Buyer Beware

Bid for What Might or Might Not Be Google Glasses on Ebay, If You DARE

No but seriously probably don't, this is like Ebay 101.
HMMMM. (Photo: screencap)

HMMMM. (Photo: screencap)

Guess we finally have an honest answer to the question posed by #IfIHadGlass. The Next Web reports that this very minute over at Ebay, bidding is climbing steadily upward on a product listing for what purports to be a pair of the futuristic specs. Someone who claims he was chosen as “an early adapter for Google’s upcoming release” says he’ll sell his pair (unopened and in the color of your choice) to the highest bidder.

The price has already skyrocketed from $1,500 to $15,900, proving once and for all that some people have far more money than patience or common sense.

Come on, folks: Do you really want to pull the hardware equivalent of buying a tragically busted knock-off wedding dress? This is basic stuff, like how you shouldn’t spend $200 on an “iPad” at a gas station that’s actually just a mirror.

The product listing promises, in determinedly lower case fashion:

i will be personally attending and picking up my pair in either Los Angeles, or New York at Google’s Project Glass launch event, which will take place some time after Feburary 27th. as for what colors will actually be available, will vary, if i am offered a choice, I will choose the color of your choice (see listing picture for variants). my cost to buy my glasses is $1,500 (USD), so obviously thats where ive started the auction at. Project Glass will be shipped with Insurance at my expence, and signature upon delivery, so please use an address you can accept delivery in person.

If you’re tempted, it’s worth taking a moment to ask yourself whether this is really a chance you want to take, lest you open your package to find a plastic widget glued to some fashion frames from Claire’s. Most glaringly, the #IfIHadGlass contest isn’t due to end until sometime today, so we’re pretty sure there’s no winners yet.

We’ve reached out to the seller, one “bla7kcat,” and will update if we receive any more information.

Even if these are the real deal, do you really want to blow the cost of remodeling your kitchen on a product you’ll probably be able to buy before the end of the year, anyway? Unless of course you’re someone like Larry Ellison, in which case we say #YOLO.

Update: 

Just kidding, Ebay has now removed the listing. It’s unclear why, but the Daily Dot speculates the posting violated Ebay’s presale rules.

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