Don't you just pick-up basic knowledge about stuff when talking about similar things?
I guess. General shooting the breeze is one thing, but it seems to me that i am seeing a lot of posts that can best be described as outraged (to varying degrees) at the fact that there is a $900 classic cigar pen. Some of those posts go well beyond a statement of disinterest, atleast as far as I can tell.
This could keep going on;
It is the quality and workmanship shown through the finished product. I've no knowledge on the pens you suggested, but you can tell the difference when you hold a 580 and an M800. Does it feel like a $300 difference? Does it feel like an $800 difference when you compare it to a 146? Only you can decide.
That is kinda my point. It is a bit strange for someone to draw the line in the sand and say paying $750 for a basic, black plastic pen is ok, but not $850 or whatever.
As you rightly say, if someone is buying a pen for pure utility, a $5 Pilot 78 or a <$1 Hero 616 will do the job. Whether you pay $50 for a TWSBI/Lamy, or $1000 for a MB, or $10,000 for a Namiki, EVERY purchase beyond a handful of dollars is about something other than simple utility. Cos lets face it - we may use our pens but most of us here, regardless of our budget, dont buy pens purely as utilitarian tools. We are hobbyists and have an active fondness for the tool itself - ie, this is a subjective decision.
Because the M800 exists to compete with the 146, as the M1000 to the 149.
So all it takes is for a product to be slightly cheaper than another ($750 for a M1000 vs $900 for a 149), and it ceases to be overpriced? That still doesnt compute.
On a different note, since we are talking status symbols:
As for MB being a status symbol - in my former life as a management consultant, I used to see a lot of MBs (mostly ballpoints) - both among my fellow consultants and the various CxOs we used to deal with - and they were not so much "status symbols" but just part of a typical corporate attire, along with a nice watch, nice shoes and a smart suit. I've also seen CEOs using BICs. In neither case has anyone ever given a second thought to the pen.
If a corporate heavy hitter wants to make a "I have arrived" statement, (a) it will not be something as irrelevant to most people as a pen and ( it will never be a sub-$1000 product, I can tell you that. These usually involve things like buying a Ferrari, buying a penthouse suit in Barcelona's tallest building, buying a $50k watch, etc. Anyone walking in and expecting that a mere a MB pen would be a "bragging item" would be sadly disappointed. I dont know where this whole "it is part of corporate showmanship" comes from - not from anyone who's spent time in a boardroom, I am going to guess.
True bliss: knowing that the guy next to you is suffering more than you are.