Yeah I am not sure of their exact policy beyond what they put me through personally. They did eventually activate that 211 after you contacted them (PM sent about interesting side story). I have another 211 that I still can not use because dish claims it is on another account. I got it off craigslist with a looks like new pathway x2. The seller stated they hadn't camped and used the unit for about 3 years. Dish won't activate it. Seller says dish closed her account years ago when they came and took down the LNB but left the dish? IDK.Yes, as I explained to you, they do seemingly change their policy on reactivating used receivers periodically. It can even vary just depending on which CSR you get. So, it is just another case of CSR roulette, maybe.
Also, the key difference with the receiver I sent you is that my Dish account is still active. Although the ViP211k was already deactivated, it was still listed under My Equipment along with my active receiver, until I called Dish to remove the ViP211k. Once the Dish account is completely closed, the policy as far as reactivating used equipment from that account on another account may very well be completely different, as confirmed by kirbylile above.