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2017-03-19 07:37:51 AM  
What kind of low brow poor shares his boat with strangers?
 
2017-03-19 08:09:20 AM  
i.ytimg.com
 
2017-03-19 08:43:00 AM  
For people who have too much money and don't know what to do with it.  Meh.
 
2017-03-19 09:16:23 AM  
Subby sounds poor
 
2017-03-19 09:20:16 AM  
They should call it "The B Ark"
 
2017-03-19 09:23:44 AM  
Catering to the 1% is about the last middle-class job that pays serious money.
 
2017-03-19 09:26:29 AM  

EvilEgg: What kind of low brow poor shares his boat with strangers?


My father used to call them "nickel millionaires".They make just enough money to put on the act, but there's no real money behind them.

/Certainly not "our kind of people", sniff.
 
2017-03-19 09:43:22 AM  
This thing sounds like a security nightmare.
 
2017-03-19 09:49:58 AM  
What a wonderful opportunity for hostage taking !
 
2017-03-19 10:00:27 AM  

brainlordmesomorph: They should call it "The B Ark"


Woof
 
2017-03-19 10:28:12 AM  

EvilEgg: What kind of low brow poor shares his boat with strangers?


Last time I checked, an 80-foot sailing yacht in the Caribbean with six guest berths with a crew of three to cook and drive was about $20k per week to hire.

$18k (per person? Per cabin?) for two nights sounds like a really poor deal.
 
2017-03-19 10:28:35 AM  
so it's a cruise ship they are desperately trying not to call a cruise ship because their target demographic wouldn't be caught dead on a  cruise ship

they must get sore with all that verbal gymnastics trying to call things by names other than what they are
 
2017-03-19 10:34:22 AM  
From TFA: "I had this thought back in 2007, when the world was all bling and everything was fantastic,"

Thanks George W!
 
2017-03-19 10:51:36 AM  

EvilEgg: What kind of low brow poor shares his boat with strangers?


And we're done. This is a cruise ship, nothing more. If you can afford a yacht, you buy it because it guarantees you control of your surroundings. This is someone trying to pitch a cruise ship to upper middle class passengers, by emphasizing how "exclusive" it is - "you can't even get on it if we don't invite you first" and all that shiat.

Engineered scarcity still works as a marketing ploy - just ask Apple - so I'm certain that this schmuck will be able to bilk enough folks to make it successful, at least in the short term.
 
2017-03-19 10:55:28 AM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: so it's a cruise ship they are desperately trying not to call a cruise ship because their target demographic wouldn't be caught dead on a  cruise ship

they must get sore with all that verbal gymnastics trying to call things by names other than what they are

Yup, that's just a cruise ship.
 
2017-03-19 11:08:44 AM  
It would be nice to have the money to buy into the SS Pinkyout for the two nights per year and send random people most likely to offend the sensibilities of people who would aspire to spend their time on this floating pile of pretention. "oh dear, Charles. Did that man in the sombrero and sandals just slurp his tea?"
 
2017-03-19 11:09:59 AM  
these ideas have been around forever. in 2008 or so a mega cruise ship was planned and you would buy and live in your cabin/condo unit. of course the economy went in the crapper soon after.
 
2017-03-19 11:50:51 AM  
I would like to reject the invite, then nuke it from orbit.

It's not going to be built. This is just spit and shine for a company that only middlemans services.
 
2017-03-19 11:57:06 AM  
img.fark.net
 
2017-03-19 11:59:40 AM  
Meh I'll wait for the Groupon deal.
 
2017-03-19 12:16:52 PM  
Gee, it sounds like the new credit cards the wife and I just got offers for.   So exclusive there is no looking them up on the internet, you have to call the number mailed to you, give them the secret code and wait (hope) for a return call in order to sign up for the privilege of paying $5,000 a year, per cardholder, to get their solid titanium card, plated in gold, that comes with first class concierge to fix all your whiny baby needs.

