Staples has just announced today that they are to become the 2nd retail chain to sell the new Google Nexus 7 Tablet after 'GameStop'. The office supply chain will sell only the 16GB version for $249. If you want the 8GB version you'll still have to order through Google's Play store. Pre-Orders for the tablet at Staples are starting tomorrow, July 10th with the site stating shipping will take place between July 12th and 17th. The site is also stating not to expect actual deliveries to be made before July 13th and to allow 1-3 days on average for delivery. So it looks like if you're looking to get your hands on a Nexus 7 first on your block Staples could be a good option and 'might' have it at your door step this Friday.
As with Nexus 7 orders through Google your new tablet will include $25 in credit for Google Play as well as some freebies thrown in like the movie 'Transformers: Dark Side Of The Moon'. To finish off the deal Staples is offering free delivery. One nice thing about Staples selling the Nexus 7 is that it will give a lot of people a chance to see and try the tablet in person and to be able to compare it to other 7 inch tablets that Staples sells like the Nook Color/Tablet and Kindle Fire. Once they see the Nexus 7 in person compared to the competition it should be an easy sale.As has been pointed out by Drew in the forums, several other retailers are currently taking pre-orders including Fry's, B&H Photo and others.