Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Elon Musk’s flamethrowers hit eBay with sky-high resale prices

Elon Musk’s flamethrowers hit eBay with sky-high resale prices

He's the much-loved tech billionaire who revolutionised motoring with his electric cars and transformed space travel with his rockets.

One customer tweeted a picture of himself posing joyfully in front of the company's logo, clutching a flamethrower that had just belched a fireball. Musk and the Boring Company team only offered 20,000 flamethrowers - all 20,000 of which sold out within four days of being offered on the website. And yes, for legal purposes, Musk had to rename his flamethrower to "Not a Flamethrower".

The Boring Company, Elon Musk's tunneling venture, began selling flamethrowers in January for $500, and it quickly sold all 20,000 it had listed.

"Flamethrower (obviously) best way to light your fireplace/BBQ".

Look for more from Elon Musk and the Boring Company coming soon.

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Still on a roll, Musk followed up with a suggested application for the flamethrower: lighting BBQs and home fireplaces. You never know what Musk will come up with next. "No more need to use a dainty "match" to ignite!" It will generate way more warmth than a quaint pile of logs'.

One user on Twitter criticized Musk for promoting and selling flamethrowers in California, where fire hazards are frequent. "Have some respect for the Firefighters and make an Ice Blaster".

The disclaimer also mandated that consumers check off several boxes under the prompt, "I understand The Boring Company isn't responsible for anything I do, no matter how genius or stupid".

But The Boring Company had an even bigger surprise for their customers, and this was to hold a special flamethrower pick up party on June 9 in Los Angeles so that the first thousand flamethrowers could be personally distributed, something that has gone down as a treat with buyers.

He said: 'We've now seen some of the worst wildfires in California's history, so handing out flame torchers for $500 is a really bad idea and bad public policy'.

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