Tis’ the season to be wary. We’ve seen our fair share of holiday craziness, from Black Friday stampedes to fights over “Tickle Me Elmos” back in the day but charging $1000 for a Christmas tree is on some next level crazy. Heather Neville is a longtime Greenwich Village, NYC tree seller who is commanding a staggering $77 per foot for this tree. Although there was a drought-induced tree shortage increasing prices this year and combined with the seller’s claim that the 13-foot-tree is a rarer fir that is “harder to get,” there is no logical reason why a tree (even with stand, delivery, and installation included) should ever reach that high of a price, unless it possessed some sort of magical capabilities.
Our pro tip for you is if you’re looking for a seasonal dead plant ornament for this holiday season, watch out for these opportunistic moneygrubbers and get it from local vendors or tree lots for around $35 (maybe even try haggling the price down). The only positive out of that $1k tree is that at least it’s biodegradable when the actual owner gets rid of it in a month or so. And yes, someone did buy it but no names were given. If it was up to us, we’d probably make a trip upstate with some friends and cut some down (legally, of course) .