The latest and greatest Nexus phone - the 16GB Nexus 4 - is available in limited quantities for $375 from eBay Daily Deals today. "But it's selling for $349.99 from the Play Store!" you might exclaim. "How is this a deal?" Let me break it down a bit.



  1. You will find that Google may charge tax in your state. For example, in California, the Play Store adds on $30.54 of tax for me. The charge may be less in your state, or you may not get charged for tax at all, in which case the deal isn't as much of a deal anymore. With this deal, you only get charged tax in NY.
  2. Furthermore, the Play Store also charges for shipping. $13.99 in California, for example. Shipping is free with today's eBay deal.

The final tally for me:

  • Google Play - $393.53
  • Today's eBay deal - $375, since shipping in the U.S. is free.

Your mileage may vary.

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Left: Play Store; Right: eBay deal


  1. Google may not be selling the Nexus 4 in your country at all via the Play Store, in which case today's deal with shipping and import charges can still be cheaper compared to local retailers.
  2. The seller for the eBay deal ships to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, and South Africa.
  3. Each country has different shipping and import fees, so click on See details next in the Shipping area to see what they would be for you. For example, shipping to Denmark is $19.22 but estimated import charges are $87.73.

Again, your mileage may vary and it's ultimately up to you to decide if the deal is good for you. So, who's pulling the trigger?

Source: 16GB Nexus 4 at eBay Daily Deals

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  • http://www.ygoverdose.com/ Kristopher Perovic

    Can I use the Nexus 4 on Sprint?

    • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

      Nope. You can't use the Nexus 4 on any CDMA carrier.

      • JD

        Isn't that a limitation of the Nexus4. It's primarily a T-Mobile phone and had no LTE. If it does work on AT&T, you'll be paying their subsidized rates without getting a subsidy. With T-Mobile still in 4th place and with huge coverage gaps, it limits the usefulness of the device

        • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

          Its not a limitation of the Nexus 4, its a limitation of the horrible American carriers. The Nexus 4 is a world GSM pentaband phone which will work on virtually any GSM network all over the world (over 80% of the world's carriers are GSM). CDMA carriers are a bane in today's date and when you add the "subsidy" nonsense to the mix, it becomes an ugly mess very quickly.

    • Jesse

      Sorry, no. The Nexus 4 is a GSM phone. Sprint uses CDMA for their network.

    • oscar

      they might be releasing one later this month for sprint

  • RitishOemraw

    Great, but I am waiting for the next Nexus Phone.....hope they have this offer then too

    • sssgadget

      When they have the offer for next Nexus phone, you will probably be waiting for the next next Nexus.

      • RitishOemraw

        ofc....but the jokes on them! I buy every other nexus (one, nexus, now the fifth) So Ha! I won't be swayed by the next next nexus when they are offering the next nexus which by that time I already own (unless I have boatloads of extra cash lying around, but then I won;t have to wait for a promo like this and just buy the next next nexus on release day)

    • ChavaM

      They will probably have it this time next year. Just a few more months! lol

    • JD

      I hope the next one has LTE and a better camera and speakers at the same value price. But they need to release it around the iPhone and do a better job at marketing it to the general public and not just Android enthusiasts. The rumors of a minor 4.3 update vs a major 5.0 release... no matter whether it's called key lime pie or jelly bean... are good to play into my decision depending on what the 5S offers in changes

  • Andrea Rossi

    Oh come on! They ship to motherfucking Malta and don't ship to Luxembourg? ಠ_ಠ

    • Roberto Elena Ormad

      You can drive to the nearest MediaMarkt in Germany and buy it cheaper.

      • Mihai Catalin

        can you give a price?

  • http://twitter.com/pertzepzioa Aditya Krishnan

    not to India

  • http://twitter.com/Mo3tasm Mo3tasm

    how many Nexus 4/7/10 have been sold??..

  • Humberto Hernandez

    Why not Latin America? Come on! :@

  • http://www.facebook.com/babywarez Gerardo Sarabia Molina

    What about Mexico?

    • Jinga

      what about it

  • Thomas

    The estimate is slightly wrong about Denmark, but it's still about 100€ cheaper than most retailers here, and a lot more if you're lucky and get through the customs without a hitch.

    Is it known if it's the newer hardware revisions (with the camera/"nipple"-changes?)

    • David

      Bump...I think we'd all like to know this. I ordered one anyway.

  • gunsranger

    Not in India !!!! Whyyy !!!

  • Duan Hechter

    Just remember you will still need to play import tax / customs admin or whatever that's applicable in your country.

  • http://twitter.com/legoalcubo Edoardo Maggio

    East Europe but no France/Germany/Italy/Spain...?!

    • http://twitter.com/LV2355 Laurentiu

      In Germany you can purchase through Google Play store and is 20 euro less than this offer (360 euro with shipping).
      I think is the same in Spain too.

      • http://twitter.com/legoalcubo Edoardo Maggio

        Yeah Italy is -as always- the unlucky one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RobertALyon Robert Lyon

    It was about $388 with tax and shipping to NJ from the play store.

  • Nexus fanboy

    Not shipping to Israel god dammit =.='

  • Jonathan G.

    It isn't cheaper for Canadians (well for me at least leaving in Toronto).

  • TechGuy22

    damn thats cheap im in NY when i tried buying it was 440. too bad i just the ONE

    • JD

      $100 more? Wow

  • Priyank

    Not in india???

  • vale mendez

    Where can i oder this phone

  • tony

    nothing to italy? we dont even have goole play devices.great

  • Colin Richardson

    LOL.. This is still more expensive than I brought my Nexus 4 Phone off the playstore in the UK.. (Yes, I did the exchange rate correctly)

    • David

      No, pretty sure you did the exchange rate wrong. $375 US is about £240. The PlayStore price is about £270, which is about $420.

  • JD

    I never trust buying from eBay or craigslist

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Too bad, top eBay sellers that are featured in these Daily Deals are usually big stores that use eBay as one of the outlets. eBay is just another platform for them, just like Amazon, etc.

  • balty

    Can anyone tell me what is the tax rate in nyc? For example, estimated cost from Google playstore and from this deal?

  • rugbybill

    Friend just ordered one shipped to alaska for 363 so smh that a deal

  • jamie stevens

    they are also selling the galaxy nexus 32gb for verizon for only $180....