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Elon Musk’s Obsession With 42 And Attention In General

|About: Tesla, Inc. (TSLA)
Summary

Elon Musk fiddles with minor adjustments to Tesla pricing, for no obvious end result other than attention itself.

Model 3 base price in the U.S. falls by $1,000, from $39,900 to $38,900 -- but then he says that the price of the nonexistent self-driving functionality increases by $1,000.

This increase will happen on the 42nd anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death (August 16).

On that date, Elvis Presley was also 42 years old.

Remember $420 funding secured?  This is someone crying out for constant attention, rattling the cage like a gorilla in order go stir the pot.

Tesla’s (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk is seemingly perpetually bored and starving for attention. So, in order to inject into himself a psychological mix of meaningless attention, he most recently rattled the cage like a gorilla, in order to stir the pot:

  1. First, he lowers the price of the Model 3 by $1,000 on some version, from $39,900 to $38,900.

  2. Then, the morning after, still bored and hungry for attention, he announces that he will increase the price of the nonexistent self-driving functionality by $1,000 -- starting on the 42nd anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death (August 16).

Remember $420 funding secured? Well, this August 16 will be the 42nd anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death.

And Elvis was 42 years old at that point.

For Musk, it’s 42 or 420 all around.

I swear, Musk is doing this only because he is bored and needs a laugh.

Disclosure: I am/we are short TSLA.

Additional disclosure: At the time of submitting this article for publication, the author was short TSLA and long F. However, positions can change at any time. The author regularly attends press conferences, new vehicle launches and equivalent, hosted by most major automakers.