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2012 Tesla Model S Shows Up On eBay, Will Owner Profit?

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2012 Tesla Model S Signature

2012 Tesla Model S Signature

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Well, that didn't take long, did it?

It's not unusual to see rare and exclusive cars pre-sold to buyers before cars are delivered--the practice has been going on for decades, every time the latest supercar hits the streets.

We didn't expect to see a 2012 Tesla Model S sold so soon, though--and with a Buy It Now price on the eBay auction of $145,000, the seller stands to make a healthy little profit should they find a buyer.

The model being sold is one of the thousand limited edition Signature models, and the buyer will get the actual car, rather than a reservation slot--something Tesla will not allow.

With Signature Red paint, a white leather interior and the 85 kWh, EPA-rated 265-mile battery pack--as well as other Signature edition features--the car will certainly be to a high specification.

It also features an upgraded tech package, Dolby 7.1 premium sound system, and other Model S amenities.

The car is already being built, and is set to be delivered on October 14. The auction itself runs until 10:18 PDT on September 20, provided someone doesn't pay the full price--over $47,000 more than MSRP--to end the auction early.

So why is the car for sale so soon? The seller doesn't say, but it's not beyond possibility that they were banking on pre-selling it all along, hoping to make a tidy little profit in the process from someone wishing to jump the queue.

It also has us wondering--how long until more Model S Signature editions appear on the market? And what price would you pay to get behind the wheel?...

Hat tip to Martin at eCars.bg

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  1. At least it is someone with a great ebay reputation. But Portland Maine?
     
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  2. It happens with all "hot" and "limited" models..

    If Tesla was sold through "dealers", the mark up would have been at least $20,000.

    Some of the Volt dealers was charging $8k over the MSRP... 8/40 = 1/5. 1/5 of $100,000 is about $20,000.
     
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  3. The seller is most likely just itching to turn a profit on a highly exclusive car. Does anyone know how many Model S's are being produced in a day right now at this time? Maybe 3 or so? What Tesla could do to discourage this is to ramp up production since the cars are being produced in rather small numbers it could take many months to a year or more to take delivery of a car, so buyers will be tempted to sell their Model S for big markups. Remember when the PS3 came out some people were selling them on Ebay for $2000 or greater. Sony finally had enough PS3’s for everyone after a few months and the high price Ebay ones went away.
     
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  4. Tesla is ramping up production as fast as they can while maintaining extremely high quality standards. All it takes is for one little out-of-spec part from a supplier to hold up production until that supplier can re-tool and provide the correct part. They will be producing high volume as soon as all issues are dealt with.
     
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