Pops’ Rants: Scam Friday
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And how are you folks doing? I assume "just dandy" is the answer. It’s Friday; the weekend is just around the corner, all is good. Well, no! Everything’s not so good. Not when big carmakers are unveiling cool cars that are already sold out. Sounds familiar? Yup, I’m ranting about the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS again. How can I not? How in the hell do you launch a 1,000-example limited edition that’s already sold out by the time you unveil the car to the public?
I totally get that these exotic cars are very popular with collectors and some are willing to pay ludicrous amounts of hard-earned to get their hands on one, but what’s the point of launching an online configurator if you can’t get a car to a potential customer? It’s like giving us a configurator for the Porsche 959. You can’t buy this car anymore, but hey, here’s a nice configurator to play with the options. This is all you get for not buying one in the 1980s. Okay, so maybe having a configurator with Porsche more classic cars would be nice, but you get the point.
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No Soup For You!
Pardon my French, but this strategy is pretty much a scam.
I also get that Porsche is trying to keep a solid core around its range-topping products and that established customers need to have priority to limited-edition vehicles. But why not build more of them? It’s not like they won’t be as exclusive. Judging by the ludicrous markups that dealers asked for the 911 GT3 and 991 R, Porsche could’ve easily built 2,000 GT2 RS’s (instead of 1,000) and exclusivity would have still been there. Just give enthusiasts that don’t own a Porsche and don’t have access to this secret ordering routine a fighting chance. It’s plain stupid to be forced to own other Porsches just so you can buy a GT2 RS. Maybe a GT2 RS is all you need/want. I guess that’s why most of us can’t have nice things and why capitalism sucks. Big time! Pardon my French, but this strategy is pretty much a scam.
Public Transport Houdinis
We can't wait for Elon Musk to do everything.
Speaking of scams and nice things we can have, remember China’s elevated bus project that was supposed to revolutionize public transport and make our lives as drivers much easier? Well, it was bullshit. Bigtime expensive bullshit. And it took less than a year to blow in the face of overly anxious investors that raised around $1.3 billion. The whole thing is under investigation right now, with over 30 people connected to the capital-raising platform Huaying Kailai having been detained for investigation. And, knowing the Chinese government, they will probably get the electric chair or something.
But that’s not the stupid part. The really stupid thing about this is that these people actually designed it, built it, and laid the test tracks for the unveiling in the city of Qinghuangdao. So the project was actually doable and likely feasible. They worked their asses to build a working prototype only to make more than $1 billion disappear into thin air. And that’s why big projects like this are less likely to get funding in the future. And unfortunately we can’t wait for Elon Musk to do everything. As I said, that’s why we can’t have nice things.
Hold My Beer
Be smart, by a Dodge Stealth R/T!
While some ask for money for cool projects and then abandon the whole deal, others want to give you a highly overpriced car in return. Among them is this guy from Flint, Michigan, who listed a 1998 Mitsubishi 3000GT for $1 million on Craiglist. Yup, one freaking million bucks. For a Japanese car. From 1998!
Hey, don’t get me wrong, I love Japanese cars. Especially if they’re from the 1980s or 1990s. But this is ridiculous. Sure, this car is a rarity on U.S. roads and I can’t blame the seller for highlighting that, but it’s definitely not worth the kind of money that can get you a very rare first-generation Ford Mustang or a classic Ferrari in decent shape.
Bottom line is, don't be an idiot, buy a Dodge Stealth R/T instead
Making things more laughable, the seller lists a couple of silly arguments for his ridiculous price tag, including the fact that the car was featured in "The Fast and the Furious" movie and video games like Need For Speed, Forza, and Gran Turimso. Hey dumb ass, movies and games might make a car famous, but this is still a Mitsubishi. And in case you’ve been living under a rock, the 3000GT was sold in America as the Dodge Stealth. And the United Auto Workers loved it so much that they opposed the idea of the car being used as a pace car for the 1991 Indianapolis 500 race.
Bottom line is, don’t be an idiot, buy a Dodge Stealth R/T instead. It has the same 223-horsepower engine and it costs less than $6,000. Heck, you can even go wild and buy 320-horsepower Twin-Turbo model for around $10,000.