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921 Upgrade Price for Existing Customers


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#1 OFFLINE   erikbenz

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Posted 17 January 2004 - 12:31 PM

So I talked to my local dealer yesterday and was told on Feb. 1st the 921 would have an upgrade price for existing customers. According to him he heard this on the dealer chat and it is not yet been released to the public.

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Posted 18 January 2004 - 12:19 AM

Upgrade from what? If it is a 721 sounds like that will be out of the frying pan into the fire.

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Posted 18 January 2004 - 12:38 PM

Jerry,

It does not matter from what you are upgrading it only matters that you are a dish customer. The point is the 999 price is over as of Feb. 1st.

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Posted 18 January 2004 - 01:14 PM

So that means that the price is going up at that point?

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Posted 18 January 2004 - 05:23 PM

jerryyyyy,


Your such a buzz kill! LOL

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Posted 18 January 2004 - 10:59 PM

So I talked to my local dealer yesterday and was told on Feb. 1st the 921 would have an upgrade price for existing customers. According to him he heard this on the dealer chat and it is not yet been released to the public.

Erik


Unfortunately, there was no such existing customer 921 upgrade mentioned on the retailer chat. I have watched the chat several times now to soak in all the new info.

The only 921 "upgrade" mentioned was the $600 new customer upgrade on Free Dish. I truly don't see the rationale in a price decrease in a product whose supply is not keeping up with demand.

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Posted 19 January 2004 - 12:14 AM

Well take your pick either my dealer is a lier or something is going on that he is privy to and we are not. I am not sure which it is but am very frustrated at the lack of reliable info. He said it was in response to existing customer complaints about new customer offers etc.
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Posted 19 January 2004 - 12:23 AM

Well take your pick either my dealer is a lier or something is going on that he is privy to and we are not. I am not sure which it is but am very frustrated at the lack of reliable info. He said it was in response to existing customer complaints about new customer offers etc.
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I doubt he is purposely fibbing. Who knows, maybe he gets a different chat than standard Echo retailers. There is so much info flying around on the chat (sometimes not even accurate), it would be easy to misunderstand something that was said. You might ask him to re-watch the chat and save the portion where the upgrade was mentioned where you could listen to it. Nothing about this was mentioned in the fax blast that followed the chat either.

It would be nice to see an existing customer upgrade for the 921, but it could also pose a problem. All equipment upgrade promo's require that you go through your original retailer or directly through DISH. Since DISH isn't selling the 921's, you would have to bank on your retailer carrying them. Since DISH only wants to pay the retailer about $25 on equipment upgrade offers (incl. install/swap out), it wouldn't be worth it for most.

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Posted 19 January 2004 - 12:24 AM

"I truly don't see the rational in a price decrease in a product whose supply is not keeping up with demand."
Mainstreet if this were the case then why is the 811 only 149 bucks to existing subs?

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Posted 19 January 2004 - 12:39 AM

"I truly don't see the rational in a price decrease in a product whose supply is not keeping up with demand."
Mainstreet if this were the case then why is the 811 only 149 bucks to existing subs?

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Who knows??? I would assume that the special $149 promo (only available through DISH directly) was cooked up before there was a large shortage of them. The lower price has driven, and in part, directly caused the shortage we have today with the 811. For the record, the published upgrade promo for the 811 is $199, and is available from the original retailer of record. The low price point on the 811 is also because DISH wants to be the HD leader. The way they see doing this is by giving them away to new subs. I guess they weren't expecting the demand. :confused:

I still stand by my prediction that there will be no price reduction in the 921 until the demand subsides.

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Posted 19 January 2004 - 06:18 AM

This is pretty funny--as far as I am concerned, they might as well tell us they are free--since they have no intention of shipping product any time soon--what does it matter? :D

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Posted 19 January 2004 - 09:15 AM

Unfortunately, there was no such existing customer 921 upgrade mentioned on the retailer chat. I have watched the chat several times now to soak in all the new info.

The only 921 "upgrade" mentioned was the $600 new customer upgrade on Free Dish. I truly don't see the rationale in a price decrease in a product whose supply is not keeping up with demand.

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Is it possible that this could be an upgrade from an 811 to a 921? The difference in MSRP on those 2 models is $600. That wouldn't be a price decrease.

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Posted 19 January 2004 - 10:10 AM

That is 100% of what I think. Its mearly going from a 811 to a 921 (a difference of exactly $600). This applied to the HDTV box sets.
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Posted 19 January 2004 - 12:43 PM

The press release from Dish at CES on the 8th says that the HDTV-in-a-box w/ 811 package is available to new or existing customers for $999. It then says that new or existing customers can upgrade that package to the 921 for an additional $600. So, $1599 total for the HDTV and a 921. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find anyone that knows enough about it to order it. I did find ONE retailer (after calling about a dozen) that could do the HDTV w/ 921 offer -- but only for NEW subscribers. He said he had no info yet about doing it for existing subscribers.

