File under: everything that’s wrong with the world. A 24-karat gold-plated vacuum is being sold, for realz, by GoVacuum.com for the cool price of $999,999.00.
That’s the sale price, by the way. It was originally much, much more expensive (a whole dollar more!) at $1 million even. Plus, engraving is free! I mean, with a deal like that, who can resist?
Of course, another question comes to mind, too: who in their right mind would buy this?
Although it’s clearly a publicity stunt for the company, which also sells regular non-gold vacuums and parts, the company insists the gold vacuum is the real deal, in stock, and ready to ship. Besides being plated inside and out with 24-karat gold, it features:
“A HEPA-type paper bag system, to protect those delicate sinuses of yours. A 14″ wide cleaning nozzle, which can help thoroughly vacuum the carpet in no time. Also, just in case you decide to give it a whirl, it only weighs a little over 15 pounds. This means you won’t be so tired after doing a quick cleaning between your maids schedules.”
Well, that’s certainly a relief. Especially since a quick glance around my house indicates that the maid has been slacking off quite a bit lately. Oh, wait: the maid is me.
The company’s blog states, “Does the gold serve any purpose here? Not even remotely, unless you count looking absolutely awesome as a purpose (I kind of do). This limited edition, one of a kind product is the ultimate in luxury. After all, the definition of luxury is, ‘purchasing something ridiculously extravagant just ’cause.'”
The website says the product is designed “for the select few who simply can,” by which I assume the company means “the select few who simply can ignore the fact that millions of people around the world are living without clean water, let alone clean carpets.”
Perhaps for the select billionaire who adores cleaning, this product makes the vacuum experience even more satisfying, in which case, I guess, you go for yours, OCD billionaire. I abhor cleaning in general; maybe if I bling out my Hoover with some bedazzling I’ll enjoy it more. Perhaps a trip to the craft store is in order. Of course, my family’s style runs to the geekier side of things. Maybe I should deck out my vac to look like something from Ghostbusters.
(Photo credit: GoVacuum.com)
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