The wealthy don't seem to bat an eye:
Bentley Flying Spur....$200,000+. "Want the dual-color instrument lighting for only $3,500 more?"
"Sure, I'm worth it. Put it on my tab."
"Want your initials embroidered on your headrest for another $2,500?"
"But of course."
Jimmy Choo shoes...*let's see....material, $35; labor, 1 Third World guy in a sweat shop, 1 hour. $.95; Jimmy Choo label, $3* "For you Madam, $795."
"These, and some in blue, too, please."
And those on the other end of the economic spectrum seem willing to cough up whatever they're asked, too.
Tract house....."What's that sir? You want the shutters painted a color other than the gray of the rest of the house? Oh, gee....let's see, there's the labor to bring in a specialist from East St. Louis, a special order from Le Home Depot for some designer special-tint paint....that'll be $525."
"Well, that's what the Mrs wants, so I guess I can go sell some more blood."
Meanwhile, the customers I seem to attract, who get their ideas off the internet and those decorating magazines at the bookstore....
"So you want to add a tiered media room over your garage, complete with a home theater system, mood lighting, a fully stocked bar and a bath? Yes, of course, Sir. And what is your budget?"
"3,500. And if you play your cards right there's a 20 in it for you, too. You're welcome."
I must have "stoopid" written on my forehead. I should go look.