Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Fake Google Glass auction reaches $15,900 before eBay pulls it

An eBay auction for a pair of Google Glass smartglasses was just a bit too good to be true, as well as being way too early. It was shut down on Wednesday after eBay -- probably at the behest of users -- decided it was a scam.

The auction, from a seller named seller "bla7kcat," reached heights of 10x the going price for a pair of Google's smartglasses. Google said that its Google Glass smartglasses will sell for $1,500, or at least the pre-retail models will. The auction reached a bid of $15,900 before it was closed.

Those who know about how Google is distributing the glasses would know the auction was just a scam. The auction's description (all sic) said:
i am selling a pair of Google Glasses (Project Glass glasses). I've been selected as an early adapter for Google's upcoming release. you are buying a brand new unopened pair of Google's Project Glass glasses. 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.
All spelling errors aside, it would appear the seller was full of it. Google has recently opened up its Google Glass test group, but via a promotional contest. That contest does not close until Feb. 27, and even then Google will have to judge the entries to the contest. Thus, it is impossible for the person to have been granted access to a pair of Google's smartglasses -- the contest hasn't ended, nor has it been judged.

In fact, Google said that it would contact winners in mid- to late-March. bla7kcat promised to obtain a Glass Explorer Edition device and ship it by March 5.

When asked about the auction in the morning, eBay was succinct.
This is in violation of our presale policy so we will remove [it].
eBay's presale policy is listed here.

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