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.