Feeds

DON'T PANIC: Amazon's Chromecast late-ship email was a blunder

You'll get your streaming stick soon enough, Chromebois

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

An email from Amazon telling customers that they wouldn't be getting their Chromecast dongle until nearly November – at the earliest – was a mistake, the company has said. In fact, shipping will begin shortly.

Amazon, along with big-box retailers like Best Buy, sold out of Google's $35 gizmo within days of the streaming stick being made available. Amazon's latest batch of deliveries is due to go out in the next day or so, but some buyers have been sent an email telling them it would be October 30 before they got their Chromecasts in the mail.

The email was "an incorrect estimated order delivery of late October," an Amazon spokesman told The Wall Street Journal. "We are actively fulfilling orders and all customers who placed orders prior to August 7 should receive their orders in the coming weeks."

Chromecast was launched at the same time as Google's new Nexus 7 tablet, but interest in the Chocolate Factory's new fondleslab has been dwarfed by the response to the economically designed streaming stick. While opinion is divided on its merits or otherwise, the $35 price point is proving very popular.

Google's Play store is promising to deliver the device within two to three weeks, which suggests the company is taking the lion's share of production output at the moment. Google declined to comment to El Reg on the matter.

It is Google's device after all, so it's logical that the company makes sure its own supply lines are the best. But having people publicly clamoring for the device can't hurt, and there are some in Mountain View who are enjoying having a product that's as popular as something from their Cupertinian rivals.

Meanwhile, if you have more money than sense really can't wait for your Chromecast, there's eBay, where prices for resold dongles vary from $60 to $100. Then again, many of these offers have uncertain delivery dates and/or vendors, so caveat emptor. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads
Only 7 of 50 parliamentarians plump for Samsung Galaxy S
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
Intel's LAME DUCK mobile chips gobbled by CASH COW
Chipzilla won't have money-losing mobe unit to kick about anymore
First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for you
Black Screen of Death plagues early Google-mobe batch
Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK
... when you close the slidey doors, that is ...
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The hidden costs of self-signed SSL certificates
Exploring the true TCO for self-signed SSL certificates, including a side-by-side comparison of a self-signed architecture versus working with a third-party SSL vendor.