Swappa adds support for buying, selling and trading Google Glass, but will Google allow it?

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Looking to buy Google Glass off a bored developer or sell your unit for some needed cash? While going through eBay might have sufficed to this point, anyone who’s used the online marketplace knows dealing with their obnoxious fees and one-sided favoritism can be a pain. Thankfully Swappa has decided to step in and be a better middle man.

The company has announced that you can now buy, sell and trade Google Glass through their website. Some folks have already started the FUD train, pointing to Google’s dreaded terms of service that state they prohibit unauthorized purchases of Google Glass, and that they reserve the right to deactivate the device, refuse warranty and refuse refunds and service for that particular unit. Here’s that line in full:

“If you resell, rent, lease, 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.”

But that’s negated by a very comforting line from their Google Glass FAQ document:

Q. Is it OK for Explorers to try and sell their devices online?  Will you disable the devices if they do this?
A: The Explorer program is about taking Glass out in the world and seeing what’s possible with the technology. We hope our Explorers are excited to do just that.  While it’s against our terms of service to sell your device, we don’t plan on disabling any Explorer’s device.
So wipe that doubt right out of your morning and have a go. There are only two listings right now, with one going for $1110 dollars, and the other going for $1,300 — both are the upgraded 2GB editions. And if you are looking to sell yours instead you can head right here to get started.

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  • Pkmmte

    Now I’m seriously considering selling mine…
    I’m just not into voice control and using the TouchPad all the time can become tiring.

  • Jason Yuen

    There is still not enough benefit/usefulness in google glass for me to justify wearing it out in public and getting laughed at, questioned, stared at, and maybe even mugged just so I don’t have to look down at my phone to navigate to the nearest strip clu….. mall.