Disposing of old Tivos

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  1. bebw

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    Is there any place where I should dispose of old Tivos? I like to dispose of things environmentally responsible but I bought them at Circuit City but of course they are closed now. Thanks
     
  2. DancnDude

    DancnDude Thrice as nice TCF Club

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    Best Buy takes any electronics for recycling.
     
  3. shiffrin

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    Our local county trash facility takes any electronic items to be recycled.
     
  4. gigaquad

    gigaquad Tivo Image Master

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    Our local trash truck takes all of our Tivos. You just put them in the bin and away they go.
     
  5. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I still have all of mine. None of them died, I just got more current boxes, so I feel weird about tossing them. At some point our cable co made the Series2 machines pretty obsolete (no ability to tune properly when cable co changed some stuff), and I just got tired of the S4 boxes and the external wireless adapters, so I replaced them with Bolts.

    Was going to look at selling them but had been ill a lot and just not up to the task. I figure maybe some day they can be of some use somewhere. I guess. Silly, I know.
     
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  6. bebw

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    I hate to throw anything away that can still be useful. Pretty soon the earth will be nothing but a pile of junk otherwise.
     
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  7. bebw

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    My trash company will not recycle electronics. Best Buy is the largest recycler and takes almost everything including these as I just called them. No where near me so I will put them aside until I'm going near them.
     
  8. johnfasc

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    Before you rid all of them remember they are worth more in parts than as a whole. Remote, fans, drives, power supply. Especially if you have to replace one of these items or two...
     
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  9. Tobashadow

    Tobashadow Read over there --->

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    Especially to people like me hunting a cheap power supply and drive for a TivoHD I am trying to keep running for someone.
     
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  10. Mikeguy

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    A possibility: offer them on eBay for low cost (could be as low as $25) + shipping? And even include a "Make a Best Offer" option--you might be surprised.
     
  11. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I've thought about that, too, as I used to sell on ebay. Even though I actually have at least some of the original Tivo boxes, I don't relish the thought of having to pack them up, take down to shipper, and then hope I didn't get burned by an unscrupulous buyer. Plenty of those out there and you can't leave a neg for buyers anymore if they rip you off. This was the last straw to selling for me. I hated the thought of somebody being able to further rip off sellers because nobody they've already ripped off can't leave the neg feedback to warn others.
     
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  12. Mikeguy

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    Yep, it can be a hassle--I tried selling a few times (with an incorrect eBay win sent to me once, no less, which the seller told me just to keep at no cost), but haven't since.

    I still think that your best bet is to connect the older boxes to TiVo periodically, waiting, then, for another older-box promotional offer. And then, even if you didn't keep the new box, you could sell it for real $.
     
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  13. bebw

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    Congratulations on being cancer free!
     
  14. bebw

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    You can sell things on Facebook Marketplace and they target your area so you wouldn't need to ship it. Only downside is having strangers come to your home. I have sold things in the summer so I can exchange merchandise and money on the front porch. In the case of these Tivos, I don't need to get money for them. I just don't want to throw anything useful away. I might keep my Series 2 to see if any deals for a new box comes along though.
     
  15. bebw

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    I actually don't care if I get any money for them. I just like to throw away anything that is still good. I'm really in to recycling! I care so much about it, I was considering trying to start my own recycling business..lol. Is there some way to offer them to people here? Is there a 'for sale or for free' here? If there was someone that lived in Cincinnati area that wanted them for parts, they could have them, although I'm considering keeping the Series 2 in case there is a new box give away.
     
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  16. shwru980r

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    List them in the free section on craigslist or on freecycle.
     
  17. cwerdna

    cwerdna Proud Tivolutionary

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    If you were local, I'd give you a boat anchor Tivo HD I received from another TCF member.

    Almost 5 years ago, someone here got rid of their unsubbed TiVo HD and I offered to take it and pay for the shipping. Unfortunately, the shipping and packing came out to more than I expected: $41.53. I fully reimbursed that member and figured I'd use it for spare parts for my main DVR, a lifetimed TiVO HD, if needed.

    Fast forward a few years, and I took advantage of the transfer lifetime sub from old TiVo (my lifetimed TiVo HD) deal to Bolt/Bolt Plus for $99 + hardware cost for the Bolt/Bolt Plus. So, the lifetimed TiVO HD no longer has a subscription either (but still has some recordings I might want) but can't be activated again and doesn't really get used much now.

    The TiVo HD I paid for shipping on never got any use and can't be activate any more either.

    Maybe there should be a new area on TCF for folks to arrange sales, swaps or giveaways w/locals? I doubt you'd want me to spend $40+ or even $30 to send you the boat anchor TiVo HD from another TCF member.
     
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  18. cwerdna

    cwerdna Proud Tivolutionary

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  19. bebw

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    That's good to know. It's hard to sell local on eBay though and I doubt someone would want to pay shipping on some old Tivos but good to know for the future. Facebook Marketplace targets your local area. I might try that but actually more at the point of taking the Series 1's to be recycled at Best Buy. I like to make them useful but it looks like more work than I want to put it. It was worth a try. Just will try to get the Series 2 to work for me now. Thank you!
     

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