From my experience ADI is the most expense place to source products. Their benefit to my understanding is local branches and counter help. You can usually find the items lower priced retail as the channels for cctv are so sideways everyone is going omnichannel and selling to retail direct.
IPVMU Certified | 11/08/15 04:03am
So where is everyone buying their hikvision products?
I buy from ADI. I looked at Amazon, and did notice a few models were cheaper, but some were extremely over priced, compared to ADI. Also a lot of the model numbers were wrong, which kind of scared me. Like a 1.3MP outdoor dome would be I don't know, let's say $150 from ADI, and then $300 on Amazon, but then the 1080p model would be $200 something at ADI, and $150 on Amazon, with a slightly different model number (but regardless the same specs).
I don't buy a lot of products, only when I do some jobs on the side.
IPVMU Certified | 11/08/15 09:55am
You could try Synnex. The pricing is not quite as cheap as your Amazon DVR link but cheaper than ADI. I know when I buy from a Hikvision approved distributor that it is a full USA model with warranty and support. In addition to being a retailer, Amazon is a storefront for a lot of 3rd party sellers. I'd guess a fair amount of 3rd party Amazon sellers are bringing in Chinese domestic market product.
Take a look at this page for reviews on Amazon for a Hikvision NVR(excerpts below)
on April 3, 2015
Was not a Hikvsion unit and only had 4 ports instead of the 8 advertised. Returned item.
on August 24, 2015
The item that comes IS NOT Hikvision. Beware!
No where does the product description say this is NOT a Hikvision. Think very hard before putting an anonymous product on your secure network. I am not putting anything with an unknown provenance on mine - especially from China.
Obviously this is going back.
on March 6, 2015
90 days old and the power supply just died! Amazon is not an authorized seller so no warranty. Don't buy this if you expect it to last. If you like wasting money then go ahead.
You can buy that dome from eBay for even less, just ~$100.
However, I am not recommending it.
I've asked Hikvision for official comment but, in general, as Bob S mentions above, the risk are not getting any warranty, not getting any support and possibly getting a Chinese version / firmware. You'll notice on some Amazon reviews, feedback like "Product is gray market. A recent firmware upgrade caused the camera to be inoperable. The upgrade needed to make the camera work the company that made the camera won't support."
Related: Buying Hikvision Chinese Versions Vs USA Ones.
This does raise the question: Why does Hikvision not stop this? Amazon lists who these sellers are and some of them are clearly quite large, not just a guy in his basement selling a few extra cameras.
Jason- any purchase of Hikvision product from Amazon is from an unauthorized source. Most resellers are getting China version product and using modified firmware to enable English menus. As was posted below, upgrades to these products may make them inoperable. Hikvision USA does not support any product that is not sold thru our authorized channels. Each unit is traced to the source to whom it was sold and actions are taken in China against those sources. This is an ongoing effort. Also, model numbers are changing in China to further differentiate the domestic and international markets.
Disclosure- Hikvision Employee
IPVMU Certified | 11/09/15 11:14pm
I am not trying to beat a dead horse.... so i get a quote from local ADI branch and they have way different model numbers that what the Hikvision website or Amazon uses. Is this the same trick that Best Buy uses for price matching - "we will match the price of the same model number" and the model number ends in some crap so they can use the technicality of it????
DS-2CD2332I equals TR32F2
DS-2CD2132 equals OD2132F2
IPVMU Certified | 11/13/15 01:35pm
During last Canasa show in Toronto every second booth had Hikvision cameras with their names. I believe some are authorized to sell in North America but some are not.Can Hikvision list all authorized vendors? These cameras have distinctive model numbers but function exactly the same as Hikvision models.They are a little cheaper but not half price as Amazon cameras. I would hope Hikvision should be able to pursue legal actions again gray market if they don't want them sold here.Maybe they really don't care? After all at the end money goes to the same packet.I would be interested to hear from Hikvision on this.