Cruel Joke- "Special" HD offer

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by audio, Aug 17, 2007.

  1. audio

    audio New Member

    Feb 11, 2006
    Just got my TiVo credit card statement and inside was a flyer for TiVo HD.

    The flyer states "Special Tivo offer for Barclays cardmembers" and includes a "special" website. The website is w3dotTiVodotcomslashbarclays. (Sorry for the spelling, tivocommunity won't let me post a URL).

    I log onto website and, lo and behold, I can get a TiVo HD box for $299.99 and a free year of service when I purchase a two year subscription!!!

    Thanks a lot TiVo. Not only can I not buy a TiVo HD with reward options, you send me a TiVo HD teaser that links to a deal that's AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE.

    It's almost insulting enough to cancel my two TiVo subscriptions, cancel my TiVo credit card and get a DVR from the cable company or DirecTV.

    That's great that you want to offer a special to TiVo cardmembers but please, don't try to sell me a "special"offer when everyone can get this offer.
  2. audio

    audio New Member

    Feb 11, 2006
  3. captain_video

    captain_video Member

    Feb 28, 2002
    I think it's called advertising. :D
  4. jrm01

    jrm01 New Member

    Oct 17, 2003
    It is advertised as a "special" offer for Barclay's customers. Nothing special about it.

    I'd complain to Barclay, not Tivo.
  5. funtoupgrade

    funtoupgrade New Member

    Mar 15, 2005
    The TiVo credit card is handled by Juniper Bank, not Barclay's. Obviously Barclay's paid for the flyer and paid TiVo to include it in their statement. In this case, TiVo would have no control over the content.
  6. minckster

    minckster New Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Manhattan NYC
    :confused: Did you forget a wink smiley? If not, I have a few questions.

    Why would Barclay's pay TiVo to advertise TiVos? How is it that TiVo accepted such payment, yet has no control over the flyer advertising their product? Doesn't TiVo still have trademarks, copyrights, or something? How did Barclay's hack into and create the page

    Pedestrian Offer!
  7. mick66

    mick66 Dirty Burger

    Oct 15, 2004
    The 'verse
    Special ≠ Exclusive
    I find the vast majority of advertising to be insulting to my intelligence.
  8. cowboys2002

    cowboys2002 Well-Known Member

    Jun 15, 2001
    Cypress, TX
    Barclays or whichever bank sen tthe offer is hoping/banking on the cardholder not paying the balance in full and collecting interest.

    Plus, I'm sure they struck some sort of advertising deal with Tivo and will get a commission for evert customer that signs up (same reason my many cell phone dealers offer free phones).

    Yes, most if not all advertising is insulting even to a caveman (pun intended). Toss the offer, and move on.
  9. jrm01

    jrm01 New Member

    Oct 17, 2003
    Yes, however:

    Special = Not available to everyone, every day, everywhere
  10. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

    Jul 6, 2002
    Barclay's took over Juniper and now handles Tivo credit cards.
    and not very well in my opinion.

    This happened earlier this year.

  11. jakerock

    jakerock Hey ho howdy!

    Dec 9, 2002
    Lee, NH
    “Everyone’s special, Dash.”

    “That’s just another way of saying nobody is.”
  12. TiVotion

    TiVotion Early Adoptersaurus

    Dec 6, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    I've probably seen offers like these for hundreds of products and services in my lifetime. I don't think I've ever been "so insulted" as to want to throw the product away. It's advertising. Don't take everything so personally.

    You're special. Just like everyone else.
  13. mick66

    mick66 Dirty Burger

    Oct 15, 2004
    The 'verse
    not necessarily. calls it "special" and makes it available to everyone, every day, everywhere.
  14. jrm01

    jrm01 New Member

    Oct 17, 2003
    I guess that Tivo considers all of us as special.
  15. MighTiVo

    MighTiVo TiVotarian

    Oct 26, 2000
    Nashville, TN
    Typically ads are paid by the company that has the product for sale, not the company that delivers the advertisement :)
  16. MickeS

    MickeS Active Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    I hate these kinds of "special offers" too. I've seen them on a lot more products than TiVo though.

    You'd think in this case they could at least do SOMETHING special, like throw in some free Unbox movies, reduce the price by $10, give you a reduced price incl 1 year sub on a second machine, or something...

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