$200 Rebate on S3 Coming May 27

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  1. Jun 4, 2007 #341 of 514
    That Don Guy

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    That's what I did (after getting a DHL tracking number (turns out it was just for the Extended Warranty) and then wondering why the DHL delivery was in a small envelope).

    (Shipped from Florida? That's five days out to where I live. The one good thing about that is, it's scheduled to be shipped on Thursday, and I have Friday off so I can be home if they won't deliver it without a signature, and don't have to drive to the UPS office to pick it up. I just hope the Extended Warranty number doesn't expire before I can register it for the S3.)

    -- Don
     
  2. Jun 4, 2007 #342 of 514
    toolkit

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    TiVo tries not to undersell the third parties. If you go to Best Buy or someplace like that, you are likely to find the TiVo for the MSRP of 799, then minus the $200 rebate, it would cost you $599. That is therefore the same price TiVo is selling them direct right now.

    It's a coincidence that the TCS price is $599. It would probably be less confusing if the TCS price had been $629 or $579 or something else. They happen to be selling them for $200 below the MSRP (list) price of $799. Then you get another $200 in rebate, so your end cost would be around $399 from TCS (or any one of a few other places that sell it for about $600 - mostly online places).
     
  3. Jun 4, 2007 #343 of 514
    Blahman

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    My signature kind of gives it away, but yeah I bit on this deal. I've been waiting for a good price on the S3 and this was within the range of reason. I was up as Amazon rolled around to midnight and used my Prime for next day shipping cost of $3.99.

    Cablevision doofus came on Friday and the cards were installed.

    He wasn't out of the house 10 minutes and I was plugging in the eSATA.

    Found out on Saturday that somehow even though they only installed the 2 cards they entered it as 3.

    (You might be wondering so I'll make it clear, I don't think highly of Cablevision or the Dolans).
     
  4. Jun 4, 2007 #344 of 514
    moyekj

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    I sent the kind folks at TCS an email along with my order # and received a prompt response with a UPS tracking # within a couple of hours. UPS shows Billing Information Received so the package has not yet started shipping but now I know the process has started and will be a few days before I receive it (I used the default free shipping option since there is no rush).
     
  5. Jun 4, 2007 #345 of 514
    Sadara

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    Thank you very much! Just what I needed to make sure of!!
     
  6. Jun 4, 2007 #346 of 514
    tivoupgrade

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    Any upgraded units ordered from the TiVo Community Store are fulfilled by DVRupgrade and are double-boxed.

    I do not know if un-upgraded units provided through TCS are double-boxed, they are fulfilled by another supplier.

    Lou
     
  7. Jun 4, 2007 #347 of 514
    saberman

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    It also supports downloading movies from Amazon.com BUT NOT FROM YOUR OWN PC!!!!!!!!!
     
  8. Jun 4, 2007 #348 of 514
    dmk1974

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    Did you (or anyone else on this thread) make such a deal with TiVo? I would think that it is worth it to forego the rebate if you get the free lifetime transfer plus the 1-year of service on the box that you are transferring from. The S3 box should hold its value better than the S1 or S2 box you are transferring from and having lifetime versus being locked in to a 3-year contract for MSD service (which will cost $250 over 3 years anyway) seems better. Right?
     
  9. Jun 5, 2007 #349 of 514
    maynerd

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    I am not going this route. The reason is this.

    Transfer of lifetime costs
    $599 for S3
    $199 for Lifetime transfer

    $798 up front
    1 yr of S2 service then it's gone.

    Add S3 into MSR costs
    $599 for S3
    -$200 rebate
    +250.20 ($6.95/mo for 3 years)
    $649.20 after 3 years

    $599 up front & 6.95/mo for 3 years (retain useage of 2 tivos)

    Cost difference $148.8

    For me to catch up to the original upfront of costs going the MSR route it take an additional 21.4 months. So basically going the route of MSR it would basically take 5 years to catch up with the lifetime transfer option. The way I see it, by 5 years I'll be onto something bigger and better and getting rid of my S3. I still have time to change my mind so please convince me otherwise.
     
  10. Jun 5, 2007 #350 of 514
    dmk1974

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    Very good points and thought process.

    Let me propose another scenario. If lifetime isn't really worth what it used to be (looking foreward the next 3 years), should I just go and sell my S3 DVD-R Lifetime Plus box on ebay (should be able to fetch ~$600) and then buy the 3-year pre-pay on one S3 and then MSD the 2nd S3? I keep that lifetime box in the basement and rarely ever use it.

    Selling that S2 Lifetime Plus box would pay for 75% of my two new S2's and by making one a 3-year pre-pay instead of MSD would only cost $49.80 extra for that box over a 3-year period ($1.36/mo).
     
  11. Jun 5, 2007 #351 of 514
    joysbox

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    Update: Got the S3 last night - was still on my porch, but UPS did put a nice protective plasic bag around it since it had been raining.

    Unpacked and got most everything going. Since I had VZ drop off the cable cards the week before, I was able to just get started. Called VZ to activate the cards - and quickly realized that one of the cable cards is BAD! So we had to just install the one and now I have to wait for a second one..... grrrrrr. (vz just hung up on my again!)

    Upside, was happy to see that Tivo included a HDMI cable in the box - I was too tired to go out to buy one last night if it had not been in the box.

    cool looking box too.
    j
     
  12. Jun 5, 2007 #352 of 514
    Irvinraw

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    Apparently, TiVo will let you transfer the lifetime service for free, instead of receiving the $200 rebate. So the purchase of the S3 is the total cost at $599.


    Irv
     
  13. Jun 5, 2007 #353 of 514
    Rowan

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    So how does that work? I called them last week and they told me that they do not transfer lifetime service anymore (unless it is a grandfathered/pre 2000 unit)

    I am interested in this because I have just ordered a S2 and have a S1 with lifetime service and would love to transfer the service but was told they have stopped doing it.

    Rowan
     
  14. Jun 5, 2007 #354 of 514
    maynerd

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    Were you able to transfer for free? Where did you hear this?
     
  15. Jun 5, 2007 #355 of 514
    Irvinraw

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    Maynerd,

    I actually didn't try to transfer yet. But I was referring to your previous post above about free transfer. Perhaps I should have written possible free lifetime transfer. I guess we need to find the right CSR.


    Irv
     
  16. Jun 5, 2007 #356 of 514
    maynerd

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    Oh ok, cause what I posted above was just 'hearsay' since it could have been just a misinformed CSR. If anyone does transfer for free....please let us know!
     
  17. Jun 5, 2007 #357 of 514
    c3

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    The only free lifetime transfer available is for lifetime service purchased before 1/20/2000, and it's one time only.
     
  18. Jun 5, 2007 #358 of 514
    Alan Gordon

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    I cancelled my order from Amazon, and intend on ordering from the TiVo Community Store instead. Hopefully, they will still have some in stock this weekend when I order...

    ~Alan
     
  19. Jun 5, 2007 #359 of 514
    fareal

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    I could have sworn I read a question in this thread asking about the 3-month free service coupon that comes in the S3 and if you could use it in conjunction with the father's day rebate. I assume you can, anyone disagree? When you use this coupon it appears that you actually activate your TiVo therefore satisfying the requirement of the rebate by activating by July 16, 2007.
     
  20. Jun 5, 2007 #360 of 514
    Alan Gordon

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    There is a 3-month free service coupon?

    ~Alan
     

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