EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2947 - November 30, 2012     4 of 4

Google Nexus 4 Warrants High-Demand Warning from eBay

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eBay routinely places limits on pre-sales of items expected to be in high demand, such as iPhones or gaming consoles. This week, eBay issued selling restrictions on the Google Nexus 4 due to strong buyer demand, 2 weeks after Google started selling them on November 13th.

Computerworld called the Nexus 4 the "easily one of the most anticipated Android phones of all time," and then proceeded to explain why there's so much demand for the phone two weeks after Google started selling them.

eBay users may list a Google Nexus 4 with the following 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.

Sellers who don't meet minimum performance standards or haven't confirmed their personal information will not be allowed to list the Google Nexus 4 during the post-launch sale period.

eBay is also limiting the sale of Google Nexus 4 domain name and email addresses to up to 4 listings per week.

eBay has placed restrictions on sales of items such as Applie iPhone and Sony PlayStations going back as far as 2007 in an effort to reduce fraud. Details of the Nexus 4 restrictions can be found on the eBay announcement board.

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