"Limited first run"?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by Peter Creath, Sep 13, 2006.

  1. Peter Creath

    Peter Creath New Member

    Feb 16, 2000


    I just saw the TiVo News announcement of the S3, and I noticed something interesting:

    So how does this interact with the limited-time lifetime transfer option, in which you have to purchase by 12/31 and activate by 1/31? What happens if they run out? How limited is the supply?
  2. ah30k

    ah30k Well-Known Member

    Jan 8, 2006
    Classic marketing psychology. Scarcity principle in action.
  3. TiVotion

    TiVotion Early Adoptersaurus

    Dec 6, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    "Limited First Run" is marketing-speak for "You better buy this now, because it won't be around if you don't!" which generally means, "buy this at it's highest price now, because we'll make more money on it than we will when we have to reduce the price in a few months after all the early adopters have drank the Kool Aid." The mindset you are supposed to adopt is that the S3 will be impossible to buy come the holidays (like the Xbox 360 gimmick).

    They won't run out. You'll be able to buy "the hottest digital video recorder ever for the holiday season".

    The only difference is, you'll pay less for it. I'm not worried one bit about lack of supply, and that's why I'm not buying one now.
  4. Stormspace

    Stormspace Electrocuted by TiVo

    Apr 13, 2004
    Hartsville, SC
    This makes complete sense. Order a short run, price it high so you have enough profit to order larger subsequent runs and thus better profit util you can eventually lower the price at retail. It took a long time for the Series 2 to become affordable so I wonder how long it will take this one.
  5. Peter Creath

    Peter Creath New Member

    Feb 16, 2000


    I'm familiar with the usual marketing tactics of advertising something as in "limited supply", but I was curious how they would handle the VIP transfer if they actually did run out. (After all, various other products, like the PS3, due out before the holidays are predicted to be in genuinely limited quantities.)

    Would they extend the activation deadline if you placed the order by 12/31 and they were out of stock? TiVoPony?
  6. SeanC

    SeanC ECT

    Dec 30, 2003
    Well it does say purchased by 12/31, and activated by 1/31. So I guess the only problem with them being backordered in December would be if you received it after 1/31.
  7. bdraw

    bdraw Member

    Aug 1, 2004
    Tampa, FL

    Yummy! TiVo Kool-aid is my favorite flavor!
  8. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

    Mar 3, 2002
    That's an EXCELLENT idea for a promo - like a tradeshow thing. Little packets of powdered drink mix with the TiVo guy on them. :)
  9. amjustice

    amjustice FINALY HD w/Series3

    Mar 9, 2006
    Montgomery, IL
    Yeah that was a real gimmick, thats why anyone who didn't pre-order way in advance was scrouging around trying to get 360s until March!
  10. tunnelengineer

    tunnelengineer New Member

    Jul 21, 2006
    If you aren't buying one why do you have a S3 listed in your sig as of tomorrow (9/15)?

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