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

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.

According to Ars Technica, a site named Dan’s Deals was suggesting that folks who buy the Google Pixel and Google Pixel with Project Fi could make a small profit by shipping the devices to his shop. He’d pay everyone off with a small markup, presumably smaller than he was making by then selling the phones on his site, creating a win-win situation. And, it seems, folks who actually wanted the Pixel phones could at least save through this method by avoiding the sales tax. Dan’s Deals ended up getting thousands of folks in some deep doodoo.

Ars Technica said that Google found out about the scheme, probably because some dude in New Hampshire was getting thousands of Pixels delivered to his house, 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.

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