Amazon Prime is a godsend for the last-minute shopper. Simply select the gifts you want to give, and you can order as late as two days before Christmas and have them delivered just in time to be placed under the tree.
That is, unless you want to give your loved ones an Amazon Echo, Amazon’s intelligent speaker that has become a surprising success over the past year. It’s sold out, unfortunately — probably for the rest of 2016.
As Fortune’s Adam Lashinsky wrote on Wednesday, if you were to try to order a black Amazon Echo today, it won’t be in stock until January 19, 2017 — by which point most people’s Christmas decorations will be in storage for the year.
Even the white version is in short supply, and won’t be in stock until December 30, 2016.
That’s not the only Alexa-enabled Amazon gadget that’s sold out. Amazon Echo Dot, the smaller, cheaper version of the Echo, won’t be in stock until December 27. And Amazon’s Fire TV stick, an inexpensive way to add streaming Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to a TV, gets restocked on the same day, one of my colleagues found out to her chagrin.
Lashinsky calls this shortage the “supply chain blues,” and points out that Amazon is not the only company that’s having trouble getting enough products on shelves — Apple’s AirPods, for example, have largely missed the holiday season.
People love Amazon Echo — you can tell it to play music, order an Uber, order a pizza, and much more — but there are some Amazon gadgets that are still in stock though. If your loved ones had their hearts set on a Echo, perhaps they would enjoy an Amazon Tap or a Kindle instead.
Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through hispersonal investment company Bezos Expeditions.
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