By Stephen Schenck | November 30, 2012 11:07 AM
In this day and age we find ourselves living in, we suppose that one sign that a company’s product has really “made it” is when people try using it to scam others online. It’s certainly not the craziest metric of success we’ve ever heard, and if you buy into the idea, Google’s Nexus 4 apparently now finds itself as a member of that notorious club, with eBay implementing some seller restrictions for the smartphone.
Like it has with popular video game consoles and the latest Apple gear, eBay has implemented some restrictive sales guidelines for sellers wishing to list the Nexus 4. The intention here is to give the most freedom to sellers who have proven track records, and slow the pace of sales for new, unproven sellers, limiting any potential damage they could do.
Authorized resellers get free rein when it comes to the Nexus 4, while regular top-rated sellers can list eight handsets a week. Less popular sellers, but those meeting certain performance standards, can sell four Nexus 4 models a week, while full-on newbies will be limited to just a single listing per week.
Considering how Google has a two-month wait time for the 8GB Nexus 4 at the moment, we wouldn’t be surprised to learn of quite a few interested customers turning to sites like eBay, instead. While that almost certainly means paying a little more, it’s reassuring to know that the site’s at least aware of the potential for abusing the Nexus 4 demand, and is taking steps to manage things.