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Old 12-02-2013, 11:13 PM   #511
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What is the Costco item number for the pro?
Easy to call your local store with the number before heading out.
They will also look up the item number and tell you what stores have them.
Was at my local Costco this evening. Didn't purchase one but they had the Roamio plus as others have indicated for $349.99. Costco item number 800040.
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:51 AM   #512
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I looked again at the UPS information and was shocked that the ship from address was BESTBUY.COM FINDLAY, OH, US , the truth will come out Tuesday when I get the 9.2lb package from UPS/ Best Buy ??? Will it really be a new Roamio+ ???
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If it makes you feel any better I had a similar experience when I purchased a TiVo from McLego.com. They shipped from Bestbuy.com. Everything was as if I purchased the TiVo directly from BestBuy and not McLego.com. In fact there was no mention of McLego.com anywhere on the box. The shipping invoice and return shipping label were all BestBuy.

BestBuy must be handling the shipment of some of the small internet companies. I had zero problems with my shipment. If you have any problems with the TiVo you will be dealing with BestBuy, which may be a better thing.
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:17 PM   #513
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BestBuy must be handling the shipment of some of the small internet companies.
Yeah it's called drop shipping, though there usually is at least an attempt to disguise the distributor's identity with labels and package slips and what not. Guess not in this case.
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:40 PM   #514
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Yeah it's called drop shipping, though there usually is at least an attempt to disguise the distributor's identity with labels and package slips and what not. Guess not in this case.
Or it could be fencing. Selling goods online way below market value is a great way to cash out stolen credit card numbers.
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:42 PM   #515
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Or it could be fencing. Selling goods online way below market value is a great way to cash out stolen credit card numbers.
Wow, I never thought of that!

That McLego site is mad shady. Try clicking on the links on the bottom, none of them work except for the "contact us" link.
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Old 12-03-2013, 02:00 PM   #516
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Or it could be fencing. Selling goods online way below market value is a great way to cash out stolen credit card numbers.
Good point, who would have the loss, me for purchasing stolen TiVo or Best Buy for taking in a stolen CC or the CC company ??
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Old 12-03-2013, 02:53 PM   #517
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What is the Costco item number for the pro?
Costco is not selling the pro, they are selling the Plus. Item #80040

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Old 12-03-2013, 03:02 PM   #518
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Good point, who would have the loss, me for purchasing stolen TiVo or Best Buy for taking in a stolen CC or the CC company ??
That's a tough one. Even if you simply suspect something could be stolen, or purchased with stolen money/CC/DC, and you do the right thing, you could find yourself having to hand over what you purchased as evidence.

Then the nightmare has only begun.

I'd play dumb, maybe even redact posts about it, if I suddenly had such suspicions.

I'd review the fine print of the protection your card gives you, and be sure if the property is taken as evidence, you get your money back (and WHEN you get it back), before making any inquiries.
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Old 12-03-2013, 03:23 PM   #519
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Good point, who would have the loss, me for purchasing stolen TiVo or Best Buy for taking in a stolen CC or the CC company ??
This is a common problem with pre-paid phone service cards/pins. If the carrier finds out the pin was purchased with a stolen credit card, they will revoke the credit from the phone account that used the pin.
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Old 12-03-2013, 03:27 PM   #520
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Costco is not selling the pro, they are selling the Plus. Item #80040

https://www.dropbox.com/sc/f64inp87zfdevhv/bhp5ne3Nie
Please indicate the Costco location I did not find in Southern California, not all Costcos carries the same stuff, inclusive in the same area.

About purchase in Costco is good because the return policy, but you pay taxes instead online offer ABT.com is free taxes and shipping, I must add Tivo protection.

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Old 12-03-2013, 03:31 PM   #521
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Re: Fenced TiVos?

