Among millions of products, we have selected a few that rank among the 15 most expensive items you can buy on Amazon. As the leader in online retail, there are hardly any items that cannot be found on Amazon, as the company has expanded from selling products by itself to offering a marketplace for smaller retailers to find buyers.
Indeed, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has come a long way since it was founded in 1995 by Jeff Bezos, a former employee of New York-based hedge fund, D.E. Shaw & Co. Even though, it was launched as a store that only sold books at the beginning, Bezos knew from the start that Amazon would become an “everything store”. As a fun historical side-note, when the company was just starting out, its first employees used to pack orders on the floor and Jeff Bezos suggested buying knee-pads to make the process easier, until an employee suggested getting tables instead.
With a market share of over 40%, Seattle-based Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) currently commands the online retail market in the U.S and most Western countries. With an estimated gross merchandise volume of over $250 billion and over $300 million worth of goods sold every day, according to some calculations, Amazon must ensure that it can satisfy the needs of its customers, hence it has a very large inventory, which includes everything from paper towels to huge TV sets and even industrial machinery. You will find some of these in our list of the 15 most expensive items you can buy on Amazon.
Amazon has over 479 million products and to buy one item of each one of them, one would need $12.86 billion, according to calculations done by a Switzerland-based computer scientist. This represents an average price of roughly $27 per item. Moreover, as Amazon is constantly expanding into new markets, such as grocery retail, where it already has Amazon Pantry in several countries and has recently bought the Whole Foods supermarket chain in the U.S, it will further expand its product offering. In addition, many smaller retailers have chosen to list their products on Amazon’s marketplace, as the company provides all the required infrastructure, has lots of traffic and even offers additional services such as storage and shipping.
While the majority of items sold on Amazon represent day-to-day stuff that most customers need at some point, there are also some items that are rare, or even unique and could be on the market for years before they find a buyer. Usually such things are sold by individuals or small companies that specialize in antiquities or memorabilia and they can fetch anywhere from thousands to millions of dollars. Amazon is full of such items, from old furniture to rare paintings, to baseball memorabilia signed by well-known players. There are also items listed for huge amounts of money which aren’t really exceptional and their price represents either a mistake by the seller or a joke (or wishful thinking). For example, at one point someone listed a pair of Adidas running sneakers for over $886 billion. What made that listing even more funny was the $4.99 shipping fee.
However, for this article we have selected expensive items that are not expensive because they are old, unique or can attract the attention of a collector willing to pay a hefty sum (we have done that in a previous list of the 10 most expensive items on Amazon). The products in this list are expensive because of the complexity of their manufacturing, or because of the usability that they can provide to their owners. So, if you’ve got some money lying around and aren’t sure what to do with it, this list might provide some interesting ideas.
Now then, let’s proceed to the list of the 15 most expensive items you can buy on Amazon, beginning on the next page.
15. Jura GIGA W3 Automatic Coffee Machine
The list of the 15 most expensive items you can buy on Amazon kicks off with a coffee maker. Maybe $5,500 for a coffee maker is not a lot and there are much more expensive systems, but for mere mortals who usually spend less than $150 for a coffee maker, it’s a lot of money. The GIGA W3 Coffee maker looks stylish, has lots of accessories and can brew different coffee beverages and you just have to put in some beans, milk and supervise the process, although for $5,500, we think it should also be fitted with some wheels and bring coffee to you in bed.
14. Cal Flame e3100 3 Piece Island
A grill is one of the best things to have in one’s backyard. Actually, that’s why people have backyards. And the Cal Flame Natural Gas BBQ Grill and Rotisserie is among the best grills that you can have. It has four high-powered burners, a big cooking surface, storage, and even a small fridge to keep stuff cool. Just don’t be surprised if your friends and neighbors will decide to come visit you more often.
13. Schultz ZycraPulse Massage Lounge Chair
Schultz ZycraPulse massage lounge chair ranks 13th in our list of the 15 most expensive items you can buy on Amazon. For $14,000 you could probably furnish a medium-sized apartment, but why would you, if for the same amount you can buy a chair. For this price tag, though, the chair should be so comfortable that you would never wish to leave it, which would make the rest of the furniture in your apartment redundant. You won’t have friends coming over, since they won’t have anywhere to sit, but who needs friends when this chair has a massage function that supposedly emulates a massage therapist.
12. Fiat 500X
Amazon also sells cars, though not in the U.S. Seeing the resistance that Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) faces when it tries to sell cars directly to customers, it’s clear that some states would rather give a part of their territory to Mexico rather than allow hippies from Amazon to sell cars. In Europe the situation is different and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has recently started selling cars there. There’s just one country where cars are available – Italy, and the cars are all Fiats, but, reportedly, Amazon is planning to move into the UK and wants to sell German cars there. The drawback is that you don’t get a car delivered to your door, but you buy a “welcome kit” and then get contacted by Amazon and decide at which dealership you want to get your car. They also do all the paperwork for you and even offer lease services, which they say are cheaper than alternatives.
