Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA)

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Player Avatar amazingtoys (< 20) Submitted: 5/8/2013 6:53:11 PM : Underperform Start Price: $70.12 TSLA Score: -227.13

Now that Tesla has proven that a car like the Model S can be built, sold, and profitable it is only a matter of time before one of the big automakers (or the Chinese) copy its features and undersell Tesla. The only caveat is that another company could buy Tesla at a premium to get their technology and brand.

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Member Avatar trojanhorse2000 (92.98) Submitted: 5/8/2013 8:21:42 PM
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I have to strongly disagree.

Tesla has a lot of hurdles to overcome, but I believe copying its features isn't in the cards yet for other manufacturers for many, many years to come. Tesla has much of their tech patented. Maybe China could steal the tech and just ignore the patents but they'd get locked out of most western markets.

New tech coming out is a bigger risk. someone out there could figure out a drivetrain/battery system that blows tesla's out of the water and makes it obsolete overnight. I don't believe the big auto companies have the R&D to pull something like that off, but they have the cash to buy that technology.

Member Avatar jiltin (29.74) Submitted: 5/8/2013 8:27:33 PM
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Did you post after seeing the results and after market? The stock has jumped 25% after market.

You know leader always wins!

If you compare AAPL & Samsung, AAPL is still strong due to its leadership while the copier Samsung is trying to hit. Same way AAPL withstood all MSFT pressure. It regained its position

Within US, patent rules and people can not just like that copy. Outside US, people can practically copy, but difficult to make a dent. It take long period , 4 to 5 years to do, by that time, leader goes up wealthy.

No one can beat the leader easily - until leader retires !

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