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Using Amazon Echo? Ask Alexa for a news briefing from The Southern

20 December 2016
Using Amazon Echo? Ask Alexa for a news briefing from The Southern

Amazon Echo is also sold at Best Buy, Home Depot and Lowe's, but the devices are also listed as unavailable online.

Amazon is all out of the Amazon Echo, as both its main website and mobile app show the smart voice-controlled speaker as out of stock since at least December 9.

All three Echo products, the Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Tap, are sold out on Amazon. But at this point, Amazon says the Echo Dot won't be back in stock until December 27. The law seems to be in full effect for Amazon's wildly popular Echo offerings in these final few days ahead of the holidays.

If you want to purchase Amazon's Echo for Christmas or Hanukkah online, you're out of luck. If you have Prime or are willing to pay for expedited shipping, it should be easy to get one in time for New Year's, which may work out fine depending on who the recipient is.

Speaking with an Amazon spokeswoman, Recode found out that the Amazon Echo might still be available at Amazon's physical bookstores in San Diego, Seattle and Portland, Ore. Once you find us, select The Southern and click Enable Skill.

Meanwhile, the Amazon Echo Dot second generation in black is available on eBay for $79.99, higher than its original $39.99 price. Amazon sells the device at $139, while the elusive gadget goes up to as much as $399 on eBay in these times of limited availability.

And, Alexa-enabled portable speaker, Amazon Tap, will be in stock on December 27. Yet on Tuesday we were able to find them available to order online from Best Buy and Bed Bath and Beyond for $90, the same sale price now listed at Amazon. Both the Echo Dot and standard Echo were among Amazon's top-selling items during the shopping frenzy.