Amazon Sales of Hikvision China Cameras

Author: Brian Karas, Published on Jan 12, 2017

Hikvision has become widely available in the US, including on popular retail outlets like Amazon, with over 2,600 results:

4MP Hikvision outdoor domes are $85, 4 channel PoE NVR's are $160, available direct to anyone with a credit card.

Most products are in stock and available for immediate delivery, but there is a catch, these products may not be the deal they appear to be. We bought a few of these cameras and investigated what was sent and how it differed from authorized products.

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Comments (40)

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* **** *** **** *** ***** ** ******** ** ** is * ***** **** ********* ******** **** **** ******* ** "Amazon *** *******". **** ** *****:

***** ******* *** ***** ******* *** **** ** ******. *** its ******** **** ****** ****** ***** **** * *** ***** seller, *** ****** ******** *** ** ******'* ***** ****** *****. I ***** *** *** ***** ****** ***** **** *** *** of ******** **** ****** ***** **** ** **** ****. ** guess ** **** ****** ***** ****** **** *********. *** ******** Hik *** ****** ** *** *** ** * ***** ** them, *** ** *** ** * ****, **** ****** ** still ********* *** **** ***** ****** ************. * **** ** is *** *** *** **** *******.

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***** *** ******** ** ******** *** ***** ****** **** ******, perhaps *** ******* ** *** ******* ******* *** *** ***** the ******.

**** *********** ** ****. :-)

*** **** ******** *** ** ** ** *** ****** **** costs $** ** ******, **** ***** ******* *** ******* *** getting **** *** ** **** **** $** ** *** **** less. ** *** **** ** **** * ***** ** **** for *********** ** *** ****?

*** ******* ******* ****?

*** ***** ********** **** ********** ***** ******** ******* **** *** touch ***** ****. ** *** ****** ** ***** *** *** with * ******** *******, ** **** *** ******* **********, *** NA **** **** *** *** ******* ** *** ****** ** Chinese. * ********** *** **** ** ***** **** **** *** US ****** ** **** ** ******* *** *** ****** ********. But *** ***** ***** **** "*********" ******* ** *** **** of *** *******, ********* *** ************ ***** ************* ** *******. **** **** ** **** ******* *** *** as **** ** *** ****** *** ******** ****** (**** **** I'm ****).

** **** ****** ***** *** **** ** ******* ***** ** with ******* ********** ***** **** **** ** ***** ***** **** small ***** *** ******. **** ** ******** **** ** ****** the ********, ********** ****** *******, *** ** *** ** **** out ** **** ****** *** ****. ********** ** **** **** our ***** *** *** ** *********** ** *** ******* ******** was ***** ***. ***** *********** * ********** ** **** **** any ***** ************, *** ***** *** * ********* ******** *******.

********* ** ********** ** ***** ****. ***** *** *** * serial ****** ***** *** ** ******* **** ** ** ** Asian ********. ** ******* **** *** ****** ** ** *** US, **** **** **** ** *** *********** ********. *** ****** of *** **********their *** ******** sold on Amazon because they're too lazy to police the sales channels hurts integrators, end users, and puts shame on the entire market. Its embarrasing and awkward when you have to explain to customer why your price is 3 times more for the same product they see on Amazon, because the manufacturers ignorance and business practices allow it. Trust in the brand is immediately lost by both customer and integrator. We have both a customer and friend that bought Hik online after seeing our price, only to brick the cams after firmware updates. They will never buy another Hik product again regardless of price, and neither will we.

*** ****** ** *** ********** ***** *** ******** **** ** Amazon ******* ****'** *** **** ** ****** *** ***** ******** hurts ***********...

*******, ****, *********** ****** ************* *** ******* ***** ************ *******. Wouldn't ** ** ***** *** *********** ** *** ******** ***** be ******* ******* *****?

***, **** **** *** * *****. * ******* ** ******* may ** ****** ******* ** *****'* ***** ** *** ****. It *** ********** *********** *** ** **** ***** *** ********** no ********** ** ********** ***** ** **, **** ****** *** their ******* *** ***** **** ** *** **** ** *** unit. ** *** ********** *** ******, ** ******* ********** ******* may **** **** *** **** ** ***** *****, *** *** a ***** **** *** ***'* **** **** *** ***** ***'** in ** ******* ***** ****.

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*** **** ** ********* *****, *** ********** *****. *** *** Support **** **** ***** **** * ********* ****, ** ** the *** ********* ****, * *****'** ********** ******. **** ******* definitely **** ** ** ***********.

*** ***** ********** ***** **** ***** ***** ***** *** ****** from ***** ** ******. *** ******* ** *** **** ** tell ** ******* ***** *** **** * *** **** ********** sold. *** *** *** ***** ** ******** * **** ** people, *** ***** ** ****** * ***** ****** ******** ** combat **** *******. **** ****, ** ** ***** **** ** it **** ****. ******** **** *****, ***** **** ******** ****** the **** ********** **** ***** ***** *** **** * **** nasty ***** ** ** *****.

