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Old 08-22-2013, 10:09 AM   #1
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Roamio Deals?

Has anyone been able to get or find any deals directly from Tivo or any other retailers?

I currently have two S3s which I want to replace with a Roamio Plus and a Mini (both with lifetime). One of my S3s has lifetime, the other has the grandfathered $6.99 MSD.

I've heard of some folks being able to get a $99 lifetime deal on existing S3s, which I could then use to bring up my MSD box and then turn around and sell it (with the other S3).

Guess I should just call Tivo directly to see what they offer, and if it's nothing good go with Weakness before their $25 off coupon expires...

Anywho, if you were able to get a deal from somewhere, post it here! Thx!
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Old 08-22-2013, 02:06 PM   #2
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I haven't seen any, other than the Weaknees promo. The GROUPER promo is already dead.
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Old 08-22-2013, 02:16 PM   #3
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You can usually only get the $99 lifetime if you call and buy a new TiVo directly from TiVo.

Your S3s with lifetime should go for $200-$250 each, without lifetime maybe $40. So you'll add about $100 of resale to the monthly TiVo if you can get the $99 lifetime deal but you'll miss out on the $25 coupon and have to pay sales tax so your total savings will be only be about $50.
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Old 08-22-2013, 02:43 PM   #4
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You can usually only get the $99 lifetime if you call and buy a new TiVo directly from TiVo.
I wonder if the mini applies. Then I could get the mini directly from Tivo to get the $99 lifetime upgrade, and then the Plus from Weakness.
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I don't think so. Plus the Mini is $11 cheaper on Amazon with no tax and free shipping, so that eats into that $25 coupon from Weaknees pretty good anyway.
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:46 PM   #6
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So if I did my math right, it looks like the best deal for now (not including tax and shipping), and if I can get the $99 LT upgrade, is to buy everything from Tivo.

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Buy
Roamio Plus     $399.00
Roamio LT       $399.00
Mini            $99.00
Mini LT         $150.00
LT Upgrade      $99.00
Total Buy	$1,146.00 

Resale	
Tivo HD         $250.00
Tivo HD         $250.00
Resale Total	$500.00 

Grand Total	$646.00 (buy - resale)
	
Scenario 2 - Multiple
Buy	
Roamio Plus 	$375.00 (Weakness)
Roamio LT 	$399.00 (Tivo)
Mini            $88.00 (Amazon)
Mini LT         $149.00 (Tivo)
Total Buy	$1,011.00 

Resale	
Tivo HD (LT)	$250.00 
Tivo HD (NS)	$40.00 
Resale Total	$290.00 

Grand Total	$721.00 (buy - resale)
Since that is the case I'll probably wait a few weeks to see if Tivo offers up any upgrade specials.
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Go with option #1 but buy the Mini from Amazon instead and save yourself about $20 in cost and taxes.
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Old 08-22-2013, 04:02 PM   #8
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Go with option #1 but buy the Mini from Amazon instead and save yourself about $20 in cost and taxes.
Yes, yes, duh. Amazon has a warehouse in my state, so no tax savings for me.
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Yes, yes, duh. Amazon has a warehouse in my state, so no tax savings for me.
TiVo also charges taxes in most states iirc.
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Old 08-22-2013, 04:19 PM   #10
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They do, at least for me when I added stuff to my cart. (Haven't bought anything yet, though.)

Need to call them tonight to see if they have any unadvertised upgrade paths yet, and to see if I can get the $99 LT special.
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TiVo also charges taxes in most states iirc.
Weaknees doesn't.
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:06 AM   #12
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For what it's worth, I got the Best Buy in Springfield VA to match the weaknees promo of $40 off the Roamio Pro.

I had to bring up the site on my ipad in the store and show them that it was listed in stock, and the promo code worked.

Was able to get out for $559 vs $599.

YMMV.
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Old 10-09-2013, 07:47 AM   #13
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In August BB honored my birthday 10% coupon on a Pro. The very first time I got to use it over the years of receiving that coupon. He had to manually override to get the coupon to work.
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How is TiVo about Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals? I too want replace my lifetime'd Tivo HD with a Roamio Plus w/ lifetime & Mini w/ lifetime. I'm in no rush, and if they actually have decent sales around this time, I'm happy to wait. It just seems to me $1,050 + tax is a lot of money to plunk down on this.
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:21 AM   #15
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For what it's worth, I got the Best Buy in Springfield VA to match the weaknees promo of $40 off the Roamio Pro.

I had to bring up the site on my ipad in the store and show them that it was listed in stock, and the promo code worked.

Was able to get out for $559 vs $599.

YMMV.
I wish I had tried that since the Springfield store is where I purchased my first Pro and my replacement Pro. Although they did give me three years no interest on my purchase. And when I got a replacement they gave me a credit and I made a second purchase so I was able to get Reward Zone points on both purchases. So I got 1698 points which is just shy of $35 in Reward Zone dollars. Still not as good as $40 off.


