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Better to sell Series 3 with a "stock" HD or an upgraded 1TB HD?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by Dougmeister, Mar 22, 2014.

  1. Dougmeister

    Dougmeister New Member

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    I fixed a friend's Series 3 by putting my original Premiere 320GB drive in (reformatted, of course, with a clean Premiere (Edit: SERIES 3!) image on it, via WinMFS).

    Now that I know it was the hard drive, what is the best way to sell it? With the 320 GB or *buy* a 1 TB and sell it for a little bit more?
     
  2. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Is it lifetimed?

    If not, it's basically a parts machine--$50 if you're lucky, pretty much regardless of hard drive size.

    If it is, they'll be buying it for the lifetime sub, and if they want a bigger hard drive would probably rather go $100 on a 2TB than around $70 for a 1TB.


    I'm pretty sure you did not fix anything by putting a clean Premiere image into a Series3, however, regardless of the size of the drive on which you put it, but if you really got an S3 to work with S4 software, I'm sure that would be of great interest to several people around here.
     
  3. Dougmeister

    Dougmeister New Member

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    Oops. You caught me. I meant "clean Series 3" image. D'oh.

    It has a lifetime subscription.

    So we'll make more in the end by buying a 2TB drive than by selling it "as is" with a 320GB hard drive (that is 2 years old, but hasn't been used; sat on my office shelf; upgraded it the day I bought it).
     
  4. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    What I meant was a prospective buyer would more likely want to get it cheap and put in a 2TB themselves, although you could offer it with the 320 and an option for you to put a 2TB in for them for extra money.
     
  5. Dougmeister

    Dougmeister New Member

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    Thanks.
     
  6. andriusb

    andriusb New Member

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    Spend the $50 on a 1TB drive, and charge $100 more if you can, especially if it has lifetime sub. If no lifetime sub, bag it.
     
  7. Dougmeister

    Dougmeister New Member

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    Where can I get a 1TB drive for $50?
     
  8. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    I'd actually feel better about trusting the 320 from the Premiere than a 1TB you'd get for $50, because at that price it's probably a refurb with who knows what history, and a 90 day warranty you'd probably never be able to get honored.

    You might catch a good new one for $60 on sale from newegg or Amazon (just make sure you're buying from them and not from a 3rd party through them).
     
  9. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    +1. Installing a new, larger drive may generate more interest in the sale, but it probably won't net you much in the way of profit. The lifetime sub is the main attraction and getting more capacity is just icing on the cake. Prospective Tivo buyers with any savvy will know they can upgrade the drive themselves.

    However, if you decide to upgrade the drive, make sure you specify that the drive is new with the full manufacturer's warranty. Tivo drives and any OEM drives used in consumer epuipment such as DVRs tend to have a drastically shorter warranty than retail drives purchased separately.
     

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