When Amazon was founded by Jeff Bezos, in 1994, it was just an online bookstore. Fast forward 22 years later, the company now sells anything from DVDs, electronics, apparel, to furniture and even fresh food. According to Wikipedia, Amazon is the fourth most valuable public company in the world, the largest internet company by revenue in the world and the ninth largest employer in the United States. The company owns over 40 subsidiaries, including Zappos, Diapers.com, Woot, IMDb, GoodReads.
Amazon has changed the way people shop. We can now purchase millions of items from the comfort of our own homes and have it delivered not in two days, but the very same day, if you live in one of the 5,000 towns and cities where they provide this service. Surprised? Wait, it gets even better. Prime Air is a new Amazon service, that debuted in December 2016, in the UK that ensures the safe delivery of packages in 30 minutes or less using drones. At the moment the service is still being tested.
Recently, the retailer announced a new innovative service: AmazonFresh Pickup - the customers can shop for groceries online, reserve a time to pick them up and have them loaded into their car at the store.
Unfortunately, even popular companies get their share of trouble. Amazon scams are on the rise in 2017 - sellers open new accounts, list popular items at low prices, take the customer's money, but never ship the merchandise. Have no worries: Amazon backs up their purchases with their A-to-Z Guarantee and are working hard to prevent such scams from taking place.
The list below compiles some of the most expensive items currently on sale on Amazon. Happy (window) shopping!
15 Patek Philippe automatic-self-wind men's Watch 5102J - $179,995.00
Patek Philippe & Co. is a Swiss watch company that started with the Polish watchmaker Antoni Patek who was making pocket watches in 1839 in Geneva, along with his Czech partner. In 1844, the two separated and Patek joined the French watchmaker Adrien Philippe and in 1851 Patek Philippe & Co was born.
It is very common these days for people to invest not only in stocks but also in luxury goods. Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Christian Louboutin, Cartier are just some of the brands that hold their value the best and the longest. When it comes to luxury watches, Patek Philippe and Rolex are considered by experts the safest bets, as they tend to retain value over other brands.
The watch features a polished 18K yellow gold case and a black crocodile leather strap. The night sky of the northern hemisphere rotates counterclockwise on the blue dial and the display shows the meridian passage and phases of the moon.
14 Platinum Pear Cut Emerald And Round Diamond Pendant - $120,443.00
Brazil is the world's largest producer of emeralds, with 50–95% of the world production, but these gemstones can be found in many other countries, including the U.S. and Canada. After being mined, the gemstones are sent across the world to Jaipur, India, the emerald capital of the world, where artisans cut and polish them.
Diamonds might be a girl's best friend, but the popularity of emeralds is continuously increasing. And that is, partly, because they are about 20 times rarer than diamonds. The level and type of treatment an emerald undergoes determine the different price points. A high-quality emerald above 5 carat size, which is untreated (no oil or resin), can cost more than $50,000 per carat!
This platinum necklace features a 6.53 ct. untreated pear cut emerald and a 0.05 ct. round diamond.
13 Yilong Hand Knotted Silk Carpet, Antique Pictorial - $199,989.00
According to their website, Yilong Carpet Factory is the leading hand-made carpet & rug manufacturer in the world. The company was founded in China in 1868.
This silk carpet was 100% hand-knotted by 12 weavers, its completion took about 18 months and it weighs 47.2 lbs!! It depicts a scene from the Qingming Festival, also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day, a festival during which Chinese people visit their ancestors' graves.
The ancient art of hand knotting rugs started thousands of years ago and is indeed a very laborious process: the design is drawn on graph paper and then the weavers begin the process, one knot at a time.
According to the seller, there is only one such carpet left in the world and it is a great investment opportunity, so what are you waiting for?
12 Bösendorfer 180 Grand Piano 6' High-gloss Pyramid Mahogany - $57,495.00
There are many good reasons to have a piano in your home. They are beautiful looking instruments that produce a beautiful sound. According to specialists, playing the piano makes you smarter and healthier; it keeps your brain in good shape and is a great stress reliever.
One of the biggest issues about pianos is not their price, as it the case with other instruments, but their size. Their weight, more exactly. You can often find free pianos on Craigslist, but you have to be able to pick it up and have a few people help you relocate it.
This Bösendorfer Grand Piano costs $57,495 and you have to pay an extra $372.49 for shipping since it weighs no less than 736 pounds. Now keep in mind that this is not your average piano. Bösendorfer is one of the oldest piano manufacturers and was established in 1828 in Austria. This particular mahogany model was manufactured in 1900.