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In August BB honored my birthday 10% coupon on a Pro. The very first time I got to use it over the years of receiving that coupon. He had to manually override to get the coupon to work.
I only got a triple points coupon for my birthday. It's been a long time since I've received a percent off coupon from BestBuy and I've spent over $6K at BestBuy this year. And the Magnolia store couldn't even get the coupon entered into the Magnolia system. Although they did spend some time trying, but they said they have a separate system and couldn't do it.
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:39 AM   #16
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How is TiVo about Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals? I too want replace my lifetime'd Tivo HD with a Roamio Plus w/ lifetime & Mini w/ lifetime. I'm in no rush, and if they actually have decent sales around this time, I'm happy to wait. It just seems to me $1,050 + tax is a lot of money to plunk down on this.
In the past they've run deals/price drops towards the end of quarters... March, June, September... For some reason I don't remember a lot of holiday sale pricing directly from Tivo on brand new DVRs. It might have happened. Maybe I'm just forgetting. But some resellers do run their own sales.

It wouldn't surprise me if they did some kind of bundle that discounted the Mini since that's been out for a short while now, but that's just conjecture.

With new fall-released DVRs (S3, Elite, Roamio*), March has been the historic price drop timeframe.

*Technically summer this time, but they hustled for a symbolic Aug 20 release since that was a "Blue Moon" day on the calendar.

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Old 10-11-2013, 05:05 AM   #17
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Amazon has the Roamio Basic for $195
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Old 10-11-2013, 07:34 AM   #18
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Best buy deal on Pro

Sale: $599.98
Reg. Price: $599.99
You Save: $0.01
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Old 10-12-2013, 05:54 AM   #19
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Sale: $599.98
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Seriously? Seriously?
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Old 10-12-2013, 10:24 AM   #20
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Seriously? Seriously?
Yeah, it's been that way for weeks now. I kept hoping it meant they were going to have an actual discount on them soon.
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I just emailed my sales rep at Abt.com and asked for a price quote on a Roamio Pro. She offered me a price of $538.00 with free shipping, and said that these were in stock now.

I then decided to call TiVo directly at (877) 289-8486 and ask what they could do for me. The phone sales rep said that they were just starting a promo for $100.00 off the Pro, so I purchased it for $500.00, along with PLS for $399.99 (multi-service discount) and a 3-year warranty for $39.99. Total came to $939.98.

Glad I decided to make the call to TiVo!
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I just emailed my sales rep at Abt.com and asked for a price quote on a Roamio Pro. She offered me a price of $538.00 with free shipping, and said that these were in stock now.

I then decided to call TiVo directly at (877) 289-8486 and ask what they could do for me. The phone sales rep said that they were just starting a promo for $100.00 off the Pro, so I purchased it for $500.00, along with PLS for $399.99 (multi-service discount) and a 3-year warranty for $39.99. Total came to $939.98.

Glad I decided to make the call to TiVo!

WOW!! That was a sweet deal!!
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It would make sense if they plan on starting to offer an upgrade offer to push for holiday sales.

I may need to look for homes for my Premiere XLs.
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I just emailed my sales rep at Abt.com and asked for a price quote on a Roamio Pro. She offered me a price of $538.00 with free shipping, and said that these were in stock now.

I then decided to call TiVo directly at (877) 289-8486 and ask what they could do for me. The phone sales rep said that they were just starting a promo for $100.00 off the Pro, so I purchased it for $500.00, along with PLS for $399.99 (multi-service discount) and a 3-year warranty for $39.99. Total came to $939.98.

Glad I decided to make the call to TiVo!
That actually makes a lot of sense. $500 is probably the price it should have been in the first place. By pricing it at $600 to start Tivo just got a lost of business for the Western Digital 3TB hard drive. Thats what I did with the Plus and a 3TB drive.

I'm actually kind of annoyed just because $600 was such an absurd price point to start. It seems Tivo is finally realizing that.
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I'm hoping prices will eventually drop to $299/$399 for the Plus/Pro. After they milk us early adopters for R&D costs of course. Those seem like more reasonable prices especially considering the cost of service is so high these days. Back in 2006 people thought it was absurd for the S3 to cost $799 + $199 for lifetime. These days a Roamio Pro costs $599 + $499 which is actually $100 more.
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Thanks @mandm1, I just called Tivo and got the same deal. It was $500 for the Pro + $400 for lifetime (he called is a "package"). So $900 + tax, ground shipping is free.

I wish it was a bit cheaper, but it's a hell of a lot better than $1100.
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They are starting this "Promo" because people can buy a Roamio Plus and a 3TB hard drive for $130 and it, in effect gives you a Pro for $530. So, this discourages people from doing that.

Wait till holiday shopping season and I do think there will be "deals" on these.
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. Back in 2006 people thought it was absurd for the S3 to cost $799 + $199 for lifetime. These days a Roamio Pro costs $599 + $499 which is actually $100 more.
It just hit me, Roamio w/LT is the same price a 40hr S1 TiVo was back in 1999/2000.
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It just hit me, Roamio w/LT is the same price a 40hr S1 TiVo was back in 1999/2000.
The original TiVos were 30 hours and 14 hours. The 30 hour was $999 and lifetime was $199. The 14 hour was $699. In late 1999 they dropped to $699 and $399 respectively and then in March of 2000 they dropped to $399 and $199. That's when I bought my first one. (I had wanted one for a while, so I was keeping my eye on pricing)

When the S3 first debuted they were $800 and at the time lifetime service had actually just been discontinued. You could still find a few lifetime cards in BestBuys for $199, but otherwise your only option was to pay $299 for 3 years of service. At the time a S2 TiVo was only $250 so the $550 premium for HD was excessive and people were upset. Less then a year later TiVo released the TiVo HD for $300.
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