Google has started shipping its anticipated Glass eyewear in a limited capacity couple of days ago. But the lucky recipients who were planning to turn in some quick profits by reselling the Google Glass Explorer edition have some bad news waiting.
The Google Glass “Terms of Sale” specifically states, “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.”
You may be thinking, how Google would track a resale or loan or transfer of the gadget. It can ,because each device is registered under its buyer’s Google account.
The issue came to light when one of the first would-be owners of the augmented reality device abruptly halted an ebay auction of the device. The story was quickly picked up by Wired.
The would-be Glass owner (first name Ed) was not aware of the limitation at first. When he came to know the terms, he ended the auction – which started at $5,000 and sky-rocketed to $90,000, a pretty high bid for a $1,500 gadget.
However, not being able to resale or loan the gadget is not the only limitation imposed, Google doesn’t want developers to place ads on the eyewear. And, developers may not charge users to download apps for the gadget either.
Google hasn’t said anything whether or not this rules will still apply after Google Glass is made available to the public.