Tivo Sale at Best Buy

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by sgip2000, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. sgip2000

    sgip2000 New Member

    Jun 19, 2009


    Just wanted to let everyone know that Best Buy has Tivo's on sale this week for 20% off.

    Accessories are also on sale.
  2. Resist

    Resist Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2003
    So from $299.99 down to $240. Not much of a savings considering people have found them as low as $149.99.
  3. jeffw_00

    jeffw_00 Member

    Sep 19, 2000
    yes but you get Best Buy's great return policy and support....Wait a minute!

    Yeah - buy from amazon, worth the extra $10

  4. Resist

    Resist Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2003
    No sales tax and free shipping from Amazon, so you would save more than the extra $10. But again I still think it's to much.
  5. socrplyr

    socrplyr Active Member

    Jul 19, 2006


    You still owe sales (use) tax. Whether or not you choose to pay it is another story.
  6. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
    Actually someone posted buying one for under $50 from Sears in Puerto Rico. Surely the Sears selloff can't last forever, although it seems like it is.

    I couldn't find a Sears deal way back in May at the three stores in my area. At least some of the Sears units are very old manufactures FWIW.
  7. sgip2000

    sgip2000 New Member

    Jun 19, 2009
    True, wasn't the best price, but wasn't the worst either.
  8. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

    Sep 19, 2006
    In the ATL
    Not in most states. :rolleyes:
  9. nrc

    nrc Cracker Soul

    Nov 17, 1999
    Living in a...
    Most states have a sales tax and most consider that tax to be due whether the vendor charges it or not. Unfortunately, the days of tax-free internet purchases are probably limited.
  10. TerpBE

    TerpBE Go Terps!

    Jan 23, 2003
    Philly 'burbs
    If you have a Discover card and access Best Buy through their site, you can get an additional 5% back.

    Edit: never mind....just noticed the sale is no longer valid.
  11. bpurcell

    bpurcell TMBG Fan

    Mar 16, 2005
    Fairfield, CA
    Anyone that does their own taxes have noticed the last few years a Use Tax question on the form (or using tax software) in most states that have sales tax. I'm honest as I can about my internet tax-free purchases, and Amazon is really helpful since you can look at your purchases by the year.

    With the lost revenue among most states, I don't feel bad about paying that money at tax time.
  12. Resist

    Resist Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2003
    Actually no you don't. If they don't collect it then you don't owe it. The Feds have been working on passing laws so all online sales collect state and Federal taxes. When that happens Internet stores will take a big hit, and this would be a shame.
  13. Resist

    Resist Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2003
    Good for you about being honest. I guess it doesn't bother you then that States have fleeced consumers for decades with silly fees. I believe in paying taxes but not when I am taxed to death. Just looking at my cable bill is one example of that. A State lost revenue is a result of their wasteful spending, not because consumers don't pay enough. So you think it is okay for a State (like California) to raise the sales tax 1% just because they don't know how to balance their budget? And almost double the DMV fee? It is bad enough that for every dollar I earn, I only get to keep $.69. Then when I use that $.69 to make a purchase I pay the State again with another 8.75% in State tax. When I earn money, I pay taxes and when I spend money I pay taxes. And the store that received my money has to pay tax on it again.

    So do I feel bad about not having to pay taxes for online purchases.....not one bit. But when the Internet charges taxes across the board, then I will shop locally again.
  14. jrm01

    jrm01 New Member

    Oct 17, 2003
    Not true. Virtually every state that has a sales tax also has a Use Tax, meaning the tax is owed for all purchases made out of state. In fact, 22 states now have a special form that must be filed along with the state income tax return, listing all such purchases and the tax owed for them.

    I have seen estimates that about 5% of people actually pay this tax (or some portion of it) to the state.
  15. MLR930

    MLR930 Mandie

    Dec 26, 2002
    Rhode Island
    I just ordered a new HD one from Tivo.com using the upgrade program I only spent $225.44 on it and that includes the monthly service and tax!
  16. Martyp

    Martyp Just a Daddyman

    Jan 6, 2004
    sf bay area
    I been thinking about getting a tivo hd to use on my over the air recording so I can do 6 channels at a time in the bedroom :)
  17. LostCluster

    LostCluster Member

    Feb 10, 2002
    Interstate taxation is a tough issue under the Constitution, because only the Federal Government can enact a tax on interstate commerce.

    Use tax is Constitutional, but impossible to prove who owes what because states can't grab records from merchants that do not have any assets in other states, and the Town Fair Tire case recently said that Massachusetts can't grab records stored at the Nashua, NH location for tires installed on vehicles with Massachusetts plates. So, basically, the only way they can legally prove you owe use tax is if you confess. They can require you state your out of state purchases on your state income tax forms, but again, if you lie there you've committed perjury, but they can't prove it because they can't access your out of state purchase history.
  18. DocNo

    DocNo Member

    Oct 10, 2001
    Bristow, VA
    No, but rather then breaking the law I either work (with others) to get it changed or leave. Since CA is a lost cause I left (they refuse to deal with the fallout of social issues caused by illegal aliens and never will until they totally collapse under the economic weight of providing services for them). Best decision I ever made. Yes, all states have issues, but there are definitely some with their heads further up their butts then others - I just choose to not live in the worst of them.

    Reminds me of the early arguments for pirating music - justifying it because of the greedy "labels" and that the artists didn't get the money anyway. It was and still is theft. Just because you don't like the rules doesn't mean you have the right to ignore them. You do have the right to try to change the rules to something better - which not only will help you, but everyone else too!

    Anarchy is never the answer. Society can't function if everyone picks and chooses which rules they choose to follow. I wholeheartedly agree that there are far too many stupid rules (starting with the IRS) but the ultimate solution is to fix the root problems, not ignore them and allow them to compound :(
  19. daveak

    daveak Series 3 Novice

    Mar 23, 2009
    Sometimes civil disobedience is. The maximum speed limit would still be 55mph if no one had ever exceeded it. And there is a difference between anarchy and civil disobedience, maybe not a whole lot - and it may also depend on where you stand on an issue - as to how you view an action of protest.

    You could make an argument that Napster helped grow the Legal downloading of music, because it forced the labels to offer a (better?) legal choice or continue to lose out. OK, maybe not a strong argument, but competition in the market place (even if that competition is essentially illegal) will often spur innovation and give the consumer more 'legal' choices.
  20. DocNo

    DocNo Member

    Oct 10, 2001
    Bristow, VA
    Fair enough - but it is a fine line.

    And one thing humans have is a marvelous ability to rationalize. It's still better to try and work within the system then just ignore it. Most of the issues with content and DRM could be cleared up if we had a real dialog about copyright, rather then agenda driven legislation pushed by industry lobbyists. The real problem is more people are ignoring the process and the laws rather then getting engaged to effect real change because it's easier to do nothing. And like the frog in the skillet, more and more rights are slowly being whittled away and all of the sudden we see things like multi-million dollar judgements against people who download a few songs or a movie :rolleyes:

    Copyrights were never meant to be perpetual, but that's where it's heading unless real people start to stand up for our rights. Right now the industries have full reign because the populace is complacent :(

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