April 18, 2013
Google Explorer Tries To Sell Glass for $90,000
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
It comes as no surprise that Google doesn´t want any of their “Explorers” sharing or selling the earliest Glass units. Yet one man from Philadelphia who was lucky enough to win a chance to try Glass early was shocked when he discovered that the Terms of Service prevent him from selling his $1,500 glasses on eBay for an enormous profit.
Google announced in February that they would give developers and a handful of social network users a chance to try Glass early if they were willing to pony up $1,500. As these specs won´t officially be arriving until the end of the year, Google is making the earliest of adopters agree to keep the spirit of the Explorer program and only use them for, well, exploration, not profit.
The general idea behind the Explorer program is to get Glass onto about two thousand heads as part of a very small test run. The developers who signed up for the Explorer program will get a chance to write some apps (or Glassware as it´s being called) for the spectacles and help Google get rid of some of the early bugs.
To get the opinion of the general public, Google also ran a campaign on Twitter and Google+ to give regular people the chance to try out the new headgear. These people weren´t exempt from the hefty price tag, however. To enter, these social networking users had to explain in 50 words or less what they would do if they were given the privilege of getting their hands on some early Glass. Users entered the competition with the hashtag #ifihadglass.
Google began sending emails this week letting some Explorers know that they could expect their Glass units very soon. Those who were picked for the program will have to meet with Google in LA, San Francisco or New York to be debriefed and fitted for the glasses.
According to Wired.com, one man known only as Ed found out that he would be getting a set of Glass as a result of the Twitter contest and immediately saw dollar signs.
“After getting a message on Twitter from Google saying I had been selected as part of the program a couple weeks ago, it just came to mind if they are giving out to a limited number of people, I could put it out there on eBay and sell it for a lot more than $1,500,” said Ed, refusing to give his last name so as to stay in Google´s good graces.
With only 2,000 Glass units going out, it´s likely Google already knows all they need to know to find Ed, should they care to.
According to Ed, Google never told him about the Terms of Service which includes the following clause: “You may not resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person. If you resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person without Google´s authorization, Google reserves the right to deactivate the device, and neither you nor the unauthorized person using the device will be entitled to any refund, product support, or product warranty.”
It wasn´t until Ed signed on to an Explorers group on Google+ that he realized he was going against Google´s wishes. Ed was also surprised by the rest of the group´s reaction to his attempt to turn a quick profit.
“People were acting like I had did something sacrilegious,” Ed said.
Once he found out about Terms of Service, he removed the eBay posting. Ed listed the glasses at $5,000, but by the time he removed the posting the bids had climbed as high as $90,000.
Ed said he´s still willing to pay his $1,500 for the glasses, so long as Google doesn´t hold a grudge and refuse him the right.