Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

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

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

The first 1,000 of these flamethrowers were handed out to customers at the company's offices in Hawthorne, California this weekend.

"When the zombie apocalypse happens, you'll be glad you bought a flamethrower", he tweeted.

The billionaire inventor and chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX announced the sale of the flamethrower past year.

With the Boring Company, Musk aims to build a network of underground tunnels in Los Angeles that would move cars on electric skates.

Elon Musk hinted at the Boring Company's plans to launch a "freezegun" in a tweet back in January.

Musk tweeted what he claimed was the terms and conditions for the machines, some of which he said are presented in the style of United States children's author Doctor Seuss.

It continued: "I will not use this in a house, I will not point this at my spouse, I will not use this in an unsafe way, The best use is créme brulee".

While another man sprayed flames dangerously close to his feet.

"In a flawless world, I don't see any reason why anybody needs something like this out of a legitimate commercial use".

Some customers are already trying to turn a profit on the device. An instruction manual was for sale for $250 (R6 535).

So far, the listings on eBay do not appear to be drawing much action. The most eager customers can forgo the bidding process and pay the eBay "buy it now price", which is as high as $20,000.

The first promotional products were simple Boring Company hats.

Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, first touted his plan to sell flamethrowers in social media posts in December. "I bought something completely awesome and frivolous, so I'm going to also donate $1000 to the California Wildfire Relief Fund", he said on Twitter. The tech billionaire shared pictures of distributing his most popular (and most controversial to date) fundraising technique for the Boring Company today via his Twitter.

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