Given the price Apple charges for its products, $610,000 sounds quite cheap!
A coffee date with Tim Cook has sold for the whopping price of $610,000 to an anonymous bidder. The spendthrift Apple fan will get half an hour with the fruity firm's CEO, during which tête-à-tête he or she will no doubt want to ask Mr Cook why Cupertino charges 65 quid for a Macbook power charger or perhaps explore the …
Whoops - our man meant 3 cups per day, not 2.
At $2.45 for a cup of espresso (according to the stats link), we have:
$610,000 / $2.45 = 248,979.59 cups of espresso. Call it 248,980 for ease of sums.
248,980 / 3 = 82,993 (rounding up)
82,993 / 365 = 227.37 ... so 3 cups of espresso per day for about 227 years.
tl;dr - We cocked up, have fixed the text. Cheers.
edit - bugger, where's my Reg staff badge gone?
Given how keen our government are to support small businesses so that we can save for our pensions etc, would someone (not me you underrstand) be able to get a bank loan and government export guarantees to buy a container-load of AK47s in the Niger Delta and ship them to Mexico? Even with the necessary bribes and employment of middlemen it looks like there could be a healthy profit there for someone.
Or perhaps the City chums of our beloved leader have already got the market sewn up...
I think you need a crew of more than 2 for your SU-100. You will also want a backup truck with fuel, food and water, and some sort of air cover. And a few radio operators.
Armies are, as Napoleon noted, more about logistics than guns. It's worth remembering the conversation that took place in OKH, around October 1941:
"Heinz, the commanders are complaining that they have no cold weather uniforms."
"Haven't they made it to Turkey yet?"
"No, they appear to be attacking Moscow and Leningrad."
Well, here it is: The pink panzer.
The rinky-dink panzer.
And it's as plain as your nose..........
That it's the one and only, truly original, panzer-pink-panzer from turret to track!!
Hmm, I think I lost it a little toward the end there. :-/
Still, I guess that's my earworm sorted for the day! :-D
I doubt she will complain about the paying £65 for a charger. Anyone who has $610k to spend in half an hour probably wouldn't notice the cost of a charger.
It's all for charity so we shouldn't really grumble. But I can't help but think Tim could have raise more if the prize was to push the button that would dunk him as a witch.
This was a charity auction, and the value of the 30 with Cook is "nominal". So, basically, depending on the tax bracket and tax code of the buyer the real value of the charity contrib is likely quite a lot less than 600K. Say, maybe 400K.
Still not a sneezable dab of cash.
To top it off though (while we are talking money) obviously Cook is worth (before taxes) 600K+/30minutes, or over a mil per hour (rounding to cover perks you know). Or, for a year of this particular exec's time, working 10hr/day 6.5 days/week (you would too for this kind of cash!): over 3 billion per year. Please pay up fanbois. It is for the Cause.
i doubt it ends at coffee...prob get access to cook in the future (that is if nobody is murdered, as the bootnote implies) .e.g. in 2010, ted weschler paid a bunch of money ($2.6m) to eat food with warren buffett...he's now working as one of buffett's successors pulling down over $20m last year....http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2011/09/12/ted-weschler-buffett-berkshire-hire/
A Nissan Juke, even the 'fancy' limited edition, counts as a flash car?
And yes, it is for charity. If I had the money and the will to spend it like this (which I don't, on both counts) I'd rather sit with someone like Tim Cook, Larry Page, Bill Gates or even Larry Ellison than some gormless footballer.
Also, don't drink coffee. Do you reckon I'd get a discount if I asked for a nice cup of cocoa, with extra marshmallows?
Why do these things have to be alternatives. The buyer probably has armoured au pairs, private S+M islands and as many Nissan Jukes as anyone could wish for*. Obviously what they really need is to buy some friends, even if it's only for half an hour at a time.
* probably no more than one.
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