• Aug 10th 2009 at 10:27AM
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If you already plunked down some cash for Tesla Roadster or Model S, now is your chance to earn some of that money back. All you have to do is convince one or more friends to buy and take delivery of a Roadster. It's only fitting that a Silicon Valley car company would follow in the footsteps of internet companies (and AMPLE Motion) and start an affiliate program. Tesla is promising a $500 check to anyone that has bought a Roadster or reserved a Model S and gets someone else to buy the sports car. Unfortunately, the program only applies to the Roadster and not the Model S and you only get the money after your friend takes delivery.

Although Tesla is being coy about actual sales, based on the most recent information the company has released, new buyers won't have to wait as long as the early adopters. The last information we have from Tesla is that the Roadster is sold out through November, so ordering one now could put you behind the wheel in time for Christmas.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      $500 is peanuts. After they came at my friend (well, my first friend as I have two with Roadsters now) for $15K in accessories and add-ons before they would deliver his car, now they want to try to buy his favor back $500 at a time?
        • 6 Years Ago

        Stupid Tesla... why won't they just make a 100% American supplied product and sell it at a price I can afford!!

        And when are they going to make a flippin' car that goes 500 miles on a charge, and build the infrastructure of charging stations so I don't have to plan my trips...

        They raised the price of the options when they obtained the final pricing and it made selling the Roadster at a loss which would have never allowed them to get the DoE loan... what idiots!

        Why can't they make a car like the Coda that looks like a chinese hunk of shit, goes 100 miles on a charge and gets the same acceleration as a rickshaw?

        • 6 Years Ago
        They agreed to sell the car at $105K, they didn't honor that agreement. You can go ahead and make excuses for them if you want, but it's BS.

        It's interesting how you brag about Tesla getting on the government teat. Like that is a laudable thing in itself. How about they do it themselves instead of taking government money? That seems like the right way to do it to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Considering $500 is only 10% of the reservation cost for the Model S, not to mention The Roadster currently requires $9,900 to reserve, I don't see this "spurring" any sales.

      If the program was $1,500 for a Roadster, $2,500 for a Roadster Sport and $500 for a Model S I could see this having some effect.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Almost 24 hours without promoting your favorite con-man and his noamericanpartsinmyproduct'company.
      Keep up the good work !
        • 6 Years Ago
        Interesting... Please tell me more about your strategy of sourcing nonexistent components from nonexistent American suppliers and sourcing nonexistent components from existing American suppliers. I am looking to invest in such an all-American electric car, please contact me at nigerianprince@hotmail.com with your business plan.

        • 6 Years Ago
        What are you talking about? Con-Man? Elon rocks!

        Affiliate programs fuels the internet. Google's Ad-Sense is a form of affiliate program and that's how most blogs make money.

        500$ on 100K+ product is not very enticing (5-10% would be) and probably designed to generate some more press than actual sales.

        Also, it's low enough to keep someone from building a business spamming the Internet trying to sell cars from them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And in a related story, Tesla Motors announced today that it will be increasing the price of it's Roadster by $500...
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