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Buying Never Activated HR10-250...Questions

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by hperry, Mar 11, 2006.

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  1. hperry

    hperry New Member

    Mar 11, 2006

    I am planning to switch from TWC to Directv. I found a local guy who had purchased a couple HR10-250's from best buy back in November with the expectation that he would use them at his new house. Due to install issues, he can't have directv at his new house and is now selling the units. He says they're both never activated and he has all accessories although he did throw out the boxes. I'll be getting a pretty good deal...

    What should I expect from directv as for programming discount if I call them to activate a receiver that was purchased months ago and never activated? I would expect at least the 3 month discount and maybe free install..

    Also, is there any way I can prove the units were never activated? Right now, I'm taking the seller's word.

    Anything else I should check?

    TIA :D

    BTW, the SA 8300HD from TWC with SARA O/S is HORRIBLE!!!:mad:
  2. Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

    Nov 15, 2005
    None of the above.

    Since they are already in the Lease program.... You probably won't get any thing, other then maybe a discount on the HD package for a few months.

    I highly doubt you will get Free install, since you didn't purchase them through a DirecTV vendor.

    Other then calling DirecTV, no other way to check to see if they where ever activated. Unless the Access card is still in it's seal package.
  3. Rickster

    Rickster Cool Member

    Feb 18, 2006
    I think? there may also be an issue, with them not being activated within 30 days of purchase, penalty

    Not sure if they can determine a sale/delivery date by serial #
    so be carefull if you mentioned "he bought 3 months ago
  4. hperry

    hperry New Member

    Mar 11, 2006
    On the phone with Directv now. They say I would get the intro deals. But, they're saying that you're in a 2 year commitment once you start service no matter where the receiver came from (even if it's craigslist or something). That sounds rediculous...deal killer for me.

    I can understand if you got free receivers from them that you would be obligated for a year or two. But if you acquire the receivers from somehwere esle or activate a used receiver, you shouldn't be locked in for 2 years.
  5. Bill R

    Bill R Hall Of Fame

    Dec 20, 2002
    Exactly. It looks like DirecTV is trying to kill the used receiver market (or severly reduce the advantage of owning your own equipment) as well as lock people in for no justified reason (if you own your equipment). The two year obligation is just too long for a lot of people given that FiOS will be in a lot of areas in that timeframe. FiOS (and some cable companies) are going to give DirecTV a real run for their money in the next few years.
  6. boba

    boba Hall Of Fame

    May 23, 2003
    Rule is rules whether you like them or not. We all have to play by them or with them.:)
  7. newsposter

    newsposter Hall Of Fame

    Nov 12, 2003
    Very interesting points brought up here. why wasnt the initial owner hit with charges? The absolute safest thing to do is get the serial numbers and ask directv. If everything is legit, the guy wont have a problem you doing that and it will tell you what directvs official policy will be.

    Another question would be...if there was an unpaid penalty, who pays? the original guy or the guy that buys the boxes from him (transferral of condition?)
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