What is a single word meaning "an overvalued object" or "an overpriced object"? Akin to 'bubble' for stocks, but more precise / better.

Used in the context: "That object is priced more than it's actually worth, it is a (blank)."

And no, I'm not looking for a word like ripoff, because that does not have the right connotation. I'm looking for a noun that describes an overpriced object

  • Maybe “extravagance” or “profligacy” or “waste” or “status symbol” or even “Veblen good”.
    – smatterer
    Aug 24, 2017 at 1:12
  • "bubble" doesn't really refer to the item involved, but to something that rises significantly in value, with some risk of later decreasing significantly. In general I think overpriced is fine, without a more specific example.
    – user3169
    Aug 24, 2017 at 2:59
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    – Aric
    Aug 24, 2017 at 14:28

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The object could be overrated. Sometimes I use word 'Hyped' when some thing gaining attention more than its worth, maybe just because it is new or trending. It is a 'HYPE'

  • Hyped is a good word, but we would never say that something is "a hype".
    – stangdon
    Jun 27, 2018 at 16:36

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