Elon Gets DOGE Fever...Again
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Elon Gets DOGE Fever...Again

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Yesterday wasn’t the first time Dogecoin has skyrocketed as a direct result of one of Musk’s tweets, and it certainly won’t be the last.

Elon Gets DOGE Fever...Again

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Elon Musk has once again set the Twittersphere on fire, sent Dogecoin moonward and drove the mainstream media into a frenzy, all with a single tweet. 

Yesterday wasn’t the first time Dogecoin has skyrocketed as a direct result of one of Musk’s tweets, and it certainly won’t be the last. 

In May this year, Musk tweeted, “The Dogefather SNL May 8,” which sent Twitter into a tizzy, and DOGE soared 20% in 24 hours. 

And then, as you may remember, Musk called Dogecoin “a hustle” on the show, which sent the memecoin spiralling downwards from $0.65 to $0.41. 

But in October, Musk once again changed his tune, and revealed on Twitter that he owns Doge.

Yesterday, Musk tweeted that his electric car company, Tesla, will start accepting Doge as payment for its official merchandise. 

DOGE’s price soared 22% in the five minutes following Musk’s tweet, from $0.159 to $0.194. 

Over the next hour, DOGE’s price rose even further to $0.218, marking a 37% increase from before the tweet.   

This recent Musk-driven surge was good news for DOGE holders — the memecoin had been trending steadily downwards since the end of October. 

However, now that more than a day has passed, DOGE’s price has pulled back a little to $0.181 and is still way down from its ATH of $0.737.

Tesla isn’t the first large company to accept DOGE as payment for goods and services. 

In March, Mark Cuban announced that the Dallas Mavericks would accept DOGE to purchase tickets and merchandise. 

So What Can You Actually Buy?

Provided Musk follows through on this latest crypto promise (unlike Tesla accepting Bitcoin SMDH), DOGE holders will be able to buy various unique and interesting items from the Tesla merchandise store, including: 

  • A Giga Texas Belt Buckle - $150;
  • A Cyberwhistle, modelled after the company’s Cybertruck - $50;
  • A Desktop Supercharger USB cable organiser- $45;
  • A Cyberquad for kids, also modelled after the Cybertruck - $1,900;
  • A variety of Tesla mini model cars from $175.
[The Cyberquad for Kids]
 
[The Giga Texas Belt Buckle]

This recent foray into Doge follows Musk’s interview with Time magazine after being named TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year. 

The interview involved a discussion of the future of crypto, in which Musk said:

Even though it was created as a silly joke, dogecoin is better suited for transactions.”
Musk later added, “It [DOGE] is slightly inflationary, but that inflationary number is a fixed number as opposed to a percentage, which means over time, it’s percentage inflation actually decreases. And that’s actually good because it encourages people to spend rather than hoard it as a store of value.”

Musk’s Crypto History

This isn’t the first time that Musk has sought to integrate crypto into his businesses, either.  

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Earlier this year, Musk announced that Tesla would accept Bitcoin as payment for its cars, and that the company had bought $1.5 billion in Bitcoin.  

Tesla has since backpedalled and stopped accepting Bitcoin, but Musk has clarified that his company would resume accepting Bitcoin once mining operations become a bit greener.  

Future economics classes might study Musk’s enormous and scary influence over Doge and the crypto markets. But for now, all we can do is watch. 


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