Google Glass: One-Day Sale on Tuesday


Tuesday is tax day in the United States. This year, it’s also the day anyone in the U.S. can purchase the beta version of Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Glass for less than the cost of the average tax refund.

Google Glass is up for public purchase on April 15. The device will cost members of the public $1,500, plus sales tax and shipping. Sales will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern (6 a.m. for West Coast buyers) that day. The offer is limited, Google warned in a post on its official Google Plus page confirming Tuesday’s sale.

“Our Explorers are moms, bakers, surgeons, rockers, and each new Explorer has brought a new perspective that is making Glass better. But every day we get requests from those of you who haven’t found a way into the program yet, and we want your feedback too. So in typical Explorer Program fashion, we’re trying something new, “said Google in the announcement. Google Glass is a wearable computer. It runs on the Android operating system and uses a variety of Google-based apps, including Gmail and Google Plus.

It is currently only available to members of the Explorer Program, a select group of users who were previously granted the chance to purchase the device for the same price, Wired reported in a story in April 2013, when the device began to become available. Google initially contacted users on Twitter to tell them that they had been accepted into the Explorer Program.

Interested users can fill out an electronic form to join the email list and to be reminded of Tuesday’s sale. The description on the sale page specifies that Google Glass Explorers must be residents of the United States and 18 or older.

The terms of sale also say that the product cannot be resold or loaned, though it may be purchased a gift. Google also reserves the right to deactivate the device and to limit the number of products customers order. Customers who purchase the Google Glass on April 15 will be considered new members of the currently growing Explorer Program. The post hints that Google is seeking additional feedback on the product.

“We’re excited to meet our new Explorers, and we can’t wait to hear your thoughts about Glass,” said Google in the announcement.

News that the Google Glass would be sold during a one-day sale broke last week. More than 642,000 users follow the Google Plus page for the device, and it has more than 99,000,000 views. Its Facebook page has about 90,000 likes. On Twitter, approximately 142,000 users follow the official Google Glass Twitter feed. The content is largely announcements and multimedia posts that demonstrate the capabilities of the device, such as videos shot using the wearable tech.

A non-Explorer Program version of Google Glass is expected to be available later this year, per NBC News. It is expected to cost less than the current $1,500 price for the Explorer version.

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