Believe it or not, but even in 2009, there are still rich people -- and this Web site is perfect for them (or, the rest of us who tend to covet our neighbor's stuff!).
LuxuryLaunches.com is a blog that chronicles the latest news, goods and services from the world of those with a lot disposable income and expensive tastes -- think the Sharper Image catalog with a few more zeroes on the end.
Here is a sampling of some of the items listed on the Web site:
Michael Jackson Energy Drink: The late entertainer was sometimes out to lunch, but sometimes ahead of his time, as evidenced by having his own energy drink marketed (on a minute scale) back in the 90s. The drink, which was sold during his HIStory world tour more than a decade ago, makes for a fine nostalgic kitsch to mourning Jacko fans, but the price tag may be a bit much: one eBay user wants a cool $50K for it.
The Man Wall: Football fans, wanna get your living room looking like a Las Vegas sportsbook (without the degenerate gamblers and scantily-clad cocktail servers)? Look no further than this device, known as the Man Wall. The wall unit has space for four TV screens (and comes with one 52 inch and two 26 inch screens). Also included is a a 1200-watt Panasonic home theater with integrated speakers, two cigar humidors, a 32-bottle wine rack, a microwave, a live 7-foot sports ticker, a full-size kegerator with tap, an iPod docking station, DVD player and a universal remote control here. The price tag? A cool $14,900. But hey, think of all the money you'll save never leaving the house again!
Nomenus Quarterly magazine: For all the economic woes we hear the publishing industry is going through (we're looking at you newspapers), this magazine's marketing plan is centered around a gold-plated niche: scarcity. See only ten of these puppies -- which include ultra-rare photography, art and fashion features -- are made annually, making it a must-have for art aficianados with money to burn. The price tag for this magazine: $6,500 (no, it doesn't come with a coffee table).
Ed Hardy's Black Label Collection: For fashionably-minded cell phone-philes always looking for ways to spruce up their gadgets, Ed Hardy's Black Label Collection. The hand-made, iPhone-adaptable cases are made of shimmering Swarovski crystals, with optional 24 karat gold accents. Prices start at $800.
(Photo: Mercedes Benz)