Whoopty-farking-doo.   I can book my own plane tickets, I don't want to eat at the most expensive and crowded restraunts, I have the presence of mind to get tickets to things I want to see more than an hour in advance and I sure as shiat don't piss away $10k a year so we can have 50 bucks worth of metal in our wallets.    Half the fun of being rich is having credit cards pay you, not the other way around.

Maybe at a certain dollar level your brain turns to cottage cheese, evidently we are still not wealthy enough yet.
 
2017-03-19 12:30:08 PM  

Vaginosilicosis: Gee, it sounds like the new credit cards the wife and I just got offers for.   So exclusive there is no looking them up on the internet, you have to call the number mailed to you, give them the secret code and wait (hope) for a return call in order to sign up for the privilege of paying $5,000 a year, per cardholder, to get their solid titanium card, plated in gold, that comes with first class concierge to fix all your whiny baby needs.

Whoopty-farking-doo.   I can book my own plane tickets, I don't want to eat at the most expensive and crowded restraunts, I have the presence of mind to get tickets to things I want to see more than an hour in advance and I sure as shiat don't piss away $10k a year so we can have 50 bucks worth of metal in our wallets.    Half the fun of being rich is having credit cards pay you, not the other way around.

Maybe at a certain dollar level your brain turns to cottage cheese, evidently we are still not wealthy enough yet.

The difference is that when you're truly rich, those credit cards come free, with no annual fees. You're spending enough that they can make a profit on the merchant fees alone.

starlost: these ideas have been around forever. in 2008 or so a mega cruise ship was planned and you would buy and live in your cabin/condo unit. of course the economy went in the crapper soon after.

I think this is the same company, who came up with the idea in 2007.
 
2017-03-19 12:48:18 PM  
"Relax and Recharge with the mystery chemical in our On-Deck IV Bags?"
 
2017-03-19 12:51:06 PM  

MrSteve007: The difference is that when you're truly rich, those credit cards come free, with no annual fees. You're spending enough that they can make a profit on the merchant fees alone.


No, they don't.   Black card type stuff is not free, not ever.   Its for a class of people for whom $7500 yearly fees (Amex Centurian) are a pittance.   They want the people they give it to to know that the credit card they just handed them is worth more than their car.
 
2017-03-19 01:00:33 PM  
Where are all the 'Occupy' occupationists now?

Probably not at an occupation they can't hang up the hairnet/nametag because there is some serious occupyin' to be done.

The time is now for the Occupyalypse or the Occupygasam!

/someone get marketing to research what it should be called this time
 
2017-03-19 01:01:45 PM  

Uncle Ottos Truck: What a wonderful opportunity for hostage taking !


That's my first thought
 
2017-03-19 02:20:52 PM  

Vaginosilicosis: MrSteve007: The difference is that when you're truly rich, those credit cards come free, with no annual fees. You're spending enough that they can make a profit on the merchant fees alone.

No, they don't.   Black card type stuff is not free, not ever.   Its for a class of people for whom $7500 yearly fees (Amex Centurian) are a pittance.   They want the people they give it to to know that the credit card they just handed them is worth more than their car.

I'll agree with you that the Amex Centurion card has become more about prestige, based on its $250k annual spending requirement for entry, however, the Visa Signature program offers many of the same benefits, including concierge services, with zero annual fees.
 
2017-03-19 02:33:54 PM  
Change the name to Pflogiston Paradise.      This is a time-share condo on the water.
 
2017-03-19 04:15:24 PM  

Vaginosilicosis: Gee, it sounds like the new credit cards the wife and I just got offers for.   So exclusive there is no looking them up on the internet, you have to call the number mailed to you, give them the secret code and wait (hope) for a return call in order to sign up for the privilege of paying $5,000 a year, per cardholder, to get their solid titanium card, plated in gold, that comes with first class concierge to fix all your whiny baby needs.

Whoopty-farking-doo.   I can book my own plane tickets, I don't want to eat at the most expensive and crowded restraunts, I have the presence of mind to get tickets to things I want to see more than an hour in advance and I sure as shiat don't piss away $10k a year so we can have 50 bucks worth of metal in our wallets.    Half the fun of being rich is having credit cards pay you, not the other way around.