I've spoken with several people at Dish -- ranging to CSRs to Advance Support to a "Customer Resolution Specialist." They all said that had no idea since 921s were available through retailers only -- they said to "ask your local retailer." After explaining that I had -- over a dozen of them actually -- they said they just didn't know anything about it. None of them had even heard of the January 8th press release that mentioned it.

I've even emailed the two contacts listed ON the press release -- no response from either.

Very disappointing. Don't announce things if you don't have the info available. Bah.

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Posted 19 January 2004 - 01:44 PM

The press release from Dish at CES on the 8th says that the HDTV-in-a-box w/ 811 package is available to new or existing customers for $999. It then says that new or existing customers can upgrade that package to the 921 for an additional $600. So, $1599 total for the HDTV and a 921. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find anyone that knows enough about it to order it. I did find ONE retailer (after calling about a dozen) that could do the HDTV w/ 921 offer -- but only for NEW subscribers. He said he had no info yet about doing it for existing subscribers.

I've spoken with several people at Dish -- ranging to CSRs to Advance Support to a "Customer Resolution Specialist." They all said that had no idea since 921s were available through retailers only -- they said to "ask your local retailer." After explaining that I had -- over a dozen of them actually -- they said they just didn't know anything about it. None of them had even heard of the January 8th press release that mentioned it.

I've even emailed the two contacts listed ON the press release -- no response from either.

Very disappointing. Don't announce things if you don't have the info available. Bah.

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It has been confirmed that the information in that article was incorrect. The price was for NEW customers only. Someone just got their wires crossed, unfortunately. There is no such upgrade promo including the HDTV &/or 921. Dealer cost is well over the $1599 price, and DISH isn't pitching in on existing customers, for now. The dealer cost of the HDTV TV itself IS $999.

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Posted 19 January 2004 - 01:46 PM

It has been confirmed that the information in the information in that article was incorrect.


1. It wasn't an "article" -- it was an official press release from Dish.

2. Confirm WHERE exactly? I can barely find a Dish employee that knows about the press release -- much less one informed enough to call it officially confirmed as incorrect!

Sorry, but without more details than that -- some OFFICIAL writing or correction or SOMETHING somewhere, then I'm still going by the press release...

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Posted 19 January 2004 - 01:51 PM

It wasn't an "article" -- it was an official press release from Dish.



Yes it was a Press release, BUT it is being misread !!

Read again carefully :

http://www.corporate...&item_id=482819

Quote from the Press release :

The DISH Player-DVR 921 is available now for a $600 upgrade when customers purchase the DISH Network HDTV System.



The key is "WHEN" you purchase the HDTV System (for $999) .

Bottom line , $600 + $999 = $1599

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Posted 19 January 2004 - 01:56 PM

Yes it was a Press release, BUT it is being misread !!

Read again carefully :


Um, I've read it carefully. I see:

"Offered to new and existing residential customers through a special promotion through Jan. 31, 2004, the DISH Network HD System includes a DISH 811 HD satellite TV receiver/decoder and the customer's choice of a 34-inch CRT or a 40-inch rear-projection wide-screen HD monitor, all for only $999." ...and then... "The DISH Player-DVR 921 is available now for a $600 upgrade when customers purchase the DISH Network HDTV System."

So -- it certainly looks like existing customers can buy the HDTV-in-a-box for $999 and then upgrade to the 921 for an additional $600.

The key is "WHEN" you purchase the HDTV System (for $999) .

Bottom line , $600 + $999 = $1599


Um, right -- that is what I said. I think you are arguing against someone else -- but quoting me.

I clearly stated above that you couldn't get JUST the 921 for $600. I stand by that -- and you seem to agree.

What I was replying to was someone just stating that the press release itself was incorrect and that even the $1599 HDTV w/ 921 was not available to existing subscribers. THAT is what I was talking about in my reply.

I never said that the 921 was available WITHOUT the HDTV for any discounted price. Someone else suggested it -- and I suggested, like you, that they are incorrect.

Before you tell me to carefully read a Press Release again -- you might want to carefully read this thread. :rolleyes:

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Posted 19 January 2004 - 02:07 PM

1. It wasn't an "article" -- it was an official press release from Dish.

2. Confirm WHERE exactly? I can barely find a Dish employee that knows about the press release -- much less one informed enough to call it officially confirmed as incorrect!

Sorry, but without more details than that -- some OFFICIAL writing or correction or SOMETHING somewhere, then I'm still going by the press release...

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First off - I am not arguing with you on this point as you suggested 928was. I am just trying to let you know the correct information.

