A wealthy man is walking down the street when he sees a guy wearing the best looking suit he’s ever seen. He says, “I’d like to buy that suit off you. Money is no object.” The guy answers, “Sorry, it’s not for sale. But you can go talk the guy I bought it from. He’s got a clothing store down the street on the corner.”
So the man walks down the street to the said clothing store, walks inside, and is greeted by a salesman.
“Can I help you?” the salesman asks.
“Why, yes, you can. I saw the most beautiful suit on one of your customers just now and want one just like it. Money is no object.”
The salesman, getting a feel for the situation, replies, “We can take care of you, but, well, it’s going to be fairly expensive.”
“Money is no object,” replies the man.
“Yeah, well, you see, the special suit you saw is made from a very rare kind of silk. It comes from special breed of silkworm in Tibet. That’s like ten thousand dollars alone.”
“Money is no object,” assures the man.
“I see. Well, also, you should know that the lining of the suit is a very special linen, also produced from a rare type of precious silkworm. That’s another ten thousand dollars there.”
“Money is no object,” reminds the man.
The salesman continues, “This silkworm’s on the other side of the world, and it takes about nine months just to breed these silkworms. Just getting the silk from these silkworms for the shell and lining of the suit could take a year and a half. Then the buttons are a special type of rare ivory from an albino elephant in the remote jungles of Africa, which are extremely expensive, and can also take a year or two just to obtain. So by the time the suit is made, it’s going to cost about two or three hundred thousand dollars, due to the rare materials. Maybe, you know, four hundred thousand. A half million’s not unusual. Maybe more.”
“Money is no object,” says the man, taking out his checkbook.
“OK, well we can take care of it. The only caveat is that we’re currently out of materials, and would need to track down all the silk and buttons from scratch. We can take your order now, but we wouldn’t have your suit for you for, you know, two or three years. Maybe longer.”
“That’s too bad,” says the man, putting his checkbook away. “I needed this Saturday for my son’s bat mitzvah.”
The salesman says, “Oh, you’ll have it by then.”