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New eBay item: Get Lifetime Service for Series 3 TiVo , like Gift Card

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by funtoupgrade, Sep 12, 2006.

  1. funtoupgrade

    funtoupgrade New Member

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  2. Dssturbo1

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    he may be a retailer that gets delivery and wants to make a profit. he maybe a scammer looking for the guys wanting it now but can wait 3 weeks to get it cheaper.
     
  3. JustAllie

    JustAllie Number crunchin'

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    Pretty complex way to handle it, IMO.

    The better way is to buy the S3 yourself, transfer the lifetime (without even opening the box, if possible), and sell the lifetimed S3 box on eBay.

    It's a risky venture, I guess, but the people who bought all those Best Buy lifetime gift cards took a risk and that sure paid off. :shrug:
     
  4. jfh3

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    Yeah, but buying the lifetime gift cards was pretty much a no brainer.

    Even if you didn't sell them for cost (unlikely), you could always return them for store credit after the 30 day return period. Near zero risk. A point that my wife reminds me every time she sees cards sell on eBay for big bucks and reminds me that I was an idiot for leaving 4 on the shelf when I bought cards for us and a couple of friends.
     
  5. DrDravenStone

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    That ebay offer sounds pretty shady.
    First, I'm nearly 100% certain when he says you can transfer the 10 months of extra service to another box that you have that's not subbed, he is wrong.
    Also, If the series one is broken and not dialed in, is that still going to be eligiable for the transfer? That one I'm not sure about, but my understanding was that a tivo had to phone home every once in a while to be considered active.

    Dunno, but that whole deal sounds sketchy. Guy has great feedback though...
     
  6. lordargent

    lordargent real ultimate power

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    Yeah, wouldn't a dead tivo box mean the end of lifetime.
     
  7. c3

    c3 TiVoholic

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    TiVoJerry has explained that in this thread:
    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=315843
     
  8. c3

    c3 TiVoholic

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    Speaking of eBay, there is one for $1,739 buy-it-now. That's more than $900 for lifetime. No way!!!
     
  9. DrDravenStone

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    OK, this guy has all the facts right, thanks for the thread link c3...
    TivoJerry clears up both issues in that thread:

    and

    So, woohoo. I guess.
     
  10. MickeS

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    Yeah, I saw this one too last night... It would be $1345 for a series 3 with lifetime on it.
     
  11. classicX

    classicX Don't scream.

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    I thought if it didn't dial home every 6 months, then it doesn't qualify for the MSD anymore, so if you have another Tivo, it would automatically revert back to 12.95 per month.

    I think once it has lifetime, it always has lifetime, even if it's just sitting in a closet.
     
  12. DLiquid

    DLiquid Progressive User

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    I have a broken lifetime series 1 (sound doesn't work) and I'm wondering what the best way to profit from it is. What do you guys think, sell it on eBay or buy the Series 3 and put lifetime on it ($1000), then sell that on eBay?
     
  13. c3

    c3 TiVoholic

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    It looks like the item in the OP has been sold. There is a Sony Series1 with lifetime for $299 + $23 if anyone is interested. Better deal than the one with broken TiVo.
     
  14. DLiquid

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but lifetime doesn't actually transfer to the S3 until 60 days after you request it and pay $199, so you'd have to wait a couple of months to sell it on eBay. The complex way this guy did it got him $345 today.
     
  15. MickeS

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    I think you're wrong. The transfer happens immediately, but for some odd reason, you're required to keep the old S1/2 for at least 60 days.
     
  16. c3

    c3 TiVoholic

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    Nope. In the first 60 days, S3 has monthly status, and the S1/S2 has lifetime status. After 60 days, the two units are swapped.
     
  17. DLiquid

    DLiquid Progressive User

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    Right, that's what two TiVo CSRs told me on the VIP number today. Pretty odd.
     
  18. jfh3

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    TivoJerry explained they are doing it this way to make sure there are no issues with 30 day return windows and also indicated that it wouldn't be easy to reverse the swap, so they needed to make sure there wouldn't be cases where they would need to.
     
  19. c3

    c3 TiVoholic

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    Well, I guess it's "yes way". Someone actually bought it at that price. :eek:
     
  20. snathanb

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    Probably someone hoping it would arrive faster than buying direct from Tivo.
     

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