What's a good price for a TiVo HD?

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  1. May 8, 2008 #21 of 113
    jtrain

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    off a BB pricematch/12% RewardZone coupon and walked out with a brand spanking new TiVO HD for $175. Walked up to the cashier with box and printed ad in hand and there were no questions asked, they didn't even call Fry's to verify if they had any stock...was very impressed/giddy actually walking out of BB to the car.
     
  2. May 8, 2008 #22 of 113
    alyssa

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    Nice, Jtrain- I'd be grinning ear to ear also.

    Due to extreme distances to large population centers, I'm gonna have to wait for a web deal.

    Hokies- Woot n00b here- best way to catch a deal is to check at midnight or first thing in the am? est?

    eta 5.9;
    amazon went back down to $248
     
  3. May 10, 2008 #23 of 113
    javabird

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    Can someone please explain the difference between "factory-renewed" and "refurbished?"
     
  4. May 10, 2008 #24 of 113
    RonDawg

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    Neither...
    About the same difference between a "pre-owned" car and a used one.
     
  5. May 10, 2008 #25 of 113
    GoHokies!

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    Items swap out at midnight Central - good for the West Coasters, not so good for us East Coasters.

    Thursday and Friday was what they call a "woot off", where they have a limited quantity and as soon as it sells out they move on to the next item. Some items sell out in seconds (the BOC or "Bag of Crap" is a popular item, for 5 bucks you get a random assortment of stuff, they usually last no longer than 10 -20 seconds), other items can run for up to 30 minutes or longer. The THD's sold out in very quick time Thursday morning, so I missed out. :(
     
  6. May 10, 2008 #26 of 113
    rocko

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    The NEA offer is still going strong - $199 w/ free shipping. You can choose Lifetime if you already have at least 1 TiVo. I just grabbed one 2 weeks ago - got my CABLECards from Verizon on Wednesday and upgraded the HD to 750GB last nite. I am one happy camper :D

    http://www.tivo.com/promo/kidzone/nea.html
     
  7. May 10, 2008 #27 of 113
    jhawkstew

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    Thanks for pointing me to that. It looks like a good deal. I'm going to start another thread to get opinions on the "factory-renewed" TiVos.
     
  8. May 10, 2008 #28 of 113
    rocko

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    My S3 (refurb) is a nice box but, in hindsight, was not worth the extra $$$ over the THD. Also, I don't think you can buy a lifetime sub on the S3 refurb.
     
  9. May 10, 2008 #29 of 113
    jhawkstew

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    I BOUGHT IT! I am the proud new owner of a factory-renewed TiVo HD. It should arrive late this week (Thurs or Fri). I can't wait to give Uverse the boot this week.

    I'm giddy with excitement.

    For reference, I went with the NEA deal and a 3-yr prepaid service plan.
     
  10. May 11, 2008 #30 of 113
    alyssa

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    Yeah, the $200 HD refurbs are a great deal if your not looking to transfer a MSD on to the unit. If there was a way I could rationalize the additional cost over the lifetime of the unit, I would jump on the nea deal.
    I bought a new S3 a few months after they came out, the HD died & it was replaced by a refurbed. it was like new & has held up well.
     
  11. May 11, 2008 #31 of 113
    Tom White

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    My understanding (through Tivo) was that after the initial commitment on the refurb, and assuming you already have another unit subscribed, you could add it as a MSD with no problem.
     
  12. May 11, 2008 #32 of 113
    alyssa

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    I've only got two units, one with lifetime & one subbed at $6.95. If I let the $6.95 sub laps, I'll never see that MSD price again. It doesn't add up to save $50 on the HD tivo by getting the refurbed & pay $120 for a year of service I don't need.

    I learned the hard way on the 'S3 lifetime transfer + 1 free year of service' deal.
     
  13. May 11, 2008 #33 of 113
    supersportsfan

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    For those of you keeping score, Amazon is currently down about 3 MORE bucks, to $244.29 :up: .
     
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    alyssa

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  15. May 28, 2008 #35 of 113
    alyssa

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    amazon has the hd tivo listed for $228.09
     
  16. May 28, 2008 #36 of 113
    InFromTheCold

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    I just looked at that. The listing offers free shipping, just for today. (And where I am, it's almost tomorrow!)

    So would it make sense to go with that, plus $399 lifetime service, as opposed to the "blue moon" HD deal for $700 that includes the above plus the wireless adapter? (oh yeah, and that plush Tivo doll.) I mean, I can do the math -- is there a reason I wouldn't go the Amazon route?
     
  17. May 29, 2008 #37 of 113
    alyssa

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    if you already have a sub or know someone who does then you might be able to get the lifetime for $299. do you need the adapter?

    My other thought is the prices *might* be holding up (staying high) due to the stimulus checks & *could* fall once they have worked their way through our economy. Or the prices could maintain due to high manufacturing costs.

    Personally I am still undecided -this is a great price from a great seller but my S2 is chugging a long just fine. I just can't do transfers etc.
     
  18. May 29, 2008 #38 of 113
    InFromTheCold

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    Yeah, I need to get an adapter, my computer/router is in a different room from the TV -- Amazon has 'em, $40, bringing my (proposed) total to $268. Or I guess I could get one of the non-Tivo brand, approved adapters, for a lot less.

    Unfortunately I don't actually know anyone with a Tivo (at least as far as I know, anyway!) The friends w/ DVRs that I'm aware of have them from the cable co.

    On a related note, I saw last night that several people on Ebay were selling lifetime service cards, but at prices barely below (and in some cases, quite a bit above) what Tivo's now charging. Not enough of a discount to make it enticing, IMO.

    I hear what you're saying about the economy, but it's not always easy to time the market, and sometimes ya just need to jump in (and not succumb to buyer's remorse if prices do drop a few months later!:))
     
  19. May 29, 2008 #39 of 113
    petew

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    The Tivo adapter offloads alot of the wirless overhead to the adapter, significantly improving performance over the non Tivo devices. So not buying the Tivo adapter would IMHO be a false economy.
     
  20. May 29, 2008 #40 of 113
    InFromTheCold

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    Good to know, thanks for the clarification.
     

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