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Old 09-15-2013, 09:15 PM   #1
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Shipping TiVo sold on eBay

I need to ship a Premiere via UPS ground. Is it ok to ship in the original box or should I double box it?
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Old 09-15-2013, 09:44 PM   #2
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Original box should be fine, double boxing would be overkill IMO.
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:14 PM   #3
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The Tivo itself should survive being shipping its original box, but I've always double-boxed Tivos I've sold. First, it preserves the original box and second, it becomes an anonymous beige box that might be less likely to be stolen from an unattended doorstep.
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:15 AM   #4
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I need to ship a Premiere via UPS ground. Is it ok to ship in the original box or should I double box it?
I shipped mine this past month in the original box. I sent it via Fed-Ex and the person I spoke with there said that it was a waste to double-box..though I'm sure there are others that would disagree.

If you require a signature, then it doesn't matter if the TiVo outside is showing since they won't be able to leave it at the door.
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Old 09-16-2013, 03:18 PM   #5
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Another vote for original box only. I recently sold my THDXL on eBay and only used the original box.
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Old 09-16-2013, 03:50 PM   #6
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Original box it is!
Thanks for all the feedback.
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Old 09-16-2013, 06:11 PM   #7
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Original box it is!
Thanks for all the feedback.
AND original packing !!
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Old 09-17-2013, 01:35 AM   #8
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It's in the manufacturer's financial interest to have the TiVo arrive undamaged regardless of how it's handled or on what kind of vehicle it gets shipped.

You aren't likely to do any better than what they designed and used, provided you use all of what they used (don't replace the styrofoam end pieces with with wadded up newspaper).
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Old 09-17-2013, 02:43 AM   #9
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When I got my first Premieres used, they came in the original box, and then they were inside another box exactly larger to the other box would fit inside it.
I have received Tivos in boxes with NO packing and they were unharmed. I was shocked they could take that much abuse. The only time I had a problem was with a Series 2 that had a adapter for a different type of hard drive. That came lose as it wasn't held on by a tie wrap or something else. It worked find after I plugged it back in.
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:43 AM   #10
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I recently got a 4-tuner Premiere from Woot and when it arrived, it was basically in JUST the original TiVO box so I would think this is OK for your needs as well.

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Old 09-18-2013, 10:48 AM   #11
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This is why I try to keep all my original packing. I still have the original box for my ReplayTV.
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Old 09-18-2013, 02:09 PM   #12
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It is fine to ship in the original box (one of my Premieres was shipped to me that way by a merchant and it was fine). But due to the issues others have mentioned (possible target for theft, depending on buyer's neighborhood) and the difference in costs, you may want to offer two options.

I recently sold 2 new premieres - and after I had accepted the buyer's best offer, he insisted that I double box..cost me $7 to buy a box that would fit them both. Granted, the buyer should have made this request before purchasing, but it doesn't hurt to offer 2 shipping options so they can choose.
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:18 PM   #13
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Unfortunately it costs way too much to ship a Tivo via UPS/post office...
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Old 09-19-2013, 10:00 PM   #14
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Shipping weight for a TiVo HD is 14 pounds. Kind of heavy.

A basic Roamio has a shipping weight of 6 pounds.

This should make future mailing of used TiVo boxes much cheaper.
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Old 09-19-2013, 10:02 PM   #15
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Original box it is!
Thanks for all the feedback.
It's how Tivo sent mine, I'm sure they did some testing when they came up with the solution.
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:44 PM   #16
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I thought UPS wouldn't cover a reused box with their insurance.

From http://www.ups.com/content/us/en/res.../original.html

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I need to ship a Premiere via UPS ground. Is it ok to ship in the original box or should I double box it?
I always double box any TiVo I ship. One, so no one can see what it is, and two it also helps protect it. I get boxes from Office Depot for under $3 that the TiVo box will fit in. And they are nice and thick too.

I also require an adult signature. Since that is supposed to require them to look at their ID. With just a regular signature, anyone can sign for it without ID. Ground shipping is typically between $20 and $30 for TiVos I've shipped, depending on whether it's the East coast or West coast or somewhere in between. I also get the insurance coverage for the amount the TiVo was sold for.
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:27 PM   #18
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I have received several hundred UPS packages with "adult signature required" in at least 5 different states, and not one UPS driver has ever asked for ID. Sometimes they ask for a name, and I tell them whatever it says on the package.
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:20 AM   #19
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I have received several hundred UPS packages with "adult signature required" in at least 5 different states, and not one UPS driver has ever asked for ID. Sometimes they ask for a name, and I tell them whatever it says on the package.
If anything they look at package then you and ask if you are so and so.
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I have received several hundred UPS packages with "adult signature required" in at least 5 different states, and not one UPS driver has ever asked for ID. Sometimes they ask for a name, and I tell them whatever it says on the package.
I'm just saying that is what they are supposed to do. I do know anytime I pickup a package at the facility they look at my id, but at home they have not always looked at the I'd when they got a signature. Although if they deliver to the wrong person without checking their id then I guess they would he liable.
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I have received several hundred UPS packages with "adult signature required" in at least 5 different states, and not one UPS driver has ever asked for ID. Sometimes they ask for a name, and I tell them whatever it says on the package.
It is a pain if somebody ships with adult signature required as you have to be home, I never have shipped that way on E-Bay for over 10 years (over 1000 items many over $500) and never had any shipping problem, I don't even take out insurance.
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It is a pain if somebody ships with adult signature required as you have to be home, I never have shipped that way on E-Bay for over 10 years (over 1000 items many over $500) and never had any shipping problem, I don't even take out insurance.
I always get insurance if the item is worth more than the standard amount they cover. With my luck the truck will get in an accident and catch fire.
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I always get insurance if the item is worth more than the standard amount they cover. With my luck the truck will get in an accident and catch fire.
Some people use a belt and suspenders, no harm in being careful, just cost more.
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