Et Tu, Vertu?

As family and friends get together today for the holidays, everyone will be sharing “you wanna’ know how bad it is out there” anecdotes.

Here’s mine: Even the affluent are turning to eBay.

There’s a cascade of luxe-life merchandise up for sale, like this used Vertu Constellation phone from a seller in New York.

Yep, for an opening bid of only $4,000, you could win a cell phone that makes, gasp, phone calls.

Here’s the real sad part: The seller says it’s an $8,000 phone, when the same model is available new online for $4,500 to $6,000.

Maybe that tactic worked on Wall Street. Good luck with it on eBay.