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Google Pixel schemers get the horns after money-making scheme revealed

by Todd Haselton | November 18, 2016November 18, 2016 11:00 am PST

Yikes, don’t mess around with Google, folks. Long story short: Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL buyers who were trying to save some dough by avoiding taxes ended up getting the horns for messing with Google.

A site named Dan’s Deals first revealed news of folks who were buying the Google Pixel and Google Pixel with Project Fi and making a small profit by having them shipped to New Hampshire to a reseller. It seems folks who actually wanted the Pixel phones could at least save through this method by avoiding the sales tax.

Ars Technica said that Google found out about the scheme, probably because some dude in New Hampshire was getting thousands of Pixels delivered to a reseller located in the state, and started to ban people from Google, shutting down every single part of their Google accounts. Given how much most of us rely on Google these days, that’s a pretty big punishment. I mean, no access to Google Wave? The horror! (I kid, that product was killed.)

Don’t mess with Google

“We identified a scheme in which consumers were asked to purchase Pixel devices on behalf of a reseller, who then marked-up the cost of those devices in order to resell them to other customers,” Google told Ars Technica. “We prohibit the commercial resale of devices purchased through Project Fi or the Google Store so everyone has an equal opportunity to purchase devices at a fair price. Many of the accounts suspended were created for the sole purpose of this scheme, but since some customers were not aware of these Terms of Sale and are now locked out of many Google services they rely on, we’re restoring access to these customers’ accounts.”

Lesson learned: don’t mess with Google.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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