Just few days ago, the Explorer edition of Google Glass started rolling out to those lucky attendees who signed up for Google Explorer program last year at the I/O event and guess what? An early adopter of Google Glass, who had yet to receive the eyewear, envisioned making a fortune out of it by putting this device for sale on ebay, with bids reaching to an astounding $95k. However, upon receiving Google Glass, he put down the auction when he discovered that it’s prohibited putting up the device for sale or transfer, as stated in the terms of agreement that came with it.
Here’s an excerpt from Google Glass Terms of Sale:-
“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’s worth mentioning that the above terms apply for the Explorer Edition only. It’s quite possible that this strict prohibition gets lifted off when the device goes public later this year. Why such harsh restriction now? Well, it seems like the Explorer Edition is meant for getting feedbacks from developers and early adopters on usage of device, so that Google can iron out the kinks for public release. It’s certainly not for “Glassholes” to boast how they exploited the device and made a profit out of it. Do you agree with Google’s harsh terms of service?