11. Yamaha Piano
For slightly more than $20,000 you can get a piano on Amazon, which ranks it 11th on the list of the 15 most expensive items you can buy on Amazon. There are all sorts of musical instruments and if you think that $20,000 is too much for one, there is also an accordion that goes for around $13,000. If $20,000 is too cheap, you can also find a transparent piano for $50,000. For mere mortals, the site also offers a range of pianos and other instruments at reasonable prices.
10. Federal Industries Specialty Display Hybrid Merchandiser
If you want to open a small business, or your kid did very well last summer selling lemonade and cupcakes from a small table near the house, the Federal Industries Hybrid Merchandiser is a great investment that can be bought without much hassle. Basically, it’s a fridge that displays food, which has proven to be more successful than the fridges that don’t, forcing customers to open each one to see what’s inside; they don’t seem to like that.
9. Generac Standby Generator
Next up on the list of the 15 most expensive items you can buy on Amazon is a standby generator. Powerbanks are widely available, they are affordable and don’t take up a lot of space. However, we all have been in a situation when the powerbank ran out of juice and we hadn’t finished charging all of our devices. The Generac Standby Generator comes to your aid, as it has 150 kW of electricity and would look so much cooler in your backyard.
8. GOWE (700A) infrared+hot air bga rework station
No idea what this is and Googling it didn’t help. It has something to do with integrated circuits. Unless you know what it does and you really need it, you can put it somewhere where people that come in your house can see it so you can drop some terms from the manual when they ask what this thing is and what it does, allowing you to sound very knowledgeable and hip. $33,000 is certainly a worthy price to pay for that.
7. Residential Home Solar System
Residential home solar system ranks 7th in our list of the 15 most expensive items you can buy on Amazon. If you know that climate change is real, this is an acquisition that could be a worthy investment. There are several residential home solar systems available on Amazon, both off-grid and grid-tied, but the most expensive one is grid-tied, provides 5.775 kW of electricity and has a battery backup. It has 21 Canadian Solar mono-crystalline solar panels and a lot of other stuff that comes with them. However, you’ll also have to pay $160 for shipping and probably a decent amount to call a technician to install it.
6. Brioni Crocodile Leather Jacket
If you think that regular leather clothing doesn’t get you enough looks of disapproval from the environmentalists around you, this $38,000 Brioni jacket might hit the spot. If you are even more lucky, there’s a good chance that some PETA activist will chase you down the street and throw paint on you.
5. Baileigh BP-22410CNC CNC Hydraulic Press Brake
A hydraulic press brake is something that everyone wants at one point in their life. It’s just a cool thing that bends metal, so you will definitely find some use for it in your household. And it even comes with free shipping for Prime subscribers. It ranks fifth on our list of the 15 most expensive items you can buy on Amazon.
4. Samsung Curved 105-Inch 4K TV
Short of having your own IMAX theater, this is probably the best way to watch anything. If you can afford it, then you definitely can afford that $14,000 chair we mentioned earlier. Unfortunately it is currently out of stock, but there are many slightly smaller, but much cheaper alternatives.
3. Patek Philippe Nautilus
Patek Philippe Nautilus ranks 3rd in our list of the 15 Patek Philippe Nautilus. This list could have been entirely compiled of watches and most of them would be Patek Philippe. However, we picked the most expensive one we could find. Patek Philippe is one of the best and the oldest manufacturers of watches and the $180,985 price tag is far from being its highest, as the company also has watches worth over $1 million. Patek Philippe holds the record for the most expensive watch sold, a 1932 Patek Graves, which fetched $24 million at auction.
2. Leibish & Co Diamond
Diamonds and jewelry are two other product categories that could’ve created an entire list of the most expensive items on Amazon on their own. There are lots of engagement rings for tens of thousands, bracelets with white gold and diamonds and so on. In addition, you can find regular diamonds like a Leibish & Co. Yellow oval-shaped 10.10-carat natural diamond that costs $282,900. For a bit less, $280,000 to be more specific, you can get a platinum engagement ring with lots of small diamonds and a big, 7.39-carat yellow diamond.
OK, this last item is only available on Japanese Amazon, or, more precisely, it was only available on Japanese Amazon. However, we had to include it just because of its sheer awesomeness. Kuratas is a giant robot that you can get inside and operate, or use a remote control. At four meters high and a weight of four-and-a-half tons, commuting to work would be much more fun. It even fires 6,000 BB bullets per minute and the trigger to fire them is…a smile. Imagine fitting it with a couple of real-ammo machine guns and a missile or grenade launcher and turning it into an ultimate zombie-apocalypse machine.
These are the 15 most expensive items you can buy on Amazon. Of course there are many others, especially in the jewelry and watches category, as well as some industrial machinery, but we have selected stuff from various categories. Now get shopping.