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Rapha, taking the biscuit.
I know value is in the eye of the purchaser, or some such saying....but the new Rapha Transfer products are really pushing it...€300 for a pair of "comfy" shorts, €120 for a neck scarf...

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The _Kaner [1220 posts] 2 weeks ago
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The stuff

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Simon E [3887 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Other brands are available.  3

Lots of people pay a premium for what I'd describe as overpriced kit - look at how many German SUVs there are on the roads, all the Nike and other branded sportswear worn by people who never move faster than 2.5mph and whose idea of lifting weights is pulling a 24-pack of Carlsberg off the shelf.

Bling watches are surely the biggest con, people part with hundreds or even thousands of pounds for a piece of jewellery that only tells the time (when they have a plethora of other devices that do it already).

If Rapha can sell it then why shouldn't they?

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Tom_77 [43 posts] 2 weeks ago
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PRSboy [595 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Simon E wrote:

Other brands are available.  3

Lots of people pay a premium for what I'd describe as overpriced kit - look at how many German SUVs there are on the roads, all the Nike and other branded sportswear worn by people who never move faster than 2.5mph and whose idea of lifting weights is pulling a 24-pack of Carlsberg off the shelf.

Bling watches are surely the biggest con, people part with hundreds or even thousands of pounds for a piece of jewellery that only tells the time (when they have a plethora of other devices that do it already).

If Rapha can sell it then why shouldn't they?

... or even hundreds of thousands for a watch!  Check out Richard Mille but mind you don't choke on your tea and biscuit...

 

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Mungecrundle [1649 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Or even spending €1000 on a bicycle for leisure use when a significant number of the World's population lack basic sanitation, healthcare or even enough to eat.

I suspect we each look with incomprehension at the wealth of some and what they spend it on whilst others look at us in the same way.

But even so, I'd like to think that I'd sooner put €300 in a charity box rather than for a pair of shorts.

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hawkinspeter [4392 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Sounds like 1st world problems to me.

Remember, if you get more than £25,200 income then you're in the World's top 1%.

Late stage capitalism for the win!

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Simon E [3887 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Mungecrundle wrote:

I'd like to think that I'd sooner put €300 in a charity box rather than for a pair of shorts.

Well, if you care what happens to that €300 you may want to choose carefully.

After a GCN feature when they said they'd match my donation I bought an Elephant bike with World Bicycle Relief. A little later I wondered just how efficiently/effectively they spent the money that was donated and wanted to find out whether they'd had to pay GCN for the publicity so fired off an email. I received an very informative and friendly email from the UK office clarifying that GCN paid for the fundraising campaign. I am likely to buy another one this year as I believe they will be matching donations again. Not all charities are so transparent.