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What is this "no content" thing you keep referring to, here?
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What is this "no content" thing you keep referring to, here?

It all started for me back in the early nineties. I heard about a cheap 911 called the Club Sport. It had no options, stripped interior, just the basics with the same engine and trans as the regular 911. While my 944 Turbo was being worked on I strolled onto the dealer floor to see a new 911 that should be no more than 5k or 10k than a loaded Corvette, which to my mind was what it was always worth. To my utter disbelief I stood slack jawed at the 20k extra the showroom 911 Club Sport cost over a REGULAR 911 with more equipment, etc. It didn't make economic sense, paying more for less.
Thus it all started... I saw how Porsche and Ferrari have gotten away with shitty quality and poor dealer networks for decades. I saw how a supposed race win translates into prestige and profit margins. I saw how all this shit had nothing to do with reality as we live it. Year after year we see new and vintage race cars, and mega performance cars, escalate wildly in price while Mercedes, Cadillacs, and Lincolns with more content, technology, and over all build quality languish in musty garages waiting for someone to change their mind about what makes a quality vehicle. I guess it is like modern art versus impressionism. Some modern art is worth millions and probably took a few hours to produce. Some impressionistic art is worth thousands and took months to produce. I say reward MORE effort when talent is present. Duh!
Now aging yuppies are just tossing good money at stripped race cars with far less tech and equipment than regular production cars. I don't get it, I don't get paying more for less, I don't get all this racing bru ha ha as I have raced enough to get my fill and see through the ruse. Enough already! Would you pay more for less land? Would you pay more for a home made of sticks instead of bricks when comparably sized and finished? Would you pay more for less education! Fuck that.

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Well sir, you and I have finally reached an accord. I concur, entirely, except if the chassis is distinctly unique and desirable on its own. Generally, I prefer that all the vehicles I purchase come with all the options available at the time of their build. Other than a couple of items, like heated/ortho/leather seats, my MB meets those criteria, while the VW and Audi are contented to the hilt. Additionally, both the MB and VW are each one-year-only vehicles, which means that they're content heavy--that makes me equally contented.

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There are very few of the nouveau riche who are not wildly egotistical. Especially the investment banker / Gordon Gekko disciples. Money itself isn't important; what's important is converting that money into something nobody else has. The harder it is to get it, the more exclusive it is, the more they value it. Unbridled capitalism + unbridled consumerism = unbridled vanity, which is what a purchase like the one described by the OP is all about.

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I guess it is like modern art versus impressionism. Some modern art is worth millions and probably took a few hours to produce. Some impressionistic art is worth thousands and took months to produce. I say reward MORE effort when talent is present. Duh!
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There are very few of the nouveau riche who are not wildly egotistical. Especially the investment banker / Gordon Gecko disciples. Money itself isn't important; what's important is converting that money into something nobody else has. The harder it is to get it, the more exclusive it is, the more they value it. Unbridled capitalism + unbridled consumerism = unbridled vanity, which is what a purchase like the one described by the OP is all about.
does the above have anything to do with yoseysig?

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If Gordon Gekko is behind a painting, I'm pretty sure what he wants to impart is A) not hidden, and B) not wise.
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There are very few of the nouveau riche who are not wildly egotistical. Especially the investment banker / Gordon Gekko disciples. Money itself isn't important; what's important is converting that money into something nobody else has. The harder it is to get it, the more exclusive it is, the more they value it. Unbridled capitalism + unbridled consumerism = unbridled vanity, which is what a purchase like the one described by the OP is all about.
Feeling cynical tonight just a wee bit, eh? Capitalism's best feature is it motivates people to work and not sit around and think too much. Capitalism's worst feature is people forget to think.
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