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Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by Smirks, Aug 22, 2013.
They charge tax on the hardware and subscription if I recall correctly? And weaknees doesn't?
Yes on hardware, but not on service for me (depends on state).
Btw, consider return policy too. Tivo will work with you to extend your policy if your having issues (e.g. CableCard / Tuning Adapter) with Roamio. For me, that was worth paying sales tax.
This deal's still on. I just upgraded to a Roamio and got the base unit for $174.99 + tax, free shipping, by calling.
If I recall correctly Weaknees only charges sales tax if you're in CA, while TiVo charges sales tax in every state that has a sales tax.
Yeah, with tax in VA, the deal for a Pro from Weaknees (w/code) or from TiVo (w/$50 off) basically is a wash. Actually, TiVo is $4 cheaper. Both have free shipping. If TiVo had the offer when I was buying, I would have bought direct, but they didn't, so I purchased from Weaknees...
You might think that by the way TiVo words their FAQ on the topic, but it is not the case. For example, sales tax in Nebraska is 5.5% + any applicable city rate, but per the FAQ, TiVo does not charge sales tax in Nebraska. I don't want to get too technical here, but basically TiVo charges sales tax in states where they are considered to have a "business presence" - and selling products and service over the internet is not in and of itself a business presence.
What is TiVo's "business presence" in, say, Arizona or Florida? So far as I know there are no TiVo retail stores anywhere in the US, or sales/service offices in those states.
Old telephone hubs or Web hubs ??
Ugh...don't remind me. I paid $860.51 total for the S3 the day it went on sale (shipping and tax)....
I bought two.
But I LOVED that S3!! It was my first HD DVR and my first dual tuner DVR....Up until then I was an HD and dual tuner virgin...
I had a horrible Moxi DVR from Charter which I was happy to get rid of.
You didn't like the jet engine fan or the fact that you could fry an egg on top of it?
That didn't bother me, but the stupid spoiler window that could not be turned off was a huge PITA. Also the search was funky and sometimes couldn't find things I knew were on. The one thing I did miss was access to VOD, but I got over it.
As I believe somebody else stated already, I'm also holding out for TiVo to offer a promotion, where you can transfer lifetime, for a fee, that brings down the total cost.
They've done it in the past, where the transfer left lifetime service on the original unit it was purchased for. While that was nice, and all, with the flood of used lifetime TiVos already on eBay driving down the value of the units, I'd much rather get a lower lifetime transfer fee, and use the old ones for parts, or target practice, possibly a little of both, or other creative ways to say "goodbye forever, you POS frustrating box!" I can already tell the Roamio is a true TiVo innovation, or at minimum, what the Premiere should have been, and much more. That alone doesn't increase my available credit or the money in my bank account, though... So wait, I must.
To be clear, that I am clear on the TOS/TiVo Policies, lifetime service is absolutely not transferrable, unless it's within warranty (and even then, a fee can be charged under certain circumstances).
But, this has been the policy for a long time, and hasn't stopped them from offering limited-time promotions that trump policy.
Yep, I was hoping they'd do that for the Premiere, but looking back I'm glad they didn't. No way would I want to be stuck with the Premiere.
I won't be getting a Roamio unless TiVo does a lifetime transfer promo or one of my TivoHDs die.
Surely TiVo is looking to get S2s off the server teat. (Hint, hint)
So anyone else get the $100 off the Pro?
You'd have to ask them that question. They may have employees in those states who are working from home, for example.
Me, too. I'm satisfied with my XL4 even though it's a bit slow at times. I'm certainly not as dissatisfied as some on these boards are...we have an HD that I'd gladly transfer lifetime from...