Elon Musk's "Not A Flamethrower" Devices Show Up On eBay For Thousands

Submitted by: trimble 2 months ago in News & Politics

An excerpt from CNN: A select group of people that spent $500 on one of Elon Musk's torch guns earlier this year finally got their hands on the product for the first time Saturday.
Hours later, some of the devices popped up on eBay at prices stretching into the thousands of dollars.

As of Sunday afternoon, a few eBay users had posted white flamethrower guns — which Musk has named "Not A Flamethrower." Prices range from just under $3,000 to one listing with a "Buy it Now" price of $20,000. An instruction manual for the gun is also on sale for $250.
The guns do not actually spew flames long distances by igniting flammable liquids. Instead, they work more like large propane blowtorches. They were sold as gimmicky promotional items for Musk's tunnel-digging startup, The Boring Company.
So far, the listings on eBay do not appear to be drawing much action.

Many have criticized the devices as a dangerous antic. Musk has taken a cheeky approach to addressing those concerns.
The billionaire posted a warning to Twitter Saturday: "Please use as directed to avoid unintentionally burning things down. For simple & concise instructions, we drew upon wisdom in great Dr Seuss book 'Green Eggs and Ham'."

There are 9 comments:
Male 49
Besides all the burnt people, destroyed property, and potential legal issues, I think the worst thing about a flamethrower is that once you have one it quickly dawns on you how little use you can actually get out of it.
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Male 11,563
Gimmicky like he's turning out to be, sadly.
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Male 5,645
monkwarrior 4 simple turds
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Male 11,563
rumham you think about #2 related things a lot, huh?
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Female 5,799
I'd be too tempted to use it on a spider
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Male 2,129
I actually pre-ordered a couple of these with the intention to resell it.

But one of the questions in Elon's contract asked us to swear that we wouldn't resell it. So I declined to answer the question, since I'm a bit afraid of Elon's legal team tbh.

I'm gonna wait and see what happens with these guys on eBay before deciding whether to lie and resell mine, or just forego the whole thing and get a refund.
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Male 17,314
Looks like fun. Waaaay to much fun.
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Male 6,364
They do look like a lot of fun to shoot, The first lawsuit from the sure to follow burned to death case will be interesting to see.
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Male 5,645
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