This was an interesting read. So much dependence on a single company for our entire digital existence. It may be possible that Microsoft and Apple could do the same. Especially with Apple where there are lots of MR members stating "I have so much invested in the Apple ecosystem blah blah blah"…. Then again, in this situation, I support Google's actions to destroy the lives of scalpers. Google Hits Pixel Resellers With 'Digital Death Sentence' Some of Google's unwitting users are learning a harsh lesson: If you violate the company's policies, it can abruptly cut you off from your Gmail account, online photos and other vital digital services. Several people who recently bought Google's new Pixel phone on behalf of a New Hampshire dealer are now suffering that punishment after the company detected their online purchases and judged they violated its terms of service. Those rules, outlined in a document that few people read closely, forbid the purchase of the Pixel for "commercial" resale. "There isn't an hour that doesn't go by that I don't think about the enormity of what Google has done to me," said one of the affected resellers, Shmuel Super of Brooklyn, New York. "This is like a digital death sentence." Some said they couldn't retrieve confirmation numbers for upcoming flights or notices about an upcoming credit-card payment. Others couldn't fetch work documents or medical records. Some started getting phone calls from friends, family and colleagues wondering why they weren't responding to emails.