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2014-02-13 08:53:27 AM  
It's one of the the cool things about being rich, you get a bunch of stuff for free.
 
2014-02-13 08:55:06 AM  

Sybarite: It's one of the the cool things about being rich, you get a bunch of stuff for free.


Ben Folds:

And they gave me some food
And they didn't charge me
And they gave me some coffee
And they didn't charge me
And when I was broke
I needed it more
But now that I'm rich
They give me coffee
 
2014-02-13 10:32:19 AM  
i.imgur.com

Free to those that can afford it, very expensive to those that can't.
 
2014-02-13 10:34:16 AM  

Sybarite: It's one of the the cool things about being rich, you get a bunch of stuff for free.


It's one of the many paradoxes about life: You have to prove that you have money in order to not need any.
 
2014-02-13 10:34:56 AM  
Of course, they get to pay income tax for a bunch of crap that they don't want.

This is from 2013:

For 2013 ceremony, Distinctive Assets says the bags are worth $47,802. That's the least-expensive Oscars' swag collection in five years.
The relative bargain-basement value of this year's Oscars gift bags still will produce a hefty tax bill. A rough calculation at the 2013 top individual tax rate of 39.6 percent means each bag will produce a tax bill of just under $19,000.
And since most the stars are California residents, they'll also owe Golden State taxes on the swag.

What's in the bag?
Among the items in 2013's relative bargain basement bag are:
a $4,100 week-long weight-loss retreat,
a $406 hand cream,
a $795 water filtration device,
a $1,800 pass to the VIP club at London's Heathrow airport,
a $19.99 clothing de-fuzzer,
a $3.99 cleaning product from Windex, and
a six-pack of condoms valued at $20.

http://dontmesswithtaxes.typepad.com/dont_mess_with_taxes/2013/02/ac ad emy-awards-swag-bags-2013-worth-47000-each.html

I think I would just pass.
 
2014-02-13 10:41:58 AM  
headline of article - $50,000
first sentence of article - $55,000

Hey writer, if you aren't going to read your article neither am I.
 
2014-02-13 10:51:05 AM  

busy chillin': headline of article - $50,000
first sentence of article - $55,000

Hey writer, if you aren't going to read your article neither am I.


Yeah, I was wondering about this myself....

Also, I don't know why this is "news" anymore.
 
2014-02-13 10:56:40 AM  
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There's a special place in hell for anyone that would steal from Lauren Bacall
 
2014-02-13 11:08:05 AM  

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What a $50,000 Gift Bag might look like

 
2014-02-13 11:10:10 AM  
Much more impressive than the million dollar athlete that wins a Chevy truck for being MVP.
 
2014-02-13 11:12:31 AM  

GameSprocket: What's in the bag?
Among the items in 2013's relative bargain basement bag are:
a $4,100 week-long weight-loss retreat,
a $406 hand cream,
a $795 water filtration device,
a $1,800 pass to the VIP club at London's Heathrow airport,
a $19.99 clothing de-fuzzer,
a $3.99 cleaning product from Windex, and
a six-pack of condoms valued at $20.



LOL, that's pretty lame. Firstly, the weight loss retreat is somewhat of an insult. It's this kind of shiat that makes Christina Ricci, Angelina Jolie and every other formerly hot curvy actresses turn anorexic. If Sofia Vergara gets nominated and gets one of those, someone needs to get their ass kicked (probably not in danger of happening).

As the the water filtration device, clothing de-fuzzer and cleaning products, I think most of those people have people who already handle those sorts of things.

A sixer of condoms for $20 doesn't seem like they're the top of the line brand.

I don't know anything about the VIP club at wherever and I probably never will but it sounds like you'd be hanging out with a collection of assholes and even I can't drink $1,800 of free booze. Maybe.

They should all pull a Woody Allen (no, not fark your daughter) and just not show up to these things. But they're all too narcissistic for that.
 
2014-02-13 11:17:48 AM  

Mugato: GameSprocket: What's in the bag?
Among the items in 2013's relative bargain basement bag are:
a $4,100 week-long weight-loss retreat,
a $406 hand cream,
a $795 water filtration device,
a $1,800 pass to the VIP club at London's Heathrow airport,
a $19.99 clothing de-fuzzer,
a $3.99 cleaning product from Windex, and
a six-pack of condoms valued at $20.


LOL, that's pretty lame. Firstly, the weight loss retreat is somewhat of an insult. It's this kind of shiat that makes Christina Ricci, Angelina Jolie and every other formerly hot curvy actresses turn anorexic. If Sofia Vergara gets nominated and gets one of those, someone needs to get their ass kicked (probably not in danger of happening).

As the the water filtration device, clothing de-fuzzer and cleaning products, I think most of those people have people who already handle those sorts of things.

A sixer of condoms for $20 doesn't seem like they're the top of the line brand.

