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Old 01-27-2014, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Materialism is defined as paying a lot for material possessions and that includes your house or apartment. With 2-bedroom rents regularly above 3200 and houses above 800k, high cost of living is emblematic of materialism. Why would people be willing to pay so much unless living a luxurious life was part of their priority?
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Old 01-27-2014, 04:52 PM
 
Location: East Bay, CA
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Yawn. Most people who live in SF live in ugly, run down, dated apartments. Not quite the picture of 'materialism' you're trying to paint. Keep trying.
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Old 01-27-2014, 04:56 PM
 
Location: oakland / berkeley
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This may help your confusion. Cost of living - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 01-27-2014, 05:21 PM
 
Location: US
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Materialism is defined as paying a lot for material possessions and that includes your house or apartment. With 2-bedroom rents regularly above 3200 and houses above 800k, high cost of living is emblematic of materialism. Why would people be willing to pay so much unless living a luxurious life was part of their priority?
lol this is honestly the stupidest thing I've heard in awhile... materialism is based on how expensive your home is regardless of the cost of living index... makes as much sense as Palin as president.

You must think those Texas women with the fake triple D's living in their McMansion are very humble considering their McMansion probably only cost $50-100 per square foot.
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Old 01-27-2014, 05:29 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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You're not really getting anything "luxury" for the high median/average prices here.
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Old 01-27-2014, 05:31 PM
 
Location: US
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You're not really getting anything "luxury" for the high median/average prices here.
lol according to the OP a person living in a 5,000 sq ft 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom, 4 car garage in Texas is less materialistic than a person living in a 1,000 sq ft 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 0 car garage in SF.
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:03 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Then again your average SF hipster walks around in thrift-shop clothes, lives in a shabby (no dishwasher, single-pane windows, barely functioning heat) apartment with 3 other people, rides a bike with one gear, and routinely carries around $3000 worth of up-to-the-minute tech gear in a $300 Chrome bag.
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:13 PM
 
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Many hipsters actually buy expensive clothing, they just purposely buy expensive clothing that makes them look borderline homeless lol.
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:02 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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And then there are the food-delivery services that charge $10 to have a $9 Mission burrito delivered.
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Alameda, CA
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And then there are the food-delivery services that charge $10 to have a $9 Mission burrito delivered.
What a rip, Burger King delivers for like $2 with a $20 minimum.
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