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Where to get the most for my S3 HD?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by shadoh, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. shadoh

    shadoh New Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    Dallas, TX
    I'm finally making the jump to Roamio, whoopie! I currently have a S3 HD XL in my living room and an S3 HD in the bedroom. I plan on moving the HD XL to the bedroom, using the Roamio in the living room where we do the most TV watching, and selling my S3 HD.

    My question is - where can I get the most for it? The good news is that I have a lifetime subscription attached to it, so I hope to get a decent amount for it. So far, I have only looked on the two places I'm most familiar with - eBay and Amazon. However, I'm seeing that an S3 HD with lifetime is fetching somewhere around $200-300, and this seems a little low to me for a unit with lifetime.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. WhiskeyTango

    WhiskeyTango New Member

    Sep 20, 2006
    New Jersey
    Not really low. Lifetime or not, it's old tech. The S3 was released almost 8 years ago and we are two generations removed from that product. The Lifetime is the only reason you may get $200-300. Otherwise, they are basically worthless.
  3. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    Low or high, that's about what they're selling for.

    And I look at Craigslist listing across the country.

    "The worth of a thing is the price it will bring".
  4. shadoh

    shadoh New Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    Dallas, TX
    Thanks, all. I hadn't really given too much thought at how old the HD series really is. I tend to hold on to my TiVos for a while (had my Series 1 from 2000-2010!) I guess in the grand scheme of things, $200-300 for 6-year-old technology is not so bad. Thanks for the responses!
  5. Feb 1, 2014 #5 of 11

    cbsteven New Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Sorry to piggyback on my thread, but it's a similar question.

    I am about to get rid of my TiVO HD (S3). I called to cancel service and the nice lady said I should consider adding lifetime service for $99 and selling it that way, and that it would be much more valuable on the secondary market.

    I've spent some time looking at eBay completed auctions but it isn't very apparent to me what the value would be. I have seen some boxes with lifetime go for $200+, but I haven't seen many non-lifetime boxes listed at all.

    Is a S3 with lifetime really worth over $100 more than a S3 without service?
  6. Feb 1, 2014 #6 of 11

    Wil Senile Member

    Sep 26, 2002
    Yes. Still significantly more than $100. But the differential is shrinking as the non-lifetimed s3 approaches zero.
  7. Feb 2, 2014 #7 of 11

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX

    Think about it this way. A Tivo with lifetime service is a fully functional DVR while a Tivo without service is basically a brick.
  8. Feb 2, 2014 #8 of 11

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2002
    Staunton, VA
    Given the age, an S3 without lifetime has little value except for parts. Without lifetime, probably $20-$40 and with lifetime, $200-$300 although that's dropping more toward the lower end of that range now.

  9. Feb 4, 2014 #9 of 11

    mjgraves New Member

    Oct 11, 2003
    Houston, TX
    I have two S3 boxes without lifetime service. I'd be happy to give them away just to keep them from landfill.
  10. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    648s or 652s?
  11. shadoh

    shadoh New Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    Dallas, TX
    If you don't get any bites, you may consider either putting them up on eBay and/or Amazon (sell as used) - even if you just get a couple bucks off of it, better than just tossing them, right? Also, another great option is this:


    The folks at weaKnees will send you a quote and they may only offer you a few bucks for it, but again, it would be better than nothing, they will send you pre-paid shipping labels, and you know they will likely make it to a new home some day.

    Just some ideas.

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