Introduced 3 weeks ago at Google I/O 2012, the Nexus 7 with Android JellyBean has proven to be a runaway hit. It has already sold out at brick-and-mortar stores such as Costco, GameStop, Sam’s Club, Office Depot, and Staples, and is unavailable at online stores such as B&H. The 16GB model is especially hard to find. Here’s a run-down:
GameStop says the 16GB Nexus 7 is “Backordered”. A spokesperson told Reuters, “We blew through the first two allotments,” and indicated a third allotment of preorders will be available in August.
Online store B&H is taking orders but notes: “This is a new item being released in limited quantity, We are accepting orders and they will be filled in the order they are received.”
Office Depot lists the 8GB version as “Coming soon” and the 16GB version as “Temporarily out of stock, check back soon”.
Staples only sells the 16GB version and their web site says “Available in-store only”. However a check of local stores shows it was not actually avaialble at stores near me.
Kmart carries the 16GB model but lists it as “Out of stock” online and “Unavailable” at local stores.
MobileCity is taking pre-orders for the 16GB tablet but the expected arrival date is shown as “No ETA at this time”.
Sam’s Club is not even taking orders. Their web site says “This item is out of stock for delivery”.
In the UK, Currys PC World Stores are telling customers “they have sold out now pretty much everywhere”.
So where can you get a Nexus 7 now?
8GB model: Google is selling the 8GB tablet in their Play Store, and as I write this it says “In stock; Delivered in 3-5 business days”. In a shipping status FAQ, Google writes: “We’ve had incredible demand for our new Nexus 7 tablet and are shipping them as quickly as possible. When your device ships you will receive a notification from Google Play with a shipping tracking number.”
16GB model: For the higher capacity model, Google’s store says “Ships in 1-2 weeks”. The only way to get one earlier is on Ebay. Recently completed listings show the 16GB model going for a 20-30% premium over list price.