Each year, the manufacturer produces a limited number of Artisan Models, such as the Bösendorfer Swarovski Crystal Grand Piano, whose case is encrusted with 8000 crystals and layers of gold.
11 Bernardino Campi - Ritratto di Laura Locadelli in veste di Santa Cecilia all’organo, 1570 - $299,000.00
If you are a fine arts aficionado, this 16th-century painting (in very good condition) might catch your attention.
Bernadino Campi was a Renaissance painter who worked in Reggio Emilia. This painting depicts Laura Locadelli, the artist's niece, posing as Saint Cecilia (the patron saint of music and musicians) playing the organ.
Considering the framed size (180 x 130 x 10 cm) and the fact that the painting is shipped all the way from Italy, paying only $100 for shipping is quite a steal.
10 Babe Ruth Hand Signed Baseball Bat Documented To April 7th, 1935 - $136,812.99
If you are a baseball fan with some extra cash burning a hole in your pocket (or bank account), you better check this out: a 1935 baseball bat signed by the famous Babe Ruth, for $136,812.
George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. is considered one of the greatest sports heroes in America and probably the greatest baseball player of all times. He started his career as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox but achieved his success as an outfielder for the New York Yankees.
Babe Ruth memorabilia continues to grow in value each year, so this might be another great investment piece. Some of the most valuable pieces of Babe Ruth memorabilia sold at public auction over the last few years include a 1920 jersey ($4,415,658 ), a 1930s cap ($537,278) and a 1927 game-used bat, ($388,375).
9 William Barclay "Bat" Masterson - Annotated Typed Manuscript Signed - $212,500.00
Bartholemew William Barclay "Bat" Masterson lived between 1853 and 1921 and was a renowned lawman, gunfighter, gambler, saloon keeper and sports writer of the "Wild West" and also a good friend of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp.
In spite of him getting in numerous gunfights, working as a buffalo hunter, an army scout, and a sheriff, it was not a gun that ended his life, but a heart attack.
This document was written by Robert M. Wright, former mayor of Dodge City, Kansas, and sent to Masterson, a former deputy in Dodge City, for his review. It contains four handwritten corrections by "Bat" Masterson, including his rare full signature.
If you really want to buy this document, but you're not too sure about the price, you can make an offer, a feature that is more common on Ebay, rather than on Amazon.
8 Elegant Lighting Large Hanging Fixture Swarovski Spectra Crystals - $80,340.00
Historically, chandeliers have been a status symbol and were exclusive to the royalty and the higher classes. But nowadays you don't have to live in a mansion to add a chandelier to your home design. Some of them can be pretty versatile, while others would turn any walk-in closet into a fabulous space. Let's face it, there is no other lighting fixture that makes the same statement as a crystal chandelier.
This $80,340 chandelier with Swarovski Spectra Crystals, however, isn't very versatile or appropriate for a small space, due to its size: it is 96 inch high and weighs 372 lbs. You also need to keep in mind your power bill, considering its 3960 wattage.
7 Rosewood Living Room Set Mahogany Antique Carving Sofa Coffee Table Furniture - $139,999.99
This living room set looks neither comfortable nor easy to incorporate into most home decors. This strikes me more as the kind of furniture you want to use when you have unwelcome guests. They will definitely feel very uncomfortable sitting on this sofa, so hopefully, they will be on their way in no time.
Classic Chinese furniture is usually made of a class of hardwoods, known collectively as "rosewood" (or "red wood"). This wood is denser than water and high in oils and resins, which makes the end product very durable and rot and insect resistant.
Although the seller does not provide additional information, you should know that Classical Chinese furniture generally refers to pieces made during the Ming and Qing dynasties, from the end of the 14th century to the beginning of the 20th century.
6 1943 Copper Lincoln Cent - $255,375.05
During World War II, copper was necessary to make shell casings for the war, so the U.S. penny was made out of steel in 1943, which is why most pennies from that year are silver colored. There are a few error coins known from that year, where the penny was accidentally struck on a copper planchet. They are very rare and there are many fakes circulating around, but if you think you might have a genuine one, they are worth between $18,000 and $400,000.
To tell a fake copper penny apart from the real deal, you need to pay attention to three details: the genuine copper penny weighs about 3.11 grams, it does not stick to magnets and the "3" in 1943 has an unusually long tail. There are more fakes on the market than there are real copper pennies, but it is not impossible to find one. As a matter of fact, almost all of the 1943 copper pennies were originally found in pocket change.
