If you were one of the thousands of people lucky enough to get an early set of Google Glass and were planning on flipping them on ebay for a quick profit, you might want to think again.
In the terms of service for the pre-consumer edition of Google Glass, the search giant specifically states that Google can deactivate a device and void the product’s warranty without offering a refund for owners who sell, loan, transfer or “gives (their) device to any other person.”
The news comes as developers who signed up to receive Google Glass Explorer Edition last year at Google I/O have already starting picking up their headsets. But the terms also apply to people who were selected as early testers in the #IfIHadGlass contest in February.
Still, the terms didn’t stop at least one person from trying to sell Google’s latest and greatest. A set of the specs were listed for $5,000 on ebay Tuesday by a seller claiming to have been selected to receive them through #IfIHadGlass. Bids climbed above $90,000 for the otherwise $1,500 headset before being taken down later that day. In an interview with Wired’s Gadget Lab, the seller said he took the item down after reading the no-sell portion of Glass’ terms of service, but he wasn’t contacted by Google about the violation.
This isn’t the first time Google has tried to clamp down a resale market of its preview products. When the company sent out its CR-48 Chromebooks in 2010 to people who signed up under its “Test Drive a Chrome Notebook” in 2010, the terms of service asked users “not to sell or transfer the device to anyone else, unless under written instruction by Google to do so.” In that case, several of the free laptops were listed on eBay and later taken down, according to The Chrome Source.