Retailers already reporting Nexus 7 as sold out

Retailers already reporting Nexus 7 as sold out
It seems like people really do love 7" tablets priced at $200 and branded by known companies (ie Google & Amazon, not Pandigital or Maylong,) because word has it that retail partners have already begun reporting that the Google Nexus 7 is sold out. According to a Reuters report, GameStop, Staples, Sam's Club, Office Depot, and Walmart have all listed the tablet as sold out. And, keep in mind that the Nexus 7 still hasn't officially hit store shelves, these are all pre-orders. 

Supposedly, GameStop has actually already run through its first two allocations of the tablet, and won't be seeing its third allocation arrive until August. And, as of today, the websites for Staples, Sam's Club, Walmart, and Office Depot are all listing the tablet as being out of stock. This all happening before the tablet has even officially gotten a street date.

Of course, no one knows how many Nexus 7 tablets were in each allocation, so we don't know how many were sold. It had been rumored that the initial production run for the tablet would be just 600,000 units, which would certainly run out quickly given the solid reviews and low price tag of the Google tablet. 

Now, that begs the question: did Google underestimate demand given the sales history of Nexus phones, or was the initial production run kept low on purpose (perhaps to pull a Nintendo and drive up demand by selling out so quickly)?

source: Reuters

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20 Comments

1. galaxyisking

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

getting mine FIRST!!!!!!! HAHA did you like that...

2. Galen20K

Posts: 577; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

I see what you did there. ; ) lol

3. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Whoever is handling the retail/distribution/logistics of N7 is clearly incompetent. People who pre-ordered long back haven't received that, yet they are selling it in the stores now.. Google need to learn from Apple/Samsung how to deal with such situations. First send it to people who pre-ordered, then send it for stores. And Google, I hope you do know that there are people outside 4 countries who know about phones/tablet. How much I am excited about N7? None coz those morons decided to to sell it in my country. So, anything about N7 is totally irrelevant to me as I can't buy it even though I want to!!

5. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

These are all pre-orders. The only store that is shipping the tablet is the Google Play Store. No one else is authorized to ship or distribute yet. Given how small the production run is said to be, it's hard to imagine Google would have been able to sell in too many countries. It makes sense that the focus would be on regions like the US, Europe, and Japan with the small initial run. Then when production ramps up, Google will likely start releasing the tablet in other markets.

16. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

First, it is selling in ONLY in 4 countries.. UK does not mean whole of Europe. And it is NOT selling in Japan. So, you are wrong when you say it is selling in Europe. No it's not. It's only selling in US, Canada, UK and Australia. Not Europe, not Japan, and no Asia. Get your facts right before you type.

17. kidtronic

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Speaking of facts, the UK is a part of Europe. So if something is selling in the UK, it is selling in Europe. Just not all of Europe. You really should listen to your own advice.

19. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

LOL! - 4 char

7. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

You need to understand how a business works in a capitalist system. Pre-orders are almost as good as guaranteed sales so there's no urgency to send them first. A businees needs to strike the iron while it is hot so it will balance filling preorders and sending inventory to resellers for the early adopters.

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"Pre-orders are almost as good as guaranteed sales so there's no urgency to send them first." Can't book the sale until the unit that was sold is shipped. As you mentioned further in your post, a business needs to strike the iron while it is hot.... Shipping preorders as soon as possible is the quickest way to "...strike the iron while it is hot...."

14. MeoCao unregistered

Google sells N7 in stores only to catch public attention, especially of those who don't know about Play Store. People come to street stores, they want to buy N7 and they'll go to Google Play where N7 is still available.

4. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

dang this thing is going to sell like crazy! Congrats google on a great device

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Isn't it amazing - produce a right-spec'd product, put a great O/S on it, and price it so that the value proposition becomes compelling and the manufacturer can't produce enough to meet demand. Daayuum.

6. DRAPicard

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 05, 2011

I got an email confirmation from Staples this afternoon saying that I will be receiving mine on Monday, July 16th! And I pre-ordered it on 07-10-2012.....so less than a week turn-around time :-) Not bad at all! I had originally ordered it through the Play Store, but since I had to pay for tax AND shipping, I cancelled it and ordered it through Staples since the shipping was free! So long as they come through with their delivery estimate of Monday the 16th, I will be a VERY happy customer....

8. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

No surprise there! This is the best value right now

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

not a bad number! I cant wait to get mine!!! XD

12. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Hmmm. Who was it that said there would be no market for a smaller tablet?

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

commenter #7 among other few

15. zhypher_23

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

The Nexus 7 is sold out before they even released it in the stores LMFAO all "pre-orders" nice move Google ;)

21. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Gonna try and get one for Christmas, if I can afford it....maybe by then, Amazon will agree to sell it.

22. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

I'll be placing an order for it from Gamestop... Unfortunately, I can't order until later this year for Christmas. Perhaps I should wait and see if Nexus 10 will come.

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