As also noted here: Mini on ebay I found an e-bay listing selling new Minis for around $95. The listing was a bit strange, as it was under Lots not electronics, and didn't show up under normal searches, but I found it listed under the "other things like this" or whatever at the bottom of another listing. Red flag #1, selling a new TiVo Mini for well under market value Red flag #2, the seller had 0 feedback. I ignored my better judgement and bought it, and now I'm in the midst of the scam. I received a TiVo Mini direct from TiVo. When I went to activate it, it said it was already activated - which was somewhat expected, given it came right from TiVo. I tried to chat to get it activated but they said I had to call in to activate. The CSR was very helpful but also said lots of things like "hmmm, that's strange." Bottom line, the TiVo was purchased at full retail price ($150) with a credit card that doesn't match the seller's name in any way, shape or form. It was activated under a new account with my name/address but an e-mail address that isn't mine (nor did it match the one on Ebay/Paypal from the transaction.) So there's two possibilities, both of which I discussed at length with the CSR: Note that when TiVo receives a chargeback for a TiVo, they deactivate the box, no matter who is in possession of it. 1) The card was a stolen card. I urged the CSR to contact their payment processor to trigger an investigation of the transaction. In this case I suspect the credit card company would notify the owner of the card, cancel the card, and likely eat the $150. In this scenario, the credit card company gets scammed, TiVo gets their money and I got a deal. But that may depend on TiVo's agreement with their payment processor. TiVo may receive a chargeback from the credit card issuer - in this case, I get scammed. 2) The card is legit, but the seller will initiate a chargeback sometime between 30 and 60 days. This scam takes advantage of the difference between a typical credit card's chargeback window (60 days) and the E-bay feedback/buyer protection window (30 days.) Again, in this case, I get scammed. I want no part of this either way, so I initiated a return with the seller, which is obviously not going well. I'll do what I can to make sure the scammer doesn't get his/her $95, but that will probably depend on how E-bay/Paypal react.