Google Blames Nexus 4 Shortage on LG

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Carbira1

While it could be possible that LG is somewhat responsible I don't think that they are doing it intentionally. They get a cut for every phone sold so why wouldn't they want to push as many phones out as possible.

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Philippe Lemay

The problem is that LG's cut of the N4 is way too small. The margins are so low Google is almost selling it at a loss. LG would much rather sell what's effectively the same item in the Optimus G for 500$ - 600$. Same specs, same product, much bigger margins. I wouldn't be at all surprised if they were intentionally prioritizing the Optimus assembly line over the N4.

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Peanut Fox

This is very much what I think is happening.

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aarcane

I still have to say that e-bay thing seemed kinda backward. If demand is high, sales should be UN restricted.

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Carbira1

That's why cool people use sites like Craigslist.

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whr4usa

believe it or not, Keynesian economic theory and fiscal policy arn't inclusive, realistic, accurate or even remotely applicable to the information age and its deflationary supplychain!

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saffy

Do I smell an Austrian?

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cj100570

The Google Reality Distortion Field has clearly fired up. How is LG responsible for the numerous errors on the Google Play store when trying to buy a Nexus 4? And if Google knew that they didn't have the supply to meet the demand, why didn't they institute a reservation system for the phones they did have in stock instead of announcing that they were once again on sale only to have their website go belly up again and again? Google and Google alone is responsible for this debacle. And to have one of their directors trot out this asinine statement has lost them a measure of my respect. Man up and take the blame for your mistakes instead of blaming others!

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tekknyne

Good to see not everyone is swingin from google's nutts

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usdballum

Google is a girl. lol

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Gauntylgrym

And just how exactly does Google have all the blame if LG isn't keeping the product coming? Ok, so maybe the Google Play issues and the handling of that side of things is on Google...but ultimately the core problem seems to be LG (if the content herein is to be believed).

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whr4usa

I think both of you're correct, except we're probably all missing the role british, european regulation on manufacturing has to play in this haha

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