April 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM ET
Google Glass hitting eBay soon? Don't count on it. The first wave of Google Glass "Explorers" won't be able to cash in on the fact that they're scoring the futuristic head-worn camera-equipped computer before anybody else. Google's terms of sale strictly forbid them from selling, loaning, or otherwise giving away Glass.
"Unless otherwise authorized by Google ... you may not resell, loan, transfer or give your [Glass device] to any other person," the terms of sale specify. If someone disregards Google's warnings, then the company 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." We've asked Google to elaborate further on the stipulations regarding the transfer of Glass Explorer Edition models, but a spokesperson declined to comment.
Either way, the details means that any individuals attempting to sell Glass on eBay or through other channels at this point would have to either cancel the sale or make the buyer aware that they're basically selling an expensive (and not too effective) paperweight.
It isn't difficult for Google to know when a Glass unit has changed hands because the device is associated with a Google account from the very start. A Google Wallet account is required at purchase, and certain Glass features require a Google account in order to be used.
Once Glass is available to the general public — not just for the elite Glass Explorers — the sales terms will become more lenient, but only a tad: "You may not commercially resell any device, but you may give the device as a gift," Google writes.
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