Cheapos Vs Andy's

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  1. Rednick69

    Rednick69 Getting the hang of it

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    I have read a lot of posts here. I have read over and over about purchasing the cheapo Dahua cameras that have the English firmware hacked on them or whatever being trash and just to pay the extra money and go with Empire Tech Andy. I have already bought 6 cameras from Andy, 1 4MP and 5 8MP. Night shots aren't what I need, these are in a business.

    The cameras I purchased from Andy were as expected, no issues. I have some areas that are less critical so I showed my wife these Dahua 6MP cameras on Amazon for 68.88 that we could use to fill these areas. I told her that yall recommend passing on such cameras but we could try them out since they are Prime and can easily return them if they're trash. I realize the issue below is insignificant but it's important to me.

    The first camera I received seemed fine except for the GUI being different than my others. Then I realized the time was off by an hour. After comparing the settings to the other cameras I realized it the settings were correct. I could never get the time to show the correct time. I setup a replacement return with Amazon. I received the second camera and started configuring it. I noticed that the GUI was different than the other but more like the cameras from Andy so I got a better feeling about it. I set it up one day then brought it to the business the next day. I replaced the faulty one with this and plugged it up. I checked and the time was off on this camera as well. I'll be returning this one as well and I'm finished buying the cheapos.

    We will be purchasing our cameras from Andy from here on out. This post was to encourage someone like me to just drop the extra dollars and get cameras from Andy. As my wife said, one she's finished buying these cameras, we wont need any for a long time.

    TL;DR
    The cheapos are trash, Andy's just work.
     
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    cyberwolf_uk Pulling my weight

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    I have a saying that I stick too... "Buy cheap, buy twice!"
     
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    Sphinxicus n3wb

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    Haha i should have just read the TL;DR part! I was just about to write back, "don't waste your time buying the hacked cams" and then i read the rest of your post :embarrassed:

    The way i look at it. Even if you can send them back, is your time & hassle worth the saving of a few quid? Probably not...
     
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    Rednick69 Getting the hang of it

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    Yeah no doubt. I told my wife I could try to work with support on it and she F that. Send it back, buy from the original source(Andy). I was happy for those reply. :D
     
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    Sphinxicus n3wb

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    damn right, that's the official blessing to go forth and buy more! :headbang:
     
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    griffths Getting comfortable

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    Two bullet points I keep in mind as I go about the business of life....

    • Buy once, cry once....
    • The Bitterness of Poor Quality Remains Long After the Sweetness of Low Price is Forgotten.....

    And something I kept to share with new clients during my Project Management days...

    Project management 101.jpg
     
  7. Rednick69

    Rednick69 Getting the hang of it

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    LOL. I swear I've seen that somewhere. Thing about it is if it is a product and you get all three, it was probably stolen.
     
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    mat200 IPCT Contributor

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    Thanks @Rednick69

    for those following, fyi: IF your camera's time is off - the defense attorney will attempt to have any evidence from it thrown out in court.
     
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    Rednick69 Getting the hang of it

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    This just furthers my hate for lawyers.
     
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    Clutch Getting comfortable

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    90% give the other 10 % a bad name.

    I've sampled three brands, I'm going with Dahua and Andy.
     
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