New Tivo Price Plans - No More Lifetime + Responses to Summary

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by lajohn27, Mar 8, 2006.

  1. dgh

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    Yep - I do swap cards though and none of them have been tied to my address, so they don't know quite as much about me personally as TiVo knows. ;)

    I guess some stores have picked up on that because some of the new cards mail rewards to you making them worthless without your address. I avoid those stores.
     
  2. Rottluver

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    How does that stop them from seeing what you buy though? Has nothing to do with where you list your address.....it is all about marketing and seeing what items sell the most so they can use those on the front pages of their flyers/ads/etc.
     
  3. NewYorkLaw

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    Not giving them accurate info would at least prevent them from knowing your age, sex, race, income, and whether you buy or rent.

    Pete
     
  4. aindik

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    They've always known what they sell and at what price. Customers don't need to carry cards for that. The cash registers will tell them that information all by themselves.

    The stores what to know who is buying what.
     
  5. Rottluver

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    I understand all that but he was saying that can't track his PURCHASES....and we all know they can. The club cards just make it easier to see what sale items are being sold and what aren't IMHO. :shrug:
     
  6. NewYorkLaw

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    I think you've EMPHASIZED the wrong word. Unless I'm mistaken, I think he was saying they could not track HIS purchases (emphasis on HIS, and not on purchases).

    Pete
     
  7. aindik

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    They didn't create the cards to track what items brought people, generally, to the stores. They'd have data for that just from the registers.

    They created the cards to track what items brought which people, or which kinds of people, to the stores.

    If the cards were completely anonymous, they'd also be completely superfluous, as they wouldn't measure anything that the register wasn't already measuring.
     
  8. dgh

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    Right. If they hadn't been able to track aggregate purchases, then the entire system would have collapsed. Before computerized cash registers, they relied on sending people around the store counting inventory.
     
  9. Sirshagg

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    Why do they need me to swipe a card to know what sells well? Just run a sales report.
     
  10. Crrink

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    I used to do that too, thought I was oh so smart until the day that I realized that since I use the same credit card for all my purchases they can identify them that way. Don't know if they can get address and other info. from the credit card, but I'm sure not as sneaky as I thought I was :)
     
  11. Apr 3, 2006 #1371 of 1393
    MighTiVo

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    It isn't as as important who you are but the combinations of products you purchase, over multiple visits.
    So as long as you use the same card they get their info.

    I don't remember where, but you can download pdf's of upc store cards so you can be part of a nationwide virtual consumer and really mess them up...
     
  12. Apr 3, 2006 #1372 of 1393
    NiteCourt

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    Going a little more off topic here but...

    Personally I don't mind if they know what I buy. It usually saves me money since coupons are tailored to the items I purchase. I'd be more afraid of online stores: what's tracked, their privacy policy, and what price you pay. Old news but interesting:

    http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/06/24/ramasastry.website.prices/
     
  13. Apr 3, 2006 #1373 of 1393
    Rottluver

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    I guess this is just WAY more important to some of y'all then me........ :rolleyes:
     
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    NewYorkLaw

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    It's all my fault, sorry. I never should have used the supermarket analogy - wherever food is involved, our thinking gets clouded.

    Pete
     
  15. Apr 3, 2006 #1375 of 1393
    Sirshagg

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    he, he, he
    post officially hijacked :)
     
  16. Apr 9, 2006 #1376 of 1393
    krbagman

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    I'm very late to all this but.................I purchased a Series 2 80 hour Tivo from Best Buy in early late January of this year (still waiting for the $150 rebate). I am paying $12.95 for monthly service. Should I jump on the lifetime service for $299 (not sure of price) before it ends April 15th? Do I even have any options at this point?

    You guys who understand all this can you help? I have Dish Network and don't plan on upgrading to the new Tivo when it comes out. I am very happy with the Series 2 system as it is and will continue to use it as long as my system is usable, replacing a hard-drive as needed.

    Any advice??

    Ken
     
  17. Apr 9, 2006 #1377 of 1393
    jfh3

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    Given what you said, if you plan on keeping the box for 2 more years, I'd go lifetime. (Yes, $299)
     
  18. Apr 9, 2006 #1378 of 1393
    ThreeSoFar

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    I agree, it's a good fit for you.
     
  19. Apr 9, 2006 #1379 of 1393
    krbagman

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    Thanks guys - will I be allowed to go from monthly to lifetime without any financial hit? Sorry if this is totally obvious or ignorant.

    Thanks again!

    Ken
     
  20. Apr 9, 2006 #1380 of 1393
    timckelley

    timckelley run of the mill TCFer

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    No, you will be hit for $299, of course. But then, no more $12.95 payments is the benefit of doing this.
     

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