Gotchas Buying Used Tivo?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by echinvar, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. sjmaye

    sjmaye Techie Wannabe

    Aug 28, 2003
    So are you saying this could be someone who is safe to buy from and no need to worry for lack of ratings? Am I protected by paypal if all goes south?
  2. jerryez

    jerryez Active Member

    May 16, 2001
    I purchased a brand new TiVo Roamio OTA thru Amazon, but from a third party seller and shipped by Amazon. I used it several months and then TiVo cut off the service. When I called they said it was a stolen unit and they would not reactivate it. At first Amazon said I would have to go back to the seller, but I pointed out to them that they shipped it to me, so they credited my Amazon Prime Store card with 80% of the purchase price and give me a store credit for the remainder. Buyer Beware!
  3. sjmaye

    sjmaye Techie Wannabe

    Aug 28, 2003
    Thanks for the words of wisdom.
  4. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
    I guess "safe" is a relative term when buying used stuff. Most people will have no issues, but some will. I can not judge the risk any better than you, but lots of people sell TiVos and lots of people buy used ones, from what I can tell most people are happy with the way it goes.
  5. foghorn2

    foghorn2 Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2004
    Las Vegas

    bad hdmi port
    bad eth port
    bad tuners

    never buy a tivo used then put lifetime on it.
    if you buy used, get it refurbished from tivo with a mrc for the continual care warranty.
  6. DaveB673

    DaveB673 New Member

    Jan 1, 2020
    I realize this thread has been dormant for 2 years, but thank you for the inputs. I've been reviewing TiVos on Ebay for about a month now, in anticipation of dropping Dish network and going to Cox cable. I've seen a couple units that have a bad HDMI port, which didn't seem like a good purchase.
    After reading this, I am going to see if I can do some checking on TSNs.
    There are some lifetime units available from Weaknees; Premiere XL4 (758s) and Roamio Pro (840s). Amazon also carries them, and offers a 3 year warranty.
  7. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2002
    Staunton, VA
    I would definitely recommend the Roamio Pro with lifetime/All-in service over the Premiere XL4.

    jrtroo, mrsean, slowbiscuit and 2 others like this.
  8. tim_m

    tim_m Active Member

    Mar 8, 2017
    I would second the suggestion in getting a roamio, either the plus or pro. Which one depends solely on how much storage you think you need.
  9. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

    Dec 7, 2012
    Ashland, PA...
    I have three active Roamio and zero Bolts.
  10. UCLABB

    UCLABB Well-Known Member

    May 29, 2012
    Riverside, CA
    Had/have them both, definitely agree. More tuners, easier to change HDD on the Roamio.
  11. trip1eX

    trip1eX imo, afaik, feels like to me, *exceptions, ~aprox

    Apr 2, 2005
    Roamio Plus or Pro is a big step up from Premiere definitely. And I never saw a reason to get a newer Tivo than the Roamio Plus I had.

    I sold my Roamio Plus and MINis in the past few weeks on Ebay. NOt sure if you thought about my listing or not. Maybe you were the one who canceled as I was about to go out the door with it fully packed up with a paid shipping label on it? ;) Luckily I saw the message.

    Good thing was it was already packed up for the next guy and the Fedex online shipping label doesn't get charged to a person's account until it gets scanned. So no hassle there to wait and look for refund.
  12. DaveB673

    DaveB673 New Member

    Jan 1, 2020
    @trip1eX, no that was not me. I haven't won an auction yet.
  13. pfiagra

    pfiagra Active Member

    Oct 13, 2014
    Be sure to also periodically check your local craigslist, where used TiVos with lifetime can usually (not always) are offered for less than the ebay prices.

    I picked up a lifetimed Roamio OTA for $125 about 8 months ago. Another posting I saw about 6 months ago was for a lifetimed basic Roamio for $75.
  14. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    Agreed that Craigslist can have nice deals, but I'm still wary of the no-guaranteed-nothing nature of that route (although I've used it in the past, for electronics); at least with eBay, you have a "30-day warranty" period.

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