Online Video Surveillance Sales Comparison - Amazon, B&H, CDW, LTS, Super Circuits, More

By: Derek Ward, Published on Jul 31, 2019

IPVM has uncovered the key trends and top options being offered across commonly used surveillance sellers.

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How has the market shifted since we originally conducted this in 2015? Where is IP vs analog? How about 1080p vs 4MP vs 4K? How many would be Dahua or Hikvision or Uniview?

IPVM received quotes and recommendations from 11 internet resellers, including:

  • 123 Security Products
  • A1 Security Cameras
  • B&H
  • Brickhouse Security
  • CCTV Camera Pros
  • CDW
  • Empire Tech
  • ENS
  • LTS
  • SCW
  • Super Circuits

We asked each sales rep for recommendations and pricing for an 8 camera system.

In this report, we show what vendors quoted us, compare trends from quotes and recommendations plus share our experiences talking to each vendor's salespersons. For comparison, we've included several security kits available off Amazon.

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**** *** ****** ** received **** *******, **'** noticed *** ********* *** trends ** ****:

  • ** ******** - *** ** ******* ********** led **** * ***** for ** **-***** *** system *******, ** ****, the ******** **** ****** (whether ***, ****, ***.)
  • ********* ************ **** *******: * ** *** 11 **** *********** ** quoted *** ** **** Hikvision ************ (* *******, 3 *****). ** ******** Cameras, ********** ********, *&*, CDW, ***, *** ***** Circuits *********** **** ****. Others ******** *****, *********, and *******.
  • ******** ****** **** ** Systems ******** ** ****:  ******** ** *** 2015 ******, *** ******* costs ** **** ********* through ********* *** ********* (Amazon ***************). **** **** ** price *** ** *********** to ****** **** ******/**** and ****** ** ** IP ********* *** ****** resolutions **** ****** ********. For *******, ** * camera **-*** *** ***** costed ~$*,*** ** ****, while ** ****, * 4MP * ****** ** kit ***** ** *** ~$50-$100 ****. *******, ** is ******* **** ******* pricing ** *** ********* as ** *** ****** the '**** ** *** bottom'.
  • *** ********** ******** ******: ** *** ** ******* contacted, * *********** ***** 4MP ******* ** ******. Only * *********** ***** cameras. **** ***** ** congruent **** **** ** have **** ***** ** our ********** ***** ********** **** 2018.
  • ***** ******** ****: ** ** *** **** sales ****** *******, ******** times **** *****, ****** via ***** ***** ** emails. ****** **** ******* received *** **** ***, roughly ** ******* ***** the ****. ** **** in ******* **** ******* within *** ***** ** seconds ** * ***** call.
  • ******* ******** * *******: ******** ********* ***** *** additional *********** **** ** an ******* ** ****** a ******* *******. **** was * ***** *********, as ********* ******* *** a ***** **** ** the ***** ** *** a *********** ****** *** to ** ******* **** additional *******. ***** ******* would **** ****** *** serviced ********** ** **** wanted ** ***** ********** info ** ***, ******* asked **** **** *** beginning ** * ****, making ** ****** *********.
  • ****** *** **** **** Factor **** ******: ******* **** **** common **** **** ** a ***** ****** (* to *) **** * single ****** **** ****** being *******.
  • ****** **** **** *********: ******'* ********* **** less *********, ********* **** HD ****** ******* ******** but **** *** ** ones **** ** *** low-end ** *** ************ specialists ******. ** ******, tradeoffs ** ******* *** risks ** ******* ******* are ********. 

Vendor *********

*** ***** ***** ********* by ****** *****, ********** what **** ** ****** they ****** **, **** manufacturer(s) **** *********, *** resolution ** *** *******, key *************** ***** *** system, *** ******* ***** (USD).

*** ****** **** *** came **** **** "**************" on *********.*** (~$***.**). ********** Security *** ***, *** the *** **** **** offering ******** (*) **' Cat5e ***-********** ******.

*** **** ********* *** CDW **** * ********* 4MP *** ******* ** us *** ~$*,***.**. ** also ******** ** ********** quote *** ** **** 8 ******* *** *** ~$6,100.

** * **** ****, we **** ***** ***** warranty ****, ***** ****** between **** *** ***** vendor. ****** *-* **** warranties ** ****** ****. Tech ******* *** ******* supported *** **** **** these **** **** ***** respective *******. ******* ******** wiring *** *** ***.

123 ******** ********

*** **** *** ******** quickly *** ********* **** answered **************. *** ***** model ******* ** ****** search *** **** *** kit ****** ** ***** website, ***** ********* ************** and ***** ***********. *** recommended *** ******** ********. *-******* *** **** 8 **** ******* *** 2TB *******.

