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Who The Hell Buys A Lexus As A Christmas Gift?  
User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3138 times:

So I'm watching TV, and, for the second (third?) year in a row, there's a commercial showing some loving jerk buying his or her beloved a brand-new Lexus, complete with a red bow on top.

I would like to know how many people actually buy their spouses one or more Lexi for Christmas, and why we must feel obligated to incur a $55,000.00 obligation in order to feel that we've made the grade as givers of Christmas gifts.

Whatever happened to the adage, "It's the thought that counts"?

[Edited 2006-12-16 23:50:53]

73 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3129 times:

The wife needs something to brag about with her friends.

Kiddin, and I pity someone in such a situation.


Kay


User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3128 times:

Quoting Kay (Reply 1):
The wife needs something to brag about with her friends.

Ye gods, we live in such a materialistic society!

I know what you say is true, in all too many cases.


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20506 posts, RR: 62
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3120 times:

Quoting AerospaceFan (Thread starter):
I would like to know how many people actually buy their spouses one or more Lexi for Christmas,

Probably more than you'd suppose, and that goes the same for other luxury models.

Quoting AerospaceFan (Thread starter):
why we must feel obligated to incur a $55,000.00 obligation in order to feel that we've made the grade as givers of Christmas gifts.

How does the commercial make you feel "obligated"? FFS, the Nieman-Marcus Christmas catalog filled with high-ticket items has been published for eons. Just because it exists, does it really make you feel obligated to buy something from it?



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User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3121 times:

Who? All those wealthy people who got those bigger n' God tax breaks from the Repubicans, that's who.

Or, soemone who lives in a 2 bedroom duplex, worth about 80 grand, with little living space, who can't afford a Lexus, but want to look rich. I see a LOT of Lexus' of all kinds on my walks into just such areas.


User currently offlineDianaIvanova From Russia, joined Oct 2006, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3106 times:

Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 2):
Quoting Kay (Reply 1):
The wife needs something to brag about with her friends.

Ye gods, we live in such a materialistic society!

Now, if someone would come along and offer to buy ME a Lexus for Christmas, I would not be able to say "No."

In fact I'd probably say, "Yes, YES! Please!" If that makes me materialistic, then I'll happily hold hands with Madonna !

(Actually I'd prefer a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti or even a Bugatti Veyron. But it would be so rude to turn down that offer of a Lexus.)

Happy Christmas to you all
Diana.


User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3106 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 3):
How does the commercial make you feel "obligated"? FFS, the Nieman-Marcus Christmas catalog filled with high-ticket items has been published for eons. Just because it exists, does it really make you feel obligated to buy something from it?

Yes, it does. Because you have to keep up with the Jones, those bastards.


User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3095 times:

Quoting DianaIvanova (Reply 5):
Now, if someone would come along and offer to buy ME a Lexus for Christmas, I would not be able to say "No."

I'd buy a luxo-car -- I recently had a Lincoln that I was very proud of -- but I'm too interested in having a decent retirement, instead. Savings is more important than a new luxury car. And for what? To flaunt one's "wealth"?

There are too many people who are in debt up to their eyeballs already. I wouldn't want anyone to do that for me just for Christmas. (Yeah, right.  Wink )

Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 4):
Who? All those wealthy people who got those bigger n' God tax breaks from the Repubicans, that's who.

Don't knock tax breaks, please. They rock.

Quoting DianaIvanova (Reply 5):
Happy Christmas to you all
Diana.

Happy and Merry Christmas to you, as well!  Smile


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20506 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3089 times:

Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 6):
Because you have to keep up with the Jones, those bastards.

You *have* to? Says who?

At my first job, the senior partner of the law firm, rich enough to buy himself anything he wanted, bought a Chevy Caprice once every three or four years. Always green, for some reason. He was an all around nice guy, very unpretentious. I know plenty of others just like him.



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User currently offlineDianaIvanova From Russia, joined Oct 2006, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3088 times:

Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 7):
Quoting DianaIvanova (Reply 5):
Now, if someone would come along and offer to buy ME a Lexus for Christmas, I would not be able to say "No."

