I was talking to some people today and they mentioned furs, and how they are unnecessary since there are synthetic furs that can replace real furs. This got me thinking, i honestly can’t think of any ‘status symbol’ that doesn’t have a low cost alternative except maybe for mansions.
Furs, eelskins, name brand clothes and handbags, diamonds, pearls, precious gems and metals all have low cost alternatives on the market that look and feel the same.
Maybe luxury cars also count as something that there isn’t an affordable substitute for, but affordable companies like kia and hyundai are trying to change that.
So is there anything else im forgetting? It seems like most status symbols are no longer applicable and identical substitutes can be afforded by the common (wo)man. Maybe thats why the hummer 2 is so popular. i’ve heard the phrase ‘accept no subsitutes’ and ‘only one’ be used to describe the hummer 2.