Whats my tivo worth?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by GriffithStrife, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. GriffithStrife

    GriffithStrife Member

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    Hey guys want to sell my Tivo Premiere with 2TB whats it worth, I am hoping to get halfway to an elite is that crazy?
     
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  3. gougi1

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    I saw one go recently on ebay for $149.00 with no lifetime
     
  4. GriffithStrife

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    No lifetime just the standard 13 a month plan, I wont sell it on ebay too many scammers. I guess 150 is a fair price on Craigslist, I tried at 250 no takers.
     
  5. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Well-Known Member

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    More scammers on Craig's List than ebay by a long shot. Ebay is a pretty safe place to sell these days with all of the rules and safeguards they have implemented. Virtually all transactions have to use PayPal so you're covered for any loss.
     
  6. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

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    While I agree that there are more scammers on Craigslist, it is much easier to protect yourself. Meet in a public place and only accept cash payment. No way to get scammed out of that.
     
  7. digitalfirefly

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    Yeah, until you get a knife or gun pulled on you.
     
  8. lessd

    lessd Well-Known Member

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    How would one test out the item in say a parking lot ??
     
  9. aaronwt

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    At least with eBAy/Paypal you have protections if it doesn't work. I still need to sell two of my boxes. My problem is I can't find the original drives that were in the two boxes I upgraded. I would like to include them in the sale. With my S3/TiVoHD boxes I didn't and now I have eight of those small hard drives lying around gathering dust. Of course I still have the original drives from my DirecTV HDTiVos and the SD TiVos lying around too.
     
  10. davezatz

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    Those protections have failed me in the past... :/ I have a TiVo HD and a TiVo Series 3 to unload (unsubbed) that have been sitting in boxes for months. Thinking about going Elite, but I'd want to partially fund it by selling my Lifetimed Premiere. Too much work - wish Gazelle dealt in TiVo, or WeaKnees in used hardware.
     
  11. aaronwt

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    I thought they were suppsoed to protect you from an item that was not advertised properly, not working properly, etc. when you received it?
    I've only dealt with it three times over the years, but it was also for products under $200 and I got my money back without issue.
     
  12. davezatz

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    I've been burned on both sides (as seller and buyer). Fortunately lower ticket items also under $200, probably even under $100 in most cases. I've had a few bad experiences with Amazon too, again on both sides. Worst case in both scenarios, recipients kept the item and PayPal or Amazon refunded them - so I ended up with neither. Maybe I'm just unlucky, or maybe given the number of items I turn around I just hit the small percent of bad apples. Regardless, I usually unload in person or via Gazelle these days. Maybe I'll give it another shot with the Premiere... IF I go Elite.

    (One guy did get what was coming to him - he kept my money and I never got my video game. However, Virginia police honed in on he and his girlfriend for a larger laptop scam they had going. He worked out some sort of settlement but hopefully it was scary and time consuming. But I still ended up with nothing.)
     
  13. mr.unnatural

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    How recent were your transactions? I've been burned in the past as well, once for a $650 HDTivo, but that was about 6 or 7 years ago. With the current setup, both the buyer and seller have more protections in place. If you have PayPal Buyer Credit (I think it's called something different now), all of your purchases are protected 100%, just like with most credit cards.

    As a seller, you get your funds through PayPal up front so there's very little risk involved there. If there's a problem with the sale and the buyer lodges a complaint, it goes to arbitration and ebay decides what to do. If they find in favor of the buyer the item has to be returned to the seller at the buyer's expense. The seller has to refund the full purchase price, including original shipping costs, to the buyer.
     
  14. davezatz

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    Probably 3 years at this point for the more notable issues. Although I had a few minor bad experiences in the interim on ebay - for example the guy sending me a broken piece of network gear because he used no packing materials, but it was more trouble than it was worth to get the few bucks back.

    Like I said, in more than one transaction I ended up without the item and without the money as a seller. As a buyer, I've ended up with broken things or the wrong things (and sometime no things). Most recently a month or so back on Amazon (third party seller) with an Xbox 360 headset that was like three generations removed, packaged in a plastic bag, and not like the picture or description indicated. I eventually got a refund, but it required two legnthy calls to Amazon (couldn't be handled online), after not hearing from the seller after 3 days as required, and a trip to the FedEx store. Doesn't seem worth it - I'd rather pay the few extra bucks and swing by the Gamestop (which is what I did).

    But, like you say maybe things are better now... and maybe I've just been unlucky.
     
  15. P42

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    A refurb Premiere from Tivo is $80, Woot has had them for $50, and new on Amazon they sell for $82. A 2TB harddrive runs $70. If you get $150 you are doing good IMO, I'd only pay $120.
    An XL would be worth more due to the remote and THX.
     
  16. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Well-Known Member

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    Been there, although things have improved considerably over the past few years. If you've got a vlild complaint, ebay will back you up and you should get a full refund plus shipping costs. Nothing irks me more than lazy sellers that do a half-assed job at packing.

    I'm not sure how you could end up without an item and no money unless you shipped it before receiving payment. I never ship anything until I've received payment confirmation from PayPal. With the current safeguards in place for both buyer and seller, ebay is a great place to buy and sell items.
     
  17. davezatz

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    In at least one case with PayPay and Amazon, they refunded the buyer's payment from my account with them claiming I sent something different from what I advertised, something like that. It's been a long while, but I think in one case I could have had the item returned if I paid shipping but the cost was too high (based on weight/distance) that I'd end up losing even more money.

    To keep things on topic... I have an unsubbed S3 and an unsubbed THD. Any idea what those should be selling for? Also, if I go Elite, what might a Lifetimed Premiere get me?
     
  18. mr.unnatural

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    Ebay requires the buyer to provide tracking info to show that the item has been shipped back to the seller before refunding the purchase price to the buyer. Check out FedEx Ground/Home Delivery for shipping larger parcels and USPS Priority Mail for small items. You'll get the best shipping rates. UPS will charge you an arm and a leg for small parcels. FedEx Home Delivery also delivers on Saturdays with no surcharge.

    Perform an advanced search on ebay for completed auctions. It will give you a list of everything that was listed within the past 30 days so you can get a good idea of what the average selling price would be.

    If you're thinking of getting an Elite, why not see if you can transfer your lifetime sub from the Premiere? Chances are you'll get less than the cost of the lifetime sub if you sell the Premiere. Transferring the lifetime will save you more money and you should still be able to get a few bucks for the unsubbed Premiere. Chances are you'll get less than $100 apiece for the S3 and THD if they have the stock hard drives.

    FYI - You can sell items on ebay for a fixed price. I don't even screw around with auctions anymore. Fixed price listings are much cheaper and you can list them for up to 30 days. I typically list items with a picture for about $0.50 vs. several dollars for auctions with a reserve price.
     
  19. mattack

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    What do you mean "transferring" the lifetime? There is no such offer at the moment.
     
  20. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Well-Known Member

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    I'm no expert on the subject, but I was always under the impression that Tivo allowed you to transfer a lifetime sub to another Tivo on a one-time basis. Are you saying that they only allow it at certain times?
     

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