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Elon Musk's flamethrowers being resold for thousands on eBay

Elon Musk's flamethrowers being resold for thousands on eBay

The 46-year-old multi-billionaire hosted a pick-up party in Los Angeles where customers could collect the first batch of 1,000 Boring Company flamethrowers. "When the zombie apocalypse happens, you'll be glad you bought a flamethrower".

"Like most Americans, I am in awe in of Mr. Musk's genius - the brains behind Tesla, PayPal, SolarCity, and Space X. But as President Truman and Stan Lee have taught us all, "With great power comes great responsibility" he wrote.

As of Sunday afternoon, a few eBay users had posted white flamethrower guns - which Musk has named "Not A Flamethrower".

'Works against hordes of the undead or your money back!'

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




Musk tweeted what he claimed was the terms and conditions for the machines, some of which were presented in the style of the United States children's author Dr. Seuss. I will not point this at my spouse. The devices shoot flames four feet from the nozzle of what looks like an Airsoft rifle with a small propane tank attached at the top. An instruction manual was for sale for $250 (R6 535).

In a quaint message to flamethrower buyers, The Boring Company sent out an email alerting customers to today's pickup party in Los Angeles. The most eager customers can forgo the bidding process and pay the eBay "buy it now price", which is as high as $20,000.

'Flamethrower obv best way to light your fireplace/BBQ, ' Musk tweeted. The Boring Co.is based in Southern California, a region ravaged by wildfires. "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.

It's unclear how much a round-trip would cost, but the Boring Company said it will be "comparable to or lower than current public transportation fares".


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