This is an FYI for those buying used equipment:
While in the past I was able to usually find a CSR who would activate an "old" card, with a nused receiver (a receiver you bought used, new to use, but not a leased unit), there is a gotcha.
If you "trick" a CSR to marry-up an old card, the unit shows up as "Leased", no matter how you tell them.
Even if you try later to get it moved to -Owned-, they'll say (access card dept) : "We can't do that because you used an old access card to activate the receiver".
So basically, they won't relist it as "owned" unless you get a new card.
Ok, that sucks, but you deal with it I guess.......
I know (like me) want to save the $20. But the best bet is to get a new access card, and make sure its OWNED when you activate the new card.
New access cards have a 9 day window FROM THE DAY YOU ORDER IT, not the day you receive it.
Make SURE you activate it as soon as you get it.
Even if the usps takes 8 days to deliver it, and you wait 2 days (to make it 10, and go over the 9), they'll hard-ball you into another card.
I built up a used DSR704 for my parents, and mailed them the unit.
I told them to call me the second it arrived.
Well, it took 5 days to get the new access card. They didn't call me until 5 days later.
Like I said, it doesn't matter how long it took the USPS to get it to you, its 9 days from the moment you order it.
I was one day over the limit.
They simply refused use the 10 day old card. Retention didn't help.
Since my parents are new subscribers, they have zero leverage I guess, unless they want to pay $12.50/month for 23 months to opt out.
What really made me mad was they told me it was going out FEDEX on the phone. (the first time I ordered one).
It went USPS.
Anyway, there's my experience and advice with the access-card facists.
I understand outstanding account balances. But wow, what's all the access-card drama for??