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Google Nexus 4 sales hit eBay following launch day sell out


Google Nexus 4
Google Nexus 4

After this week’s Google Nexus 4 release date saw stocks of the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean handset sell out within 30 minutes, early adopters have started selling their new Samsung Galaxy S3 rivals on eBay for considerable profits.

Having been made available for sale on Tuesday, November 13, high demand saw stocks of the LG manufactured handset quickly depleted with demand led largely by the device’s high-end specs and the wallet friendly Google Nexus 4 price tag. With Google now letting consumers register interest in future stocks of the device, Google Nexus 4 prices have been set at £239 for the 8GB model and £279 for the 16GB edition.

Somewhat unsurprisingly given the high demand for the device, those lucky enough to be able to get their hands on a Google Nexus 4 have turned their latest Google branded smartphones over to eBay, with many making considerable profits from their Nexus handsets.

At the time of writing, one 16GB Nexus 4 is poised to sell for £475 plus £20 postage – well over £200 above Google’s list price. And one hopeful seller is looking to start the bidding on an 8GB model at £600 (as yet, he or she has received no bids).

The Google Nexus 10, Google’s first 10-inch Android tablet, also went on sale yesterday, and currently is still in stock at the Google Play store. A 16GB model costs £319, significantly less than the 16GB iPad 4 – and now the Nexus 4, apparently.

Did you manage to pick up a Google Nexus 4 yesterday and if so, are you tempted to sell it on eBay to make a quick profit? Or did you miss out and are now considering shelling out big bucks for the phone? Let us know in the comments section below or on through the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds.


Jay B

November 15, 2012, 11:51 pm

Remember when Coca Cola released NEW COKE and it caused Classic COKE sales to skyrocket? Marketing departments in these companies are very smart. Hmm... Lets make sure it sells out so fast, there is all kinds of media buzz about it the week before Black Friday insuring this will be the hottest selling smartphone for the Holidays.

What I don't get is although the price and specs are very attractive for an unlocked: no contract phone, 8 or 16GB is really small by today's standards when there is no microSD slot! Google is obviously assuming you will be connected to the net 24/7 and streaming your music and videos via Google Play and other services. But then your data usage goes through the roof! Will this aggressive pricing force more carriers to offer truly unlimited data plans and more reasonable prices?

Also, HPSA+ is fast enough for most, but lack of LTE is another compromise to get that good price. Yet it still is "the buzz" (note that the sellout time means nothing without knowing the number of units sold.)

So maybe the other key to the popularity of this device may be that with the younger generation, their phone is sort of a status symbol to them. Who can wait 2-years for contract renewal to get a new phone? But who can afford a $900 iPhone with no contract? BAM - Nexus 4 - I can get the latest gadget with specs good enough to brag about, with no contract, and without having to eat Top Ramen for a month to afford it. Who cares it doesn't have enough memory to store my video, photos and MP3 collection. I'll put it all on the Cloud and run my data usage through the roof instead.

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