Valentine Suspends Upgrades

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Seems like a ready made flow of income if they made sure they are current on the G1 platform and resell them.
It's my understanding that only the units that are new and recently returned complete are sold as "refurbished".

Anything older is no longer current and they are destroyed. They don't even get any money from the recycling process but the customer gets a $110 discount.

Extra revenue doesn't seem to be a necessity.
 

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It's my understanding that only the units that are new and recently returned complete are sold as "refurbished".

Anything older is no longer current and they are destroyed. They don't even get any money from the recycling process but the customer gets a $110 discount.

Extra revenue doesn't seem to be a necessity.
That is interesting. Looking at Ebay, it amazes me what some of the older and not current V1G1’s sell for.

It probably isn’t worth it to VR to refurbish the older used V1G1’s or even consider selling the used older V1G1’s since they are the manufacturer, but I imagine there would be a market for used units if they did decide to sell some of the more current and more recent used and/or refurbished Gen1’s.


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If they re-sold them; they'd have to test them, continue to support them, probably offer some sort of warranty, etc.

Personally, I'd rather they keep their small team focused on the Gen2. :)
It's a huge improvement over the Gen1.
 
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Sheesh. Same thing happened to me. They just received my V1G1 today via FedEx. Hopefully they’ll honor the ones that have been received and will mail out the G2’s accordingly. In hindsight... I wish I had sold my G1 online and just purchased the G2 directly. Probably would have been better off overall.


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I kept my V1G1 and just bought the V1G2 outright.
 

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VR received my V1G1 on Monday the 27th and I received my V1G2 on Thursday.
Guess I was fortunate to get under the rush.

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I kept my V1G1 and just bought the V1G2 outright.
Yep. I wish I would have done the same thing. I’m gonna miss my ole faithful friend. I thought the new G2 would have arrived by now and I wouldn’t miss my old one so much. But here is sit missing the iconic original while it sits in a box somewhere serving no purpose. I will definitely miss the knobs too. :-/


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There's no point in a manufacturer continuing to offer a superceded product. Support the newer versions for a while as a customer service by all means, and as VR do, offer a trade in scheme.
But Gen 2 is rightly their focus now.
 

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I figure the reason VR and Escort both have a trade-in program is simply to limit the used market supply, which increases sales of new units with higher margins. Even with the trade-in credit they're making a profit.
 

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I figure the reason VR and Escort both have a trade-in program is simply to limit the used market supply, which increases sales of new units with higher margins. Even with the trade-in credit they're making a profit.
Willing to bet even with that credit they still make a minimum 100% profit. Wish someone would put together a BOM on these things... would probably surprise a lot of people.
 

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Guess I’m in under the wire too. I mailed out on Sat, Jul 25 via Priority Mail right before I went on vacation, figuring I’d come back to a new unit last night Aug 1. Saw an email on Jul 31 that they shipped my new unit, arriving Aug 2.
 

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I shipped mine out on the 23rd and haven't heard from them since. They don't seem to be prioritizing the upgrades.

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Well they didn’t receive mine until the 31st so I guess I’ll be waiting a while. The V1 I sent in had been gathering dust until their upgrade announcement email. That and my fear that the whole ‘defund the police’ push will result in more speed traps got me back in the RD game.
 

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VR received my old unit Monday 7/27 and today I received an email with tracking that the G2 shopped. It looks like they're running exactly one week turnaround time.
 

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I shipped mine out on the 23rd and haven't heard from them since. They don't seem to be prioritizing the upgrades.
I don't think it's as straightforward as people ideally imagine.

If their carrier is overloaded as mentioned, I suspect what's happening is that the carrier is bringing in trade-in units in big crates or something like that. The sort order of how those packages are arranged is totally up to how the carrier did it for their own convenience. (They didn't arrange them in date order, that's not their job or concern)

The people at VR can't get to the bottom of a crate (or whatever) without pulling from the top first.
I suspect they are swamped with trade-ins.

[Edit] I worked part time for UPS in a major city hub back in the really early 90s.
 
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Hey! I joined the forums just for updates on the new V1G2 upgrade program. I got the email like everyone else did last Monday and decided to send mine in. Unfortunately it didnt get to the FedEx distribution center on Monday until after the truck left so mine arrived on Wednesday.

I am very excited to get the enhanced experience given that my RD was last sent to VR in 2010! I am in the works on getting my parents old Samsung S7 and running JBV1 on it. From what I am reading its going to be a huge jump. I always ran my old guy in little L.

Side note: I did email them through the website on Friday and haven't received a response yet. I guess I would rather have them pumping out upgrades instead of replying to my email.
 

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Oh well. I guess we’re all learning patience which we’re probably not good at or we wouldn’t have radar detectors. Lol. It’s good to see that they are at least sending some out. The regular purchase option shows that they will get more in by the 7th. It seems like a majority of the top tier detectors are having stock and supply issues.


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I don't think it's as straightforward as people ideally imagine.

If their carrier is overloaded as mentioned, I suspect what's happening is that the carrier is bringing in trade in units in big crates or something like that. The sort order of how those packages are arranged is totally up to how the carrier did it for their own convenience. (They didn't arrange them in date order, that's not their job or concern)

The people at VR can't get to the bottom of a crate (or whatever) without pulling from the top first.
I suspect they are swamped with trade-ins.

[Edit] I worked part time for UPS in a major city hub back in the really early 90s.
One other thought. I paid them via check rather than CC. I don't know if they charge the CC immediately or otherwise prioritize it. In any case it is what it is.

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