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The concept of expensive can’t be really considered as such without context. Those who are better off have a completely different understanding of what is expensive than what a person living from paycheck to paycheck would think.

But there is a sense of universalism there too. A fine zone that encompasses things that we all understand as expensive, but only if we also see how much damage has been done to said expense.

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In 2003, A Technician Forgot To Log That He Had Removed 24 Bolts During The Maintenance Of The Noaa-19 Satellite, Causing The Satellite To Fall Over And Costing $135,000,000 In Damages

In 2003, A Technician Forgot To Log That He Had Removed 24 Bolts During The Maintenance Of The Noaa-19 Satellite, Causing The Satellite To Fall Over And Costing $135,000,000 In Damages

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And This Is Why You Call Your Utility Notification Center!

And This Is Why You Call Your Utility Notification Center!

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's ruined a few people's day! The guy dealing with it doesn't look too put out though.

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That Looks Expensive is a subreddit (r/ThatLooksExpensive) that deals in damage to things that quite likely made someone’s wallet wallow in pain.

The subreddit currently has around 7,800 members and is ranked in the top 10th percentile by size. If that seems off, this is not to be confused with That Looked Expensive, another subreddit that’s home to a million members.

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Pro-Tip: When Transporting Paint Makes Sure It Is Properly Secured. Especially If You Are Driving In A $90,000 Maserati

Pro-Tip: When Transporting Paint Makes Sure It Is Properly Secured. Especially If You Are Driving In A $90,000 Maserati

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Bus Crashed Through A Glass At The Train Station In Hamburg

Bus Crashed Through A Glass At The Train Station In Hamburg

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When You Live In Svalbard, Norway And Forget To Close The Window In The Office

When You Live In Svalbard, Norway And Forget To Close The Window In The Office

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm not even gonna lie I thought this was all pillow fluff for a second

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Anywho, in many cases, those who have pain receptors in their wallets and have a normal understanding of the economy, know how many gallons of water a minute a bursting pipe can spew out and how much of the taxpayer’s money it will take to fix it. Or how much a public transit line bus and structural damage to a house in Seattle cost. Heck, you don’t even need damage—this oven costs $40,000. That alone can cause damage.

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A 3 Story Mall That Was Still Under Construction Started Making Some Noises From The Metal Structures.. Everyone Was Evacuated And 5 Minutes Later The Collapse Occurred

A 3 Story Mall That Was Still Under Construction Started Making Some Noises From The Metal Structures.. Everyone Was Evacuated And 5 Minutes Later The Collapse Occurred

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Giant Beehive Takes Over Roof. That's A Lot Of Honey

Giant Beehive Takes Over Roof. That's A Lot Of Honey

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Dumb Truck 70mph+ Hits Interstate Bridge

Dumb Truck 70mph+ Hits Interstate Bridge

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3 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's hard to understand how a truck could damage a bridge to this extent. It sounds like its just as well it needs to be replaced.

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However, these are just our perceptions. Sure, a passenger plane is definitely very, very, expensive compared to the average cost of living. But can we truly know how much something costs?

Pricing things is an art in and of itself as there are at least a dozen ways to price products, services and other kinds of traded goods. It can be a flat rate, or a pay as you go, or tiered pricing, or pricing per user, or subscriptions… you get the idea.

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I Think We Need Some Aircraft Tape

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But since everyone would ideally want to price things in the most lucrative way possible, does that truly reflect the price of something? Not entirely.

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Pricing is just a set of methods to determine what you want for it, so it’s in that sense arbitrary. But they do consider the real costs of stuff within the economic context. Real, as in, how much it ended up costing.

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Discovered That My Porcelain Countertop Was Actually Tempered Glass

Discovered That My Porcelain Countertop Was Actually Tempered Glass

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A Mclaren Underwater Due To Hurricane Ian In Miami

A Mclaren Underwater Due To Hurricane Ian In Miami

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To anyone who lives in Florida: It's gonna get a lot worse. The whole state is going to be under water in 50 years. Don't blame me, that's what the numbers say.

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I Found This Gym Floor In Texas While Scouring Google Earth For A Picturegame Round. Part Of Houston Flooding Maybe?

I Found This Gym Floor In Texas While Scouring Google Earth For A Picturegame Round. Part Of Houston Flooding Maybe?

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Take the price of gas as an example. The four main factors that influence the price of gas is the cost of crude oil (the price of which depends on how it was extracted and how scarce it is), refining costs (the price manufacturers pay to turn it into a usable product), distribution (because convenience and practicality), and taxes (duh). All of these have specific numbers attached to them, giving you an idea of how much it realistically costs.

