Yea, I agree there are circumstances where it doesn't make sense, which is why I added 'everything else being equal'Not when doing so might have meant delivering way less Model 3s and having to report those numbers at the end of the quarter. Not "fair" but that's part of the equation too.
I’m sure I’ll be getting an onslaught of disagrees but, in my opinion, line waiters and online reservation holders should receive the same priority based on the reservation date and time. The only ones who should be receiving priority would be prior owners. In my case, I was overseas at the time and had to reserve online.Line waiters should always get priority over online, everything else being equal
I think priority is going to go out the window once AWD, White interior, etc. are finally available if you have already been invited to configure. I doubt they will add the options to the configurator by priority ranking. Once the option is available, I believe that all invitees will receive the ability to configure the new options at the same time. It will be purely first come first serve at this time. Tesla already fulfilled their commitment to priority ranking with the initial invite. No need to further priority.
...Tesla already fulfilled their commitment to priority ranking with the initial invite. ...
Disagree. If they do that, people who order instantly, who previously deferred, might fill up several months worth of production. My guess is it'll follow the same pattern as before - employees, owners, then follow whatever other pattern we've been doing.
Bookmark this comment and set a reminder. I'll venmo or PayPal you $5 if I'm wrong.
Can you imagine how bad it would have been for their order opening if all reservations to be fair we're done online (and of course not a guarantee that everyone who bought a Model 3 had internet access, but hard to imagine not, especially it being such a techy car)?
Many or most of the line waiters are still waiting. Right now, it's entirely possible that most the Model 3s on the street are from online purchases. In fact, it's highly likely since few non-owner line waiters have received cars.
Line Waiters were told early on they would be rewarded. They did not say "Only existing owner line waiters will be rewarded".
There should not have been a single On-Line order filled for anyone, or the Special Reward for line waiting was a total joke.
But to be realistic, folk who are in the 1% of income do not really understand what line waiting means. It's something to be shunned.
From what I understand the "reward" is the die cast model of the Model 3 that every line waiter on day one is to receive. That was to be the special "thank you" for the time you spent patiently waiting in line. Maybe you read into it what you wanted it to mean?
As for line waiting at a big first time event like the Model 3, OMG anyone, even the 1% you seem to turn your nose down at, can enjoy the excitement of being among the "first" for a Tesla and the fun of being in a crowd of fellow EV enthusiasts. Let's face it even people who waited in line for Apple's latest iPhone did and do it for the pleasure of sharing the experience with others. Whether you can afford it as an outright purchase or need to finance it, as someone who has stood in line for a few product events including new movie events, it's the fun of the line man!