To paraphrase P.T. Barnum, there's an overpriced geegaw born every minute — and two nouveau riche dolts to spend way too much on it.
How else to describe SoftBank's "Japan Texture" special-edition iPhone cases? Beautiful, yes. Hand-crafted, apparently. Culturally and historically-significant designs? To those in Godzilla-land, it would appear.
The price? Oh, 99,800 yen.
Um, that's US$1049.26 at current market levels. That's right, a thousand bucks for a cell phone case.
Welcome to "Lifestyles of the Rich and Ostentatious."