Guilt ensued, so to assuage it a bit we looked into the local Louis Vuitton outlet. Our large leather cases were well into double figures, but there we could buy a small shiny vinyl handbag for over £500. Shiny vinyl handbags were naff in the 1960s. Presumably they are now daringly retro. But still - £500+???
I know the wealthy have to find some way of offloading their moolah, but these things are plastic! And Ugly! However, it's all probably part of a strange mindset in which more is less - at least, that's the only explanation I can come up with for the strange pricing on an LV outlet site, a typical example of which is
Authentic Louis Vuitton Mahina Leather Shoulder Bags And Totes
Retail Price :
Concessions Price : $ 1272.00
Wow, Mum, look! I can pay six times a much here! Is that cool, or what?
There's probably an indignant sermon struggling to get out of all this, but on reflection, it's too depressing to think about.