It appears that times may be changing and one should be very cautious if purchasing an Owned DIRECTV receiver from a DIRECTV employee. I am not a DIRECTV employee so I don't know all of the rules they have to follow but it looks like if you purchase a receiver from an (Ex)employee that you may not be able to activate it. ADMIN EDIT: This thread is for discussion purposes only. This is not official information from DirecTV therefore it must be considered rumor. With that said, it is highly suggested to do your homework before buying ANY receiver.