New thread material perhaps, before panic/chaos/wild speculation consumes this one, which has kept on-track amazingly well, so far?
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Old 12-03-2013, 03:54 PM   #522
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About purchase in Costco is good because the return policy, but you pay taxes instead online offer ABT.com is free taxes and shipping, I must add Tivo protection.
I don't see it on sale at ABT.com so even with tax Costco has a better price.
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Old 12-03-2013, 05:21 PM   #523
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I have a Premiere that started service in February 2009. I've signed up for the annual service which is ~$129. If I buy a new Roamio do you think I'll get the lifetime $99 offer on my old Premiere and if yes, what would the Premiere with Lifetime be worth? Thanks.
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Old 12-03-2013, 05:25 PM   #524
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I don't see it on sale at ABT.com so even with tax Costco has a better price.
If you read the thread it has been mentioned several times the Abt sale is unadvertised and all you need to do is initiate an online chat with a sales rep to get it.
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Old 12-03-2013, 05:44 PM   #525
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If you read the thread it has been mentioned several times the Abt sale is unadvertised and all you need to do is initiate an online chat with a sales rep to get it.
ABT wouldn't give it to me for $339, but I managed to get it down to $350

[Kate D.] I do apologize I am unable to offer an additional $10 off past the $349.99
[Kate D.] The price of $349.99 is the lowest we are able to offer on that unit
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Old 12-03-2013, 05:51 PM   #526
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I have a Premiere that started service in February 2009. I've signed up for the annual service which is ~$129. If I buy a new Roamio do you think I'll get the lifetime $99 offer on my old Premiere and if yes, what would the Premiere with Lifetime be worth? Thanks.
Look at my signature.

Nobody's asking about the LT Premieres...
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:19 PM   #527
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Look at my signature.

Nobody's asking about the LT Premieres...
So your prices are too high. I can offer my Verizon stock at $60 a share and it won't move. VZ closed at $49.60 which should be able to clear the market for my position. So, what are LT Premieres worth besides less than what you are asking?
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:23 PM   #528
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So your prices are too high. I can offer my Verizon stock at $60 a share and it won't move. VZ closed at $49.60 which should be able to clear the market for my position. So, what are LT Premieres worth besides less than what you are asking?
I sold 2 lifetime premieres on eBay last week. One xl for 355 and one base for 328 with 320gb drive. Both were 2 tuners.
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:27 PM   #529
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sophia mart is not legit (evidence below)

I've been following this thread to see if Sophia mart is legit. Sophia mart claims to be under darkspero.com. So i emailed a contact at juicekick.com, a darkspero company, which appears to be reputable. here is the response:

We have no connection to sophiamart, but are receiving a lot of calls from customers who have purchased something on their website. They placed our company info on their site. We are not affiliated with them in any way. We have emailed them to remove our info from their site, but thus have not heard back.

Sincerely,
Jessica

Please do NOT order from sophia mart. I hope lessd gets their order. to add my speculation, I"m guessing sophia mart will fulfill a few orders through bestbuy and then use the boost in reputation to get a lot of orders and then disappear.

Sorry to highjack this forum but I'm guessing I'm not the only one tempted by the deals on sophia mart.
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:37 PM   #530
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Yesterday I bought for $339.99 maybe still on offer if you chat with them

http://www.abt.com/product/72409/TiVo-TCD848000.html

Costco is only available in store not stores in all cities, not all members.
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:43 PM   #531
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ABT wouldn't give it to me for $339, but I managed to get it down to $350

[Kate D.] I do apologize I am unable to offer an additional $10 off past the $349.99
[Kate D.] The price of $349.99 is the lowest we are able to offer on that unit
I'd try again with a different rep, unless the promotion actually finally ended today. I spoke with 2 or 3 reps before I was ready to pull the trigger and they all offered $339.
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:49 PM   #532
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OK, I chatted with Tivo today and can transfer my $6.99 monthly service to a Roamio and then get $99 lifetime for the Premiere that currently has the $6.99 monthly.

Here is the question: If I keep the Roamio and one Premiere I paid full price on the lifetime on my account (qualifying box for the $6.99 monthly), I take it I can sell all my other lifetime units to pay for another 3 minis, right? Can I have one Roamio plus, one premiere and 4 minis with no issues (except for potential tuner conflicts)?

Will the minis ever be able to snag tuners from the 2 tuner Premiere or should I keep my Elite and my Roamio Plus to give me 10 total tuners? And, if you have both, do the minis go to either unit or do they have to be "tied" to a unit?
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I've got some more good news concerning the Abt $339 deal. I was just looking over my Amex offers on the Amex website and came across this offer. If you paid with your Amex card, the Abt deal is now a $319 Plus I called Amex to confirm the offer and the rep says it'll be applied automatically after 2 billing cycles.


