It has been reported that Google has decided to stop receiving orders for its Nexus 7 tablet through its Google Play online store. The reason behind the abrupt interruption of sales is the fact that Google is unable to keep up with the strong demand for its new low priced device. The 16 GB Nexus 7 retails for $249 on Google’s online store and is also available at large retailers like Costco, Office Depot and Staples. However, even brick and mortar sellers have been unable to keep the hot tablet in stock and many indicate that they will be taking backorders or are out of stock. Google’s online store states that the 8 GB version requires at least 2 weeks for delivery while the 16 GB version had a time line of 4 to 5 weeks before Google stopped taking orders. The 8 GB version of the Google Nexus 7 can still be bought on Google Play for $199.
The popularity of Google’s latest tablet version stems from its very competitive pricing. The 7-inch tablets are a full three inches smaller than Apple’s IPad and do not have the graphic power of the IPad. Google did its research before launching the Nexus 7 and realized that buyers looking for a high end tablet would probably choose the Apple device but customers that wanted something on the lighter end as far as performance and price are concerned did not have any options from Apple. The Google device filled that market by providing a very competitively priced device that comes with Google’s own Android operating system. The device does exceptionally well at letting users check emails, play game apps or view eBooks.
The demand for the device has been exceptionally strong and sellers on Ebay have started to sell the tablet for a premium for customers that want immediate delivery. Sellers on the site are selling the Nexus 7 for a 50 to 70 dollar additional charge.