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Best way to sell Tivo Premiere quickly

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by jcthorne, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    I've given out the TSN for potential buyers to check in the past if they ask for it. Then they can verify with TiVo that there is lifetime service. TiVo is not supposed to transfer the box to a new account until you give TiVo the go ahead to transfer with the info of the new owner.
     
  2. lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    I did have one person xfer a TiVo he though he was going to purchase put the TiVo into his account than he change his mind and did not purchase, what a PIA changing it back to my account, so now I don't give out the TSN.
     
  3. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    :eek:

    Well that isn't good. Especially since TiVo is not supposed to do anything until it has been approved by the current owner.
     
  4. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

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    Tivo will transfer a box off without contacting the original owner, every one I've sold has been done by the new owner without my involvement. That's why you don't give out the TSN.
     
  5. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    I was always told by the CSRs that they would not switch without my approval. They've told me to call them with the info after I sell it. Which is what I've always done. I've had at least a dozen CSRs over the years tell me the same info. If this is really not the case then I guess they like to make it easy for someone to use a stolen TiVo? And it really pisses me off if true since I have always been told differently.
     
  6. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    There's no reason to give out the TSN to anyone on ebay. If the buyer is dissatisfied with the purchase because the seller misrepresented the product then ebay will issue a refund on behalf of the buyer if he or she files a dispute with ebay. The seller ultimately ends up refunding the purchase price and original shipping costs. The buyer is responsible for return shipping. You will be refunded any final value fees, but you're on the hook for the original listing fees.

    I've been selling on ebay since 1996 and I've gotten to where I don't even bother with selling via auctions anymore. I'll check the results of past sales to see what the going price is for a comparable unit and then set my price accordingly. I usually list items for a 30-day period at a fixed price with reasonable shipping. Make sure the description is accurrate and complete, but don't overwhelm potential buyers with too much detail. Nobody wants to read a novel when a couple of short paragraphs will suffice.

    I have literally sold items within hours after listing using this method. I've also had to relist items that went beyond the 30-day limit. Using a fixed price reduces the fees you have to pay ebay since it's fixed and not based on the opening bid. Ebay fees may seem a bit steep to some people, but when you consider the alternatives and the number of people you reach with your listing it's still a pretty good deal. I used to post ads in the local paper and it cost me considerably more than listing on ebay for just 3 days and a limited local market.
     
  7. Scooby Doo

    Scooby Doo New Member

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    Well clearly some buyers want to know it and that fact alone provides some reason to give out the TSN. I guess the question is whether there is any reason NOT to give out the TSN? The TSN is on the side of the retail box so it can't be that big a security issue for someone to know it. Is there anything that someone with a TSN, but without the associated box, can do?
     
  8. DaveDFW

    DaveDFW Member

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    I've sold at least five Tivos through ebay over the years and never given out a TSN. Aren't prospective buyers usually satisfied with merely a photo of the info screen showing lifetime with a partially-redacted TSN?

    If someone becomes a nuisance about demanding the TSN up front simply forget them. There are plenty of buyers out there.
     
  9. Hi8

    Hi8 TiVoPro - wanabe!

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    I just bought an S3 - and they (TiVo) would NOT transfer the TSN to my account until the seller called and provided my 'email address' and zipcode that was used on my account. Perhaps you had a different CS person? But I tried calling 3 different times without success - because one of the CS reps told me All I had to do was go through the guided setup using my ZipCode and then call back and they would transfer the unit, NOT!
     
  10. lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    If you set up the TiVo using your zip (assuming it is different than the sellers) all you do is tell the TiVo CSR to look at the setup ZIP and it matches your account ZIP and TiVo has never given anybody a problem moving the Lifetime service using the ZIP code method.
     
  11. jcthorne

    jcthorne Active Member

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    I posted the 2 tuner 2TB premiere with lifetime on this site for $350 shipped. Is that not well below current market price?

    I think the market for Premieres on this board is pretty small.
     
  12. Hi8

    Hi8 TiVoPro - wanabe!

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    must be the luck of the draw as to who you get on the phone, cuz they won't transfer it for me... after I setup with the ZIPCODE.
     
  13. lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    I have sold many TiVo and that what I tell each customer, I never had to tell TiVo to move any TiVo I sold, and most got moved (some people don't even try to move their TiVo so after a time I do it for them into a dummy TiVo account)
    What would happen if you don't know the original owner or they died, how would ever get the TiVo into your account.
     
  14. JohnnyO

    JohnnyO Crimper

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    You've got that right. As soon as I get a week on my new Roamio, one, if not both of my TiVoHD's with Lifetime will be on the market.

    John
     

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