June 17, 2024

Boring Company ‘Flamethrower’ Collector’s Item Now

  • The Boring Company went on sale in 2018 – and sold out in days.
  • He sold 20,000 of the $500 “Not-A-Flamethrower” machines, which he said would “liven up any party.”
  • It has appeared in Travis Scott’s music video and has been used to light cigarettes.

Elon Musk’s Boring Company sold 20,000 flamethrowers in five days in 2018.

Although it’s been off the market for years, the company’s “Not-A-Flamethrower” has gained cult status among fans of the tech mogul and some people are paying hundreds of dollars to pick them up on eBay.

Musk founded the Boring Company in 2016 to build underground transportation tunnels and ease traffic congestion in big cities. Musk floated the idea of ​​selling flames in December 2017, and people were surprised when his company started selling the product as a limited edition piece of merchandise in February 2018 for $500 each.

On its website, The Boring Company described the product as “guaranteed to liven up any party” and “the world’s safest flame.” He also stated that the flamethrower cannot be used on the Boring Company’s decorative lacquered hay bales or the Boring Company’s docked munitions stores.

But Musk changed the name shortly after to Not-A-Flamethrower. Shipping and customs regulations restrict the carriage of anything known as flame.

The first thousand were distributed at an event at the Boring Company headquarters in Los Angeles in June 2018, where people were entertained by a mariachi band and got to test the machines on marshmallows.

As the name suggests, the machine doesn’t really seem to be a proper flamethrower. It appears to be powered by a propane tank and only propels a fire, rather than spraying a burning liquid fuel, such as diesel or gasoline, as is the case with military lighters. The Not-A-Flamethrower has a range of less than 10 feet, Musk said.

“Our design is the most fun for the least danger,” Musk tweeted at the time. “I would be more afraid of a steak knife.”

“The Boring Company flamethrower is safer than what you can buy off the shelf on Amazon right now to destroy weeds,” a company spokesperson told CNET at the time of the sales launch. “Much like a rollercoaster, this is designed to be thrilling without danger.”

Maryland is the only US state that has a complete ban on owning a flame. In California, you must have a permit from the state fire authority to have a flamethrower that can propel its burning stream 10 feet or more. Some cities have also set their own restrictions.

The Boring Company also started selling $30 fire extinguishers, which he admitted were “overpriced” but gained a “cool sticker”.

Customers showed off their Not-A-Flamethrowers on Twitter and Instagram, with photos and videos of them using the machines to light cigarettes, toast marshmallows, and melt snow.

The product was featured in the music video for Travis Scott’s “Gang Gang” alongside a Cybertruck developed by Tesla, Musk’s EV company. The flare devices are also seen in police vehicles.

Musk has since said that selling the Boring flamethrowers was a “terrible idea” and that people were “wrong” to buy them, but he couldn’t stop them.

A resale market has since emerged for the product online, with several eBay users listing Not-A-Flamethrowers for less than $1,000 and attracting multiple bids. Others are listed at much higher prices, but it is unclear if they are actually selling.

At the time of writing, one listing for a Not-A-Flamethrower was going for $800, with one bid and two days left, and another was at $700, with four bids and three days left.

Some eBay users are also selling Boring Company fire extinguishers.

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