Roamio Deals?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by Smirks, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. Nov 24, 2013 #381 of 3246
    davefred99

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    I don't know how others have been able to get this but I went to the store with all the above listed items and even had them look at this site and they read the posts that showed some had succeeded and some had not . I was told there policy to price match does not allow for both and I could take my choice but no way was I allowed to get both a price match and the best buy card and any store that did do so was not following company policy. The manager was friendly but firm on his decision.

    I am just going to wait till Black Friday or cyber Monday and see what deals pop up. I am not buying until I get the best deal I can.
     
  2. Nov 24, 2013 #382 of 3246
    videojanitor

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    Well, it certainly seems like this deal is really something that BB did not anticipate. I'm not even sure WHY they are bundling a gift card with the Roamio, but no doubt they did not factor in the price-match issue. Now, I have no problem with them giving the "one or the other" edict, but it needs to be applied uniformly. They shouldn't be giving it to some and not others. I suspect it's just a matter of what store you go to, and who handles the transaction.
     
  3. Nov 24, 2013 #383 of 3246
    jhirsche

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    Like another user here said... Just go in and grab a roamio basic, head to the customer service counter, ask for an amazon price match, and then proceed with checking out. At the very end of the transaction, the computer will tell the customer service associate to scan a $50 gift card for the purchase. It was that simple for me. Got a little nervous because the gift card wasn't part of the transaction until payment/ checkout was complete (after I paid) - at which point the computer told the associate to scan and surrender a $50 gift card. Worked flawlessly for me, and even the associate was surprised by the good deal on that one.
     
  4. Nov 24, 2013 #384 of 3246
    aaronwt

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    Can't you just go to checkout for a price match? I've never gone to the customer service counter when I had a price match, I've just given a printout to the cashier and they took care of the pricematch. Which is pretty much just about every time I buy something from inside a BestBuy store.
     
  5. Nov 24, 2013 #385 of 3246
    jhirsche

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    Probably.... I always do pm's at customer service... Less issues with people in line behind me ;-)
     
  6. Nov 24, 2013 #386 of 3246
    tomm1079

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    anyone try this with the plus and the weakness price match?
     
  7. Nov 24, 2013 #387 of 3246
    tomm1079

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    What this said is what to do. Last night when i was turned down i made the mistake of bringing up the $50 gift card

    i just got a pricematch with the plus to weakness. I printed out the checkout page that shows the price match. Then grabbed a Roamio plus and went to CS counter. She checked with manager to confirm she can price match. Once they said yes she rang it up. during the transaction she told me "you also get a $50 gift card for best buy".
    then i paid.

    Then i asked her if i can use the $50 gift card and price match a tivo mini with amazon.com. She said yes. So i went and got a mini and then she price matched and used my gift card for the mini.

    Thanks for the suggestions guys!!! hope this helps someone!
     
  8. Nov 24, 2013 #388 of 3246
    videojanitor

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    I notice that most everyone getting this deal are doing so at the time of purchase. That might be my problem. I'm trying to get it post-purchase, as the lower Amazon price wasn't in effect when I bought it (last Sunday). Born loser ... I bought one day too soon. But I plan on trying again today, at a different store. Since I am within the return period, it could come down to returning it, then re-buying. Seems dumb, but might be the only way to beat their system.
     
  9. Nov 24, 2013 #389 of 3246
    videojanitor

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    Born loser no more! Went to another store today and received the deal with no guff. Fortunately I had brought the gift card with me, as they refunded the previous transaction, which meant voiding that card -- then they sold the TiVo to me again at the Amazon price, and gave me a new gift card. Sweet!
     
  10. Nov 24, 2013 #390 of 3246
    lentiman

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    Woot. Got Best Buy to price match the $349 TiVo email price on the Roamio Plus and got the $50 gift card also. All done at the front checkout. I bought in a printed copy of the email. No hassles.
     
  11. Nov 24, 2013 #391 of 3246
    Mr.Broncosfan

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    Did BB charge for tax? Does weaknees?
     
  12. Nov 24, 2013 #392 of 3246
    yukit

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    Just picked up a Plus at Costco: $350. It is the same offer I got from Tivo.

    Looked for a 3TB green drive at Frys (Sunnyvale, CA) but they had none in stock. I was hoping to be able to setup the new drive tonight. I have to order one online get one in time for the holidays.

