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weaKnees saves my Series 3

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by bluetex, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. Resist

    Resist New Member

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    Then clearly the economy hasn't effected you, like everyone else.

    My only issue with WeaKnees are their inflated prices.
     
  2. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    If Weaknees were making an outrageously high NET profit all these years, don't you think someone would have come along by now to undercut them and steal all of their customers?
     
  3. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    Ellicott...
    There are lots of less expensive drive upgrade kits available on ebay. I'd say that more than a few sellers are undercutting prices from Weaknees and other vendors.

    Retailers like Weaknees and DVRUpgrade have a staff of employees and aren't just a back room business. As such, they all have overhead to deal with, such as salaries and benefits. Assuming they're not working out of someone's basement, they may also have rent and utilities to pay for. They are forced to charge high prices just to make ends meet.

    I don't feel obligated to pay high prices just so they can stay in business, especially when I can get the same products elsewhere for less. Considering the pitiful return on investment for Tivos, it's sometimes cheaper to buy a new one tjhan trying to keep an older unit alive, unless, of course, you're trying to prolong a lifetime subscription.

    It's just another reason why I prefer using my HTPC vs. my Tivo. I can get parts for it just about anywhere at competitive prices.:D
     
  4. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Exactly, Weaknees has a lot of overhead to cover to be able to offer what they do, and if they were adding an excessive amount of markup someone would have already come along and eaten their lunch, so I don't understand the reasoning that says it's reasonable to whine about their prices.
     
  5. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    Ellicott...
    Just because they are forced to charge high prices doesn't mean I'm forced to pay them. It seems entirely ludicrous to pay $100 for a replacement power supply when the value of the entire Tivo, sans lifetime sub, is less than that. My point has always been that there are cheaper alternatives if you take the time to look around. I won't apologize for being a cheap bastard that won't pay retail for anything. I'm able to stretch my dollar a lot further through smart shopping. I've also learned to be more self-sufficient than most people and do virtually all of my own home repairs and car maintenance. The cost of parts is usually a drop in the bucket compared to labor rates.

    If you went to buy a car and the dealer said he couldn't give you a new car for less than sticker because he couldn't stay in business without a ridiculous markup, I'll bet you'd take your business elsewhere.
     
  6. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    There's nothing wrong with being careful how you spend your money, but that hardly makes marking stuff up enough to allow you to cover your overhead and have a little left over "highway robbery".

    I'd like for their prices to be lower as well, but they'd probably like to be able to remain in business.
     
  7. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    Ellicott...
    Well, if I can get a complete replacement Tivo for less than the cost of a new power supply, I consider that highway robbery. It all depends on your perspective.

    Aside from the circuit board for the power supply, the entire cost of replacing every component on the board would probably be less than $20, assuming you could find the vendors to order them from. Most Tivo power supply problems are a result of bad capacitors and they can easily be replaced for only a few bucks, worst case.

    I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree on this one.
     
  8. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Yes, you can buy a used TiVo for less, with no guarantee that the power supply isn't going to die 5 minutes after you plug it in, or you can, in the case of the OP, get a new one with a 90 day warranty, and if you don't know a capacitor from a cantelope, but can manage to find a #10 Torx driver, the one from Weaknees might be the best way for you to go.

    You pays yer money and you takes yer cherce.
     
  9. shwru980r

    shwru980r Active Member

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    The best thing to do is find a used tivo of the same model you are using before you have any issues and keep it in a closet. You're in a better position to shop for the best price and you minimize your down time when an issue occurs.
     
  10. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    With a Premiere, you can buy a brand new unit. Less than $100 and you have an extra power supply and a 320GB hard drive with an image of the TiVo Software on it.
    Far less than what Weaknees would charge for each component.
     
  11. Resist

    Resist New Member

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    I won't apologize either! You are thinking the way everyone should be thinking, especially in this economy. If others thought this way then maybe so many wouldn't have such huge debt and defaulting on their loans.
     
  12. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    Ellicott...
    The only kink in that idea is that your $100 Premiere also comes with a 1-year commitment to the Tivo service attached to it at a cost of $20 per month, so your $100 Tivo actually costs you $340.

    I'll agree that the technically challenged shouldn't even go near a soldering iron and that the Weaknees replacement would probably be the way to go. That just proves that ineptitude can be expensive. However, the same skill required to replace a new power supply is exactly the same as swapping out a used one.

    There's no way to determine that your new power supply won't die 91 days after you buy it either. I had a brand new HR10-250 HDTivo die exactly 93 days after it was installed by one of DirecTV's "expert" installers. I got a replacement unit from DirecTV, but since it was past the 90-day window, they wouldn't send me a new unit and sent me a refurbed one instead. The refurbed unit lasted for several years before I eventually sold it.

    Buying anything used is a crapshoot, but you can buy 2 or 3 used S3 Tivos on ebay and still not pay as much as you do for a single power supply from Weaknees. I think I'd take my chances, as long as the seller guarantees I'll receive a working unit or he'll refund my money.

    The good thing about ebay is that they finally put a method in place to prevent scammers from selling you bad products. Ebay will freeze the seller's PayPal funds if the buyer issues a complaint right away. Ebay will then hear both sides of the argument from buyer and seller and determine if the transaction was performed in good faith or not. If they find for the buyer, the seller is required to issue a full refund, including shipping costs. The buyer has to return the item to the seller at their expense.
     
  13. JimPa

    JimPa S3 owner/user

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    hmmmmm. Sounds too much like its just those capacitors.

    If you still have your power supply, would you mind posting their values. Maybe even a photo if your camera will take closeup/macro pictures.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  14. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    Since when? :confused:
    When you buy a Premiere from Amazon (for example), you don't have to activate it.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-list...p?ie=UTF8&qid=1311888720&sr=1-1&condition=new

    Right now I have a Premiere that I bought off Woot. Didn't have to activate it. Granted it is technically a refurbished unit...but it will serve its purpose someday.
     
  15. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    Ellicott...
    I don't know the details of the agreement, but you might want to read the fine print before you buy. Back when I used to have DirecTV I recall that if you bought a DirecTivo from a 3rd party there were stipulations that it had to be activated within 30 days or your card would be charged the full retail price for the unit. Tivo sells them at a discount because it's subsidized based on the DVR being activated with the Tivo service.
     
  16. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Considering that the OP needed a replacement power supply for an S3, I fail to see how purchasing a Premiere under any circumstances for any purpose at any price is relevant.
     
  17. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    Thread drift happens. ;)

    I'll concede that point. Buyer beware and all that. I was just pointing out that there is a way to get cheap replacement parts.
     
  18. bluetex

    bluetex Wha?

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    Anyone wanna buy a used Tivo S3 power supply? Only has 3 bad capacitors.

    $80 -- a steal considering you can repair it with your trusty soldering iron and $2 of parts from Radio Shack.

    No? How bout $50?

    :)
     
  19. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

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    Northern...
    You might not want interject your experience with oranges when we're talking apples.

    There's no commitment to subscribe a purchased TiVo box. You don't agree to anything when you buy one. How do I know? I bought two Premieres. I subbed one.

    DirecTV charges customers for calling to ask if there a charge, while telling, nay, swearing to them that, of course, there's no charge. How I do know? Same answer.
     
  20. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    Ellicott...
    My comment was based purely on speculation and a similar prior experience. Perhaps you missed the first part of my statement where I indicated I didn't know the details of the Tivo agreement.
     

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