Maybe at a certain dollar level your brain turns to cottage cheese, evidently we are still not wealthy enough yet.


www.ejumpcut.org

/ me neither.
// I'll leave over-fancified food like this to the Patrick Bateman-like people in the World...
 
2017-03-19 04:21:02 PM  

MrSteve007: Vaginosilicosis: MrSteve007: The difference is that when you're truly rich, those credit cards come free, with no annual fees. You're spending enough that they can make a profit on the merchant fees alone.

No, they don't.   Black card type stuff is not free, not ever.   Its for a class of people for whom $7500 yearly fees (Amex Centurian) are a pittance.   They want the people they give it to to know that the credit card they just handed them is worth more than their car.
I'll agree with you that the Amex Centurion card has become more about prestige, based on its $250k annual spending requirement for entry, however, the Visa Signature program offers many of the same benefits, including concierge services, with zero annual fees.


And none of the cache.   Just like the silly card I was just offered it doesn't have any appeal to the ultra rich if just anyone can have it or especially if its free.    The kind of people who get Amex Centurion don't even need that concierge crap, if you have that money you have "people".   Its no good being ultra rich if you have to spend one minute dealing with a call center of any kind ever again.

I would actually take a Centurion in a heartbeat if it was offered because its not like the raft of other "black" cards going around where you can just buy your way in for $2,000 to $10,000.   With the Amex one you have to be no shiat rich.    But since my annual spending is barely 1/5 of the requirement and my income is not even close to above $1.3 million, and I don't use Amex in the first place I don't think its going to be a problem for me for a while.


To me things like this tarted up cruise line and phony black cards are just this brought to life:
img.fark.net
 
2017-03-19 04:30:57 PM  

Basily Gourt: EvilEgg: What kind of low brow poor shares his boat with strangers?

My father used to call them "nickel millionaires".They make just enough money to put on the act, but there's no real money behind them.

/Certainly not "our kind of people", sniff.


The type that lives in a neighborhood and not on grounds comprised of acreage
 
2017-03-19 08:49:09 PM  

Vaginosilicosis: MrSteve007: The difference is that when you're truly rich, those credit cards come free, with no annual fees. You're spending enough that they can make a profit on the merchant fees alone.

No, they don't.   Black card type stuff is not free, not ever.   Its for a class of people for whom $7500 yearly fees (Amex Centurian) are a pittance.   They want the people they give it to to know that the credit card they just handed them is worth more than their car.


The annual fee for the Centurian isn't $7,500 a year, it's $2,500 per card. The $7,500 is the initiation fee. And it's waived all the time. Really, nobody pays it, except maybe people who just barely qualified after badgering their Amex Platinum concierge for a year.

As far as the concierge services go, though, they're useful. I'm just a measly Platinum cardholder, but I've still taken advantage of them to handle things for me. Like waiting on hold for several hours to get a season box for the local ballet and symphony on the day they went on sale. I mean, yes, I could have done it myself, but why waste my time? And access to airport lounges alone is worth way more than the annual fee.
 
2017-03-19 09:03:36 PM  

MrSteve007: Vaginosilicosis: MrSteve007: The difference is that when you're truly rich, those credit cards come free, with no annual fees. You're spending enough that they can make a profit on the merchant fees alone.

No, they don't.   Black card type stuff is not free, not ever.   Its for a class of people for whom $7500 yearly fees (Amex Centurian) are a pittance.   They want the people they give it to to know that the credit card they just handed them is worth more than their car.
I'll agree with you that the Amex Centurion card has become more about prestige, based on its $250k annual spending requirement for entry, however, the Visa Signature program offers many of the same benefits, including concierge services, with zero annual fees.


So that's not entirely true. Visa signature, just like AMEX, has tiers of concierge service, and the one you get is based on your card. You get basic concierge with the no-fee cards, like you would with an AMEX gold or green card, so in those cases the Visa is actually a better deal. Annual fee cards, however, put you through to different call centers with higher level employees, shorter wait times, and more access. At that level, the AMEX Platinum service is better than anything from Visa. And the centurion concierge can almost literally make miracles happen. It's a lot of money for the annual fee, but considering the spending minimum, it's a relatively paltry sum (1% of your spending minimum).
 
