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What price will the base model Google Glass retail for in USD?


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At the time of the announcement of retail availability, the price (USD) of the lowest tier model available in the US will be used.
Reference date Dec. 31, 2013, 23:59 PST

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Wikipedia article: Google Glass


We could look at the future price on a cost-plus basis for similar hardware gadgets. However, that model is best for non-differentiated hardware. Given the device's uniqueness, we also need to look into strategic pricing and into value pricing.

Cost-plus basis

Google expects the device to go into mass market production by the end of 2013 with a retail price of under $1500. [1] According to Jason Tsai, researcher at Topology Research Institute, Google Glass could retail for $299, in consideration of the cost of its display sourced from Himay Inc at an estimated $30 - $ 35. [3]

CC image courtesy of Miguel Ángel Uriondo, on Flickr.

This opinion was criticized by Andrew Grush of Android Authority who predicts a price range of $450 to $800, arguing that the hardware cost is but a part of Google Glass's cost structure, including R&D. [4] Kevin Tofel of GigaOM supports Tsai's prediction, comparing Glass's hardware cost to a $199 Motorola MotoActv smart watch with similar components. [5]

Strategic pricing

At the time of Google's IPO, Larry Page and Sergey Brin chose a lower IPO price to ensure the attractiveness of the issue. Given the importance of a successful launch of a highly visible new product, they could repeat this strategy with a basse version of Google Glass. Profitability could still be substantial, through the benefits of the learning curve and through appropriate premium model differentiation.

Value pricing

Google Glass might serve new purposes of higher utility for users or certain user groups, thus allowing a premium price. (Which are the high-value applications?)

  1. Google publishes new Glass 'how to' video - PC World Australia, 1 May, 2013
  2. Google Glass Videos - Google YouTube Channel
  3. Google Glass likely to be priced at US$299: researcher - The China Post, August 8 2013
  4. Google Glass for just $299? - Android Authority, 12 August 2013
  5. Why Google Glass costs $1,500 now and will likely be around $299 later - GigaOM, 8 August 2013


  • Antonio de Marco 1 week, 3 days ago

    in any case will be expensive

  • ruksana begum 1 week, 3 days ago

    $500 - $ 750

  • rianto mr 1 week, 4 days ago

    i think $249 is the maximum ideal price from google. So everyone can buy this gadget.

  • Tomasz Chraniuk 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Considering the price of components and other factors, the price will probalby be somewhere between $500 and $749.

  • Sabyasachi Roy 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    I believe Google will go for a market skimming pricing method given the fact that they have to cover up on R&D expenses and look for customers who are willing to spend a tad more than casual consumers. Google will initially have a niche marketing strategy as far as I can guess.

  • Shiju John 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    $500 to $749 USD

  • Mrudul Patel 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    500-749$=27000-42000 Rs.
    This price seems to be more than accurate to draw more buyers and also suitably priced for other countries(like India).
    This range is just perfect for just an amazing product.

  • Bin Wu 2 months, 1 week ago

    I,as a common person, expect the base model Google Glass to retail somewhere between $500 & $749

  • Hollius Noviano Mintardi 3 months, 1 week ago

    $249 is the maximum ideal price from google. So everyone can buy this gadget.

  • Linda Jones 10 months, 2 weeks ago

    I expect the base model Google Glass to retail somewhere between $500 & $749 and as the new gadget gains in popularity the price will start to drop.

  • Benedikt Breinbauer 1 year ago

    Google moves to a "more open beta" in their Explorer Program and makes google glass available for everyone in the US for USD 1,500: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GoogleGlass/posts/...

    Does that count as retail availabilty in the US?

    • Florian Harth 1 year ago

      Although it's (theoretically) available for everyone, it seems clear that this is neither the final product nor the final price for Google Glass - so in my opinion it doesn't fulfil the judgement rule.

    • Hubertus Hofkirchner 10 months, 3 weeks ago

      This article also distinguishes between the Explorer Program and general availability of a final product.


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