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Roamio Deals?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by Smirks, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. Dec 9, 2013 #641 of 3246

    jterwelp New Member

    Apr 27, 2004
    The link I posted a few days ago is no longer active. I just found another link for the same deal: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/promo/tivo-roamio-offer-115640

    I saw two reports of members getting gift cards yesterday (Sunday, 12/8) so there may still be hope for this deal. I will try it tonight if I can get out of work before Best Buy closes.
  2. Dec 9, 2013 #642 of 3246

    nooneuknow TiVo User Since 2007

    Feb 5, 2011
    Cox Cable...
    You could have asked me... That first store is closest to me, but the "General Manager" IS ANAL, to the point of convincing other shoppers to just walk out of the store, when I was there the second try at that store, and he started yelling unprovoked accusations that by trying the same thing on a different day was attempted theft and I had tried to rip him off just the other day, and cost him money, and get out of the store and don't come back....

    Everybody around me looked at this guy who looks like a jerk, talks like a jerk, and makes slanderous/libelous accusations loudly, for all to hear, and pretty much everybody around me (people who were not with me), just walked right out. Then the guy starts yelling for me to come back and put the TiVo back where I found it, before I exit the store he has just kicked me out of....

    After a little conversation with some of the walk-outs, they all said they wanted nothing to do with that BB store, and would go elsewhere.

    I saw what looked like all of that crowd at the second closest BB store, the same one as your second stop.

    I wound up with a total of 3 base Roamios, each costing $112 and change. I used the Gift Card to buy 2 ChromeCasts, just to get rid of the card. All were bought at the second store you mentioned. It didn't take a General Manager to key in the price match override, on any of the three visits, and Roamio purchases, there.

    So, Decatur & 215 Best Buy gets no business from me any more. If I do ever set foot in the store, I'll use the store to return anything I have to from any other Best Buy Store. This store also had nobody coming up and asking if they could help. It was like a "Blue Shirt" shortage there, and the store was not any more busy than any other time I've been there.

    That makes Lake Mead & Rainbow Best Buy, my new first stop for anything I buy from/through Best Buy in the future. Great people work there. You can't even change which department you walk through without a Blue Shirt asking if they can help (and do actually help, if you need any).

    Not much good data in this latter part, since I'm speaking of local stores, and we are both local. BTW, I just emailed you, to finish up the discussion I took a brief pause from. Good to hear you got a great deal! (since I emailed first, and read this second). Time to update my sig and my posts over here, in the buyer/seller area:

    TCF-only listing for Premieres: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=511998
    TCF-only listing for HDs: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=511999
  3. Dec 9, 2013 #643 of 3246

    chicagobrownblue Well-Known Member

    May 29, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    I'd complain to Best Buy headquarters about this manager. They really want to know about stuff like this. Maybe they can escort you in for another visit and see first hand his lousy customer service.
  4. Dec 9, 2013 #644 of 3246

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    I would be calling the corporate office if I got treated like that in any store I went to. They need to fire that manager ASAP.
  5. Dec 9, 2013 #645 of 3246

    nooneuknow TiVo User Since 2007

    Feb 5, 2011
    Cox Cable...
    I'd guess his store was already underperforming, and he doesn't posess the skills to turn it around, in the right ways. How often does a General Manager hover over every transaction that isn't a standard sale, and single-out people as stealing, or attempting theft, by asking for a price-match, knowing a gift card gets issued if the price-match is granted?

    I'm fine with a store not doing it. But, being treated like I tried to steal money from his own pocket, smack in the middle of everybody else making transactions around me, had an instant-karma effect. It's a pretty small store, or it sure feels small in the layout it is in. Seeing the effect of his actions and behavior just made me figure the crystal ball sees a change in management coming.

    I actually thought of the rest of you, and that me complaining to corporate just might force corporate to make sure none of the stores let the double-dip work. Who would want to be "that guy"? I sure didn't, despite what some may think of me. ;)
  6. Dec 9, 2013 #646 of 3246

    jterwelp New Member

    Apr 27, 2004
    I just got back from Best Buy and I am happy to report that the price match + $50 gift card deal is still available!

    I don't know if this was the case with the gift card deal earlier in the month, but the current deal applies to all 3 Roamio models, not just the base model (see link quoted above). For the purpose of price matching, refer to Best Buy's list of Designated Major Online Retailers.

    The Roamio $50 gift card is published in Best Buy's weekly ad so I expect it will be included with all Roamio purchases through December 14th, although I make no guarantees.

  7. Dec 9, 2013 #647 of 3246

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

    Apr 6, 2000
    SF Bay Area
  8. Dec 10, 2013 #648 of 3246

    GerryinNV New Member

    May 6, 2004
    I just saw the Roamio Plus for $319.98 at http://www.electronicmegasale.com. Anyone know if this is a legit vendor? They only let you use paypal bank account payment to get that price.
  9. Dec 10, 2013 #649 of 3246

    midson New Member

    Feb 26, 2005
    Here we go again! This looks like the exact format of the sophiamart.com website that is now shut down. Just stay away. It's not worth saving $30 for the hassle that it will likely cause you. Go to Costco and get it for $349.
  10. Dec 10, 2013 #650 of 3246

    Time_Lord Member

    Jun 4, 2012
    A friend of mine just got an email from time offering him an upgrade from his old HD with Lifetime to a Roamio - basic $175, Plus - $350, Pro - $500, each option had the note "DVR + transfer current monthly or Annual service plan"

    as I read it they will transfer the existing plan to the new unit.

  11. Dec 10, 2013 #651 of 3246

    lessd Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I just checked and it is sophiamart.com with a different name, I can tell as both sights have the weight of the Roamio at 1lb and the font is the same, order quick (say a prayer) and you just may get an even better deal than I get from sophiamart.com by $10 for the Roamio +.
    OK I just called Best Buy and asked how much money I could exchange my TiVo order for if I wanted, I gave out only the order number and CSR said $399.98 + CT tax was paid for that order and I could exchanged it for that price. WOW so sophiamart.com paid $399.98 + 25.40 tax for a total of $425.38 !! So sophiamart.com only had a loss on my order of $104.39, not bad if you can make it up in volume :D
  12. Dec 10, 2013 #652 of 3246

    CrispyCritter Purple Ribbon Wearer

    Feb 28, 2001
    But if Sophiamart.com is paying BestBuy via a stolen credit card number (as is possible), then that volume means profit will mount up quickly (as you may be pointing out)!

    Too much danger for me of ending up with merchandise that will eventually be deemed as being stolen.
  13. Dec 10, 2013 #653 of 3246

    lessd Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    How does Best Buy get taken by this scam if a stolen credit is being used, they are a big co. they must have a ton of scams tried on them by now and know how to deal with them. After my order with Sophiamart.com was delivered they asked me to rate their service (is was great for me) but I would not answer that E-Mail, so maybe they get some good ratings than take a bunch of orders and go away, with your money.
  14. Dec 10, 2013 #654 of 3246

    CrispyCritter Purple Ribbon Wearer

    Feb 28, 2001
    I have no idea what sophiamart.com does or doesn't do, but how would Best Buy protect against a scam where a company with 1,000 stolen credit card numbers invented 1,000 electronic logins to BestBuy.com, and shipped 1,000 TiVos directly to 1,000 third party addresses (eg including lessd's)? All transactions would appear to Best Buy as being completely separate. But the result would be the third parties basically getting TiVos that had been electronically shoplifted.
  15. Dec 10, 2013 #655 of 3246

    HazelW Member

    Dec 6, 2007
    No. Va
    A little off topic but weighs in on the discussion. I bought a $200 item from an amazon marketplace vendor for $175. (Everyone sells this item for $200) The Amazon online invoice gives the price, a small shipping charge and no sales tax. That is what I was charged by Amazon. It arrived today and has an invoice form a totally different company for $200, plus shipping plus sales tax. The Amazon company is in CA, the shipping company is in NJ.

    Same thing happened last week from buy.com. Item arrives with an invoice for the list price from a different company.

    I'm not complaining, just don't understand it.
  16. Dec 10, 2013 #656 of 3246

    soobaerodude New Member

    Nov 8, 2013
    Or $339 and no tax for most from ABT.

    Heh, the new site still lists the phony contact info in the About Us section

    They set up the domain the same day our favorite sophia mart closed shop.
    WhoIs Info:
    Creation Date: 2013-12-06 23:29:00Z
  17. Dec 10, 2013 #657 of 3246

    Ky_Shag Shaggy Dog

    Jan 26, 2012
    I got my roamio today from sofiamart no problems 144.99
    Ordered it on 4th of dec it came from bestbuy
    Activated it on TiVo.com in like 30 minutes lifetime
    I got a bestbuy invoice with it wonder if I can get a gift card?
  18. Dec 10, 2013 #658 of 3246

    BlackBetty I

    Nov 5, 2004
    Anyone think we see a price reduction or some good sales after January? I would love to see $250 for the plus.
  19. Dec 10, 2013 #659 of 3246

    IceBlue New Member

    Nov 20, 2002
    Like the others, I ordered my Roamio plus from ABT for $339 today, plus another $20 off via the AMEX sync promo. Easy as pie, a 5 minute phone call got it on the way. Forget the shady vendors and order from a legit store like ABT.

    Then went to Amazon and ordered a TiVo mini for $86, plus another $25 off via the sync promo.
    I'm upgrading from a TiVoHD and a Premiere. Let the fun begin!
  20. Dec 11, 2013 #660 of 3246

    palover New Member

    Jan 16, 2013
    Who wouldn't want to see a $250 price, but have you ever seen them offer a 38% discount? I'd be more than shocked at such a price from any seller.

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