$200 Rebate on S3 Coming May 27

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by gatorbait, May 19, 2007.

  1. jacksonian

    jacksonian New Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    North Carolina


    Just ordered my second S3 from the TivoCommunity Store. Tough to beat the $599 with free shipping and no tax (meaning I don't have to leave my house and hassle with BB, plus I get to support the TiVoCommunity store!).
  2. snitm

    snitm Member

    Jul 9, 2006
    Um, and how do you expect to save yourself $150? I took advantage of the welcome back promotion too and would love to understand this. The welcome back price was $499 with free shipping and a free tivo wireless adaptor.

    So say you get the tivo $599 price and rebate of $200; leaves you with $399. Max savings of $100 when compared with the welcome back offer. Now if you're like me and actually need the tivo wireless usb adaptor then you'd ultimately save around $50.

    And if you elected to return your welcome back tivo you'd have to pay the shipping; which would eat into your $100 savings.

    Long story short, doesn't seem worth the hassle just to save $50. But that's just me...
  3. fareal

    fareal Member

    Feb 16, 2004
    So Cal
    Had a feeling that question would come up. I think I described my scenario in a previous post of mine in this same thread, but maybe not all the details.

    I'm in California so I was charged tax on the full retail price of the S3 which was about $65. It will cost me about $15 to send the S3 back to TiVo.com. Thats how I came up with the saving of $150. I do not need the wireless adapter.
  4. inaka

    inaka Well-Known Member

    Nov 26, 2001
    Personally, the internal upgrade path doesn't seem worth it at all.
    You can add a 500GB external eSATA drive for about $150.

    I bought the $99 500GB from from frys.com (I posted the link earlier in this thread) and bought an external Apricorn enclosure from Newegg (includes esata cable) for just under $50.

    The external option seems like you'll get far more bang for your buck, but if you're apprehensive about a feature that isn't fully supported that could be a valid concern for some. For me? I'm willing to take the risk.
  5. Lensman

    Lensman Member

    Dec 22, 2001
    Hoboken, NJ...


    I'm going the eSata route as well. I figure:
    1. It's easy to set up. If it continues to work out, great!
    2. If at some point, eSata stops working, I'll use the drive as a replacement internal drive and do a standard upgrade.
  6. AbMagFab

    AbMagFab What happened, TiVo?

    Feb 5, 2001
    You can get an external eSATA 750GB for $200.

    You can get an internal SATA 750GB for $200.

    So same price for both, and if you do both, you get even more storage.

    No brainer to do the internal and external upgrade.
  7. tlc

    tlc Active Member

    May 29, 2002
    I have an old S1 eligible for the grandfather clause transfer. Any idea if I can get the rebate if I use that?
  8. lessd

    lessd Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    You will get the rebate if you buy at the correct retailer (like Amazon.com) on or after the 27th
  9. hoby

    hoby is a member

    Nov 18, 2002
    I pulled the trigger this morning at the TC store! I haven't had a Tivo since I ditched DirecTV over a year ago, and got rid of my old HDR10-250 (which was spendy as an early adopter)!

    I can't wait, and waiting for installer to bring the cards will be rough!
  10. URPREY

    URPREY Closet TiVo User

    Sep 12, 2003
    Louisville, KY
    I bought mine last night. I've been suffering with a Motorola DVR cable box from Insight for far too long. I have a Tivo S2 in my theater, but on my 100" screen it's not a very good experience. Can't wait to get my Series 3! I'm dreading the visit from the cable guy though.
  11. ewilts

    ewilts Who, me?

    Feb 26, 2002
    Mounds View, MN
    The upgrade to the internal drive isn't supported either! If you're looking for a fully support solution, stick with the stock 250GB internal drive until TiVo announces something else.

  12. lionelhutz

    lionelhutz New Member

    Jul 13, 2002
    Just to confirm, is the consensus that Tivos purchased from Costco ARE eligible for the rebate?


  13. jraneses

    jraneses Jason R.

    Apr 11, 2007
    Irvine, CA
    Yes, if you check out the S3 page on costco.com, the rebate is noted and the form is available as well.

  14. lionelhutz

    lionelhutz New Member

    Jul 13, 2002
    Perfect. Thanks. The rebate was not there last night when I ordered it.
  15. Lenonn

    Lenonn Member TCF Club

    May 30, 2004
    Well, I talked with my brother, as he is knowledgable in all things tech. I've decided to wait on the series 3 (particularly, for MRV, TTG and external storage to be enabled). Also, he mentioned something about a possibly lower-priced, less feature-laden HD TiVo coming out at some point.

    For the immediate future, I'm going to try RCN's HD DVR and see how I feel about it. But I may get the TiVo Series 3 at some point down the road - just not now.
  16. NOD

    NOD Chim Richalds

    Aug 26, 2006
    Yeah, I saw your first answer, but then people were wandering around talking about getting it from other sites that were more expensive. What I was really asking is why bother doing amazon or costco when they'll be more expensive than the ones from TCF
  17. Rowan

    Rowan Member

    Jun 29, 2000
    Carrollton, TX
    So I see a few posts talking about some of the S1 Tivos that are grandfathered. What exactly is that, I have two S1 tivos with lifetime subscriptions that have activation dates of Sep 22 2000 and Aug 21 2000 do they qualify?

    I am not so sure they do because I called and talked to a TiVo yesterday and they told me that they no TiVos are eligible for transfers anymore and that the promotion was stopped a month ago. So I have to tell them something special to make them transfer one of them to a new S3 TiVo?

    Thanks for any help,

  18. AbMagFab

    AbMagFab What happened, TiVo?

    Feb 5, 2001
    Because many people trust Amazon and Costco more than a web-site shop. And Amazon and Costco are more likely to take care of problems.

    And ~$6 difference is hardly cheap enough to warrant any additional risk.
  19. CrispyCritter

    CrispyCritter Purple Ribbon Wearer

    Feb 28, 2001
    No. The grandfather clause applies to TiVos with activation dates before Jan 21, 2000 (that's when they changed the contract language to make clearer that lifetime went with the unit).
  20. snathanb

    snathanb New Member

    Sep 13, 2006

    I have every faith in TCS, and I'd rather support the them for providing this excellent site.

    Costco has an excellent return policy, but would add tax and a membership to the purchase for me, making it a poor option.

    Amazon is ok, but it was a couple bucks more. Their free shipping is "super saver" which seems to take a while longer than standard UPS.

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