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Staples is now selling the Amazon Echo, but not in stores

Amazon has chosen Staples — not Walmart, Best Buy, or Target — as the exclusive third-party retailer for its Amazon Echo speaker. You can buy the device beginning now for the same $179.99 price that Amazon charges its non-Prime customers, and Staples indicates it'll start shipping very soon. Unfortunately, in-store availability isn't in the plans right now, so you won't be able to walk into a local Staples store and buy Echo. That's a bit strange, since instant gratification is one of the few reasons why anyone would probably bother buying Amazon's assistant from a third party. But if you're part of Staples' rewards program, it might make sense. We recently revisited Echo several months after it began shipping, so if you're unsure whether Alexa is a good fit for your living room or kitchen, that might be a good place to start.

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