Gizmo Lovers is primarily run to hopefully provide useful information to the user community. A lot of work goes into running the site, as well as some expense, so any support from the readers is very much appreciated. I considered accepting PayPal donations, but I don’t really feel right accepting money directly for running the site. However, there are some costs involved in maintaining the community, and, to be honest, it is nice when someone offers support for the site. In that spirit, there are a few things you can do if you’d like to support the site.
Gizmo Lovers Store
If you’re shopping for TiVo hardware, Sling Media hardware, streaming media set top boxes, or TiVo related books, use the Gizmo Lovers aStore.
Amazon Unbox Downloads
Now that TiVo and Amazon have partnered to provide TiVo Unbox downloads to the TiVo, simply follow the link to give Gizmo Lovers referral credits for any videos you download.
In addition to unbox, any shopping you do at Amazon.com can earn the site referral credits. Simply use this Amazon Homepage link to do your shopping and earn the site referral credits.
I also use TiVo referral links when linking to products on Amazon.com, such as the books on the resources page. Using the referral links doesn’t cost you anything, the site just gets a small percentage of the sale price.
DVRUpgrade.com is one of the leading vendors of pre-expanded TiVos, TiVo expansion kits, and the tools your need to hack your TiVo, or recover from a failed drive. They have great products for every model of TiVo. If you have a failed drive, check out their Instant Cake CD. I personally recommend it, and I’ve used it to image new drives for a dead unit in the past. Well worth the $20. I’ve also exchanged a number of emails with them over the years and they’ve always been friendly and quick to reply.
Gizmo Lovers is a TiVo affiliate and you can support the site while buying directly from TiVo. And check out the TiVo Web Specials for the best deals from TiVo.com.
Buy.com regularly has great deals on products like TiVo and the Slingbox, so I decided to sign up as an affiliate to benefit the site while also offering the deals to my readers. I think it is win-win. And as an affiliate I should be notified of new deals so I can be sure to let my readers know.
I know a lot of people like to shop at Best Buy, and they’re one of the first places I look myself, so I thought I’d add them as a site affiliate as well.
Amazon TiVo Store
If you’re shopping for TiVo products, you can shop at the Amazon TiVo Store via the link and earn the site referral credits.
Live Journal Paid Account
The community is run as a Live Journal community. To keep the community ad-free, and in order to utilize more features, it is a paid account. You can purchase more paid time for the community as a gift. Simply enter ‘tivolovers’ for the Username.