You know, I’m sure the art dealers this article deals with are, in fact, scummy. But I can’t have too much sympathy with someone who buys “fine” art on a fucking cruise ship. With the exception of duty-free alcohol, everything on a cruise ship is way over-priced. Next, they’ll be upset because those approved discount jewelers in Caribbean ports have way over-priced their merchandise too.
So there is a bit of poetry in this. Rich idiots get on a boat and act like idiots. When Sue and I went on our honeymoon, we only spent money on one over-priced thing — a garnet that Sue really wanted. We probably payed a lot more than it was worth, but a few dozen bucks isn’t going to keep me up at night. I would never by fine jewelry or art from a recommended shipboard dealer. Never.