Shortly before Google announced the 32GB Nexus 7, we heard that the 8GB models were set to become clearance items at the selection of brick and mortar stores where they're sold. Sure enough, that exact scenario appears to be playing out, as Slickdeals is reporting that a number of Staples stores have brought the 8GB Nexus 7 down to just $159.99. Not too bad for a tablet that was once $200.
Of course, these days, it's the 16GB Nexus 7 that's sporting the $200 price tag. The 32GB model has taken the 16GB model's old spot at $250, and sadly, the 8GB Nexus 7 has been discontinued. That means you better head over to a Staples if you want to pick one up, because these 8GB models aren't going to be around much longer.
And yes, you have to go to the actual store, as these deals aren't available online. Keep in mind, however, that the Nexus 7 doesn't come with a microSD card, so 8GB of storage is all you're going to get. That might cause some issues when it comes to storing music, video, and games, so it may just be a better idea to pay the extra $40 and jump up to the 16GB model.
MicroSD slots aside, this looks like the end of the road for our old 8GB pal. For that reason alone, it might be worth picking up a 8GB Nexus 7 from Staples. Plus, how often do you see such a solid piece of equipment with such a low price?