Back when the Google Glass Explorer program was starting up, there was a bit of a to do about the fact that users of the beta hardware were not permitted to sell their Glass units. After some consumer uproar, Google amended their position to allow lending Glass to others on a limited basis. They still preferred people not sell Glass, and explicitly told Explorers that their Glass units would be disabled if they did so. That appears to have changed.

Check out the relevant changes in the newly-updated Google Glass FAQ:

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.

It's clear that Google would still prefer you to keep Glass to yourself, which makes sense - these are basically long-term beta units, and there's a lot of value to be had in maintaining relationships with a small group of hardware testers. On the other hand, Google is about to quadruple the number of Glass units available to the public with an expanded series of invitations, and this sort of thing is nigh unavoidable with highly sought-after hardware.

Selling Glass is still against the terms of service, so if you're trying to find one, getting an invitation (by whatever means available to you) is still the best option. Google might not honor any warranties or support for second-hand units.

Source: Glass Press FAQ

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Mastermind26

    How DO you find these invitations????

    • #DD

      Find someone that got the original ones, and ask them as nicely has possible.

      • Guest


    • Wyatt Neal

      Fire up Google+, look for a Glassholes community ...

  • brkshr

    If you bought one knowing that you couldn't sell it, that's on you. I don't fault Google one bit. The fact that they are allowing it now, is nice of them.

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    • Andrés

      I don't see why people are so "angry" about the subject. It's an explorers program, beta testers. They got into it because they wanted to test the device way before every one else.
      If they just wanted to play some and get rid of it, this was not the beta testing program to get on with,

      • brkshr

        Exactly my sentiments

  • yihan

    oh my god. this Android 4.2 Galaxy S4 smartphone looks so ugly, and so big. my hand can't hold it. but it's the most popular phone in the world. all my my friends have one. why it is so popular? can you help me make sure? I want to buy one to have a try: http://tinyurl.com/mb2n6ow

    • Ivan Myring

      F UCK off

  • Tyler

    Suddenly, glass being sold on ebay.

  • ujujujus

    Can't wait till it be 299,-.

  • Kree Terry

    well if their intention was on people beta testing it wouldn't make sense for them to disable sold units bc that would be less feedback from users defeating the purpose.

  • Matt McGee

    Google: We Don’t Plan To Brick Google Glass If Bought On eBay

    Was reported last month on Glass Almanac.

  • sudomudo

    I never thought about it like that, I mean like ever. Wow.


  • Bob

    "While it's against our terms of service to sell your device, we don't plan on disabling any Explorer's device."

    Well, if an "explorer" sells it, it's not the "Explorer's device" any more. Therefore it could be disabled.

  • mohammed

    I cannot afford glass so who ever wants a code can buy one from me, I only have one at the moment.