When I write by hand, I write with a pencil or a pen that costs a fraction of a single dollar. They allow me to get my ideas down on paper, and I judge the worth of the experience by the quality of the words, numbers and images that I’ve recorded.
For some people, however, that’s not enough. Some people want a writing implement that suggests greater worth. Some people want a luxury pen. You see four examples of these pens to the right –>
What makes a luxury pen luxurious, though?
There are different levels of luxury. One of the pens shown here is sold for $60,000. Another is sold for $42,000. Another is sold for $13,500. Another is sold for $45.
The practical functions of these pens are the same. They release ink onto a piece of paper. They don’t have have features like audio recording or data storage. For the price of the most expensive pen here, a person could buy 120 laptop computers. But then, for the price of even the least expensive of these pens, a person could buy at least 120 regular ballpoint pens.
For this week’s luxury challenge, identify which of these pens is the most expensive, and which of these pens is the least expensive – and explain what justifies the difference in price.