Looking to buy an LG Nexus 4before Christmas? Prepare for pain in the pocket…
Google’s LG Nexus 4 has been the hottest ticket in the tech town ever since its release date just a few weeks ago, with stocks having been immediately and consistently wiped out by demand that the search engine giant for some reason didn’t see coming. The big winners have of course been the dozens of third-party retailers offering the highly-prized LG Nexus 4 at vastly inflated prices – in many instances for higher sums than the unlocked iPhone 5.
More bad news today however as it appears that the LG Nexus 4 has little to no chance of coming back into stock at the official Google Store before Christmas, giving third-party retailers free run of the market and the ability to drive up prices even further.
As of now, the Google Play Store is estimating shipping times for the 8GB LG Nexus 4 coming in around the end of January, while the 16GB version isn’t likely to actually reach buyers for a good five to six weeks. And it appears the epidemic has gone international, as the unstoppably prestigious Smartphone has been all-but wiped out across other markets including Australia and the UK – no doubt at the hands of resellers looking to make a profit at home and overseas.
It’s impossible not to note the irony of what was immediately dubbed the Smartphone bargain of the year going on within a few weeks to carry one of the most unfairly inflated price-tags seen in 2012. The $299 LG Nexus 4 arguable carries a spec and feature sheet in the $700+ category, which has seen resale models popping up all across the US for as high as $600 – doubling its original price-tag.
And of course, temporary exclusive rights to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is more than enough for the most devout Google worshippers to justify such expense – the rest of us however cannot help but feel sorry for those being taken for a ride.