Yesterday, a miraculous moment occurred. For most of the day, Amazon opened up the Chromecast order page to accept orders from outside of the US. This allowed consumers from outside of the US to purchase the Chromecast via a reliable and, for the most part, cheaper method than what was available on eBay or similar sites.
This joy was short lived however, as Amazon has now stopped accepting international Chromecast orders. Right now we’re unsure of the status of the orders for those who already made the purchase, as my personal Chromecast order to Australia has shipped already. Unfortunately, for those who couldn’t pull the trigger in time, they must now wait for Google to sell the $35 streaming device via the Google Play Store in their country, or acquire a Chromecast by other means.
We’ve reached out to Amazon for comment, and will update this article when/if we hear back from them.
Update: Amazon has informed me that an error allowed me to order the Chromecast outside of the US. Amazon warns that outside of the US, “all functionality of the item might not be available” and that “manufacturer’s warranty is void.” Of course, if you’ve already ordered the device, Amazon will still ship the item, and if you’d like to return it, you can do so when you receive the item and get a full refund.
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perhaps they’d pony up and ship it if the clamor got too loud?
No chance to buy this shit anymore? :/
I ordered one, and mine’s shipped…
Mine is slightly different,
“You don’t need to take any action if you still want to receive the item. If your order hasn’t shipped yet, you can cancel it by going to Your Account and clicking the “Your Orders” button:
If your order has shipped and you would like to return the item, you’ll find return instructions at the link below. We’ll refund you in full, including the return shipping costs.
Full refund, including return shipping costs, I wonder if that includes import fees and duty?
I’d expect that it would. Are you thinking of returning it? If so, why?
Only if the functionality is as restricted as they suggest. I expect it’d be easier to sell it on eBay for a profit though…
The only restrictions I’d guess there’d be are the Netflix restrictions (if you live in a country where Netflix isn’t available you won’t be able to stream netflix to your TV) and the fact that the actual Chromecast app is only available in the US. But that’s easily circumvented by sideloading the APK. Here’s a link to that: