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Selling Series 3 HD plus lifetime.

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by atomarchio, May 8, 2012.

  1. May 8, 2012 #1 of 18

    atomarchio Member

    Sep 24, 2006
    I am interested in selling my Series 3 HD with lifetime service and the Tivo Wireless Adapter.

    What's a realistic price to sell this for? And once I sell, how do I go about transferring the lifetime service to the buyer.

    Please let me know. Thanks.
  2. May 8, 2012 #2 of 18
    Chris Gerhard

    Chris Gerhard Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2002
    My estimate is $325 assuming it is the Wireless-G adapter. If shipping is required, you will probably have to net less. Of course, whatever seller and buyer agree to is the correct answer. A simple call to TiVo is one way to transfer service.
  3. May 8, 2012 #3 of 18

    atomarchio Member

    Sep 24, 2006
    When I call Tivo after the unit is sold, what information do I need to give them?
  4. May 9, 2012 #4 of 18

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    Nothing other than that you have sold the Tivo and you want it removed from your account.

    It it the responsibility of the buyer to add it to their own account.
  5. atomarchio

    atomarchio Member

    Sep 24, 2006
    I thought they may ask for information of the person I sold it to...would'nt they?
  6. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    They might, but you are under no obligation to provide it.
  7. Series3Sub

    Series3Sub Well-Known Member

    Mar 14, 2010
    Go to Ebay and see what they are going for. You will like the re-sale value. Lifetime and larger HDD capacity really drive the price up. Keep in mind that for many TiVo auctions, there is little activity until the final hours of a bid. It is amazing sometimes to see the price climb near the end.
  8. DTxAg

    DTxAg New Member

    Jun 25, 2011
    You actually don't even need to call TiVo. When you sell the unit, the buyer can just plug it in and have it call home several times. Assuming the buyer is in a different zip code than you, the buyer can call TiVo and transfer it at this point. I've done that repeatedly without issue.
  9. lillevig

    lillevig Cold in East Iowa

    Dec 6, 2010
    Marion, Iowa
    That's been my experience but sometimes they ask for the name of the previous owner. I have seen some comments in this Community that a CSR won't do the transfer without the previous owner calling in first. In that case I recommend just calling back to get another CSR. On the seller side, I have called to let Tivo know that I have sold a unit and want it removed from my account. Interestingly, they have uniformly refused to remove it from my account unless the buyer calls to make the transfer. That being said, I still have two lifetime S1 units on my account that I sold some time ago.
  10. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    It's best to call and tell them the TiVo is going to a new owner. You give them the name of the new owner and they will give you a reference number. You give the new owner the reference number and when they call to transfer it to their account they can give the CSR this number. You have basically pre-approved the transfer to the new owner so they don't need to get in contact with you. This is what I have done for the 15+ lifetime TiVos I have sold and it seems to be the easiest way for the seller and the buyer to deal with it. Otherwise they are supposed to get in contact with the original owner to verify that they have approved the transfer. I had this happen once and did not want it to happen again.
  11. Nels

    Nels New Member

    May 20, 2008
    If I buy a new premiere and get a discount on the service, will TiVo come back later after I sell my current HD with lifetime service and ding me for the $100 multi unit discount?
  12. L David Matheny

    L David Matheny Active Member

    Jan 29, 2011
    SE Ohio
    No, not if it's lifetime service. But after you sell the qualifying unit, you won't be eligible for any more MSD.
  13. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
    I have to think the value of TiVo HD's with lifetime will be depressed by the fact that many HD owners have been able to get lifetime for $99 recently. I was one of them. See this thread:


    The box without lifetime, based on age and being a discontinued model, should only be worth about $50. Thus the price with lifetime should be closer to $150 rather than $300+ it seems.
  14. S3-2501

    S3-2501 New Member

    Jun 2, 2007
    I recently purchased an OLED Series 3 with Lifetime service, and the seller did something really clever that I think really helped make adding it to my account a breeze. While it was in transit to me, the seller changed the name of the Tivo to the name on my shipping address.

    I setup the Tivo, made sure it was fully updated and running, and then called Tivo. When the rep saw that the Tivo's name matched the name on my shipping address, he added it to my account immediately while I was on the phone.

    It's possible that the seller also called ahead to clear things, but judging from the Tivo rep's tone and response, having the Tivo's name match the name on my shipping address definitely seemed to help speed things along.
  15. farmermac

    farmermac Recorder of shows

    Jan 31, 2012
    THe demand for lifetime s3 far outpaces the supply. No way that super discount should be passed on IMO. The s3 is very desirable for many reasons. like you said they aren't making them anymore. I'd buy another if they did.
  16. Chris Gerhard

    Chris Gerhard Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2002
    No question but that discounts for lifetime service have reduced the value but not everybody can get the discount so it isn't reduced that much.
  17. jrlbc06

    jrlbc06 Member

    Apr 29, 2012
    I have a series 3 180-hr TiVo HD DVR with lifetime that I would like to sell, but I don't really use ebay or amazon or anything like that. Are there any types of 'used Tivo dealer' type sites or anything like that?

    I just bought a premier and don't need the series 3 anymore. Just not sure what the best way to go about getting rid of it to try to recoup some of the costs of the premier would be. Thanks for any advice!
  18. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    Well, there's this thread


    right here at TCF

    where, despite the title, you don't have to be listing it on eBay to offer it here.

    There's also Craigslist.

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