Amazon Still Cannot Keep Up With Fire TV Demand

Been trying to get a Fire TV or a Fire Stick? You may have found it harder to find than it was a year ago.

As of today (April 7, 2017) you may have a hard time getting one. The Fire TV is at least two weeks wait on Amazon, and the Fire Stick is back ordered a full month.

Looking at Best Buy? You may struggle to find one at your local store. No local store within 250 miles of my office has a Fire Stick in stock, according to Best Buy’s website.

So what is happening? Why are the Fire TV and Fire Stick so hard to get right now?

There seems to be two reasons. Although we are not expecting any new Fire TV box till this fall, there are new Fire TV smart TVs in the works. It is expected that production of remotes and maybe even some of the chips could be slowing the production of the Fire TV boxes.

Also while the current Fire TV and Fire Stick are not new in the United States, Amazon did just launch the second generation Fire Stick in the UK with the new voice remote. These also likely put strain on stock.

The second issue is the rampant reselling of Fire Sticks and Fire TVs loaded with Kodi. Many buyers have been picking up Fire Sticks in mass to resell them at double or triple the cost after adding Kodi loading with piracy add-ons from third parties.

So when will the Fire TV Stock become easy to access again? No one knows, and Amazon is not answering questions about stock; however, if you find some in stock and want a one don’t wait because they may not be in stock when you come back.

Update: Lets not forget about all of the Fire Sticks given away by DIRECTV NOW. That must have made a dent in the supply.

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