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Out of touch! The cluelessness of the 1 percent

These big spenders and luxury dealers just don\'t get it. Help us call out their crazy-spending ways


Emma Mustich
October 29, 2011 5:00PM (UTC)

Do you have $1,000,000 to drop on a "his & hers" fountain from the outrageous Neiman Marcus Christmas Book? Would you spend $19,000 to tie your shoes with laces of pure gold? Is there a $6,390 toilet in your future? Then this feature is not for you.

As millions of Americans struggle to make ends meet -- navigating an impossible job market and attempting to provide for themselves and their families despite a still-weak economy -- some big spenders (and luxury dealers) are hopelessly out of touch. With your help, we want to start calling them out.

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The following slide show highlights nine examples of extravagant purchases or over-the-top marketing that we've noticed over the past few weeks. We're going to continue shaming these examples of embarrassingly conspicuous consumption -- and want you to lend us a hand! If you notice a great example, send your tips to outoftouch@salon.com.


Emma Mustich

Emma Mustich is a Salon contributor. Follow her on Twitter: @emustich.

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