The Pixel phone series seems like a big success for Google, which still can’t seem to make enough of them to go around. Both the Pixel and Pixel XL are sold out in the Google Store, though Verizon has them — and the carrier has been selling plenty of them, according to recent estimates. Amazon has the Pixels in stock too, but the online retail giant is selling the phone at quite a markup. The 128GB Pixel XL, sold and shipped by Amazon, can cost you more than $1,500… and that doesn’t even include sales tax.
Apparently, that’s not a mistake — or if is an error from Amazon, it hasn’t been fixed yet. Other retailers are also selling the phone for quite a markup, with prices ranging from $1,387 to $1,799.99. But these are third-party retailers looking to make a quick buck. But it’s pretty strange to see Amazon’s official Pixel XL page listing a $1,500 price. The same Google Pixel XL version costs $869 plus tax if you can find it at Google or Verizon.
If you still haven’t purchased a Google Pixel or Pixel XL, you’d be better off waiting at this point. The phone might be the hottest Android smartphone in town right now, but not for long.
All the other major Android device makers out there are preparing to launch hot new smartphones this year, with Samsung and LG leading the pack. The Galaxy S8 and LG G6 are due in mid-April and early March, respectively, according to recent reports. By then, Pixel prices might drop and stock at Google will likely improve. Not to mention that Amazon might drop the price back to what Google is charging for the phone.