One of the biggest things most parents try to instill in their children is the value of a dollar: "You can’t have that doll because money doesn’t grow on trees." "You have to work X number of hours to earn Y number of dollars." "Everything costs money."
As adults, we know that what we want and need comes with a price. But have you ever stopped to think about the cost of the items we see out in the world? Don’t worry, I hadn’t either — but now that Mode.com has pointed it out to me, I can’t stop pricing everything I see.
Dan Bergstein’s Mode.com piece is a collection of the mundane, yet surprisingly priced, items one might see throughout their day. Items like a grocery store shopping cart (“expect to pay over $100 for a crappy one and $213.95 for the PolyCart P175 Store Cruiser.”) And those trashcans you find in the park ($700!!! Seriously!? That’s probably why you can never find one where you need it.)
The list also includes some items you probably have never thought about. For example, those wide-angle mirrors that are in convenience stores so the clerk can see if you’re stealing. What’s the price of keeping you from taking a five-finger discount on a Snickers? $89.
Why would you possibly ever need to know this? Dan Bergstein has a few ideas: “Use this to study for The Price Is Right or as a way to turn boring conversations into brilliant fiduciary discussions.” Come on down!
Bonus info: If you're a crazy person like I am and want to go down a rabbit hole of industrial products you never think about, check out Global Industrial’s website. You’ll learn valuable first date fun facts such as the prices of a standard mail cart ($189.00) and set of 500 Red Infectious Waste Liners ($79.95).