphs wealth. “It’s so iconic!” “It’s an investment!” “I’ve always wanted one!”
The only honest explanation is that some consumer goods signify status to other consumers. Other women will admire and envy your wealth, or so you think.
How much of an asshole do you have to be to buy one of these stupid bags?!? It’s almost unfathomable. The only people who would be impressed would be other assholes. If Louis Vuitton made bags that didn’t look like Louis Vuitton bags, would anyone buy them?
From now on, when you see someone wearing anything with a big, high-end logo, point at them and laugh, “HAHAHA, Chanel!” (or Prada, YSL, Dior, whatever.)
Sister Wolf Says: Even a tiny act of subversiveness can brighten your day.