An eBay listing, posted earlier this week by user “bla7kcat,” advertised the yet-to-be-released gadget even before it’s available for Google’s exclusive beta test.
Claiming to have already been selected as an “early adapter” (sic) for Google Glass, bla7kcat listed the glasses as new and available for delivery on or before March 5.
"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," bla7kcat wrote in the item description. "As for what colors will actually be available, will vary, if I am offered a choice, I will choose the color of your choice."
Several sources questioned the validity of the listing, noting the user’s use of small-caps throughout the item description, as well as several spelling errors, including misspelling the word "adopter" as “adapter.”
For Google’s “Creative Explorer” contest, consumers wishing to buy Google Glass early as a “Glass Explorer,” have a chance to describe, on either Twitter or Google Plus, what they would do with Google Glass in 50 words or less. The contest notably ends Wednesday, and winners will be notified in in mid-to-late March, according to Google.
Even so, several eBay users took the bait, placing bids on the glasses in the excess of thousands. Business Insider noted that bids were up to $6,000 on Tuesday, while they exceeded $15,000 just a day later.