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Value of Tivo HD new in (unopened) box w/Lifetime?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by delgadobb, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. delgadobb

    delgadobb Active Member

    Mar 6, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV
    I have kind of a weird situation (but a good one, I believe).

    I have two Tivo HDs that have literally never been opened. New in (unopened) box, they've been sitting in a closet for 3+ years. They came from Blockbuster's sale. Worst case, I was planning on using them for parts. As fate would have it, as part of a (much) bigger purchase (Roamios/Minis) I was able to talk Tivo into discounting lifetime on them - my argument was they're older boxes that otherwise won't generate any revenue. I'm sure it helped the argument that I hadn't yet spent anything but was willing to drop a bunch on Roamios & Minis if they did so.

    Here's my question(s): What is each one worth? (I know, what someone will pay for them.) Looking mostly for ballpark estimates. I don't want to open & upgrade them unless absolutely necessary, as some people will prefer the notion of a shiny new unused TIVO, even if it's not the latest model. Worst case, I'll upgrade them & sell to someone who wants the expanded storage - even then I'd try to leverage the fact they haven't been opened & wait to do the upgrade until an agreement's in place.

    The other question would be what's the best avenue for selling them? I'd rather sell locally & avoid shipping if possible. The catch is that people on Craigslist are flaky & often don't know what they're getting, they just know they want a lower price.

    One more thing & this is a longshot, but I'll ask: If they're still in the 30-day money back guarantee window, is there a creative way to transfer the lifetime from one of the boxes to something like a base Roamio?
  2. kucharsk

    kucharsk Member

    Feb 2, 2007
    They're probably worth around $150 on CL, $200 on eBay.

    The fact that they're new isn't that big a draw when the resale value of the unit itself is near $0.
  3. rcandsc

    rcandsc Mark it 8 Dude.. TCF Club

    Feb 5, 2014
    Liberty, MO.
    I sold an HD unit recently with a 500gb TIVO external drive and lifetime on e-bay for around $450. Might have come down some since then, but I would check a couple of auctions and follow them until they end to see what a selling price might be.

    As far as transferring the lifetime, try calling TIVO customer service. YMMV compared to what others have experienced depending on the CSR you get. Just my 2c.

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