I’ll make a confession right now: I love
Amazon. It might be my favourite website out there. You can buy almost any book, DVD or video game you could possibly want and the ‘Used & New’ section is actually superior to eBay in many ways. On top of that, you can review everything you buy and they even help up and coming writers to self-publish. Frankly, it’s a great site.
However, because it’s such a great site, we have a tendency not to look elsewhere for our online purchases (at least, I know I do) and in the case of tablet PCs that can actually be a bad thing. The Google Nexus is a great example: despite being a top quality, innovative little device that is currently making a lot of friends with tech reviewers around the world, the Nexus is still appallingly expensive on Amazon.
NOTE: In this feature, I am specifically referring to the 16GB model of the Nexus, NOT the expanded 32GB model, which costs even more!
My much-visited consumer website named after a rainforest (or else an ancient Female warrior) lists the Nexus 7 as costing a whopping £212. Yet it is listed elsewhere on the web (such as the website for gadget magazine T3) for as low as £159. Even PC World (well known for their inflated price tags) has the Nexus 7 at £179.99, still much cheaper than Amazon’s massively expanded price.
Elsewhere we find the Nexus 7 listed at £184.95 at Simply Electronics, £189.99 at eBuyer,com and, out pricing even Amazon, a massive £216 at Misco.co.uk (that’s presumably why I’ve never heard of Misco.co.uk). I’m not quite sure why there is such a discrepancy between prices for the same product (in fact, this may warrant review in a later feature) but what I can say for sure is that said discrepancy can easily be an advantage or a disadvantage, depending on how wide-ranging your search is likely to be. I should also point out, for decency’s sake, that these figures were gleaned from Techradar.com.
The Nexus 7 tablet is definitely worth the money, but why spend it if you don’t have to? Sadly, Amazon’s customer reviews for the Nexus 7 are riddled with conflicting sentiment, most of it regarding the price. This is a shame as it drags down the product’s overall score. Still, for a tablet this advanced, it’s really not a bad price at all.
So, although its easier to simply slap in the name on Amazon, this might be one time when the Google search term ‘Google Nexus 7 buy’ might actually come in handy. It should also serve as a reminder (as we type ‘Google Nexus 7 Buy’ into Google and prepare for a long night of sifting through various competing sites), that there is actually a world of bargains out there on the Internet and that although Amazon is always worth a look, the expedition to save money doesn’t need to end there.