I'd buy a luxo-car -- I recently had a Lincoln that I was very proud of -- but I'm too interested in having a decent retirement, instead. Savings is more important than a new luxury car. And for what? To flaunt one's "wealth"?

Goodness................ I'd never buy a luxury car for myself (I am permanently broke any way). But it is nice to fanticise about some wonderful guy buying one for me.

Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 7):
Quoting DianaIvanova (Reply 5):
Happy Christmas to you all
Diana.

Happy and Merry Christmas to you, as well!

And a prosperous New Year too
Diana


User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3087 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 8):
At my first job, the senior partner of the law firm, rich enough to buy himself anything he wanted, bought a Chevy Caprice once every three or four years. Always green, for some reason. He was an all around nice guy, very unpretentious. I know plenty of others just like him.

That sounds pretty practical.

Practical [not-equal sign] What Madison Ave. wants you to be.

[Equal sign] My point.


User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3083 times:

Quoting DianaIvanova (Reply 5):
But it would be so rude to turn down that offer of a Lexus.)

But if all your friends got a Lexus from their husbands, would it be rude from your husband not to offer you one?

Kay


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20506 posts, RR: 62
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3076 times:

Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 10):
Practical [not-equal sign] What Madison Ave. wants you to be.

[Equal sign] My point.

Huh? You decided you must keep up with the Joneses, not Madison Ave. or Lexus. They're just marketing a vehicle to potential customers.



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User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3076 times:

Quoting Kay (Reply 11):
But if all your friends got a Lexus from their husbands, would it be rude from your husband not to offer you one?

Whatever car I would offer to my spouse -- if I had one -- would be something I'd want to drive, like a Corvette. A Lexus, except the SC300, is way too stodgy for me. (Yeah, yeah -- this from someone who once drove a Ford.)

Thank God I'm not married, if the stories from my divorced friends are to be believed. She'd get the car anyway, after a few years -- thanks be to the courts, I guess.


User currently offlineAir380 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3065 times:

I talked to an older women yesterday whose husband bought her a Mercedes SLK, does that count? Oh, and it will be hidden in the garage with a big red bow until Christmas! I asked why she knew already and she said, she needed to pick the right color! I was a little envious, must be nice!

User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3058 times:

Quoting Air380 (Reply 14):
I talked to an older women yesterday whose husband bought her a Mercedes SLK, does that count? Oh, and it will be hidden in the garage with a big red bow until Christmas! I asked why she knew already and she said, she needed to pick the right color! I was a little envious, must be nice!

Was she one of those broads (so to speak) from Real Housewives of Orange County?

And no, I'm not bitter about ex-spouses that take you for all you're worth.... No cause to be, thank God.


User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21558 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3032 times:

Quoting AerospaceFan (Thread starter):

Awww, did somebody get one-upped?  Smile

-Mir



7 billion, one nation, imagination...it's a beautiful day
User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3031 times:

Any man who can afford to give a Lexus to a woman as a gift surely can't be buying it for his wife. Keep that in mind the next time you watch that advert.

I think the neighborhood knows he's cheating on his wife and has turned out en masse to watch the next episode of "Blinded By Love."



Mark

[Edited 2006-12-17 00:44:37]

User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3018 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 17):
Any man who can afford to give a Lexus to a woman as a gift surely can't be buying it for his wife. Keep that in mind the next time you watch that advert.

Good point, there.  Wink


User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3014 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 17):
Any man who can afford to give a Lexus to a woman as a gift surely can't be buying it for his wife. Keep that in mind the next time you watch that advert.

Mark

Right, she's already been sold! He doesn't need to.
Plus secretaries need to get to work quickly and conveniently.

Kay


User currently offlineDianaIvanova From Russia, joined Oct 2006, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3003 times:

Quoting Kay (Reply 11):
Quoting DianaIvanova (Reply 5):
But it would be so rude to turn down that offer of a Lexus.)

But if all your friends got a Lexus from their husbands, would it be rude from your husband not to offer you one?

