I forget exactly how Tesla's pre-order list worked in the past and if this $5,000 has always been the entry price for the Roadster waiting list. I don't think so, and the AutoblogGreen archives and Google help me out. Back in July, the San Jose Mercury News' Matt Nauman wrote:
At this point, buyers can put down either $50,000, which gets them a car by July of 2008, or $30,000, which gets them a car whenever all the folks who put down $50,000 have their car. On the Tesla Web site, these two tiers of depositers are described as a "Premium Buyer" and a "Patient Buyer."
What would you call the people who send in $5,000 now?
[Source: Tesla Motors vis Inside Line]