Tomorrow is your lucky day! The clouds will part, and a host of angels will serenade the world as Google GOOG -4.31% makes Google Glass available to anyone and everyone who wants it (although I assume there is a limited supply).
Of course, it will still cost you $1500. Ouch. While it seems interesting in a novelty, parlor trick sort of way, it isn’t something even remotely worth $1500 in my opinion. My 16 year old son pointed out that you can buy THREE Oculus Rift kits for $1500, while my 19 year old son said, “I’d rather buy 1500 double cheeseburgers from McDonald’s.”
Well, I don’t think anyone needs to have three Oculus Rift kits (although playing with just one would be pretty cool), and I think it’s debatable whether or not 1500 double cheeseburgers constitutes a “better” investment than $1500 for Google Glass, but there are better ways to spend that kind of money.
Here are 10 better ways to spend $1500 instead of buying Google Glass:
1. New Appliances
If you’re like most families, you’ve had your eye on a new washer and dryer, dishwasher, refrigerator, or some other major household appliance for some time. As cool as it might be to be able to take pictures with your glasses, having clean clothes and dishes, and cold food are pretty awesome too.
2. Overdue Car Maintenance
Sure, you eventually get the oil changed after the light has been on for a couple thousand miles, and you never drive more than a week listening to that ear-piercing screeching noise before you get your brake pads replaced, but when was the last time you had real maintenance done on your vehicle—like a tune up, or transmission fluid change? If you crack open the owner’s manual, you will find a complete list of recommended maintenance that will help your car run better, get better mileage, and last longer—possibly saving much more than $1500 in the long run.
3. Pay Off Credit Cards
It will take 41 months to pay off a $1500 credit card balance at 18 percent interest if you just pay $50 per month. In the meantime, you will also have paid more than $500 in interest on that debt. Just pay the whole thing off now with that $1500 that’s burning a hole in your pocket. You will free up $50 per month you can use to pay other bills, or buy more drinks at Starbucks SBUX -0.64%, and you’ll free up the credit on your card so you have it available for an emergency—like when your dishwasher stops working, or your car needs work done on the transmission.
4. Family Vacation
It would be super awesome to be able to watch yourself having sex just by saying “OK Glass, it’s time.” Rather than spending $1500 on something you’d probably like to forget, though, invest that $1500 making lasting memories for you and your family. You won’t get far on $1500 with a family of four, but there’s probably a Six Flags somewhere within weekend-trip driving distance. Or, check out VRBO and choose a destination. Depending on the time of year, you could stay in a beachside condo overlooking the ocean for a week for that money.
5. New Computer
If you’re one of the vocal masses still using Windows XP, and defiantly yelling from the rooftop that you can’t afford to upgrade every decade…I mean, every time Microsoft MSFT -1.26% asks, you have absolutely no business blowing $1500 on Google Glass. Even if you aren’t still clinging to XP, if your computer is more than a few years old, you might be wise to invest in an upgrade. There are newer technologies and processors that will improve your experience—especially if you have a laptop. There are hundreds of powerful desktop and laptop computers available for $1500 or less.
6. Invest It
If you buy Google Glass, all you’ll have 25 years from now is an obsolete gadget …and regret. If you invest that $1500 and get a 10 percent annual rate of return, you will have over $16,000 even if you never add another penny. You could triple that money to almost $50,000—even at only a 10 percent rate of return—if you continue to contribute $25 per month to the investment. Or, if you can find a higher rate of return—like 12 percent—you could amass over $70,000 by investing that $1500 and continuing to add $25 per month over 25 years.
You won’t get far on $1500 at a major university, but you can take a few classes at a community college with that kind of money, or perhaps attend a conference or obtain a certification related to your profession. It’s a different sort of investment—an investment in yourself. If you improve yourself professionally, it could result in a raise or promotion that will pay dividends worth far more than the $1500 you spent.
8. Season Tickets
If you insist on being frivolous with your $1500, consider buying season tickets for the sport and team you love the most. Watching games on TV has its advantages, but there is something special about the atmosphere of being there, and being a “part” of it all. Season ticket prices vary by city and sport, but I’m pretty sure you can see a whole lot of games for $1500.
9. Treat Your Significant Other
If the last time you bought your significant other jewelry was your wedding day, you’re overdue. You won’t get a Kim Kardashian-sized diamond for $1500, but there are a whole lot of jewelry options out there for $1500. It works for men too. I’ve had my eye on a Movado watch for over a decade, and I’d much rather my wife surprise me with that watch than waste the money on Google Glass. Your significant other would probably love to receive something meaningful—especially if it isn’t a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary. Just because.
10. Give It To Charity
Why not? There are so many worthy causes in the world that could benefit from your $1500. You would be doing society a huge favor twice. First, by not becoming a “Glasshole”, and second by contributing to the greater good of whatever cause or charity tugs at your heart strings.
When Google Glass is launched to the general public, it will have to be at a drastically lower price to gain any traction at all—like under $300. $1500 is a lot to pay for a few months of hipster exclusivity. Hopefully, Google will refund the difference to all those it cons into buying Google Glass tomorrow for $1500.