Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Elon Musk's 'not a flamethrower' devices show up on eBay for thousands

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 devices, priced at United States dollars 500 (approximately Rs 33,700) apiece, are being marketed and sold through Musk's other company, The Boring Company, which was set up in order to set up a subterranean transit network under Los Angeles to beat the city's endless traffic.

The flamethrowers, produced by Musk's Boring Company, were priced at $500 for customers who purchased them through the company's website earlier this year.

First 1000 Boring Company Flamethrowers being picked up today!

But now the $US500 device is selling for anywhere between $US3,000 and $US5,000 on eBay, as was first reported by CNN. The company has also sold Boring Company hats for $US25 to raise money.

OK, so calling it a "Not a Flamethrower" may not be the most poetic way to refer to the $500 flame-throwing device - the Boring Co. took 20,000 pre-orders - but Musk isn't the most conventional of chief executives. Only 20,000 of them would be made, he said, and they quickly sold out.

"Apparently, some customs agencies are saying they won't allow shipment of anything called a "Flamethrower".

You never know what Musk will come up with next.

Have a look at the flamethrower in the tweet below and give us your thoughts in the comments.

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. It has been the most dramatic fundraising technique for The Boring Company by Elon Musk to date and it met its fair share of resistance as well.

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