Consumers Not Willing to Pay More Than $500 for Google Glass
Google Glass is currently available to a select few users at $1,500 a pop, but a new survey suggests that the average person is not likely to pay more than $500 for the gadget.
Of the 2,571 people surveyed by CouponCodes4u.com, about 61 percent said they would be interested in buying Google Glass, while 25 percent were unsure, and 14 percent didn’t want them.
Of those who were interested or unsure, about 46 percent would not consider Glass unless it was under $500, while 23 percent said they didn’t want to spend more than $1,000. About 6 percent were so eager to get a pair that they would pay anything.
Most people want to use Google Glass for fun, with 47 percent saying the gadget would make it easier to capture photos or video of family using Glass than with a smartphone or camera. About 31 percent want to use it for work.
Of those who didn’t want Glass, 53 percent cited price in their decision, while 34 percent preferred to spend money on other gadgets, and 13 percent didn’t want to be seen in public wearing the futuristic specs.
“While many people are curious and excited about Google’s Project Glass and the idea of being able to wear a portable personal computer while out in public, many more are worried about the ever shrinking boundary between personal and private life,” Mark Pearson, chairman of CouponCodes4u.com, said in a statement.
Google started selling Glass to U.S.-based developers at last year’s Google I/O for $1,500. Recently, it opened up that pool of users with a contest that asked people to tell the search giant what they’d do if they got their hands on Glass. Winning submissions still had to pay $1,500, though.
Earlier this month, Google said it was prepping a prescription version of Glass.
For more, check out Google Glass: Everything You Need to Know.
By Chloe Albanesius, PCMag