The Amazon Fire TV Stick is sure to be a hot commodity this holiday season. The little device plugs directly into an HDTV and gives users a quick and inexpensive option to view content from Amazon, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Spotify and Pandora, among many other content providers.
Amazon originally offered theto Prime customers for $19 (down from $39) for a limited time. The company's inventory was quickly depleted and shipping times have been pushed back until after the new year. While the device is full price now, there are other options for those of you looking to pick one up in time for the holidays.
Best Buy currently has the Fire TV Stick available for purchase online with free shipping and in stores. Online orders won't arrive for another two weeks (unless you choose one of the expensive one or two day shipping options). You are better off heading to your local Best Buy store or ordering online and choosing to pick it up in store. Every store around CNET's New York office listed the device as in stock and available for online pickup.
Staples is another retailer that is offering the Fire TV Stick online and in stores. Similar to Best Buy, though, online orders are not expected to be delivered for another three to four weeks. An in-store pickup option is also available and most stores near CNET's New York office had at least six devices in stock.
For limited time, Staples and Best Buy are offering the Fire TV Stick for $24.
Those of you who live near San Francisco and Sacramento can purchase a Fire TV Stick at one of Amazon's pop-up kiosks. The device is currently available at kiosks at the Westfield San Francisco Centre and Westfield Galleria at Roseville.
While you will definitely pay more for the device, there are a ton of listings for the Fire TV Stick on eBay. I would recommend this option only if you desperately need it before the holidays. Remember, you could always give someone an "I owe you."
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Last updated Monday, November 24 at 8:00 a.m. PT: Promotional pricing from Best Buy and Staples has been added.