Wednesday, May 19, 2010

How Not To Get A Good Deal On Ebay

At the end of October I bought a Roku HD box. This device allowed us to watch streaming movies from Netflix. It worked great, but after connecting it to the television we quickly realized that the effort required to press the various buttons on the various remote controls in order to actually watch streaming movies greatly exceeded the effort we were willing to devote to the endeavor. As a result, we rarely used the Roku box.

In early May, in a moment of great frustration and dissatisfaction with Cablevision, I decided to replace our Cablevision-provided DVR with a Tivo. After accepting a final insult served up by Cablevision (their insistance that I schedule - and pay for - a technician to come over and install the Tivo), we were freed of Cablevision's horrible DVR.

Why would anyone pay more for a used device than he would pay for a new one?

Which left me with an unused Roku box. I decided to sell it on Ebay, my preferred electronics graveyard since 1999. I figured I'd probably get less than $60 for it, and would have been thrilled with $70.

The auction isn't finished yet, and it's already at $90 (with another $10 added to cover shipping). I made it very clear in the listing that I was selling the Roku HD. There are even 2 questions from other users asking if this was the more expensive XR version. I also explained that an HDMI cable is not included.

This is very confusing to me. A new Roku HD box can be bought and shipped (with free shipping) for $99. This is the same price, incidentally, that I paid for my device last year.


Thin Crust - TX Chuck said...

Why didn't you just buy a $159 Nintendo Wii. That way you have a game system and a streaming movie device?

Unknown said...

Because at the time Wii didn't support streaming movies. I'm better off this way anyway. Accessing Netflix through Tivo is way easier than having to turn on another device.

ettible said...

But if you had the Wii, you and Charles and I could play Dr. Mario against each other online, tournament-style.

I kind of want a Tivo just to be able to save shows to my computer from it, but then I know I'd have 200 episodes of "Supermarket Sweep" and "Who's the Boss?" taking up space.