The 16GB Google Nexus 7 tablet is currently unavailable in Google’s own Play Store in both the US and the UK. According to The Guardian, it appears that Google believed that people would be more interested in the 8GB version which costs $199. That version allows users to store their content on the Google cloud, which would make the lack of expandable storage not an issue on the device. It turned out, however, that users prefer it the other way around, that is, to save their content on their tablet instead of rely on the cloud service.
Yet until Google restocks, there are alternative ways of obtaining the tablet. For instance, it is for sale on Ebay for the price of $300 to $400. The brick and mortar shop Best Buy likewise reportedly still carries the device. On the other hand, users would not find much luck in purchasing the tablet from retailers like Staples, Office Depot, GameStop, and Sam’s Club as these have earlier announced that the tablet is out of stock in their stores.
Meanwhile, the 8GB version of the Nexus 7 is still available from the Play Store and ships within three to five days. However, those who are set on getting the tablet directly from the Google Play Store may leave their e-mail addresses in the website so that Google may send them an alert once the tablet becomes available.
The incidence of the sell-out has both a benefit and a drawback. As the sell-out occurred shortly after the tablet was released, it attests to the popularity of the tablet, and Google can use that in their marketing campaign. On the other hand, customers who are anxious to get the device are disappointed because despite the media hype, the shortage of supply makes it hard to purchase the tablet.
Currently, the Nexus 7 is one of the most cost-effective solutions in the tablet market with its combination of speedy performance, decent screen, the availability of Google services, and a reasonable price.