More than two years later, Amazon still can’t keep its Echo in stock
In line to pick up an Amazon Echo? Join the club. It's been more than two years since Amazon's inaugural Alexa-powered smart speaker hit the market, and the retail giant is still having problems keeping it in stock. For the last 24 hours, the Echo has been listed as "Currently unavailable" on Amazon.
It's hard to say exactly why Amazon doesn't have any right now. It could be the company depleted its stock packing the item onto the shelves of Whole Foods stores everywhere, or the recent $99 sale might have burned through inventory faster than the company expected. In fact, you can still pick it up for that price at other retailers like Best Buy, B&H, Target, and Bed Bath and Beyond.
It's unlikely, but there is another possibility. It might be that the recent pricing was meant to clear out stock intentionally, and there could be a new version or successor to the Echo on the horizon. The Echo still seems fresh in our minds, but it has been out for over two years now.
Who knows? The cause could be anything from insane popularity to logistical limitations. But either way, if you planned on picking one of these up via Amazon.com anytime soon, you're out of luck.