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Bear Attack In Nc State Park

Bear Attack In Nc State Park

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A Bmw Wrecked By A Tree

A Bmw Wrecked By A Tree

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I Like My Yachts Extra Crispy!

I Like My Yachts Extra Crispy!

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's not that bad. From what we can see they may still have a 35' yacht.

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This is where it gets complicated as, if we consider the gas example again, we also have things like gas station upkeep, marketing and other costs that can vary depending on the time and place. Fine, these can also be calculated. OK, so, that leaves us with profit. How much is that? Well, enough to keep the suits happy, however much that is. Sure, it adheres to the laws of economics, supply and demand, among other things, but as long as someone is willing to pay for it, anything goes.

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Road In Hatay/Turkey After Earthquake

Road In Hatay/Turkey After Earthquake

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Similar to the state of UK roads thanks to local government who would rather spend money on vanity projects.

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Then we also have another arbitrary factor and that is time. How much is time truly worth to someone? Is it a worthwhile trade-off to give money for things that you can make at home, you just need to put in more effort and time? And are those sweatpants worth the time and toil you spend working to get the money to pay for them? What about designer bags? Would you rather DIY things or just buy them?

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The Museum Ship Uss Sullivans Has Partially Sunk At The Military Park Pier On Buffalo's (NY, USA) Waterfront

The Museum Ship Uss Sullivans Has Partially Sunk At The Military Park Pier On Buffalo's (NY, USA) Waterfront

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sullivans was named for five brothers who served on the same ship in WWII. That ship was destroyed with all hands meaning five brothers all died together. It's why Ryan needed to be saved in Saving Private Ryan. Last surviving child.

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Back In ‘07, Some Guys Ran The Engines On A Brand-New (Not Even Delivered) Airbus A340 At Full Power Without Wheel Chocks. The Brakes Didn’t Hold It. More Than $100 Million, Written Off. One Of The Engines Kept Running For 9 Hours Afterwards, Until The Fuel Ran Out

Back In ‘07, Some Guys Ran The Engines On A Brand-New (Not Even Delivered) Airbus A340 At Full Power Without Wheel Chocks. The Brakes Didn’t Hold It. More Than $100 Million, Written Off. One Of The Engines Kept Running For 9 Hours Afterwards, Until The Fuel Ran Out

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/ground-accident-airbus-a340-642x-toulouse "The surprise led the ground test technician to focus on the brakes; therefore, he did not think of reducing the engines thrust." - d'oh!

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And I Thought The Car Parking Was Expensive

And I Thought The Car Parking Was Expensive

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Oh, there’s more. There’s this supermarket that shows true prices to people. It’s in downtown Amsterdam and the idea is that folks can see the “regular” price of things, say, tomatoes for €3.75 ($4.09). And then there’s the “real” price, which is €3.97 ($4.34). These show the hidden costs of growing and transporting them—the carbon emissions, worker underpayment, water, land, and all the other jazz that we as consumers ought to consider if we want our purchases to be ethical and sustainable.

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Meanwhile In Livingston Parish, Someone Didn't Check Bridge Clearances Before Taking The Helicopter Out For The Weekend

Meanwhile In Livingston Parish, Someone Didn't Check Bridge Clearances Before Taking The Helicopter Out For The Weekend

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Over The Pa "Clean Up On Isle 4"

Over The Pa "Clean Up On Isle 4"

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Crashed F-35c Fell Off Uss Carl Vinson Flight Deck Into South China Sea. [768×1024]

Crashed F-35c Fell Off Uss Carl Vinson Flight Deck Into South China Sea. [768×1024]

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Considering the cost of the materials, the manufacturing, the processing, the marketing, the logistics, the profit margins, the time, the effort, and the moral dilemmas that tie into the price of goods, you begin to see not just the real price, but also the reality of things and how every purchase truly matters in the grand scheme of economics.

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Seen In The Mojave Desert This Afternoon

Seen In The Mojave Desert This Afternoon

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Saw On Facebook - 192nd St Overpass Hwy 1 - Over-Height Load

Saw On Facebook - 192nd St Overpass Hwy 1 - Over-Height Load

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hope the people in the black SUV were okay. It looks like the excavator fell on top of it.

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Clutch Change On A Ferrari F50 [586 X 535]

Clutch Change On A Ferrari F50 [586 X 535]

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not sure about this one. Looks like a deliberate disconnection of the rear of the car to enable work to be carried out. Everything looks straight and if the rear portion had fallen from the lift, there surely would be something bent.

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