Hello, I have been reading the forum for a short while now, and I found a wealth of information. There are few gurus around here, but contribution from every user helps. Great! I am on the market for setting up a system. I am planning to use a retired workstation from my business and run BI. (yes, I read the posts on power consumption of dedicated graphics card, but I do not feel like throwing away a server grade computer and then pay $ to get a refurbished i5/i7 computer). For cameras, I have zero brand preference. From what I gathered so far, Hik and Dahua offer a decent value for dollar ratio. I can purchase Hik products at a fairly good price in Canada through my regular business channels. They do cost 20%-50% more than AE, although some products push 100% more. Having full local warranty and a dedicated account manager is so much better than having to deal with an unknown seller on AE that may never respond to after-sale inquiries. Providing I still get a reasonable price, I prefer to support a local business. Dahua products are hard to come by in Canada via local vendors. Before purchasing through AE, I have a couple of questions: - from Canadian shoppers, what are the typical import charges for $150-$400 CAD? I realize sometimes stuff gets in here without paying duties, but I need to assume that DHL will do their job and collect taxes, in addition to GST/HST. - Alex Dalhua is a given for Dalhua things. Does anybody know an Alex Hikvision? - from people that purchased a significant numbers of cameras through AE: what is your typical percentage of DOA, defective, wrong products, etc in total? i.e. products that need to go back to China. Thank you.