Kay

I don't have a husband and my boyfriend, another dancer, says can't even afford to buy me candy bar for Christmas.
Boooo Hoooooo..............
Diana


User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3005 times:

BTW... Keep in mind that a Lexus is just a fancy Toyota. The name comes from Toyota's name for the project: Luxury Export to the United States

Mark

[Edited 2006-12-17 00:57:15]

User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3001 times:

Quoting DianaIvanova (Reply 20):

Cheer up!!  Smile

Many people are spending Christmas as singles, watching the rest! Now that can't be fun! (unless they don't want of course)

Kay


User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2994 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 21):
BTW... Keep in mind that a Lexus is just a fancy Toyota.

That, and visions of sugar plums, will indeed help me through this season of "giving".  

Quoting DianaIvanova (Reply 20):
I don't have a husband and my boyfriend, another dancer, says can't even afford to buy me candy bar for Christmas.

I'm sorry to hear that! Genuinely. But I think that -- and I'm serious -- this isn't a season to give material things to each other. It's more the season to be there for one another -- to help, to be of comfort.

Life is difficult for everyone, no matter how rich or poor, but this season is one for sharing, and I hope that you and your boyfriend will share many great experiences in this and many other times to come.

Merry Christmas to all!  

[Edited 2006-12-17 01:02:57]

User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2986 times:

Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 7):
Don't knock tax breaks, please. They rock.

