$200 Rebate on S3 Coming May 27

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

  1. lutton

    lutton New Member

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    Do you know any members? Have them acquire a Costco cash card for you. Heck, you should be able to have them get you a $25 card, and pay the rest in cash or with AMEX at the store.

    The way I read their CostCo cash card terms - link - is that only members can purchase the card, but anyone can use them to make a purchase at CostCo or online:
     
  2. GooberMan

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    I don't know any members since there are no Costcos anywhere near me. The S3, as someone stated above, is an online only item for Costco, not available in stores. Since I can get free and fast shipping from Amazon, I'm going that route. If I do have problems during the warranty period of the box, can I contact Tivo directly? I've seen many posts where people have gotten replacement boxes from Tivo. Do you have to buy from them directly for that to be the case?
     
  3. CrispyCritter

    CrispyCritter Purple Ribbon Wearer

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    My TiVo is now announcing the rebate offer (gold star - or the tivo guy equivalent); I hadn't seen that before. However, it does say that the terms and conditions are at tivo.com/Dad but that link doesn't appear to be active yet.
     
  4. GoHokies!

    GoHokies! O2->CO2 Converter

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    Non members can shop online and pay a smallish (10-15% I think) surcharge instead of buy a membership.

    That said, anyone that wants a Costco Cash card or wants me to shop for them in the DC/Baltimore area, I'd be happy to help out.
     
  5. GooberMan

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    In this case, though, the "smallish surcharge" would be more than the membership. :)
     
  6. rmassey

    rmassey Damn, these are fun!

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    Why all the hoopla about Costco? if you are not already a memeber, go with Amazon.

    Costco membership is what, $45-50 + you get to pay tax ($42 @ 7%) on the S3.

    Amazon is $606, free ship, no tax and saves you a trip to Costco. You could always get the 2 yr electronics warranty from Amazon for $79 and it's still cheaper than Costco membership + Tax.
     
  7. lutton

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    I may jump on the bandwagon via the amazon deal once the rebate period goes live...

    (don't tell my wife!)
     
  8. GooberMan

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    I'm buying from Amazon. If I do have problems during the warranty period of the box, can I contact Tivo directly? I've seen many posts where people have gotten replacement boxes from Tivo. Do you have to buy from them directly for that to be the case?
     
  9. Doh

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    I don't even have HDTV and I'm feeling the UMF on this one. ;)
     
  10. garyore

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    Buy with a american express card and you get double the warranty period with no charge.
     
  11. garyore

    garyore New Member

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    Buy with american express charge card and double your warranty time without additonal charge. :D
     
  12. flipit

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    My S3 also had a "$200 off promotion" option, ad references www.tivo.com/dad.
    I found it interesting that the message on my S3 referred to the promotion as "save $200 instantly when you buy a device and service", which sounds like a tivo.co discount program.
     
  13. c3

    c3 TiVoholic

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    Tivo.com will have $200 discount (off MSRP) for S3 to match the $200 rebate, just like the current $150 S2DT discount/rebate.
     
  14. sfhub

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    Pre-warning, as usual any unit purchased from tivo.com cannot get MSD service pricing. It can qualify additional units to get MSD, but it itself cannot get the $6 off MSD discount on monthly payment.
     
  15. c3

    c3 TiVoholic

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    Get a package with gift card instead of pre-activation. GC works fine with MSD. However, the price from tivo.com is very likely to be much higher than other places.
     
  16. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    If only MRV were already available I wouldn't hesitate to purchase another S3 with or without this rebate... I'm still leaning towards just renting cable company HD DVR for a while as a 2nd unit to see what happens on the MRV/TTG front. Prices will continue to head down so it's not like this $200 rebate is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Then there's the whole double exposure to the SDV threat by having 2 S3 units that worries me a little too...
     
  17. sfhub

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    Cool, didn't realize they even had that option.
     
  18. BlackBetty

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    I think you're right. I bet this $200 rebate will sell a lot of S3's and the rebate will be here to stay come late summer.

    Heck, maybe places like TCF and Amazon will carry it for $499 at that point. $299 after rebate is the magic price point (I believe).
     
  19. jraneses

    jraneses Jason R.

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    I'm in the same boat as you, being from the OC area, specifically Irvine. With how slow Cox moves with everything, I don't anticipate SDV being a threat around here anytime soon. If everything goes as planned, I'm going to order two S3's this weekend.

    I just so happened to be near the Cox store a few days ago, so I stopped by and inquired about the service fee for CC installation, and they quoted me an outrageous number, roughly $40 per card. Talk about insane! I told them I'd need 4 installed during that single visit, so they said they'd give me a "discount". Even so, I can't believe they have the gall to try and charge that much. I guess they're trying to make up for the fact that I'll be paying much less renting the CableCards per month.
     
  20. moyekj

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    I'd be a little careful. I'm not so sure SDV is that far out in our area. There was a planned 30 minute outage just last week in my area and a bunch of Cox trucks parked at the node enclosures close to my home installing some new equipment. I have no way of knowing if that was SDV related in any way of course, but there have been articles stating Cox would be testing out SDV in select markets sometime this year and I fear that the OC market being a pretty big one may be one of those markets. I'm OK with 1 S3 even if the whole digital lineup goes SDV since I can still use it for all the network channels OTA, but having a 2nd S3 with such a limited lineup would not do me much good.
     

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