Snap Inc, the company behind Snapchat, announced its foray into hardware products with the launch of its sunglasses, simply named Spectacles, in September. The company’s sunglasses generated much interest at launch, and come with a camera that is capable of recording videos. Snapchat Spectacles were finally released on Friday through vending machine named ‘Snapbot’ that changes its locations on 24-hour basis. However, due to the limited availability of these sunglasses at release, customers are seemingly ready to shell out thousands of dollars to grab them from unofficial sources.
Snapchat Spectacles, which have a retail price of $129 (roughly Rs. 8,700), have been put up for sale at a price up to $2,500 (roughly Rs. ) for a pair on sites such as eBay. Even though this particular listing price is at extreme side of spectrum, the retail price for each pair of sunglasses in most listings is still hovering around $800 (roughly Rs. 54,100). This effectively suggests that people are ready to pay around six times more than the retail price for owning a pair of these sunglasses.
The precise location of Snapbots can be traced by interested customers through a map on the dedicated website for the sunglasses. As per a report by The Next Week, the company earlier suggested that it intends to give a wider release to the sunglasses in 2017, provided enough demand exists for the product.
If early indications are anything to go by, demand will not be an issue for the company and a wider release for the sunglasses can be certainly expected.