refurbished tivos and mini at woot

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  1. poppagene

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    woot has some good deals on refurbished tivos today. they have a refurbished mini for $99.99 plus $5 shipping

    http://www.woot.com/plus/tivo-systems-for-your-viewing-pleasure
     
  2. ShayL

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    I picked up a mini.
     
  3. passname22

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    first gen mini. I would pay extra for 2nd gen for matching remote for my romaio and faster chip. I wish these were 2nd gen, I would buy 3 of them at this price.
     
  4. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

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    You realize, there is no second gen out there. They just changed the remote.
     
  5. davezatz

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    Not correct. Old model is 92000, new model is 93000. To power the RF Roamio remote requires new guts to support RF (which were on display at the FCC last fall). Along with those new guts, Sam Biller has done some testing and sees improved performance, so there could be a memory boost (more? faster?) or improved processor. My TiVo Mini 2 is also like .3 ounces lighter than my TiVo Mini 1s and has a better fitting power cord/plug, for whatever that's worth.

    Having said that, Amazon is selling the 1st gen mini for $114.88 - it's new not refurb and ships free, and surely faster than Woot. I'd go with Amazon. Actually, I'd go with Amazon if considering the second gen TiVo Mini too - it's a few bucks cheaper than TiVo.com, also ships free and fast.

    http://www.amazon.com/s/url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=tivo+mini
     
  6. Arcady

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    I wonder where he got the idea that all they changed was the remote.....
     
  7. BigJimOutlaw

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    It's just a matter of perspective. But for the RF remote and (I think) faster storage, it's otherwise a cross-grade. It's like a Mini 1.5. :)
     
  8. Caris

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    Does the Woot deal for the Mini come with Lifetime? I couldn't tell. Tivo has the mini with lifetime for $149. right now. Isn't that a better deal?

    I am considering picking up one more mini and I'm trying to decide. Leaning toward the Tivo site with Lifetime.
     
  9. davezatz

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    When I originally blogged the "new" Mini, all we knew for sure was that an RF remote was included and the lack of info was compounded by both a contact in the Marketing department and Customer Support staff knowing nothing of a new Mini at launch (which is pretty ridiculous when you consider they only sell a handful of products - but I guess par for the course given similar, early Roamio OTA miscommunication).

    Fortunately, we now have confirmation that there's more to it than the remote. But, yeah, there's some semantics at play given the minor changes and same enclosure. It's a "new" model, but is it significant enough to matter? For the same money, you'd obviously take the new one. For 1/3rd less, maybe not. I'm reluctant to buy refurbs that include remotes or gaming controllers given some prior experiences (with companies other than TiVo).

    All TiVo Minis purchased by early May should include Lifetime, irrespective of merchant. Will be interesting to see if they extend the promo again or do something different.
     
  10. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    Slight correction........."All TiVo Minis purchased and activated by early May [remove]should[/remove] include Lifetime"
     
  11. davezatz

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    Yeah, I just got online specifically to amend that earlier statement (and to avoid snow shoveling). Thanks!
     
  12. tarheelblue32

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    I'm not sure I would. The 2nd gen Mini on Amazon is currently only available from a 3rd party seller. I find it hard to believe that some 3rd party seller has gotten stock of the 2nd gen Mini before Amazon has. Until Amazon proper gets the 2nd gen Mini in stock, I'd recommend people just buy them directly from TiVo so you're sure about what you are getting.
     
  13. davezatz

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    Ah, didn't realize the Amazon inventory was still 'out of stock.' But the two reseller listings do specifically say it's the RF remote model and I know Amazon requires all their merchants provide for timely returns, etc. Having said that, I'd probably wait too - good catch.

    The new Mini 1 for $115 direct from Amazon is still a good deal worth considering. Not sure what Woot shipping is these days, but 10 bucks or so for new vs refurb is a no brainer for me.
     
  14. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    The one thing that I DO like about refurbs is that it usually means that a bench tech had to check it out personally and ensure that everything is working properly, numbers are to spec, etc. That's more than I can say for new items that are just flung off an assembly line, onto a pallet and shipped.

    Also, most "refurbs" are just returned units by customers that didn't want them for one reason or another and they have to be checked out by a tech before they can be resold. Not necessarily a unit that had a part go bad or something.
     
  15. atmuscarella

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    I have to pay 8% sales tax if I buy from TiVo or Amazon, so I like resellers that remove that cost. For the Mini2 if I bought it from TiVo it would be $162, Amazon $159.68, and $145 from the Amazon reseller. I would take the chance on the reseller. Of course the way Amazon works the price will be different a soon as they actually have it in stock again - but likely still cheaper for someone like me to buy from a reseller.
     
  16. foghorn2

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    Amazon never had the Mini 2 in stock ever. I don't trust these 3rd party sellers or Ebay. I especially will never buy from W* that inflate the price, esp on the Stream.

    I already have a 1st gen from Amazon, I'll buy no one else and wait for their stock on the Mini 2 and Stream. Hoping they will get them at the same time.
     
  17. davezatz

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    Now in stock for $149.
     
  18. Islanti

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    My refurb Mini from Woot wouldn't pair up with my Roamio Pro. Two other Minis worked fine in the same place in my house. Tivo is replacing it for free under warranty at least.
     
  19. bmille05

    bmille05 New Member

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    I've bought a lot of items from Woot. Never had any issues.
     
  20. skyline987

    skyline987 New Member

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    I'm having an issue connecting my Mini also. I checked out the Discussion for the item on Woot and apparently quite a few others are having problems pairing too.
     

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