I am assuming that you are referring to this press release: http://www.corporate...&item_id=482819

There is NO mention of existing customers upgrading to a 921 for $600. That paragraph was referring to new customer promos only. It was not totally clear on that fact though. It mentioned the HDTV package price was available to new and existing customers. I can't find where that is accurate, though.

The press release says that the promo is available through 1/31/04. Today is 1/19/04. If they are going to notify us of any existing customer upgrade promo for either the HDTV package or the 921 receiver, they better get on the ball. Time is running out! The only upgrade currently available to retailers for HDTV equip is the 811 upgrade for the retailer's original customers for $199.

The paragraph you are referring to is probably this one:

DISH Network has further strengthened its HD product line with the introduction of the first-of-its-kind high definition digital video recorder (DVR). The DISH Player-DVR 921 is available now for a $600 upgrade when customers purchase the DISH Network HDTV System. The DISH Player-DVR 921 features a 250-gigabyte hard drive capable of recording up to 25 hours of high definition video or up to 180 hours of standard definition content, or a combination of both.


Again, note that there is no mention of existing customers. I can see how it could be construed to mean ANY (existing or new) customer could buy the TV and get the $600 price on the 921. That is NOT the case.

Current retailer promos:
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Posted 19 January 2004 - 02:22 PM

First off - I am not arguing with you on this point as you suggested 928was.


Actually, he was arguing about something else -- whether or not the 921 was available by itself for $600 -- which is an entirely different issue and one I've already agreed with him on (that it isn't available).

I am just trying to let you know the correct information.


I appreciate that -- but when someone suddenly announces that it has been "confirmed" as inaccurate -- but provides no references to any official confirmation to go with it -- then that doesn't usually go over well.

I am assuming that you are referring to this press release:


Correct.

There is NO mention of existing customers upgrading to a 921 for $600.


Sure it does. It says that the HDTV in a box deal is available to new or subscribed for $999. Then it goes on to say that customers who purchase the HDTV in a box deal can upgrade to the 921 for $600 more.

So, they indicate that subscribed people CAN get the HDTV in a box deal for $999 -- then later says that "customers" can upgrade that deal to the 921 for $600 more. It stands to reason that they didn't mean JUST new customers could upgrade to the 921 for $600 more since it certainly was not at all stated that way.

It does NOT say that new and subscribed can get the HDTV in a box for $999 and then NEW can upgrade to the 921 for $600 more.

The press release says that the promo is available through 1/31/04. Today is 1/19/04. If they are going to notify us of any existing customer upgrade promo for either the HDTV package or the 921 receiver, they better get on the ball. Time is running out!


Um, I fully realize that -- which is why I have been trying so hard to find someone that knows anything about it.

Again, I've contacted over a dozen retailers and only ONE even knew about the HDTV in a box deal for NEW customers. Therefore, arguing that it isn't there for current subscribers because there isn't much time left and they haven't gotten the word out really doesn't work -- since it obviously IS available for NEW customers -- and they haven't gotten the word out on that either obviously.

The only upgrade currently available to retailers for HDTV equip is the 811 upgrade for the retailer's original customers for $199.


That may be the case -- but that isn't what the press release states.

Again, note that there is no mention of existing customers. I can see how it could be construed to mean ANY (existing or new) customer could buy the TV and get the $600 price on the 921. That is NOT the case.


Well, YOU seem to be saying that existing subscribers can't even get the HDTV in a box w/ 811 for $999 deal! But the press release CLEARLY states that that one is. So, arguing with me about whether or not the upgrade on the HDTV w/ 811 deal also applies to new subscribers based on the wording of the press release doesn't make much sense -- since you don't even seem to think the HDTV/811 deal even applies even though the press release DOES say that. Correct?

Current retailer promos:


Ok -- so -- I don't see the HDTV-in-a-box w/ 811 deal in there. Even though it seems clear in that Press Release that it IS available to existing subscribers. So -- that is why I am asking what you are trying to argue...

Are you trying to argue that the Press Release is completely wrong and NONE of that applies to new subscribers even though it is clear that at least the HDTV w/ 811 deal does by the wording given? (In which case, please provide a link to where Echostar clarifies the error in that press release.)

Or are you trying to argue that the Press Release is correct -- and just that they don't mean the existings can do the 921 upgrade (as you said above)? In which case, why isn't the HDTV w/ 811 deal listed in your graphic?

Now, don't get me wrong -- the deal certainly might NOT be available. I'm just arguing, right now, that the press release says that it is -- and they MEANT it to say that it is -- even with the 921 upgrade for an extra $600. Dish might not honor that -- but they certainly meant to say it in that wording.

In other words, I won't be surprised at all if that deal is not available to me ever -- but they did announce it.

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