It’s arguably the most highly anticipated technological release of the year, and Google’s Glass is already causing great waves long before it is available for just anyone to buy. In fact, the only way to get one currently is to be chosen by Google and then handing over a cool $1500 bucks.
If you’re not one of the lucky few, then you may be interested to hear that at least one Google Glass unit has shown up on eBay before being swiftly pulled by Google, and it wasn’t cheap. Not cheap at all.
In fact, if you baulked at the thought of spending $1500 on the hottest thing in tech right now, then the asking price of $90,000 on eBay will no doubt make your head spin. Even more odd, there’s no guarantee that whoever wins that auction will be able to use their new Glass at all, regardless of the price being price paid.
According to Google’s own conditions of letting anyone buy Glass, people are not allowed to sell it forward. They’re not even allowed to let anyone borrow Google Glass, let alone place an auction on eBay to try and sell it. With that in mind, the next part of Google’s conditions makes interesting reading: 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.
So, theoretically at least, it’s possible to spend almost $100k on someone’s Glass and never actually be able to use it.
Of course, Google will eventually allow anyone to buy its shiny new Glass, and hopefully it will be a little cheaper by then, too. In all honesty, we are a little dubious as to whether that current auction is legitimate or not, and we’re certainly not convinced about that current highest bid. The bid was sitting at a monstrous $90100 before disappearing into thin air, either Google removed it, or the person selling it, we’ll never know for sure..
Now, if you’ll excuse us. We’re off to glue a Nexus 4 to our sunglasses. It’s the closest we’re going to get to Google Glass for quite some time we suspect.