    I am hoping for a better deal around Black Fri.
     
  13. Nov 24, 2013 #393 of 3246
    Mr.Broncosfan

    Mr.Broncosfan Mesa, AZ

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    No love for me. Went to BB with the quote from weaknees. They would only either offer the same deal but with no $50 g/c, or I could pay their price and get the g/c. Off to another BB.
     
  14. Nov 24, 2013 #394 of 3246
    videojanitor

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    That would be my suggestion -- it worked for me. I went to two different locations and had two completely different experiences. Should've gone to the second place first -- but I always get things backwards. You should see me with USB plugs -- never, ever have it oriented the right way first!
     
  15. Nov 24, 2013 #395 of 3246
    innocentfreak

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    I think the Giftcard shows up either way so don't mention the giftcard. Just have them pricematch when they ring it up.
     
  16. Nov 24, 2013 #396 of 3246
    atseng

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    For those that are interested in Roamio Plus, make sure you check out your Amex Offer. For those with $20 back when spending $200+ from abt electronics, many have been able to get the Roamio Plus for $339 with free shipping.

    So if you don't have to pay tax buying from Abt and get the Amex offer, you end up getting the Roamio Plus for $319, which is cheaper if your state tax is higher than 5.4% (e.g. NY/CA, etc.), not to mention that you don't have to deal with figuring out what to buy with the $50 gift card.
     
  17. Nov 24, 2013 #397 of 3246
    tomm1079

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    it was easy to figure out what to buy with the 50 gift card. a mini!!!
     
  18. Nov 24, 2013 #398 of 3246
    nooneuknow

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    Yes, this ^^^

    The gift card is AUTOMATIC (when one is applicable), once they have price-matched another seller they match, have charged your credit/debit card, or you have given them cash, and they have accepted it.

    Some store managers are aware of this "double-dipping", as I heard it called, at the first store I went to, and is well-known at stores with managers who know about the gift card. A manager, or possibly, anybody with a register override key, will always be a part of this.

    The six magic ingredients are in this this sauce:

    1. ONLY ask for a price match, DO NOT say anything about any gift card, ask questions about gift cards, try to verify one applies, or otherwise bring up the subject. Just play dumb.

    2. Make sure you have a (just printed, so it is current) printout, clearly showing the price you want matched, is from a store (online, or another physical store are irrelevant), which they price-match by policy.

    3. Get them to get the total you are to pay price to show the correct, price-matched, price (factoring in it will include sales tax).

    4. PAY QUICKLY, AND GET THE TRANSACTION TO GO THROUGH.

    5. Do all the above, and if nobody meddles, if a gift card is applicable (as in, still a CURRENT store promo), the register will prompt them to give you one. As long as their register says you are due one, they CAN'T refuse to give it to you, at that point.

    6. If you are dealing with an Amazon price-match, make sure your screen printout is clearly showing a model sold directly through Amazon, NOT A 3rd-PARTY seller on amazon. The same goes for any other re-seller they match, in that they need to be sure they aren't matching a 3rd-party, instead.

    Keep in mind that the gift-card is transferrable to anybody you want to give it to, as well as that they have to accept it as in-store legal tender (treat it as any other valid form of payment), meaning if you have somebody else at the store with you, you can give them the card, and they can use it to buy anything, including another TiVo. I suggest that the other person use the same guidelines above, as well as keeping the gift-card out-of-sight, until the transaction has ben authorized as a price match, and it is then time to pay.

    One thing that came to mind, for me, is that while they may try to claim the gift card is the same as a price match, would they price match another store/reseller that involves use of a gift-card of their own, or one of those pre-paid credit/debit cards, or a total price based on a rebate? I think NOT. So, if you hit a snag, getting the line that the gift-card is the SAME as a price-match, you might argue these points, or just try another store.
     
  19. Nov 25, 2013 #399 of 3246
    aaronwt

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    BestBuy doesn't typically price match after the sale any more. Except for BestBuy and BestBuy.com. They only pricematch the online merchants at the time of sale. Of course if you are still within the return period you can threaten to return it and buy a new one. But I've done that with a few other products in the past and they still did not match the price. So I returned the item and bought a new one with the price match. Which of course is stupid of BestBuy because now they have a returned open product by not matching the price on the original item I had.
     
  20. Nov 25, 2013 #400 of 3246
    marklyn

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