New or Reconditioned

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Wislander, May 17, 2011.

  1. Wislander

    Wislander New Member

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    So far I have purchased 4 TiVos. Two for gifts, two for personal use; they are a mix of TiVo HDs and TiVo Premieres. They all work perfect, I have upgraded the hard drive in most of them.

    My query is this. I have always purchased the "reconditioned" or "re-certified" TiVos from the clearance area of the TiVo store front, they all come with the same warranty as the new ones, they all have worked perfectly out of the box, and they have never had a single problem, they have the same prices for the service plan, they have an upgrade track like the new ones. Other than they already come activated from TiVo, and in a brown box instead of a full color box: What are the advantages of buying a new one instead of a re-certified TiVo?
     
  2. LifeIsABeach

    LifeIsABeach Active Member

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    Some people have reported getting dead-in-the-water refurbs, but if you are happy with them there is no real reason to get a new one.
     
  3. Wislander

    Wislander New Member

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    I guess I have just been lucky. Of course I have only been a TiVo user for going on 4 years. I see a lot of other people have gotten a lot more life out of their boxes than I have so far.
     
  4. MrSkippy53

    MrSkippy53 New Member

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    Some people have reported setting dead-in-the-water NEW UNITs....
     
  5. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    ALL units purchased directly from TiVo are shipped already activated.
     
  6. Stuxnet

    Stuxnet Alien Infidel

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    If it weren't for new units dying, there wouldn't be refurbs :D:D:D
     
  7. lamotte

    lamotte New Member

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    thinking if i had to chose one today i would take the refurb as the cost is like 7 dollars a month cheaper. the cost is the the same at purchse but the refurb will be 84 dollars less a year. makes cents to me
     
  8. LI-SVT

    LI-SVT Member

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    A new one entitles you to MSD pricing on the service.
     
  9. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    That is so not true, so you can stop patting yourself on the back for being so clever.
     
  10. mblloyd

    mblloyd Member

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    Yes, the refurb unit is likely cheaper and that is a quantitative factor that is easy for an individual to judge as significant or not.

    All units have a potential infant mortality period where the chances of a unit's failure are statistically much higher during its first hours of operation. The unit sold as a refurb unit most likely (but not totally) had a failure within the original warranty period. Therby, there is a chance that your purchasing a refurb unit might bypass this infant mortality period. That's good, but unlike a cheaper price, its goodness is more of a crap shoot.

    Expect statisticians to buy the refurb unit.
     
  11. JimboG

    JimboG New Member

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    I have a strong feeling that TiVo has been blowing out unsellable brand new Premieres on Woot as "refurbished" models. Plus there probably have been a considerable number of TiVos returned as open box items when people discovered that their $99 box required a $19.99 month subscription.

    Truly dead and defective boxes probably make up less than 10% of the refurb market.
     
  12. LI-SVT

    LI-SVT Member

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    Looks like the new 5/19 pricing allows MSD with refurbs.
     
  13. Series3Sub

    Series3Sub Well-Known Member

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    Currently refurbs, also qualify for MSD, at least on my account.
     
  14. Series3Sub

    Series3Sub Well-Known Member

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    Refurbs can often be better than new boxes as the refurbs will have replaced defective parts from a supplier. Refurbs are new boxes that have been fixed to work. For products such as TiVo, refurb can be a very good option.
     

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