TiVo Community
TiVo Community
TiVo Community
Go Back   TiVo Community > Main TiVo Forums > TiVo Roamio DVRs
TiVo Community
Reply
Forum Jump
 
Thread Tools Rating: Thread Rating: 2 votes, 5.00 average.
Old 12-13-2013, 01:09 PM   #1
JeffKusnitz
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 71
Where to buy a Roamio

I'm thinking about buying a Roamio to replace my TivoHD. Does it make a difference whether I buy it from TiVo directly, or just go to BestBuy to buy it? It looks like they're the same price (BB might be $0.01 less right now). BB offers a 4 year warranty for $99, TiVo offers a 3 year for $39. The biggest advantage of Best Buy that I can see is that I can drive over there and pick it up "today", whereas with TiVo, it will take "3 to 5 days".

Thanks,
Jeff
JeffKusnitz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2013, 01:37 PM   #2
lessd
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: CT
Posts: 5,818
Quote:
Originally Posted by JeffKusnitz View Post
I'm thinking about buying a Roamio to replace my TivoHD. Does it make a difference whether I buy it from TiVo directly, or just go to BestBuy to buy it? It looks like they're the same price (BB might be $0.01 less right now). BB offers a 4 year warranty for $99, TiVo offers a 3 year for $39. The biggest advantage of Best Buy that I can see is that I can drive over there and pick it up "today", whereas with TiVo, it will take "3 to 5 days".

Thanks,
Jeff
If you don't need the unit now than ABT can save you money about $60 + sales tax, read the posting on Roamio deals.
__________________
Les Daniels

_____________________________________________
3 Roamio Plus upgraded to 2Tb & 3Tb, and 2 Minis, Also 1 not used Humax Series 2 with a DVD burner
lessd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2013, 02:34 PM   #3
midlomuncher
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 14
Go to Best Buy and get a price match of $149.99 Amazon.com price for the TiVo Roamio. Receive the $50 BB gift card for an effective price of $99.99 + tax.

Also, after purchase you can get the SquareTrade 3 year warranty at a good price with a 30% off code and based on the $149.99 purchase price from BB. My SquareTrade warranty came to $12.59 for 3 years of coverage with a 40% off code the emailed to me.

you can get a 3TB drive at Amazon or Newegg for ~ $125

Also, if you want a 4TB drive you can use the Weaknees code CMKIT for $25 off internal/external upgrade kits.
midlomuncher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2013, 10:08 AM   #4
JeffKusnitz
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 71
Thanks. I was thinking about the Pro or the Plus because of the built in streaming. The price difference is around $200 everywhere I've looked. Given that, the Pro is only $20 more than the Plus at BestBuy when you factor in the cost of the 3TB drive ($130?) and the $50 BestBuy gift card you get after purchase (399+130 vs 599-50, or 529 vs 549), so I guess BestBuy is it. And if they price-match, Amazon has it for $569.53.

Thanks

Last edited by JeffKusnitz : 12-14-2013 at 01:02 PM.
JeffKusnitz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2013, 01:08 PM   #5
lachacg
Go Giants!
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: NJ
Posts: 300
Weaknees

You can get the Plus with a 3TB installed already for $499. I'm considering that one...
lachacg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2013, 02:12 PM   #6
Elgato54
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 33
I learned the hard way. Don't EVER buy anything from Best Buy!!

They have quietly changed their return policy to only 14 Days! This is far shorter than
any retailer I know of. This is less than half of the 30 day money back guarantee offered by Tivo. So if you buy from BB you are just screwed.

Its a long story but BB has the worst customer support and policies I have ever experienced.

Costco here has the Plus for $349 which is also about the best online price I have seen.
Elgato54 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2013, 02:19 PM   #7
dcpmark
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 105
Quote:
Originally Posted by Elgato54 View Post
I learned the hard way. Don't EVER buy anything from Best Buy!!

They have quietly changed their return policy to only 14 Days! This is far shorter than any retailer I know of. This is less than half of the 30 day money back guarantee offered by Tivo. So if you buy from BB you are just screwed.
BB still has 30 day returns if you are an Elite Rewards member. 45 days for the next level up (Elite Plus?). I didn't sign up or anything, and I probably only spend a few hundred bucks a year, but I was sent an Elite Rewards card in the mail without asking. I've never had any trouble with returns or price-matching.
dcpmark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2013, 02:21 PM   #8
sangs
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 259
Quote:
Originally Posted by Elgato54 View Post
I learned the hard way. Don't EVER buy anything from Best Buy!!

They have quietly changed their return policy to only 14 Days! This is far shorter than
any retailer I know of. This is less than half of the 30 day money back guarantee offered by Tivo. So if you buy from BB you are just screwed.

