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