2017-03-19 09:35:07 PM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: so it's a cruise ship they are desperately trying not to call a cruise ship because their target demographic wouldn't be caught dead on a  cruise ship

they must get sore with all that verbal gymnastics trying to call things by names other than what they are


Condoyacht. World's most expensive time share.
 
2017-03-19 10:07:01 PM  

Lusiphur: I'm just a measly Platinum cardholder,


I can think of better things to do with $450 bucks as well as $2500.
 
2017-03-19 10:34:17 PM  
Never in my life have I wanted access to torpedoes more.
 
2017-03-19 11:06:57 PM  

The Lurker at Your Threshold: Never in my life have I wanted access to torpedoes more.


img.fark.net
 
2017-03-19 11:33:48 PM  

EvilEgg: What kind of low brow poor shares his boat with strangers?


Paul Allen has a second yacht where his guests sleep at night.
 
2017-03-19 11:34:46 PM  

Vaginosilicosis: Lusiphur: I'm just a measly Platinum cardholder,

I can think of better things to do with $450 bucks as well as $2500.


Ah, the days where folks thought credit cards brought prestige...
 
2017-03-20 12:29:42 AM  

Lusiphur: access to airport lounges alone is worth way more than the annual fee.


My flights arrive so much earlier and safer when I have access to the airport lounges!
 
2017-03-20 01:28:24 AM  

FormlessOne: Vaginosilicosis: Lusiphur: I'm just a measly Platinum cardholder,

I can think of better things to do with $450 bucks as well as $2500.

Ah, the days where folks thought credit cards brought bought prestige...


Use their service. Let the merchant pay for it. Of course they base their prices on losing those few percent off the top, so you're still paying for it.

It's a stupid game and we keep playing it. If you have the money you can afford to play the game. But for those without the money the game just pushes them deeper down.
 
2017-03-20 01:44:24 AM  
I know who should crew it:
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2017-03-20 01:47:02 AM  
A large douche canoe?
 
2017-03-20 08:26:13 AM  

Vaginosilicosis: Gee, it sounds like the new credit cards the wife and I just got offers for.   So exclusive there is no looking them up on the internet, you have to call the number mailed to you, give them the secret code and wait (hope) for a return call in order to sign up for the privilege of paying $5,000 a year, per cardholder, to get their solid titanium card, plated in gold, that comes with first class concierge to fix all your whiny baby needs.

Whoopty-farking-doo.   I can book my own plane tickets, I don't want to eat at the most expensive and crowded restraunts, I have the presence of mind to get tickets to things I want to see more than an hour in advance and I sure as shiat don't piss away $10k a year so we can have 50 bucks worth of metal in our wallets.    Half the fun of being rich is having credit cards pay you, not the other way around.

Maybe at a certain dollar level your brain turns to cottage cheese, evidently we are still not wealthy enough yet.


These kinds of things appeal to the nouveau riche... contrived exclusivity and lavish trappings of wealth. It's the exact reason why most new wealth families lose their wealth quickly... a few years in the case of lottery winners and a few generations in most other cases. Maintaining wealth takes effort, and you certainly don't hold onto it by pissing away 10k on card fees.
 
2017-03-20 08:39:30 AM  
You know that company that your boss's HR department hand picked for you to give all of your IRA money to to "hold on to" and make you a 1% interest?
This is how they spend it.
 
2017-03-20 10:14:03 AM  

jaytkay: Lusiphur: access to airport lounges alone is worth way more than the annual fee.

My flights arrive so much earlier and safer when I have access to the airport lounges!


Some of the lounges are very nice. If you travel regularly for work and your local airport has a nice one it's worth it. No noise, not crowded, coffee/food/snacks etc. Much nicer to have a cup of coffee and wait for your flight in an Eames chair than the usual crowded and uncomfortable terminal seating.
 
2017-03-20 10:19:40 AM  
I can't wait to see it capsize immediately upon launch.
 
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