Originally Posted by Floydage
Yeah I saw about $9 but they wanted additional S&H unless one buys a bunch of 'em ($25 free shipping promo).
I'll have to start checking my local Walgreens for clearance. Funny you mention the drugstore genre as I got my last two Philips u-remotes at CVS for free on their extrabucks reward program (coupon prints out for the price of the purchase that's good on next purchase within a month); every holiday season for the past 3 years they've done this but they go fast (Black Friday-ish).
I'll have to commit this RCA u-remote model to memory. Looks like a good one even if I don't get that DVDR (would be a little harder to remember which special function is which though with a u-remote).
I'm afraid the Walgreen's ones are long gone. But I do see them from time to time elsewhere for a good price. Looks like there are some on ebay for $10 shipped. I'd gladly sell you one of mine for $10 shipped.
Sometimes to get free shipping I'll pad my order with rechargeable batteries. Eneloops are excellent and pay for themselves after a dozen or so charges.
The thing that makes the RCA unique, compared to Philips, Sony, URC, GE, etc. Is that you can add absolutely every possible command using individual codes (sometimes called advanced codes, magic codes or EFCs). Another thing is that if you buy a programming cable for another $8 on ebay, you can program it from your computer using free software and make it work like a $200 remote. Using the software, you get 5 functions per button per device, unlimited devices, unlimited macro (activity) steps, state tracking, variables, subroutines, import pronto hex, custom device upgrades, custom protocols, drag and drop graphical programming, the list goes on. A cable is not required to make it work with the DVD recorder in question, but if you ever want more functionality, you always have the option in the future.
Keep in mind only the RCRP05B or BR work like this. Other RCA models are completely different and, frankly, stink. There are others that work the same way, mostly available on ebay, like the Vizio VUR8.