Update: The creator of the item ControllerGear got in contact with us to tell us that the price was indeed an error. Amazon is investigating what went wrong, as the $19.99 price it launched with is the correct price and has for now taken the item down from sale. If you want to buy it right now, you can do so on ControllerGear's website for $19.99.
They also put up this amusing picture:
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Once you've paid off your loan on your Animal Crossing: New Horizons house, you'll probably want something to spend your Bells on. How about this Animal Crossing-themed water bottle? It'll only set you back a paltry $13,228.49 (at time of writing). Yes, you read that right: 13 grand for a water bottle. No, it's not hand-crafted by Cyrus the alpaca; it's just a regular ol' water bottle, albeit with a nice little Animal Crossing pattern on it.
According to Twitter user Cheap Ass Gamer (tweeting as @videogamedeals), the bottle originally went on sale for just $19.99, which seems like a reasonable price. Just a few hours later, the price went up to $26.97, then skyrocketed to $1,220.93. Looks like if you want to drink your beverage from this flask, you're going to need to fork out some serious cash.
Why is this Animal Crossing water bottle so expensive?
As far as we can tell, there's nothing special about the bottle, no indication of why it would be so darned expensive (other than Tom Nook's love for inflation, of course). Amazon's description includes notes that the product is "merchandise approved by Nintendo", that it utilizes high-quality materials, and that it's "fan-approved". None of these descriptors seem worthy of the eye-watering price tag, but maybe the flask secretly grants wishes or something. Here's the official Amazon description:
Just because you're on an island, that does not mean you have to go thirsty! Pack a drink hot or cold for you on the go. The double wall stainless steel maintains temperature for hours and leaves No puddles of condensation! Inside you'll find a team filter basket that can also be used to infuse island fruits in your beverage of choice.
This seems to be an error or a mixup on Amazon's part. We've reached out to Nintendo, Amazon, and the product's manufacturer ControllerGear to find out just what the Blathers is going on here. We'll bring you more on this as we get it.
Would you pay $13,000 for a water bottle? What do you think is going on here? Let us know in the comments below!