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Old 12-03-2013, 09:00 PM   #534
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Did you know Walmart will also do price-matching, just without the gift card offer. Earlier I tried to look at the Wal-mart web site and it was too busy.
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:28 PM   #535
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Questions about doing the Abt.com pricing:

- After chatting, the deal is completed on the phone? So that would negate any click-through shopping portal cash back I'm guessing? Or do they adjust the price in your cart?

- Can anyone foresee any problems paying with 2 Abt.com gift cards + remaining balance on credit card?
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Note, you can still order the Roamio + $50 gift card from bestbuy.com as "backordered" and supposedly ships within 1-2 weeks.

Argh, somehow I thought the other deal (the other money back) was more than just yesterday.. ohwell..

Also, note you can get 1% back (it too was more -- 4% yesterday at least for some items) through ebates.com.

and today I bought $150 Best Buy gift cards from Safeway because I got a $25 off $50 grocery store coupon (sure, more than I usually spend, but I get into the $30-40 range EASILY, so can just buy a bit more stuff that I need anyway earlier than I will otherwise).
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I've been following this thread to see if Sophia mart is legit. Sophia mart claims to be under darkspero.com. So i emailed a contact at juicekick.com, a darkspero company, which appears to be reputable. here is the response:

We have no connection to sophiamart, but are receiving a lot of calls from customers who have purchased something on their website. They placed our company info on their site. We are not affiliated with them in any way. We have emailed them to remove our info from their site, but thus have not heard back.

Sincerely,
Jessica

Please do NOT order from sophia mart. I hope lessd gets their order. to add my speculation, I"m guessing sophia mart will fulfill a few orders through bestbuy and then use the boost in reputation to get a lot of orders and then disappear.

Sorry to highjack this forum but I'm guessing I'm not the only one tempted by the deals on sophia mart.
I got the TiVo from the sophia mart order but it was fulfilled by Best Buy, the Roamio + had a DOM of Oct 13, 2013 so it is new, again my payment was $320.99, if I needed to return the Roamio+ it gives Best Buy as the place to return the unit, if there is a scam here I have not found it, YMMV. My invoice does has a Best Buy order number and there is no mention of sophia mart on any paperwork that came with the Roamio +.
The Web address is

http://www.sophiamart.com/tivo-roami...dvr-tcd848000/
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I got my Roamio Pro from best buy, they did PM the Tivo offer but manager told me right away no GC. He called it double dipping . I had also AMEX offer for $25 @BB. Happy camper here.

I live in Bay Area and saw Tivo + in 2 different Costco's for $350.
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I got my Roamio Pro from best buy, they did PM the Tivo offer but manager told me right away no GC. He called it double dipping . I had also AMEX offer for $25 @BB. Happy camper here.

I live in Bay Area and saw Tivo + in 2 different Costco's for $350.
Well, I'm sure that at least one Best Buy General Manager is aware of this thread, and who knows how many total Best Buy employees come through here in a day.

Even say what I just said isn't true, want to guess how many people blurted out that they were aware of other stores doing it, when the store they were at said no, then referenced TCF, or even slapped down a printed copy of a success-story, or my how-to guide? People get downright scary in that holiday shopping window. There were shootings and robberies in my area over holiday deals. Mix that with: "This guy got it, I want that too!" People get crazy.

I'm beginning to think the two different listings, with two different SKUs, per Roamio model, one with GC, and one without, were part of a plan to thwart "double-dipping", that didn't quite work as well as designed, or too many of the right people didn't get the inter-store memo (or maybe just didn't understand it).

They do have internet at their fingertips, at every checkout. Just a few things overheard, and a bit of searching could lead right here. I'm just happy to be done with it, and have the hardware I sought.

Thanks, again, to those who got the BB "double-dip" PM+GC ball rolling!
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I'm beginning to think the two different listings, with two different SKUs, per Roamio model, one with GC, and one without, were part of a plan to thwart "double-dipping", that didn't quite work as well as designed, or too many of the right people didn't get the inter-store memo (or maybe just didn't understand it).
You are correct. The website had two listings for each Tivo model--one with GC and one without--the last time I checked. As per your own words the GC promotion ended 12/2 so I haven't checked again since Sunday.
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