Glad you're rich enough to realize it.  Yeah sure


25 DianaIvanova : That is very sweet of you. Many thanks for your sentiments. Here we celebrate Christmas on January 7th and, on your Christmas Day, I'll actually be w
26 Post contains images Duff44 : I have lots of family though, so I'll be with them I'm in that situation myself... had to spend my money on more important things... like heat. I'm d
27 Charger : No you don't. You choose to. My wife and myself refuse to be sucked into that BS, and you know what the outcome is? I am retiring full time as of Feb
28 LTBEWR : Some guys may have to buy their wife a fancy car due to guilt or getting caught at cheating on them. For others, they may just love their wives. For s
29 Nancy : I won't get a Lexus for Christmas - Christmas is ruined! signed by AirbusA346
30 Aa757first : This is a silly thread. Unless you're Bill Gates, there is always someone who can afford more than you. I guess those people are just always pretentio
31 ScarletHarlot : Well done! We are hoping to do a similar thing ourselves. Mr. Harlot has his eye on a new car and he is saving up for it now. It will take him a few
32 Zippyjet : Believe it or not, this sappy commercial goes back to the Godawful year of 2001. Back in the day Elvis bought people Caddy's. Today, it's the old Joh
33 Post contains images AerospaceFan : Oy, how time flies! It's truly the ultimate airline. I agree with that philosophy, myself. And even Bill Gates is outmonied by a number of royals (th
34 JBirdAV8r : That's great. That's the way I was raised and that's the life I live now. It's amazing how, if you budget right, you can get just about anything you
35 PIA777 : I HATE THAT COMMERCIAL!!! These are hard times and some people can't afford all that. Its making a mockery of Christmas. PIA777
36 Speedbird747BA : Ah yes, Lexus commercials are the Republicans fault, naturally. How could I have missed it. When will it occur to you, how many statistics need to be
37 Post contains images AerospaceFan : I do like the Christmas season overall, though -- and very much so, despite the fact that it's often said to be overcommercialized. I've grown to expe
38 EA CO AS : Since the top 5% of wage earners are paying 50% of all tax revenues, I'd say a tax break here and there isn't exactly a bad thing.[Edited 2006-12-17
39 QANTASforever : $55,000.00 for a Lexus?!?!?! Christ, you Americans have it easy. No wonder you've caused a hole in the ozone layer. QFF
40 AerospaceFan : I confirmed that figure from a quick search of the Internet. There's a site that promises to find you a "new" Lexus from $55,000.00 to $85,000.00. Yo
41 Kay : Prince of Brunei, you mean, who could buy Gates. Kay
42 Pope : Falcon when are you going to get over the envy you have over financially successful people? It really isn't healthy and its obvious that it consumes
43 BAflyer : Just bought the wife a BMW 335i Coupe for Christmas. I was going to buy it for her anyway but as it got delivered just before xmas I said it was her p
44 AeroWesty : Well you see here is the perfect example of how the Lexus commercial could have been of public service. If you'd had the benefit of seeing it, you'd
45 Kay : I love what I'm reading about that car. If it wasn't for the depreciation of new cars, I'd consider it veeeeery seriously. But I'm anyway looking for
46 BAflyer : I've got the answer now. Buy the big red bow and stick it in top of the car on xmas morning. - She probably wouldn't see the funny side and that would
47 Post contains images StrasserB : I don't understand your question. Did I something wrong when I ordered the Lexus for my daughter last year?
48 DianaIvanova : OMG............... StrasserB, you are so wonderful, and I need to be adopted. Yes, I would love to be your daughter (and to get that Lexus for Christ
49 Post contains images AerospaceFan : No -- but you did answer my question: Query: "Who the hell buys a Lexus as a Christmas gift?" Answer: "StrasserB, for one." Okay. No problem.
50 Egmcman : Depends on the model you should have got her an Audi, Mercedes or BMW.
51 Charger : Thank you. It really is quite simple. Most people think you have to give up to much, but believe me you don't. There is no better felling than walkin
52 L-188 : My parents bought be several cars when I grew up. They all where 1/32 scale and made out of plastic.
53 Flight152 : Huh? How are these 'hard times' exactly?
54 Pope : The US personal income tax system is progressive. This means that the more you earn, the higher your tax rate. The top marginal tax rate is currently
55 Post contains images Fbgdavidson : Actually that is kind of stupid and I'd fire your financial advisor PDQ If you can be borrowing money at 4% or 5% on a car or house then that is pret
56 Pope : I agree with the general premise of you post but you ignore the role of risk in your analysis. For example, paying down debt carries with it no risk
57 Comorin : You have a valid point, especially in the case of interest payments on a house, as it generates a tax deduction in the US that effectively reduces yo
58 Post contains images Garri767 : I do I do!! signed, Shinkai
59 AndesSMF : Well, my uncle has bought my aunt two (used) Mercedes and a house as a Xmas present. He is the king of the surprise gifts. For their last house, the o
60 IAH777 : *pssh!* I gave the wife a Lexus for Mother's Day she's not a mom yet. Still working on slipping one past the goalie...
61 AndesSMF : It's either do, or do not. Or first took us a months of CONSTANT EFFORT! So get to it!!
62 Post contains images Mika : I'd happily accept a new Lexus from some wonderful woman as well, bring em on! Here people are talking about equal conditions and obligations for men
63 Pope : Actually given how the Euro has been performing lately, your Euro denominated portfolio would have generate substantial FX gains when converted back
64 Charger : Quite the opposite. As stated before because of what we did I am now able to afford to fully retire at the age of 43. More cash to invest. Why should
65 Post contains images Drewfly : There is a Family Guy episode where they do a spoof of the 'Diamonds are Forever' ads, the ones that end in a silhouette of a couple with a ring on he
66 ChrisI1024 : If you're rich enough to give a Lexus as a gift, you're probably rich enough to pay cash for it and not incur a debt. And if you're that rich, why not
67 Post contains images AerospaceFan : Dude, I totally remember that spoof! Awesome.
68 Post contains images Fbgdavidson : May I ask, do you have a financial advisor? I work for one of the largest brokerage firms in the US and pretty much every financial plan for every cl
69 DianaIvanova : I am glad I don't live in Sweden...................... (Not that I have yet found a guy here in Russia to buy me a Ferrari 610 Scaglietti, or even a
70 Post contains images Trav110 : A good friend of mine actually got an IS 330 from his parents for his 21st birthday, which coincided with his graduating college. It had the same red
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72 DianaIvanova : If you're offering Maseratis, there's only one for me and it's my all time favourite (non-single seaters anyway) So, if you really are feeling genero
73 Siren : I like my sports cars modern, refined, and big. So, if I had to take a 'classic', it would surely be a 1969 Maserati Ghibli SS...
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