A1 ******** *******

******** ******* *** **** mention ** ***** ******** feedback *** *** **** we **** ***********. ***** at ****** ********* ****** access *** ***** ** web *******. ******* ** that **** ******** *** "the **** ** **** looking ***". ** **** given *** ***** *** dome ****** ***** **** the *****.

*********** ******* *********-*** *** ** ****** *** mentioned **** ****** *** bullet *********** *** *** same ******. *******, ** have *** ** ******* the **** ***** ********* exactly **** ***** *** they **** *** ~$*,***.

*&*

********* ** ******* *** the *** *** ****** very ************* ***** ****** integration *** ******. **** the **** ** **** up ****** ***** *** warranty *********** **** *****. Made ******* ** ****** access ** ****** *** its "******" *****. 

************ ***-****** ******* *** *********** ** an *-*******, * ****** system. **** *** ** marketed ** * "*** seller" *** ***** *******.

Brickhouse ********

******** **** ******* *** was *** ** **** shortly ***** ** ********** look ** * *** that ***** *** *** requested *****. **** *** quick *** ***** *** given **** *** ***** promptly. ******** *** ******** confusing, ** **** **** a ** *** **** refund *** * ** day **** ****** ** swap *** *** ** it *** *** **** our *****. *** **** told **** *** *** we **** *********** *** a **** ***, **** though ***** **** ** online ******* ****** ***** it.

*** *** **** *** recommended ** ******** *****-******-**.

CCTV ****** ****

******* ******* *** *** sent * ****** ******** after **** **** **** we **** ******* *** in * ******** ******. Was ******* * ****** discount ** *** ****, and **** ******* ** the ****** ****** ********. The ***** *** ** an ** *** **** includes ***' ***** ******:

***** ** *** ****** kit **** *** ***** analog ********, ***** ****** HD ** *****:

***

**** *********, * ************ answered *** ** **** put ** * ******* wait *** * **** (~10 *******). *** **** was ************* *** ***** technically ***** ***** **** been ** ***** ** the ****** *** *** tech ** ************ *****. We **** **** * quotes, * ********* *** 1 **** *** **********. CDW's ********* ***** ** being *** **** ******, at ~$*,*** *** ~$*,*** respectively. ***** ** *** Hikvision *****:

*** **** ** *** over ~$*,*** **** ******** that ** **** ******:

Empire ****

*** **** ********* ******** "**************", * ***** based ***** ******, **** sells ****** ***************. *******, NVR, *** ********** ***** like **** ***** *** possible ********** **** ****** are *** ******** ** a ***** *** ****. We ******* ** ******* and ***** *** *** his *********** *** ******** a ***** ****** * few *****.

**********, **** ***** *** a *****, ** *********** a ** ** ******** with **** ***** ******** which ******* **** ~$*,***. Below ** *** **********:

****, ** ***** *** if ** ***** **** Brickhouse ********'* $***.** ********. The **** ***, ************** quoted * *** ******** for ~$***.**, ******* ********** Security's ******** ** **** $100. ***** ** *** reply:

***

*** **** ** **** they ** *** **** directly ** *** ***** because **** *** ***********. We **** **** ****** off ** ** ********** with ********** ** ** camera *******. *** ******-** tech *** *********** *** efficient. **** *********** ***** for ****** *** ************. The ******* ** **** linked ** *********** ******* ******, *** ***** ******* on * ********* *****

***

*** ******* ****** *** our *******, *** *** technical ** ******** *** those ********** **** ************ or ***-**** ***** ***** have *** ** ***** carrying *** ************. *** also ****** *** ********** hard ***** *******. ***** is *** ***** **** was **** (**** *** include ********):

**** **** ** ** account *** **** *** not ****** **** ** were ** **********, ***** was *******.

***

******** **** ******* *** mentioned **** ** ** future ***** *** ** is *** *** *** market ** *****. ********* that **** **** ****** recommendations ** *** *** away **'* **** ** recognize *****. ******* * discount *** *** ***. Below ** *** ***** provided:

Super ********

**** *** **** *** answered, *** *** ****** to ****** ** ****** company ******* *****. **** that *** ****, * quotes **** **** *** our ************. ** **** also ****** ** ***** cabling. ********* **** *** promotion **** **** ******* would **** **** * certain ****** ** **** due ** *** "*********** tariffs **** *****...". ***** is *** ***** **** Supercircuits *** *************** **** *** ******:

Compared ** ******

******* ******** ** ****** surveillance ********* ******** ******* at *** ********* **** Amazon. ***** *** **** our ******** ****, ** found *** ********* ****:

***** *** *** ****** cost ******* ** ***, the ****** ***** *******/***** from *****, ** ** analog * ****** *** for ~$***.**. ** ** variant **** ** *** still ***** **** **** of *** ********* ** contacted, **** * * dome, * ****** *** kit ******* ~$*,***.

