Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
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Elon Musk’s flamethrowers hit eBay with sky-high resale prices

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

Alarmed, Santiago decided that he would try to introduce a bill to slow down the sale of The Boring Company's flamethrowers.

Musk said on Twitter in early February that the items were sold out after just five days of market availability, but fear not; for those willing to shell out a pretty penny there is still the option of copping one of the popular flamethrowers on e-commerce site eBay.

The Boring Company has proposed to build a tunnel through West Los Angeles, passing underneath Sepulveda Boulevard through Culver City.

But now the $500 device is selling for anywhere between $3,000 and $5,000 on eBay, as was first reported by CNN. To purchase The Boring Company's $500 "Not-a-Flamethrower", all 20,000 buyers were required to sign off on Green Eggs and Ham-inspired conditions. Numerous listings are priced in the $2,000 to $3,000 range.

The announcement of the flamethrower sales followed the company selling roughly 50,000 hats for $20 each, raising $1m in revenue.

It is legal to sell flamethrowers, but Musk named the device the "Not-a-Flamethrower" in order to circumvent any possible shipping snafus.

While most customers were thrilled about the idea of owning and using a flamethrower, there were some who expressed concerns about it being misused by minors and criminals.

The hot ticket items also come with a 10-page manual including other sensible tips such as not pointing the Not-A-Flamethrower at your face, people, animals, or flammable objects, and not to touch the nozzle during or after use. "To solve this, we are renaming it 'Not a Flamethrower, '" he tweeted.

According to the company, the privately-funded tunnel would be able to transport cars at 150 miles per hour (240 kph) to help with LA's "soul-destroying" congestion.

Musk replied to him: "We don't think our product will be the cause of any wildfires, but The Boring Company is donating $10k". Last month, Musk announced he'd partnered with 31 investors to raise over $113 million to keep digging around and expanding his hyperloop tunneling system.

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