Fake Google Glass auction appears on eBay, reaches $15,900 before being pulled


An auction for a pair of Google Glasses appeared on eBay reaching $15,900 with 36 bids before being pulled. The 'seller' said in his description that he was an early adopter for Google's upcoming release and that you would be buying an unopened pair of Google's Project Glass headsets. However he then went on to say that he would be attending and picking up the pair at Google's Project glass launch event on February 28th, which sounds believable until we dig a little deeper.

Google's website for the Glass competition, which opens up early access to the Explorer Edition of the headset, says that the winners will not be notified until mid-to-late March, with the deadline for applications being today. This confirms that the auction was a complete scam and the likely reason it was pulled. Don't be surprised if we do actually see real listings on eBay in the next month though, as Google does not state in its terms and conditions that winners can't resell their headsets.

For those unaware, Google's Project Glass is a research and development program by Google and ran by the Google X Lab to develop an augmented reality headset that can display information, take photos and videos and more, much like a smartphone. The headset runs on Google's Android operating system and it's estimated that consumers will be able to grab a pair in Q4 of 2013.

Source: eBay, The Atlantic  Images: eBay, Google

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I can think of any number of places that would pay that to get their hands on it now. We're not talking some geek in a basemet... you'd be talking, China, Japan, Apple bidding at it if it were indeed real.

maybe someone just 'tested' the market. 1500$ is still a lot of money so before spending maybe he wanted to know the potential resale value to make money out of it and if it didn't generate enough interest then he wouldn't even spend the 1500$ for it?

No matter how real it looks on Ebay, people need to be smarter and have common sense. It should be common sense that anything this limited and not even released for the limited folks ending up on Ebay would be fake

nearly 16k for this gimmick? $1500 is already ridiculous. google glass is another in a long line of google flopp'd projects.

pgn said,
nearly 16k for this gimmick? $1500 is already ridiculous. google glass is another in a long line of google flopp'd projects.

While I personally I do not plan to buy or use such kind of devices I am afraid that, unfortunately, they will succeed.

Fritzly said,

While I personally I do not plan to buy or use such kind of devices I am afraid that, unfortunately, they will succeed.

Why "unfortunately"?

I wouldn't pay 16k for one, but I would consider one once prices go down...

Same like this iWatch, I am sure this will be a large success for Google. 1500$ seems to be a high prize, but what about surface or some smartphones? People buy technology products, even if they not realy need them.

wernercd said,

Why "unfortunately"?

I wouldn't pay 16k for one, but I would consider one once prices go down...

I would say it is just a matter of personal preferences; I do not have a FB and a Twitter account and I am not comfortable with the idea that someone wearing such kind of devices could film me or , much worse, my ten years daughter.
At least with FB and co. you have to sign in, with these everybody becomes "fair game".

Fritzly said,

I am not comfortable with the idea that someone wearing such kind of devices could film me or , much worse, my ten years daughter.

Anyone could do that now in many ways without you knowing. Also the government and private companies are recording everyone constantly. I don't really see it as a big deal myself unless you're naked in your own home.

xstex said,

Anyone could do that now in many ways without you knowing. Also the government and private companies are recording everyone constantly. I don't really see it as a big deal myself unless you're naked in your own home.


Yes, you are correct about what is going on right now but I see these devices as an additional tool to do it.

What exactly are you worried about with people filming and such? If someone is in a public place they have every right to film as long as they aren't harassing anyone.

Fritzly said,

I would say it is just a matter of personal preferences; I do not have a FB and a Twitter account and I am not comfortable with the idea that someone wearing such kind of devices could film me or , much worse, my ten years daughter.
At least with FB and co. you have to sign in, with these everybody becomes "fair game".

Newsflash, out in public, I could point my phone at you and take as many pics of you and your kid as I want, and there's nada you can do about it.

Also, quit being so paranoid. 99.999999999999% of people taking photo's aren't letching after you or your kid.

Fritzly said,

I would say it is just a matter of personal preferences; I do not have a FB and a Twitter account and I am not comfortable with the idea that someone wearing such kind of devices could film me or , much worse, my ten years daughter.
At least with FB and co. you have to sign in, with these everybody becomes "fair game".

Gasp, how about a smartphone. People can't do that with Smartphones now? If you are going to hate and spread fear at least have a good argument.

http://www.amazon.com/Looxcie-...er-Compatible/dp/B004DI7F76

How would you know it was just a headphone with this one I just posted?

You should disconnect now. Take your daughter and live in the wilderness somewhere. As for normal people, life will go on.

Edited by DarkNet, Feb 28 2013, 3:29pm :

Who is dumb enough to pay 16k for Google Glass? Wait and get it much cheaper. Some people just have money to toss around I guess.

techbeck said,
Who is dumb enough to pay 16k for Google Glass? Wait and get it much cheaper. Some people just have money to toss around I guess.

Keep in mind on what they can do with it. Its a dime in a bucket for those who gets their hand on prerelease hyped up goods. Imagine the ad revenue generated by a review or possibly how much competitors would pay for their hands on one of these.