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Old 07-22-2014, 05:06 PM   #31
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Lifetime service adds resale value, so the payback is really not that much. If you look at a 3 year old Premiere unit with lifetime and without. The one without is basically worthless, you might get $50 for it. The one with lifetime is worth at least $250. So that adds $200 to the value by paying $400 for lifetime. Now MSD service is $12.95/mo so that's about a 16 month payback. Actually less if you sell sooner before something better is available.
I agree, but still people use monthly.
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:38 PM   #32
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The cost of lifetime for a new owner is $500, add that to a minimum of $200 for a new TiVo and it's quite an expensive purchase. I think most people pay monthly because it's cheaper up front, not because it makes long term financial sense.
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Old 07-22-2014, 09:01 PM   #33
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I agree, but still people use monthly.
Because people don't do cost/benefit analysis.. in general...
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Because people don't do cost/benefit analysis.. in general...
Shhh, don't tell economists that. You will destroy their dreamworld.
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Old 07-22-2014, 11:07 PM   #35
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$7.45 for a cable card seems like a rip..!!
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Old 07-23-2014, 06:02 AM   #36
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Yep, it is.
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Old 07-26-2014, 11:10 AM   #37
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The cost of lifetime for a new owner is $500, add that to a minimum of $200 for a new TiVo and it's quite an expensive purchase. I think most people pay monthly because it's cheaper up front, not because it makes long term financial sense.
Typical American short term thinking.
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Old 07-29-2014, 04:54 PM   #38
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Typical American short term thinking.
Many people may not be able to afford the upfront lifetime cost, but are able to swing the monthly fee.
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Old 07-30-2014, 03:02 PM   #39
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Many people may not be able to afford the upfront lifetime cost, but are able to swing the monthly fee.
If that's the case then they should save up and buy lifetime when they have enough. We, unfortunately, live in a culture where it's become all about the payment. So many people live right on the razors edge because they spend every dime they make on payments and never learn to save.
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Old 07-30-2014, 07:35 PM   #40
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If that's the case then they should save up and buy lifetime when they have enough. We, unfortunately, live in a culture where it's become all about the payment. So many people live right on the razors edge because they spend every dime they make on payments and never learn to save.
Agree!
When I gave a raise to one of my managers he went out and borrowed the amount he could with easy monthly payments = to the increase in his take home pay, changing his raise into a bonus, you can't live other peoples lives.
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If that's the case then they should save up and buy lifetime when they have enough. We, unfortunately, live in a culture where it's become all about the payment. So many people live right on the razors edge because they spend every dime they make on payments and never learn to save.
Yup. Exactly.

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Agree!
When I gave a raise to one of my managers he went out and borrowed the amount he could with easy monthly payments = to the increase in his take home pay, changing his raise into a bonus, you can't live other peoples lives.
Wow, that's pretty bad! And he'll pay for whatever he bought with that several times over!
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