I’ve done stories before about the lame “meet-and-greet” prices musicians charged to meet with fans before or after concerts. Most of that stemmed from the fact that they would be expensive, and sometimes you weren’t allowed to get an autograph or a photo with the artist.
This one takes the cake, though. With all the Covid-19 and other charities celebs have been working with lately, many of them are offering up things for a hefty price. You can play golf with some, have dinner, or star in one of their movies. Yet it goes to charity, and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The reason the one I’m about to tell you about takes the cake is because it’s $1,500 to meet the celeb, and...it doesn’t go to charity. AND...you don’t really meet them. It’s an online meet-and-greet.
Boxer Floyd Mayweather certainly doesn’t need the money. He’s made close to a billion dollars in the ring. I think he made $100 million on one fight -- an easy bout against Conor McGregor. So it makes absolutely no sense why he’d want to charge fans such outrageous prices.
The “Ultimate Premium” is $1,500 but includes three autographed boxing cards. But if I was paying $1,500, it would be to meet Sugar Ray Leonard, and spar with him for a few rounds. Not listening to Mayweather blather on about something idiotic online.
The website Fanmio does offer you the option of making monthly payments, if $1,500 is a bit steep for your budget. Or, you can do the smaller package. That’s $64.99. That only gets you a T-shirt (but it is made with “real gold print and ultra-fine fabric”) and the CHANCE to possibly talk with him. Only 3 people will win that opportunity to chat with the champ.
For a grand, you get the 1-on-1 chat online and a recording of it, along with the shirt. Monthly payments of $73 work for them, which is mighty nice of them.
I won’t go through all the various packages, but only the most expensive gets ya the autographs.
$199 gets you the chat with the Fawlty Towers and Monty Python legend (I’d end up asking about one of the best comedies ever -- A Fish Called Wanda).
At $299, you get the autographed photo, with the video chat with Cleese.
There are a few others you can meet on their site, but the one I’m most suspicious of is the Santa Claus. I’m guessing it’s not even the real Santa.