My dad's contract is over. Re-open another new account?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by directv88, May 20, 2010.

  1. directv88

    directv88 New Member

    May 20, 2010
    My dad's contract has expired on April 1st, (4) D12-100 model receivers. Not to happy on the price hike but happy with service. He has come up with an idea, to re-open another account under his WIFEs name, contract, lower price "Choice Ultimate $39.99" for 1 year......

    Any thoughts on this plan?
  2. adkinsjm

    adkinsjm Icon

    Mar 25, 2003
    Unethical and causes price hikes for those who pay for service year after year.
  3. matt

    matt New Member

    Jan 11, 2010
    What are you trying to gain from this? New receivers, better receivers, just a lower price?
  4. Mark L

    Mark L Godfather

    Oct 23, 2006
    What's unethical is DirecTV raising prices year after year in one of the worse recession's in this countries history.

    I say go for it, if you can beat the system, do it.
  5. matt

    matt New Member

    Jan 11, 2010
    How is fighting the rise in cost by causing more rises in cost beating the system?
  6. Mark L

    Mark L Godfather

    Oct 23, 2006
    If he can save himself some money, which I'm sure he needs, then go fot it.

    These rises in costs are a damn joke. But hey, something has to raise that stock price................ /sarcasm
  7. 1980ws

    1980ws Legend

    Mar 18, 2008
    "If you think it' wrong, it probably is".

    The fact that you are asking tells me you think it doesn't smell right.
  8. Avder

    Avder Hall Of Fame

    Feb 6, 2010
    Theyre all standard def recievers? No DVR's? I say try it and let us know how it turns out.

    I dont see how attempting to game the system is at all unethical. I cant imagine that the promotional prices offered by DirecTV arent at least enough to make a small profit off of. If they're for some reason taking a loss on new subscribers then thats their problem when subscribers leave and find ways to come back to get the promo rate and save a few bucks.

    The ethical issue here I think is that most companies treat their new customers a lot better than the ones that have been there a long time. Long time subscribers should be seeing benefits above and beyond what the new subscribers get in terms of price points and perks as a reward and incentive to stay. As it stands, someone who is out of contract and stuck with the "normal" rate has nothing to really lose if they suspend and ultimately cancel service if they decide switch to another provider, except for any programs saved on associated DVR's, and component capture cards give a way, albeit a slow way, around that limitation as well.

    If DirecTV isnt offering him an incentive or bonus to stay on while he is out of contract, I dont see any ethical implications of shooting for a better rate. Hell, he'll probably get something from retention simply by calling in and saying hes ready to cancel.
  9. tcusta00

    tcusta00 Active Member

    Dec 31, 2007
    Cancel it. And stop driving since gas has more than doubled in the last decade. And stop buying milk too since that price has gone up. Don't even think about buying a house. And when you're next offered a raise you should politely decline it since you're against that kinda thing.

    You know what, you may have liked Soviet Russia where prices were fixed and everyone got the same thing at the same price.

    Directv is a luxury. It's not unethical for a company selling a luxury service to raise their rates. Further, there are plenty of other choices you can and should consider if you're unhappy.
  10. paragon

    paragon Godfather

    Nov 15, 2007
    I don't think you're violating any terms of service by executing your plan. Some people may feel the need to go above and beyond the terms of service, others may not. Neither is wrong.
  11. wmb

    wmb Godfather

    Dec 17, 2008
    I will grant you, there is a lot of truth here... prices go up. Salaries go up. Its the nature of things. But, I must say, its kind of difficult to haggle over the price of a gallon of milk or a gallon of gasoline. DirecTV service, not so much. Haggling works. I also haggle at Best Buy. Somethings it works well on. I bought a close-out washer and dryer for like half the retail price (that replaced a nearly 20 year old top-of-the-line Kenmore unit that I bought at the Sears Outlet for about half retail). I have bought a number of close out/floor model TVs for great discounts over the years. Sometimes, they'll throw in the service agreement to sweeten the deal.

    You know what, I doubt he has never been to Soviet Russia, and I highly doubt he ever lived there. This is rather, well, I'll be polite. Let's just say you've been listening to too much Glenn Beck.

    I said it elsewhere, and I'll say it here... "You don't get what you don't ask for." Nothing at all communist or socialist about that. Heck, just the opposite, its how prices are set in the free market.

    The OP's dad needs to decide what he wants. Who knows, he may be able to call up and say "Know what, I saw the new customer deal. I'm out of contract, I'd like that price to keep service." DirecTV may look at his account, and figure that for the $10 per month, its cheaper that replacing him. On the other hand, they could say "No." As long as thats the rules of the game, and everyone knows them, its not unethical to play.
  12. leadout_kv

    leadout_kv Mentor

    Nov 4, 2006
    Gee, I'm a bit surprised at some of these responses. Nuff said?

    OP - Why don't you or your Dad call DTV and ask for discounts? I do this every six months and cut, no keep, my bill down by almost half of what DTV would be charging me.
  13. raott

    raott Hall Of Fame

    Nov 23, 2005
    Pricing is based on what the market will bear. What he is proposing has nothing to do with price increases.
  14. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    Are 4 receivers really needed?

    Maybe a cutback in programming subscription can help.

    Rate increases, although unfortunate, are needed to keep the business infrastructure working and upgraded. Afterall, how do you think D12 got up there?
  15. David MacLeod

    David MacLeod New Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    thought somewhere in TOS is did mention this as being not allowed, have not looked in long time so could be wrong.
  16. EightiesDude

    EightiesDude Cool Member

    Jul 10, 2006
    I did this very thing - absolutely nothing unethical about it all. Got new HD DVR's and the new dish that only uses one coax per box. All sanctimony aside from some of the commenters - what is your real issue?
  17. 1980ws

    1980ws Legend

    Mar 18, 2008
    So cancel account, call up and start new account under different name at same address? Whatever. I couldn't do it, but it's not my decision. Go for it.
  18. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    It goes downhill. The carriers raise their prices, DirecTV has to pay more to carry the channel (most of them are not as public as the Versus situation), DirecTV then has to raise prices for service. It's not like they're the only ones. Dish raised their prices, Time Warner raised theirs. My property tax went up, sewer rates went up, etc. Most times every year. It's not just DirecTV raising prices to make more profit.
  19. EightiesDude

    EightiesDude Cool Member

    Jul 10, 2006
    Tying DirecTv rate increases to this situation is ludicrous. Show your work or just admit your a sanctimonious sucker.
  20. Piratefan98

    Piratefan98 Icon

    Mar 11, 2008

    That's the million dollar question. If the TOS says it's not allowed, then proceeding would be unethical. If there is no mention in the TOS, then what the heck.


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