It's been less than a day since Google unveiled the Chromecast, and after both virtual and physical dashes to the store, it's worth pausing to see how the dust has settled. Many of us couldn't help ourselves and may have accidentally bought two as impulse buys, but there are bound to be some of you who needed a bit more time to come to a decision. Here's how the landscape looks. I'll cut straight to the bad news - Amazon is sold out.


Best Buy was your best bet until just recently, but now the device is sold out online there, too. You can still check your local store and see if you get lucky. Otherwise, you have other options, but you might not like them.


The Play Store isn't sold out yet, but new orders won't ship until three weeks from now at the earliest. The shipping costs are definitely pricier than at either Amazon or Best Buy, but that's just how the cookie crumbles sometimes.


If you just can't stand the wait, or don't live in the US, you can also turn to eBay. I hear Chromecasts are going for just over $100 right now.


And that's the current state of affairs. To anyone still trying to get their hands on a Chromecast, happy hunting. If all else fails, there's always patience. These things will eventually show up on store shelves, and any kinks are more likely to have been worked out by then.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Adam

    Glad I got mine yesterday.

  • Aaron Armstrong

    Got my order in with Best Buy just before they sold out. Early August shipping date is better than Google.

    • Leo

      True that's what i did I couldve gotten the chromecast earlier but I didn't want to pay for the fast shipping so i got free shipping and it will come early august. Did you do the free shipping to?

      • Aaron Armstrong

        Yes, I did get free shipping. I wish I would have ordered from Amazon yesterday because I would have received free 2 day shipping since I'm a Prime member.

  • Hothfox

    I ordered mine from Best Buy this morning before they sold out. Hopefully it actually went through and processed and wasn't just a lagging system showing it as available.

  • skitchbeatz

    You're better off hitting a B&M store and competing with people in your local area for a device than online.

  • RampageDeluxe

    I had one in my Amazon cart at 5pm yesterday, got a phone call and then went to finish purchase about 10 minutes later and they were gone. Went to Bestbuy online and grabbed one there. It shipped today, so it will be a minor eternity before it arrives, but It was better than Google's shipping time.

  • timrcm

    Now i'm kind of happy that I ordered two. I'll just slap the other one on eBay for some obnoxious price that an impatient schmuck will pay.

    • Nathaniel Webb

      While well within your rights to do so, as one who couldn't get an order in because of people like you, thanks! /s

  • DanieleMnn

    Image all the people who will discover that it doesn't do local streaming.
    A cheap android tv stick does the same and much more.

  • Ashutos Don Jain

    LG + Mediatek - LS (Life's shit)

  • Jason Sean Pucilowski

    My Play Store order shipped this morning with ETA being 7/30.

  • ArberBeq

    I think google loves to have their products out of stock so quickly

  • Otto Prime

    I picked one up at local Best Buy. Staff insisted it wasn't out yet... finally one employee said he would check the SKU I had... sure enough... they had them in the back. Each store seems to be getting 10.

    After seeing these eBay prices... I should have bought a few more ;)
    But ya... if you want one in hand today.. try your luck at Best Buy

  • Niall Burnes

    Walked into my Best Buy and bought one yesterday. Surprised the guy actually knew what I was talking about.

  • Mr E

    Hmm, I'm going to be really tempted to dump mine on ebay once it gets here ;)

  • Frank Bales

    Surprise, surprise.

  • umer936

    I have one sitting in BestBuy.com checkout since last night

    I hope it'll go through...

    (Waiting for my dad to send me his Rewards Zone number)

    • kpjimmy

      Ordered mine through BB.com yesterday afternoon. I missed the Amazon orders lol.

      Initially said available by 8/7, which I am ok with and was sent an email today that my package had shipped today. Awesomesauce....

  • Curtain King

    Originally ordered on the play store while they were still announcing it. Once I saw that it was gonna be on amazon I cancelled my play store order and waited. around 4pm yesterday afternoon it showed up on amazon. I ordered it with 1 day prime and got it this morning at 9am. So fast hah.

  • Scott

    Jumped on one through Amazon Prime right after the AP article went live. Coming tomorrow!

    • RichA

      Same here, getting it Friday per Amazon.

  • The_16th_Doctor

    ordered with play. I couldve done a 2 day shipping, but i figured the 5-10 days would be good. Then i heard about amazon, headed over there, they were sold out. so yeah, mines gonna ship by aug 7 the latest.

  • Aleksey_US

    Got 2 shipped to work this morning... ordered about an hour after the event... picked the regular 3-5 day shipping on Google Play Store, will play with it tonight.

    • Zach Mauch

      dang, now I'm regretting canceling my play order. It thought I could get them faster from best buy. I had both a play order and an amazon order I canceled.

  • Chris Johnson

    I just picked one up half an hour ago at a B&M Best Buy here in Chapel Hill, NC. There were 4 left.

  • John R. Peters Jr.

    I ordered one from Play and Amazon. I'm definitely going to be selling one of them on ebay.

  • supremekizzle

    Got one at my Best Buy in Rochester MN like 5 left now.

  • A429N315

    I was about to buy via googleplay and wait 3-4 week, but then checked with bestbuy... Looks like I can ship-to-store and get it by Tuesday. Sweet! I already have a PS3 and GoogleTV on my second tv, but I hope this make streaming web videos easy. Also, I can take this with me when I go somewhere outside of my place.

  • AhmedAljeshi

    Mine was supposed to be shipped 7th Aug, but I got an email today it says " Shipped"
    ordered from Google PlayStore, I will receive it tomorrow morning.

  • Keyz Karanza

    I am holding off and keeping my fingers crossed it becomes compatible with Bitcasa so I can keep my movie library online and watch it on the big screen.

  • Ryan O’Neill

    Whoa. I just ordered mine from Best Buy's website (about 4 hours after this post was published). That was $35, with free Netflix included, and with in-store same-day pickup. You could say I'm lucky :P

  • mobabur94

    Anyone know where I can order it to ship to Canada?