Go for a refurbished model and save!
Woot is offering a few Amazon devices on sale today, including the original Amazon Echo for just $30. Other options include the Amazon Echo Look and the Amazon Echo Connect. All are in used or refurbished condition, are inspected and restore to full working condition, and carry a 90-day or 1-year Woot warranty.
Amazon has released a newer version of its Echo smart speaker, but if you're just looking for a great value this deal is the way to go. The first-gen Echo gives you access to all of Alexa's great features, like the ability to answer questions, play music, control smart home accessories, and more. It's hard to come by refurbished units these days, but they tend to run around $50 at the best of times.
The Echo Look can be used to take full-length photos of yourself and 6-second videos to help build your own personal lookbook of styles. It has built-in LED lights, can be controlled using your voice, and will give you feedback on the outfit you're wearing. At just $30 refurbished, it may be worth picking one of these up just to reassure yourself that those clothes you are wearing are still fashionable! A brand new model would cost $100.
The last item in the sale is the Amazon Echo Connect. This device connects your home phone line to your Echo device, allowing you to make and receive calls using just your voice. It connects to Alexa and syncs with your contacts so you can have the voice assistant remember numbers for you. You do need an Echo device, home phone, and a smartphone to get this set up and working, so it's not for everyone. If you still have a home phone for emergencies, security systems, or any other reason, you'll probably want to pick one of these up to make it far more useful.
Remember, Woot does charge a flat $5 shipping fee that can only be avoided if you're an Amazon Prime member.