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funtoupgrade
09-12-2006, 11:55 PM
Somebody has just posted this on eBay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Get-Lifetime-Service-for-Series-3-TiVo-like-Gift-Card_W0QQitemZ280027835405QQihZ018QQcategoryZ79865QQrdZ1QQcm dZViewItem

There is also a lifetime Series 3 starting at $1799? Pretty nice profit!

A new series 3 added for $649 + $35 shipping for delivery Oct. 1? Does this guy know something the rest of us don't?

Dssturbo1
09-13-2006, 12:14 AM
he may be a retailer that gets delivery and wants to make a profit. he maybe a scammer looking for the guys wanting it now but can wait 3 weeks to get it cheaper.

JustAllie
09-13-2006, 12:29 AM
Pretty complex way to handle it, IMO.

The better way is to buy the S3 yourself, transfer the lifetime (without even opening the box, if possible), and sell the lifetimed S3 box on eBay.

It's a risky venture, I guess, but the people who bought all those Best Buy lifetime gift cards took a risk and that sure paid off. :shrug:

jfh3
09-13-2006, 12:44 AM
It's a risky venture, I guess, but the people who bought all those Best Buy lifetime gift cards took a risk and that sure paid off. :shrug:

Yeah, but buying the lifetime gift cards was pretty much a no brainer.

Even if you didn't sell them for cost (unlikely), you could always return them for store credit after the 30 day return period. Near zero risk. A point that my wife reminds me every time she sees cards sell on eBay for big bucks and reminds me that I was an idiot for leaving 4 on the shelf when I bought cards for us and a couple of friends.

DrDravenStone
09-13-2006, 12:54 AM
That ebay offer sounds pretty shady.
First, I'm nearly 100% certain when he says you can transfer the 10 months of extra service to another box that you have that's not subbed, he is wrong.
Also, If the series one is broken and not dialed in, is that still going to be eligiable for the transfer? That one I'm not sure about, but my understanding was that a tivo had to phone home every once in a while to be considered active.

Dunno, but that whole deal sounds sketchy. Guy has great feedback though...

lordargent
09-13-2006, 12:59 AM
Dunno, but that whole deal sounds sketchy. Guy has great feedback though...

Yeah, wouldn't a dead tivo box mean the end of lifetime.

c3
09-13-2006, 03:46 AM
First, I'm nearly 100% certain when he says you can transfer the 10 months of extra service to another box that you have that's not subbed, he is wrong.

TiVoJerry has explained that in this thread:
http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=315843

c3
09-13-2006, 03:53 AM
Speaking of eBay, there is one for $1,739 buy-it-now. That's more than $900 for lifetime. No way!!!

DrDravenStone
09-13-2006, 09:48 AM
OK, this guy has all the facts right, thanks for the thread link c3...
TivoJerry clears up both issues in that thread:

I do not believe the old unit would have to call within the last 6 months in order to allow the service to be transferred. That requirement is only necessary to keep MSD.

and

After the Lifetime service has transferred to the S3 (check System Information), you will be able to go to transfer service from the "old" by going to Manage My Account (tivo.com/manage), selecting Change service number from the left navigation bar, and following the on-screen prompts.

So, woohoo. I guess.

MickeS
09-13-2006, 10:13 AM
Yeah, I saw this one too last night... It would be $1345 for a series 3 with lifetime on it.

classicX
09-13-2006, 12:07 PM
Yeah, wouldn't a dead tivo box mean the end of lifetime.

I thought if it didn't dial home every 6 months, then it doesn't qualify for the MSD anymore, so if you have another Tivo, it would automatically revert back to 12.95 per month.

I think once it has lifetime, it always has lifetime, even if it's just sitting in a closet.

DLiquid
09-13-2006, 12:34 PM
I have a broken lifetime series 1 (sound doesn't work) and I'm wondering what the best way to profit from it is. What do you guys think, sell it on eBay or buy the Series 3 and put lifetime on it ($1000), then sell that on eBay?

c3
09-13-2006, 05:55 PM
It looks like the item in the OP has been sold. There is a Sony Series1 with lifetime for $299 + $23 if anyone is interested. Better deal than the one with broken TiVo.

DLiquid
09-13-2006, 06:26 PM
Pretty complex way to handle it, IMO.

The better way is to buy the S3 yourself, transfer the lifetime (without even opening the box, if possible), and sell the lifetimed S3 box on eBay.Correct me if I'm wrong, but lifetime doesn't actually transfer to the S3 until 60 days after you request it and pay $199, so you'd have to wait a couple of months to sell it on eBay. The complex way this guy did it got him $345 today.

MickeS
09-13-2006, 06:28 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but lifetime doesn't actually transfer to the S3 until 60 days after you request it and pay $199, so you'd have to wait a couple of months to sell it on eBay. The complex way this guy did it got him $345 today.

I think you're wrong. The transfer happens immediately, but for some odd reason, you're required to keep the old S1/2 for at least 60 days.

c3
09-13-2006, 06:31 PM
I think you're wrong. The transfer happens immediately, but for some odd reason, you're required to keep the old S1/2 for at least 60 days.

Nope. In the first 60 days, S3 has monthly status, and the S1/S2 has lifetime status. After 60 days, the two units are swapped.

DLiquid
09-13-2006, 06:52 PM
Nope. In the first 60 days, S3 has monthly status, and the S1/S2 has lifetime status. After 60 days, the two units are swapped.Right, that's what two TiVo CSRs told me on the VIP number today. Pretty odd.

jfh3
09-13-2006, 07:57 PM
Right, that's what two TiVo CSRs told me on the VIP number today. Pretty odd.

TivoJerry explained they are doing it this way to make sure there are no issues with 30 day return windows and also indicated that it wouldn't be easy to reverse the swap, so they needed to make sure there wouldn't be cases where they would need to.

c3
09-17-2006, 05:47 AM
Speaking of eBay, there is one for $1,739 buy-it-now. That's more than $900 for lifetime. No way!!!

Well, I guess it's "yes way". Someone actually bought it at that price. :eek:

snathanb
09-17-2006, 09:18 AM
Probably someone hoping it would arrive faster than buying direct from Tivo.