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Is this for real? Nordstrom Rack is selling a “fashionable stone” for $85, and it sold out?!

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I was sitting in the kitchen with a friend yesterday when I saw an advertisement from Nordstrom Rack that was offering an average looking rock in a pouch for $85.

I told her about it, and she looked at me like I had 6 heads.

The intrigue of the product escaped me, the allure of spending money on absolutley nothing was lost on me.

I don’t understand why a rock in a fancy mini purse should be the cause of such madness.

The product’s description, and subsequent price strain credulity.

From Nordstrum Rack

A paperweight? A conversation piece? A work of art? It’s up to you, but this smooth Los Angeles-area stone—wrapped in rich, vegetable-tanned American leather secured by sturdy contrast backstitching—is sure to draw attention wherever it rests. A traditional hardening process gives the leather a beautiful ombré effect. Like all Made Solid leather pieces, this one is cut, shaped, sewn and finished by hand in artist

Peter Maxwell’s Los Angeles studio. Using vintage leatherworking tools and traditional saddle-stitching techniques, Maxwell aims to create beautiful designs that embody both simplicity and functionality, and that develop rich character and patina over time.

From Twitter

3″ x 4 1/2″ x 2″
Each piece is unique and will vary slightly
Vegetable-tanned leather/stone
Made in the USA
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The most outrageous aspect of the offer is the fact that the company admits to the consumer that the rock has no value whatsoever.

Zero function.

Yet, as one could imagine, this worthless consumer product has already sold out.

It’s the hottest thing since sliced bread

From CNN

An $85 leather-wrapped stone — yes, you read that right — has sold out at Nordstrom after going viral on social media. A smaller version, sensibly priced at $65 for the budget-conscious rock lover, is also out of stock.

This is a case of keeping up with the neighboors.

There is no logical reason on earth a rock and a pouch should cost much of anything.

But such is the power of the American consumer.

This item became trendy among the elite, and was gone in the blink of in eye, and now believe it or not, there is demand for product!

I could take a walk down to east rock park, pick up a stone off the ground, head to the dollar store, buy a small pouch, and have the same exact thing for roughly $1.

Then again, I am not a yuppy.

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