***** ****** **** **** technical ******* *** ***** kits ***** ** ** problematic, ** ***** ** Amazon *******. ** *** other ****, ******* ** the ****-***-**** ****** ** some ****, **** ***** report **** ***** ** simple *** ** ******* is ********* (********, **** do *** ********** *** underlying ******** ***** ** unaware).

Vendor *********

** ***** *** *************** while ********* ***** *********** upfront. **** ******** ***** questions **** ***** (*** our ******* ** ****):

  • ****** ** **: **** ***** ** both (** **********) ***** on *****. ******** ***** that ***** ***** ** viable * ***** ** more **** *** ****.
  • *****: ** ***** ***** given, ****** *** '**** value' **************.
  • ******** ** *********: ***** ******** **** a ********* ********.
  • ******** *** *******: **** ** **********, depending ** ***** **** recommend ******* ** ******.
  • **** ******: ** **********.
  • *** *** **** ** we **** ** *** detail: ****** **** ~**' to ~**'.

** ***** ***** **** to ****** ****** ****** quotes ** ********* ******** from ***** *******.

Comments (16)

*****, ******* ****! **** job!

****, **** ******** ** left *** *****'*, **** is ***** ** *** me **** **...

******* ***** ** ** contest :)  

*********: *** ***** *** IP *** **** CCTV ****** ****... it seems either: many security suppliers "forget" to add the hard drives (and later the end users will be in for a surprise when they install everything and find out the NVR cannot record anything, but can only live view the cameras) -OR- the suppliers just leave the hard drive out assuming the end users will shop around and buy the cheapest one from Amazon, etc. since margins on HDDs are not profitable at all, and therefore treated as "consumables" items that can be bought almost anywhere. Anyways, I think it would be safer to add "NO HDD, Call for info" as SCW did in their price quote to avoid misunderstandings/bad customer service and complains. It has happened to me before : (

****** *** *** ***********!

****** *** *** ***********!

***** ***** :)

******* ** *** **** of ** ****** ** online ************ ***** *********,*** ******** ** ****** ***** fell **** ****:

****** ********* ** ** CCTV *******, **** ***** as ****** ** *******, fell ** ****.

*** ***** ** ****** is **** ********* ** major ************ ***** ** even ****** ** ******. Even **** ** **** with ***** ** ********* reps, ***** **** **** lead **** ** *** are ********, ** ****, when ** *** ***** HD ******. *** ****** is **** ***** ** just ** ****** ***** / *********** ** ** analog. **'* *** ****** needing ** **** $** IP ****** ** *** pallet **** ** **** their ******, ******* ******* to **** $** ** analog *******...

* **** *** *** SCW ***** *** * distance ** ********* *****.  Seems **** * ********* approach ** ******* **** from * ********. 

**** *** **** ** them *** ********* ** provide **** *****?

***** ****,

** ** ** *********** metric *** ****. **** SCW **** **'-**' **** away ** ******* ***** be **********.

**-** ** * ****** wide *****, *** ***** customers **** **** **** of *****, ** **** was * **** **** of **** ***** ******** behavior.

*** **** ************, ** don't ***** *** **** resolution ***** ****. ** you *** *** *** upper ***** ** **-** feet, ** ***** **** recommended ***** ******* *** values ******* **** ** try ** **** *** our ****** **** ******* that ***** **** ****. If *** *** **** 75 ****, ** ***** have *********** ** *****.

** *** ** *** the ******** ******* **** solution ** *******, ***** still ******** ** ** a *** **** ** accessible ** *** ****** of ********* *********.

**** **** ****.  ***** you, ***.

** *** ** ****** things **** *** ** make *** **** **** intimidating ** *** *****, when **** **** **. Many ****** ***** **** overwhelmed ** *** *** options *** ********* ***********. 

**** ***'* ** *** that *****'* ****** ***** in ******* ****** ****. "Website *******" *** *** more *********** **** ********* analysis **** "********* *******." Our ******* ******** *** very ******* *** *** a **** **** **** tech-heavy, *** *******.

....********** ******** *** ***, and *** *** **** were ******** ******** (*) 60' ***** ***-********** ******.

******** **** **** ** cabling **** **** ** in ****** ******** ;)

****** *** ******** *** 123securityproducts.com

** ********** **** ******.

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****** *** *** ****'* quote ** **** ********* Kit...Would **** ********* **** under *** $** **** did ***** *** ****.  Shows **** **** ****** don't **** *** ** compete ** **** ******.

*** ********* **** ***. Is **** * **** that **-***** ********* *** on *** *******?

** ** ** ** artifact ** *** *** RFQ *** **********?

**-***** ********* **** *** been * ****** ******/*****-***** offering *** ****, **** years.

**** **, ** ******, different **** ****** ****** count ******** (*** **, 40, ** *******) *** for * ******* *** most ****** ****** ** clearly **********, ***** *** simplicity ** ***** *** low-cost ** *** *****.

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