The Boring Company is getting decently well-capitalized on the back of sales of its flamethrower.
The no-doubt overpriced piece of knack, which can be made yourself at home using likely around $30 in parts, is selling for $500 and has already netted Elon Musk’s digging venture $7.5 million.
That’s after just over a day of being on sale, and not counting the revenue from fire extinguisher sales (those sell for just $30, which is itself also overpriced). All told, Musk says he’s sold 15,000 of the flamethrowers thus far, with only a total of 20,000 available in total during the sale.
Chances are, we are very near the total sell-out of the stock, so if you really want to own this potential piece of transportation history, you would better act fast. Or you could continue living your life, and ignore this particular circus show in favor of paying attention to what will hopefully be the main act: Actually building a network of interconnected underground hyperloops.
Mr. Musk appeared to suggest the flamethrowers are crucial in case of zombie-linked emergencies. “When the zombie apocalypse happens, you’ll be glad you bought a flamethrower. Works against hordes of the undead or your money back!” he wrote.
However the flamethrower probably has less to do with zombies than it does to do with Musk’s firm The Boring Company, an infrastructure and tunnelling enterprise.
In December 2017, the entrepreneur vowed on Twitter that if he could sell 50,000 of a $20 hat made to raise funds for The Boring Company, he would start selling flamethrowers.
He appears now to be making good on what people believed was a whimsical promise.
Founded in December 2016, the Boring Company’s project is to create a network of tunnels underneath major US hubs to relieve traffic congestion and enable rapid intercity travel.
Musk himself later admitted: “The rumor that I’m secretly creating a zombie apocalypse to generate demand for flamethrowers is completely false.”
Musk said on Twitter that the flamethrower is “great for roasting nuts”, although it can be safely assumed the flames produced by the flamethrower will set light to a wide array of items.
The Boring Company is also selling a fire extinguisher alongside the gizmo priced at $30.
(Source: Sputnik International)