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#1 OFFLINE   gomezma1

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 11:38 PM

Is there any way for me to get a reciever with a delinquent account activated. I bought a HR-22 DVR receiver thru craigslist only to find out when trying to activate it that D would not do it because the account was delinquent. Now I'm stuck with a receiver I can't use and out $50:(. Any suggestions!

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#2 OFFLINE   barryb

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 11:46 PM

I would suggest going after the person you purchased it from.
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#3 OFFLINE   gomezma1

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 11:53 PM

He won't answer his phone but I'm vigoursly looking for him.

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 11:58 PM

I can imagine. :mad:

Does Craigslist provide any type of fraud insurance (like eBay does)?
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#5 OFFLINE   CJTE

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 12:13 AM

I can imagine. :mad:

Does Craigslist provide any type of fraud insurance (like eBay does)?


Unfortunately
"CRAIGSLIST IS NOT INVOLVED IN ANY TRANSACTION, and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer "buyer protection" or "seller certification""

http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams


To the OP: Welcome here, sorry you got scammed.
If you attempt to make another purchase, at least now you're aware that you need to call it in.
I spent $1500 on a motorcycle off craigslist to find out it was worth about $600 so I understand your heartache.
You could try filing a police report.

#6 OFFLINE   barryb

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 12:20 AM

I would be checking with things like:

DirecTV (they have an address, and maybe, just maybe they might have some sort of help available.

Return address on the box it was shipped in.
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#7 OFFLINE   gomezma1

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 12:20 AM

That is next on my agenda. A friend of his posted it for him and that is the only communication I've had. I informed his friend that the cops were the next option.So hopefully he passes it on to him.

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 12:21 AM

I will call D to see what they tell me.

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 12:28 AM

I will call D to see what they tell me.


Definetly call DirecTV.
Definetly do NOT expect them to give *YOU* *ANY* information about its previous owner.
That would be a major privacy breach.
Something that would require a Law Enforcements Subpoena

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 12:38 AM

This is why we always recommend that purchasers of "used" DirecTV equipment get the Receiver ID Number from the seller and verify its status with DirecTV yourself before completing the transaction. A reputable seller will have no problem providing that information.

DirecTV's policy in this area is very clear, so don't expect them to bend the rules for you. Your only recourse is with the seller that scammed you.
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Posted 19 November 2009 - 11:46 AM

Well its $50 lesson learned if nothing gets resolved...always check the used equipment out with D* b4 buying....this info keeps getting posted and posted and people just arent getting it...

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 11:52 AM

Well its $50 lesson learned if nothing gets resolved...always check the used equipment out with D* b4 buying....this info keeps getting posted and posted and people just arent getting it...


To be fair, it's mentioned on occasion but if the OP didn't happen to see one of those threads he couldn't have known.

Caveat Emptor.

gomezma1: If you plead your case directly with the folks at DirecTV they may be able to give you a deal on another HR2x.

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 11:57 AM

You could always pull the drive and sell it...
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Posted 19 November 2009 - 12:03 PM

You could always pull the drive and sell it...


Much like removing the engine (and selling it) on a rental car, right?

NOT a good idea.
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Posted 19 November 2009 - 12:15 PM

Paying $50 for a receiver that usually retails for $199... If a deal is too good to be true, it probably is. http://www.dbstalk.c...es/ohbfrank.gif

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 12:23 PM

That is next on my agenda. A friend of his posted it for him and that is the only communication I've had. I informed his friend that the cops were the next option.So hopefully he passes it on to him.


I do hope the best for you gomezma1. It's most certainly a sale of stolen property.

Do let us know the outcome.
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#17 OFFLINE   Justin23

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 12:43 PM

Did the Craigslist ad make any mention that the receiver was "as-is" or something that the buyer bears the responsibility to make sure he can activate the receiver?

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 02:10 PM

Paying $50 for a receiver that usually retails for $199... If a deal is too good to be true, it probably is. http://www.dbstalk.c...es/ohbfrank.gif


There are plenty of owned HR2x receivers out there that people received for free. So getting one for $50 is not out of the question.

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 05:43 PM

There are plenty of owned HR2x receivers out there that people received for free. So getting one for $50 is not out of the question.

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Whether owned receivers are out there or not, you're not going to find them if you don't check the RID with Directv first.

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 05:53 PM

I wholeheartedly agree. Doing it by the numbers will always help you succeed.
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