********** * **** *** *********** ** ****** ***** ***** ** lead **** *** ***** *** **** ** ** *****. ** using *** *** *** **** *** *** ** ** ***** deals *** *******, * ***** *** **** ** ****.

** ********* ****** *****, ** ****'* ******** *** ***** ***** companies, **** ***** **** ** ******* ** ***** *** ********* with *** ********* *********/***** ****** **'* ********** ********** ** ****. It's *** *** ****. **** *** ****** *******-******* **** *** through, *** *** ********** ** ****** *** ********* ***'*.

**** ****** **** ***'* *** ******, *** ***** *** *** stock ** ****** ****. ***** ** *** ** **** ***'* the ****** ****** *** ****** ** ******. * ***'* ***** Hikvision ********** *** **** ** ****. ** **** ***** ****** sell ********** *** **** **** **** ******.

******* ***** ****** ****** *** *********, ******* ******* ***** ***** is * ****** ******.

* ***'* ***** ********* ********** *** **** ** ****. ** they ***** ****** **** ********** *** **** **** **** ******.

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** ** ******* ** ***** ********** **** ***** "******* ********", they *** **** *** ***** ***** *****'* ****'** ******* ** shutting **** *** *******. ****'** ***** *** ***** ******* *** open *******. ****'** *** ******* ***** **** "******* *****" *** pretend ****'** ** **** ****. *** *** ***** ******** *** market **** ***** ***** ** **** ***** *********** ** **** repeat *****'* **** *** ****** **** *********. ****'** * ****** brand **** **** *****.

**** ** *** ** * ********, *** **'** *** ***** enough ** **** ****** ** **** **.

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** ********, ** ******* *** ** ** ** ***** *** Hikvision. *** ********* *** **** **** ** ******** ******* ***** (say *** ** *** **, * *** ** *** **, etc.) *** ****** ********* ********* ******* *** ******* ************ ***** since **** **** *** **** ** ********** **** *** ****** from *** ****** ** ************ **** (******* ********, ********* **** authorized ******* ***********, ***.).

** ******, *** ******* ** **** ***** ********** ** ***** companies **** *** ******* ** ******* ** ** **** ******** as ********.

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**** **** * **** ***** **** ****** ****** ** ****** is:

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**** ** *** ** ******* ***** ****** ** **** ** Chinese. ***** ** **** ******* ******** ******* ***** **** *** origin ** *** ******* ******** *** ****** ****** ****** ** a ******* ********.

******** *** ****** ***** ** **** ******** **** *** ***** with * *****.

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*******, *** ****.

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****, ***** ***** *** * ***** *********** ** *********** *** commoditization ** *** ***** ******** ** * ** *.

* ***'* *** *** ******* ** ***** *** ************. * choose *** ** ******* ****, * ***** ** ****** *** be **** ********* ** **** ******.

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**** ********* **** *** ***** ***** *** *** ****** ***'* be ********* ** * **** / ******?

** *** ****** **** **** *** ***** *** ****** *** care ** **** **** *** ********, **** **** *** ********* of *** * ** ****** *******. ***** *** **** ****** of *** ***** ***** *** ** ** ***** *******'* **** if *** ******** ** *** ******* ******* ******* *** *******. Certification *** **** ******** ** * ******* **** *** ***** like ** ***, *** **** ** *** ********* *** ***** approvals.

**** ***** * ***** *** ** ** **** ******* *** encoded **** ******* ** **** **** *** *** ** * serial ****** / ********* ******, ** ** ******** ** ********* for ******** *******! ( **** * *******! ). **** ***** be * ****** *** ** ***** ******** *** ** **** of *** *******.

**** ******* ***'* **** ********. ********* *** *** * *** of ***** ******** ******, ***** *** ****** ******* ** *** Chinese ******** *** *** **** *** ** **** **** ********* work. ***** **** ** **? ****** **** ** **? ** they ****?

******: ********* ** **** * ****** ********* ***************** ******* *****:

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"***** ******** ****** ** ***********'* ********" - ****, *** ** replace * ****** ***** ******** ** ** ** **** **** which *** **** ***** ** *** **** *** ****'** ***** have ** *** ***** ** ****** *** ******* *** ****. If *** ****** **** *** **** ****** **** **-**% ****, a *** ****** *** **** ** ********* *** ********* ****** days *-* ***** ****** **** ****** ***** **** **** **********.

"***** ******* ************ *** ******* *********" - *** ********* ** this **** ******* ** ******** ****** **** $**,*** ***** ** typically ***** ** ** * **-** **** ****** ******. **** buying **** ****** ****'* ****** **** ****.

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*'* ** ******* ** **** **** ***** *********** *** ** end ********* **** **** *** ***** ****** ********.

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** ** *** *** ************ *** ********* *** **% **** grey ****** *** *** ***** **** *****, * *** *** why ** **** *** **** *** * **** *** **** the ****** ** **** *****.

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