I did this to answer a member's request and happy to discuss.
But we will continue to post 'real' pricing to support our analysis of trends and comparisons of products.
One, there is so much 'real' / online pricing widely available that MSRP is fiction. Two, we need to understand actual pricing because it is key to understand where the market is going and which products provide more value.
IPVMU Certified | 12/01/16 04:24pm
This is beyond ridiculous! Of course you should. If anyone on IPVM thinks there are end users on IPVM that don't know how to get real prices you are a sadly mistaken.
There is this thing called the "internet" with this site called "Google".... Also, Who pays MSRP for ANYTHING related to security devices, but especially cameras?
If you have clients that you are charging MSRP (or over), congratulations and you better milk them for all they are worth because those people are dinosaurs and will no longer exist very soon.
Being that IPVM does not stop end users from becoming members (and I don't necessarily feel that they should) has IPVM ever thought about making it that certain Articles, or Discussions can be flagged either by IPVM or if a discussion, by the poster to be for Pro members only rather then all members?
I understand that it may limit end users from becoming a member, but it may make certain members more comfortable talking about pricing etc...
On a side but connected note, how many non "pro" members does IPVM have?
Nelly Security | 12/01/16 05:00pm
I dont think you should put pricing of flyers, email blasters, price lists, that werent mean to be publically displayed on IPVM at all. If a particular ad was only supposed to go to a certain customer group, it should not be posted publically. I think this is borderline un-ethical. Would be similar to other sites copying and pasting information from this site in which only "logged in" were meant to see only to be copied and pasted to another site.
If any pricing info is publically displayed on the web or whatever without any signup info, then post away
In this case it was targeted to ADI customers only. However, I guess ADI has bad IT security practices and allows everyone with a link to view it. So I believe it should not be posted.
While I do agree that anyone with good google-fu can find general pricing, the guidelines should be based off whether the advertised price is easily available to the public.
On the other hand, if a member posts a question for a price on a particular item, I see nothing wrong with other members responding.
If available publically, regardless of how and where, it is fair game. Dealers should be critical of ADI for their practices, not IPVM.