Its a long story but BB has the worst customer support and policies I have ever experienced.

Costco here has the Plus for $349 which is also about the best online price I have seen.
Screwed? That's harsh. I've purchased plenty of things from BB without getting "screwed." In fact, just bought a couple Roamio's from BB - that they price-matched with Amazon - and also received a pair of $50 gift cards. I've never been screwed so pleasantly in my life.
sangs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2013, 02:32 PM   #9
tivoboy
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: SFO
Posts: 618
sure

Quote:
Originally Posted by dcpmark View Post
BB still has 30 day returns if you are an Elite Rewards member. 45 days for the next level up (Elite Plus?). I didn't sign up or anything, and I probably only spend a few hundred bucks a year, but I was sent an Elite Rewards card in the mail without asking. I've never had any trouble with returns or price-matching.
sure, but one has to spend 1500$ a year to be elite. That's a pretty sizeable nut just to get 30 day return shipping.
tivoboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2013, 02:34 PM   #10
dcpmark
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 105
Quote:
Originally Posted by tivoboy View Post
sure, but one has to spend 1500$ a year to be elite. That's a pretty sizeable nut just to get 30 day return shipping.
That's weird, because I don't spend anywhere close to $1500 a year at BB.
dcpmark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2013, 02:46 PM   #11
bobrt6676
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Huber Heights, Ohio
Posts: 178
Quote:
Originally Posted by JeffKusnitz View Post
Thanks. I was thinking about the Pro or the Plus because of the built in streaming. The price difference is around $200 everywhere I've looked. Given that, the Pro is only $20 more than the Plus at BestBuy when you factor in the cost of the 3TB drive ($130?) and the $50 BestBuy gift card you get after purchase (399+130 vs 599-50, or 529 vs 549), so I guess BestBuy is it. And if they price-match, Amazon has it for $569.53.

Thanks
You can get a Plus from Weaknees with a 3TB drive(same as Pro) the only difference is the nameplate (PRO vs. Plus) for 489.99. free shipping. Code: RPLUS3
bobrt6676 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2013, 10:19 AM   #12
tivoboy
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: SFO
Posts: 618
yeah

Quote:
Originally Posted by dcpmark View Post
That's weird, because I don't spend anywhere close to $1500 a year at BB.
yes, it's a 1500$ a calendar year spend..

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/global-p...at309300050007
tivoboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2013, 11:15 AM   #13
dcpmark
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 105
Quote:
Originally Posted by tivoboy View Post
yes, it's a 1500$ a calendar year spend..

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/global-p...at309300050007
Yep, my bad. I just checked Quicken, and I spent over $3600 there last year without realizing it. I forgot I bought a new gaming computer back in January to replace my old one from 1998.

Yikes. I think I've got a problemů.
dcpmark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2013, 11:23 AM   #14
NJguy
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 80
Quote:
Originally Posted by tivoboy View Post
yes, it's a 1500$ a calendar year spend..

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/global-p...at309300050007
It's not just a calendar year, even though the site may say that. I am an Elite Plus member and it was until Feb 2014. In September I purchased a TV, the Roamio Plus, 2 minis, new iPad and some games. The price of all those items didn't total $3500 but I guess from prior purchases I must have hit that amount because I got an email...and then an elite plus card saying that is my status now until August 2015. Maybe it's not a calendar year but a rolling year.

In any event, now that Amazon charges tax in NJ it is much easier just to go to BB and get the price match, 45 day return policy and not have to worry about shipping things back. Before Amazon charged tax in NJ I almost exclusively purchased from them. Now there's no difference. BB is the way to go for me and 5 minutes from home.
NJguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2013, 02:55 PM   #15
zordude
WDW Fan
 
zordude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Malden, MA
Posts: 10,992
TC CLUB MEMBER
Quote:
Originally Posted by Elgato54 View Post
I learned the hard way. Don't EVER buy anything from Best Buy!!

They have quietly changed their return policy to only 14 Days! This is far shorter than
any retailer I know of. This is less than half of the 30 day money back guarantee offered by Tivo. So if you buy from BB you are just screwed.
If you buy it now, the holiday return window is though Jan 15th.
__________________
Crotch facing, butt facing, or Anubis style if possible. - jsmeeker
zordude is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Forum Jump




Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Advertisements

TiVo Community
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
vBulletin Skins by: Relivo Media

(C) 2013 Magenium Solutions - All Rights Reserved. No information may be posted elsewhere without written permission.
TiVo« is a registered trademark of TiVo Inc. This site is not owned or operated by TiVo Inc.
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:48 PM.
OUR NETWORK: MyOpenRouter | TechLore | SansaCommunity | RoboCommunity | MediaSmart Home | Explore3DTV | Dijit Community | DVR Playground |