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Amazon is only offering me $25.00 gift card for an Echo (non-show) 1st Generation (doesn’t seem to hear very well anymore so I’m tempted to upgrade to a Show. So $49.99 - $25 = $24.99 cost for the upgrade.
Not bad… but not $4.41. How did you get such a big trade-in value?
There’s also a 20% discount ( off regular price) that shows up in the cart during checkout. That’s what dropped it from $25 to $4.
In California, we have to pay an extra $5 recycle fee. I also remember when Amazon couldn’t ship certain Philips Hue products to California because it didn’t have some kind of CA warning label printed. Hue products would go on sale, but not the CA version! Everything seems more expensive here. sigh.
I went into the thinking there wasn’t much that I needed or wanted to purchase pertaining to home automation but curse you Amazon! As I started browsing the sales, I ended up seeing all those great prices on TVs. I bought my 55” TV ten years ago, works perfectly fine but somehow it seemed inadequate. Gone are the years where my parents bought a TV and kept it for more than 25 years. I ended up wanting to go big and bought a 110" projection system with an ultra short throw projector that only needs to be about 2 feet away from the screen. I’m lucky that my wife is letting me rearrange the entire living room to fit this in.
Amazon makes it too easy to purchase things that I didn’t know I wanted.
Having problems connecting (cheap) Smart Outlet with LED to Smartthings.
Can control from Smart Life app and from Alexa.
Was thinking (and perhaps you would know) if I created a virtual switch in Smartthings and set up a Routine in Alexa that when the Virtual Switch changes states, it would turn on or off the smart outlet.
Do you know or think this is possible?
Already set up IFTTT and Alexa. Next, will set up the virtual switch in IDE (surprised there isn’t just a virtual device direct in the Smartthings app) and the will return to IFTTT to set up the x4 applets.
If not finished today, hope to have it working by the weekend.
Edit that. Found Virtual Device Creator. Off to IFTTT!
It’s working great for us, but we heard that the first release had a lot of problems staying connected. They then withdrew it from the market for a couple of months, but the version that’s available now has been improved in that regard.
I had what I thought was the second release (bought 3 weeks ago) and had to send it back - disconnected three times in three days from the Gen 2 Echo which was 5 feet away from it. Had to set up from scratch every time. And, though it makes no sense to me given its connection is BT - its connected Echo kept losing internet which it never had before and never has since. Wondering if I got a first version that they just resent. I really would love it to work.
Interesting observation of the Echo 5. It must have a PIR or something to control ( hoping it isn’t using the camera) the display. It doesn’t just adjust the brightest based on ambient light. I plugged it in this morning and have noticed that as I’m approaching the room the display is black with a small clock display in the corner. When I’m about 20 feet away the display turns on.