The listing belongs to a seller with 15 years of experience and a 96% score from 716 ratings, so it's probably safe to say this coin is genuine.
5 Thermal Surveying/Mapping X8 640 R Quadcopter Drone With RTK Multi GNSS GPS - $22,898.00
Remember those sci-fi movies of the 80s depicting a future with flying cars and robots taking over the world? The future is already here: unmanned aircraft that have taken over the air space. Drones have become increasingly popular, and they are widely used by the military, photographers, meteorologists, in agriculture and wildlife monitoring and probably by creeps who like to spy on their neighbors.
Until recently, in order to use a drone in the U.S., you were required by the FAA to register the aircraft. As of May 19th, 2017, you no longer have to do that if you fly non-commercially. This means that companies still have to follow the rules, while hobbyists now have one less restriction. This might just open a big can of worms.
You can buy a drone for as little as $25, but the most expensive ones can get close to $250,000. The pictured drone is most likely a good example of a ridiculously overpriced item, with no reviews or seller feedback.
4 1928 Beacon Air Mail Stamp Original Art Photograph by Nathaniel Dewell - $70,000.00
Before air mail, there were messenger pigeons. Today we have the Internet and Facebook Messenger and letter writing has become obsolete.
The first piece of mail transported by an air vehicle was on January 7, 1785, on a hot air balloon flight from Dover, England to near Calais, France. At the beginning, airmail letters were more expensive than surface mail.
The first 5 cent air mail stamp was issued on July 25, 1928, and it featured the beacon light on top of Sherman Hill in the Rocky Mountains. This $70,000 photograph is the original artwork, from which the stamp was created.
3 Metropolis 1927 * Fritz Lang * Brigitte Helm SCI-FI * rare original lobby card * mint - $350,000.00
And what exactly is a lobby card you might ask? You're probably thinking of lobbyists, aren't you?
At the beginnings of cinematography, movie theaters were trying to come up with a way to advertise their movies, so in 1908, movie studios started printing materials of different sizes that could either be displayed or passed out to customers in the lobbies of movie theaters. They were called lobby cards and were popular for years, but now are part of history and many of them are worth quite a bit. These 11x14 movie posters were generally produced in sets of eight and depicted different scenes from the movie.
Their collectible value is determined by the graphic appeal of the card and the popularity of the film. Some very popular cards, highly appreciated by collectors contain memorable scenes from Casablanca, Wizard of Oz, Psycho, North by Northwest.
This card was used to promote the silent movie "Metropolis", a 1927 German science-fiction film directed by Fritz Lang. According to the seller, many collectors believe it's the most valuable lobby card in the world.
2 Classic Grey Sevruga Caviar - $6,361.00
Not even close as expensive as the other items on this list, but probably the most expensive one in the food section and definitely a shocker for what you get: a little over 2 pounds of caviar for over $6,000. Well, you know what they say... best things come in small packages. And this is not even the most expensive variety ever sold. "Almas", the product of the Iranian Beluga fish sells for about $25,000 per kg (2.2 lbs).
The good news is not all varieties of caviar are this expensive. If you want to try one of the oldest delicacies in the world, you can expect to pay around $50-$75 for 1 oz. of decent caviar. And hear this: historically, caviar was prescribed to alleviate depression. Hey, I'll take that over Prozac any day.
This particular one is harvested from the Sevruga sturgeon in the Caspian and Black Seas, a fish that can get as big as 150 lbs. in weight and 7 feet in length.
1 Gold Deluxe Pokedex Pokemon handheld encyclopedia - $50,000.00
I was hunting for Pokemon and came across this item. Now seriously, remember the Pokemon madness of 2016? Are people still looking for these creatures? Is it still a thing?
Apparently, this Pokedex has been on Amazon for many years, initially listed for $200,000, reduced to $100,000 a few years later and then discounted again, but still ridiculously overpriced. It's not worth more than $200 (at the most), but you can't blame them for trying.
The Japanese franchise celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016, has made more than 39 billion dollars and sold over 200 million copies. Popularity is many times associated with some criticism and controversy and Pokemon is no exception. The game was accused of promoting materialism and supporting cruelty to animals.
In 2001, Saudi Arabia banned Pokemon games and cards because of the symbolism attached to different religions and organizations: "international Zionism", Christian crosses, triangles associated with Freemasonry, and symbols from Japan’s native Shinto religion.
On December 16, 1997, more than 635 Japanese children ended up in the hospital with epileptic seizures caused by watching an episode of Pokémon.