For the folks out there who are big Nexus fans and also happen to be a little unlucky in life there's a lot of hurt floating around. Firstly, you waited up all the night to see when the page would go live for you to order your next phone, then when it did go live – you couldn't order. When the Play Store was finally in a better shape, they were all gone but, never fear as there were more units coming "in three weeks" said Google, hurrah! Then the units came…and went. For the second time the Play Store buckled under demand and prevented those who wanted a Nexus 4 from getting one. All this is from a company that deals with roughly, 24 Petabytes of data a day.
Of course, we can't firmly put all of the blame on Google's shoulders alone, as LG are the ones that make the phone. However, I'm fairly certain a company of LG's stature would have no problem making as many units as Google wanted – leading on to the question of, did Google order enough of them? Whether or not they did, there's been a sort of void left thanks to the lack of devices and sellers on eBay have been more than obliging, with a number of Nexus 4s going on sale for a whole lot more than what Google are charging. Now though, eBay has placed some restrictions on those looking to sell their Nexus 4 devices, read them below:
You may list a Google Nexus 4 with some limitations:
Authorized resellers will be allowed to list an unlimited number of items per week.
eBay Top Rated Sellers will be allowed to list up to 8 items per week.
All sellers meeting minimum performance standards will be allowed to list 4 items per week.
New sellers who've confirmed their personal information may list 1 item per week.
Note: Sellers not meeting minimum performance standards or that haven't confirmed their personal information will not be allowed to list the Google Nexus 4 during the post-launch sale period.
It's nice to see that eBay have stepped up to do something about the problem they seem to have on their hands and usually, these restrictions are left for iPads and at one point the Nintendo Wii, which was absent all over the place one Christmas – I remember a similar situation with Buzz Lightyear in the 90s, the Nexus of toys, no? I'm sure that some have felt the need to get their Nexus from eBay and it's sad to see that Google couldn't meet demand in the first place, let's just hope that Google can sort it out for smooth selling throughout 2013.