Top of the line #1
“You just won the Powerball!”
What’s your biggest problem?
Trying to figure out how to spend all that money, right?
Naturally, you’d want to run right out and find the most expensive things there are and buy those…
Actually, that probably isn’t what I’d do. Yes, we would want to put in a chlorine-free pool (I’m a former competitive swimmer who now has a really severe problem with chlorine). We’d give people we know money, we’d give some causes money…and okay, I’d like to get some fancy way to convert public domain books I have to digital files…non-destructively.
Ooh, and we’d probably invest in some creative things! I have this idea for an amusement park/hotel I think could really work…but the Powerball probably isn’t enough money to do that, and…where was I? Oh, yeah…top of the line stuff.
I wanted to take a look in the Kindle store and find the most expensive item of various types…just for fun.
Price: $6,399.20 (discounted from $7,999.00) (all prices will be for the USA Kindle store at the time of writing)
We have a new winnah! For quite a while, there were some physics books at the top of this list, but they have been surpassed. More than the first twenty-five most expensive e-books are all in this Collier bankruptcy series, and they are similarly prices.
Hmm…maybe the first step to avoid bankruptcy is not to spend more than $150,000 on e-books about bankruptcy…
$79.98 per year
Since it’s a weekly, that’s not really a bad deal…it’s $1.48 per issue. I suppose if you are a dealer, you might need to see what changes every week. There are other magazines that are a lot more expensive per issue…I saw several quarterlies that are about $10 per issue.
$42.50 per month
Of course, that’s not even counting what it would cost to have a lawyer read it for you! Let’s see…$250 an hour, average reading speed of a lawyer is…
$1.99 a month
Amazon sets the prices for blogs in the Kindle store…I think they are either $1.99 or $0.99 (like this one). The more popular ones, oddly enough, usually have the lower price. This blog was top ten when I just rechecked, for example. That’s what happens to supply and demand with infinite demand, I guess.
Kindle Active Content (games and apps not for the Fire)
The price of this one surprised me! Active content is usually inexpensive. This is a study book for the Bar exam…apparently, they want to teach the low value of money even before they become lawyers.
Honestly, I thought I’d find covers that were a lot more expensive than this (I’m looking at you, Oberon). I guess they don’t sell through the Kindle store.
Now, let’s look at a few things you might use on your RSK (Reflective Screen Kindle…anything but a Kindle Fire) or on your Kindle, but aren’t exactly in the Kindle store.
Actually, there are 80 (!) of these different Pimsleur courses at that price. I haven’t dug deeper in other categories, but I did want to see what was past the Pimsleurs…and this was it:
David Timson portrays fifty-eight characters. They make the point that you could get this one free when you first join Audible (which is also owned by Amazon).
Apps for Fires
The most expensive one was actually right about $1,000, but wasn’t available to me as a USA customer…so I’m going with the next one:
That’s right…more than $350 for an app! For kids! It appears to be a memory-type game…gee, at that price point, I’d expect it be holographic.
Amazon Instant Video
Well, there you go! I guess you’d know you are really Richie Rich if you buy these…which might be why people do it. Actually, some of these have specialized uses which might justify the prices.
The lowest priced items? Well, for e-books, it is zero…and lots and lots of them at that price.
I guess I should say…I’ve paid $100 and more for books, although those were collectors’ items.
Just to make this fun, what about you? What’s the most that you’ve spent for a book? I know, if we include encyclopedias and such, it will get much higher. Let’s limit it to a single volume. Do you regret the purchase? Why did you buy it? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.
Bonus tip: Amazon Giveaway of Streaming Devices
Amazon’s really been promoting their new TV pilots…they want people to watch and vote.
So, in conjunction with that, we have this:
They are giving away these prizes:
• One First Prize winner will win a Samsung UN46F6300 46-Inch 1080p 120Hz Slim Smart LED HDTV [approximate retail value (“ARV”) $899.09].
• One Second Prize winner will win an Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect and an Xbox LIVE 12 Month Gold Membership [Online Game Code] (total ARV $359.98).
• One Third Prize winner will win a Nintendo Wii U Deluxe Console (32 GB) (ARV $349.99).
• One Fourth Prize winner will win a Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ Tablet (16 GB) (ARV $269.00).
• One Fifth Prize winner will win a Sony BDP-S590 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi (ARV $149.99).
• One Sixth Prize winner will win a Roku 3 Streaming Player (ARV $99.99).
Those are cool (and hot) gadgets!
One drawback…you can only enter if you are on Facebook…they don’t even give you a way to mail in an entry. Still, many of you probably are Facebookers, so then this seems like one of those “why not?” situations.
You have to be 18 years old, a US resident, and enter by May 17th…good luck!
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.