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Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by alokkola, Sep 2, 2010.
I wonder if it makes a difference if you request to use the $199 offer already on your account (lifetime upgrade) even if you bought a box from a 3rd party? They could just take away the somewhat similar offer you have already.
There are a certain number of outright thieves out there. I sold an item on eBay with the explicit note that shipping insurance was the first coverage for damage. The "buyer" claims shipping damage, so I tell him file a shipping damage claim, and then I will give him a full refund, and work out the rest with the shipper. Refuses, files no report, does not return the unit, and demands a refund from PayPal. PayPal actually gives him the refund and charges me back, despite the explicit listing text about shipping insurance. When I hear people here actually admit to shadey stuff they plan to do I cringe for the next guy to get ripped off. And seldom does anyone criticize such posts. Remember the Kingston Trio: "try not to muddy the water around you, you may have to drink it soon. . ."
Here is the deal of the day on the Premier:
Back in stock - got a new premiere for 152 shipped.
Which code? Mine's coming up $169 with LSDA0902 before shipping and (no) tax. Thanks!
Yeah $169 is the best I can get. It looks like they might have changed it, since someone on slickdeals posted they got it for $152 with the same code.
I just pulled the trigger on one for 169+12 shipping. Figure its worth $6 to have new instead of a refurb.
Not quite the $95 people got before but still a good deal. Concidering no tax it comes out ahead of buying it direct from TiVo.
I used lsda0903 a few hours ago to get it for 152 shipped. However, now it seems to not bring the price down as much. Must have changed in the last 2-3 hours.
Yeah I hope this buyer isn't one of those guys. It seems like he might be.
He's returning it. Changed his story from "its used" to "it doesn't work with satellite." Whatever.
I have to accept returns under Amazon. AT least if its a real return I get to charge a restocking fee on opened item and don't have to refund for shipping either way. Actually be fine with that. I may then just keep it as a 2nd Premiere. My price becomes closer to $100.
Preparing for the worst though.
I feel bad for what happened to you. But I received my EE premiereXL the other day. As soon as I opened the box, i thought this is a refurb and sure enough the unit was broke. I updated the software, installed and bound the cablecard and the box would freeze regardles of what activity I was doing with it. I might have just got unlucky and got a bad unit, but I wish I had just gone to best buy and bought one instead. Now I have returned my unit to EE and am waiting for the replacement unit (7-10 days). I feel stupid. Sometimes a deal is just too good to be true
My tivo premier from EE arrived today and is clearly mint in the box. Also the qwerty remote was clearly never opened. Ill post after a few days of activity.
Do their orders ever change from new_order or does it just show up one day?
I also got my premiere from EE today and it is working fine (although no cablecard yet, install scheduled for Friday). Also, got $199 lifetime after calling in for activation.
EDIT: woohoo, first post after lurking for almost 6 years!
Both my PRemieres from EE were brand new afaik.
The 2nd Premiere was returned to me today by the customer. It doesn't appear the customer opened the box, but I had to open it to check because he said it was used. (that was his first story.) But everything looks brand new and serial number matches serial number on box. Everything still sealed inside. Guy never opened it. Either he really did have Satellite or changed his mind or found it cheaper somewhere else like EE.
Guy lost $40 in shipping charges ($20 each way) and I now own a new, open box Premiere instead of a brand new, sealed one.
I wish he would have opened the box as I could have charged 15% restocking fee. Should have charged him anyway because he said it was used and that Tivo said there was no warranty on it???? Because of that lie I had to open box to make sure in case I sell it to someone else.
Ah well make keep it now. Not sure if I'll get $300 lifetime on it or just pay $7/month on the thing.
btw, does seems strange EE is able to dump these for $150ish not even 6 months after thieir debut unless they are piling up in warehouses somewhere.
I would call TiVo and have them double check the TSN to see if they show it as a refurb.
They probably were taking a little bit of a hit which is why the newer coupons don't drop the price as much.
Care to share who you spoke with or what tactic you used to get lifetime for $199?
I didn't note the CSR's name.
First (before I ordered from EE), I checked to make sure that I had the $199 offer available to me after I logged into tivo.com. I'm pretty sure this won't work if you don't have that offer on your account.
When I called and went through the phone menu to connect to activation support, I simply said to the rep "I have a new Tivo Premiere I'd like to activate."
He asked what sort of service I'd like and I said lifetime, he asked if I had any promo codes, and I said, "Well, I don't have a promo code, but tivo has emailed me repeatedly and in my account on tivo.com it says I'm eligible for 50% off Lifetime service, $199."
He said, "oh, that is only if you buy the box directly from Tivo, where did you purchase yours and for how much?"
I told him it was a gift and that I didn't know how much my wife paid for it.
He said she could return it and order from tivo.com for $269 ($30 off MSRP! ha!) and get the $199 lifetime.
I told him I'd rather not do that to my wife, could he please see if it was possible for me to get the $199 service with the current box, because from my perspective:
1) there is no fine print on Tivo.com stating that I have to buy from them to get the discount (although there's also no print saying that you CAN buy it from anywhere)
2) I've been a loyal Tivo customer for 8 years with lifetime service on my S2 (true)
3) If I'm going to have to return this box, I'm just going to return it and stick with my cableco DVRs
He said, "let me check with my supervisor," disappeared for 5 minutes, came back and said, "we can accommodate you with the $199 price." He then flubbed my TSN and whatever promo code he had to enter a couple times, I had to go on hold again for another 5 minutes while he figured it out, but we got it done. All in all, about 20 minutes on the phone, I just kept it cordial and he was very friendly and seemed to be on my side about the discount. I think any (friendly) threat of returning the box will net you the $199 lifetime.