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Ebay HDTV recorder throw-aways

Seems like I'm one of the few people who.... scour Ebay for "throw-away" deals. My first HD recorder purchase was a "non-working" LG LST-3410A, for $89. That was over 5 yrs ago, and although it took some doing to get it to work and keep working, I still have it and it still works to this day. Great for recording Sunday football games.


Although I already owned one, last year I picked up a Sony RDR-HX715 DVD/HDD recorder for $160. Another good deal. Similarly, got a Sony DHG-HDD500 for $80. So it's a "brick" without the TV Guide, but still useable as a spare HD recorder.


This year, I picked up two..... Channel Master CM7400s on Ebay, one for $65, the other for $63 shipped. Both sellers claimed they either weren't working, or, the most recent one, "for parts or repair only". Both of them work just fine. Was I ever considering buying the newest Channel Master DVR+ for $299 ?? Absolutely not.


Apparently people would rather pay top dollar for Tivo's and such, and owners of past-history
DVR's would rather sell them than attempt any type of repair.

The Channel Master CM7400 has such a bad rep, for me it wasn't much of an effort to figure out how to get it to work properly and keep it working. I use laptop coolers on both of them, during the summer I keep a common box fan blowing air for additional cooling. Case closed.
Also, during the summer, I disconnect my two DTV PAL DVR's, leave them off until September. Both have been going strong for 4 & 1/2 years with no problems.


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Joe-I picked up a brand new DHG 250 last year for $90 and 2 brand new LG 3410A's about 2 years ago for round about $120 from an old scuttled Las Vegas casino renovation plroject which died in the financial meltdown years ago. Heck I also picked up brand new units of every D-VHS deck ever sold in the USA starting in 2010 after having vowed to myself around 1995 to never own a linear tape deck ever again I picked by the Panasonic PV HD1000, Mits 1100/2000, JVC 30k/40k/100U/VDA400 decks for peanuts.

Speaking of older tech I also won a new Sony MZ-RH1 minidisc deck-the pinnacle of minidisc technology.
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I always wondered about D-VHS decks..... years ago when I researched them, I seem to remember you needed a TV with a Firewire input to view recordings. That's what put me off from buying one, plus they were always very pricey on Ebay.
For years I wanted a Sony DHG model, the going rate for a used one was around $500, way out of my price range. It wasn't until I found one on Ebay for $250 that I finally took the plunge. My second DHG only cost me $80, a much better deal.


I think what we have is called..... "Gear Lust" ! BTW, I still have my Sony Mini Disc deck that I bought 20 years ago.... and it still works.
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