We admit: The thought of owning an Amazon-based robot that could fulfill all our digital needs intrigued us from day one. But after receiving an invitation to buy an Echo this past weekend, our hopes of owning Amazon's wonder bot have been deflated. Upon adding the Echo to our shopping cart, we realized that the estimated delivery date for this gizmo is well over four months away. To be precise, our estimated delivery date is between May 27 and July 2.
Amazon cites "high demand" as the reason behind the delay, but it also conveniently reminds us that our invite to buy Echo is only valid for seven days. Moreover, customers can only purchase one Echo per account. By comparison, Amazon let select customers use its Fire TV streamer for 30 days free of charge, when it was first announced.
We're curious to know though how the Echo-buying experience has been for other customers. Readers who have attempted to buy an Echo, how long did it take for you to receive an invite? How long was the ship time, and if you purchased, how long did the delivery actually take? Would you wait four or more months for your device to ship, or would you rather just wait for Echo 2.0?