I don't know anything about the VIP club at wherever and I probably never will but it sounds like you'd be hanging out with a collection of assholes and even I can't drink $1,800 of free booze. Maybe.

They should all pull a Woody Allen (no, not fark your daughter) and just not show up to these things. But they're all too narcissistic for that.


all the things you said, i find valid...except the $20 condom pack remark
just what kind of condoms are you purchasing that make $20/6-pack seem like cheap-o condoms?

i haven't bought any in about 5 years (and paid about $100 for my co-pay to ensure i won't have to buy them again), but i recall paying MAYBE $10 for a box of them
 
2014-02-13 11:19:51 AM  
Back before the IRS started taxing these things, they were pretty amazing. Used to be all sorts of jewelry and such in them.  The idea was to bribe the celebrities into showing up.
 
2014-02-13 11:21:43 AM  

Sybarite: It's one of the the cool things about being rich, you get a bunch of stuff for free.


It's more about being famous.  You don't really see managing partners of high-end merger and acquisition brokers or law firms or whatnot getting these sorts of gift bags even if they make as much or more than many of these celebrities.
 
2014-02-13 11:23:07 AM  

meanmutton: Sybarite: It's one of the the cool things about being rich, you get a bunch of stuff for free.

It's more about being famous.  You don't really see managing partners of high-end merger and acquisition brokers or law firms or whatnot getting these sorts of gift bags even if they make as much or more than many of these celebrities.


maybe they're not getting celeb-style award-show giftbags, but a lot of those types are indeed getting gifts/kickbacks

/no need for citation
//i said it on fark, it MUST be true
 
2014-02-13 11:34:31 AM  

bungle_jr: all the things you said, i find valid...except the $20 condom pack remark
just what kind of condoms are you purchasing that make $20/6-pack seem like cheap-o condoms?


Well you might be right. But there are a lot of levels of condoms. Ribbed, flavored, vibrating, ones that talk dirty to you, ones that tell you that your partner came even if she/he didn't. I may have made some of those up but these are Oscar nominees, they deserve the best

. Then again some of them are nominated for things like "Best Independent Foreign Animated Feature" and probably wouldn't have any use for them anyway.
 
2014-02-13 11:51:40 AM  
My wife's bags were used for the Screen Actor's Award gala gift bags, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2014-02-13 12:11:25 PM  

exparrot: My wife's bags were used for the Screen Actor's Award gala gift bags, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.



Let's see your wife's bags or GTFO!
 
2014-02-13 12:25:09 PM  
I really like those Slow Watches in the gift bag. They're not expensive either. Less than $300.
 
2014-02-13 12:30:52 PM  
Make them pay taxes on it.
 
2014-02-13 12:33:48 PM  
Ooooo.....Windex!
 
2014-02-13 12:50:15 PM  

Ivandrago: I really like those Slow Watches in the gift bag. They're not expensive either. Less than $300.


Seems like people would want a regular watch instead of a slow one.
 
2014-02-13 12:59:54 PM  

BalugaJoe: Make them pay taxes on it.


They already have to. Which is stupid, in a way. We tax capital gains at a lower rate than what these people will have to pay on these non-cash gifts. Seems stupid to me, to tax something which you can't spend, and to tax it at a higher rate than income.
 
2014-02-13 05:59:43 PM  
Swag bag list fails without a year's supply of:

i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-13 06:59:11 PM  

LectertheChef: BalugaJoe: Make them pay taxes on it.

They already have to. Which is stupid, in a way. We tax capital gains at a lower rate than what these people will have to pay on these non-cash gifts. Seems stupid to me, to tax something which you can't spend, and to tax it at a higher rate than income.


Have you ever seen the movie The Lottery?  It's an old Jimmy Stewart comedy about a guy who wins a ton of not-exactly-liquid prizes from a radio show and then has to figure out where he can get the money for the tax bill.

/always thought that one might've made for a good remake
 
2014-02-13 07:01:55 PM  
The animal shelter donations sound like a good bribe.  Even if I were loaded that'd still pique my interest.

/what's better than giving money to charity?
//giving someone else's money to charity
 
2014-02-13 07:14:22 PM  

Zombalupagus: Swag bag list fails without a year's supply of:

[i.imgur.com image 219x323]


I've always been curious on how much is a years supply of Rice-A-Roni?
 
2014-02-13 10:18:56 PM  

busy chillin': headline of article - $50,000
first sentence of article - $55,000

Hey writer, if you aren't going to read your article neither am I.


The writer often doesn't get to write the headline. That's somebody else's job.
 
2014-02-14 04:38:25 AM  

skinbubble: Zombalupagus: Swag bag list fails without a year's supply of:

[i.imgur.com image 219x323]

I've always been curious on how much is a years supply of Rice-A-Roni?


You're looking at it.
 
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