John, you're absolutely right with the 'standard' for IR placement on integrated dome cameras. I shouldn't have singled out ACTI when discussing the IR placement as a con on the E73. (Apologies to ACTI).
In my opinion the placement of IR's under any dome of a camera regardless of brand is just not right for numerous reasons. Firstly, from my experience it is nearly impossible to eliminate 100% of IR reflection from the dome back into the camera lens regardless of how tight to the dome you are able to get the rubber grommet shield around the lens to protect it. Secondly, dust particles are the next culprit that generate IR reflection, mist, rain etc,etc and then someone cleans the dome using the wrong material.
This design flaw frankly renders the camera near useless at night after a few months in the field.
In fairness to Axis, their T90c illuminator adaptable with the P33 camera line, is a worthy solution and shows that the R&D team at least thought about it enough not to have a single camera with IR's under the dome.
That said, I do not understand why the IR's cannot be located in the dome housing. ....simple solution.....may be I'm missing something??
Regarding markups.....I believe in customer satisfaction no matter what it cost them. I have many happy customers whom I have deployed the same material. I have made $10k off some of them and $3K off others. If I could make $100k, I would. If I go and buy myself a toy for $X and I'm delighted with said toy, I feel I got a deal, etc............Then my friend a week later buys the same toy but it cost only $X/4. I might be a little miffed but I'm still real happy with my toy because it works like I was told it would.
Further, I know I'm paying at least 100% to 150% mark-up on what my supplier paid the manufacturer. Does that bother anyone?? It's nickels and dimes at the end of the day. Doing a good job is what matters. I would rather be known as expensive but good any day over the opposite.
Lastly, I have no experience with ACTI Edge storage...period. I was merely pointing out its availability on the E73.