Amazon has discounted the refurbished models of the first generation Echo today, bringing the price all the way down to just $59. That is a really good price on this Echo, seeing as it will continue to get updates from Amazon as it improves Alexa, and it will also still put out some great audio. The Amazon Echo is only on sale today, as part of Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day, so you're going to want to take advantage of this before it's gone.
The Amazon Echo was the first smart speaker, period. It was the first time that Amazon debuted Alexa, and it really didn't know what to make of this assistant. And now it's one of the most popular assistants out there, and is arguably the best for smart homes. The Echo is able to play music from all of your favorite sources. It can also find you directions somewhere, order pizza, order an Uber, and just about anything you can imagine. This is thanks to it having "Skills" for Alexa, which allows developers to build in new features for Alexa so she can do even more for everyone. It's a really great speaker to pick up, and at $59, it's tough to pass this one up, seeing as the new Echo is about $150.
This item is also eligible for Amazon Prime's free shipping. Which includes free two-day shipping, and pretty cheap (usually $3.99) next-day shipping if you need it extra fast. If you are not an Amazon Prime member yet, you can sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime. You'll get 30 days free (if you're a student, you get 6 months), and then it's $119/year (or $59/year for students). Prime members do get a whole lot more than just free shipping though, so be sure to check out the full benefits.