If you failed to order a Chromecast device before the initial stock ran out, then it sucks to be you.
By extension, that means it also sucks to be me.
I was late to the party when Google launched the $35 streaming device, getting around to putting my order in via Amazon on July 29. It appears that I’ll be in for a bit of a wait.
Amazon’s been great at keeping me up to speed on the status of my order. On Tuesday, Amazon informed me that it did not have an estimated delivery date for the item, promising to alert me again on the status within 30 days.
So I was excited when another message from Amazon was waiting in my inbox this morning. I now have an estimated arrival date: sometime between October 17 and October 30. I’m a member of Amazon Prime, but that got me a whole lot of nothing in this instance.
So, if you're thinking about giving Chromecast to a loved one this holiday season, you’d better get on the stick.
Update: Amazon sent another email on Friday (Aug. 9), telling me the earlier message had "an incorrect estimated order delivery dat eof late October." I'm now being told that Amazon expects all customers who placed orders prior to August 7 to get them "in the coming weeks and into mid-September. We will notify you as soon as your item ships and apologize for the confusion."
So, it's coming sooner, though I still don't know exactly when. But sooner is better.
There are plenty of people waiting. Amazon is now telling would-be buyers that they can expect to get the doodad within two to three months after putting in an order.
If you can’t wait that long, there are, at last check, 87 available through individual sellers via Amazon starting at the original retail price. If you want to get gouged, there are three used ones available starting at $129. Incredibly, there’s a seller out there who thinks some nut would be willing to pay $800 for a used Chromecast. And the seller doesn’t even have the decency to waive shipping and handling. That’ll set you back another $4.99.
And there are other options, of course. Ebay has a bunch of them for sale, including some that come with a code that gives the buyer three free months of Netflix (Google ran out of those Netflix promos soon after it announced Chromecast).
And like Amazon, Ebay has its share of crazies, with one asking $799 (or best offer), and several for $399 under the Buy It Now option.
And Chromecast has brought out the cyber-squatters. Ebay user “miltoncreations” is trying to sell the chromecasthdtv.com domain to some sucker for a cool $2,000.
The Chromecast craze continues on. Buyer beware.