Posted 13 March 2006 - 06:49 AM
Posted 13 March 2006 - 07:06 AM
Posted 14 March 2006 - 11:05 AM
The first concern that springs to mind is one of safety. Have these products undergone the same level of safety testing as name-brand products? At such low pricing, I'm thinking maybe not. Or is this fear unfounded?
Edited by Bon Sawyer, 14 March 2006 - 11:08 AM.
Posted 14 March 2006 - 04:15 PM
Posted 14 March 2006 - 05:17 PM
Does anyone know if these are even availible in the US? I would love to add a few cheap HMIs to my set, even if they dont work, for 43 bucks I will take the risk (and test the hell out of them before I put them on a set)
The real question is can anyone see any obvious cost savings availible in building an HMI light? I cant see anything that could be cut from an HMI and still have the thing work and be usefull.
Posted 14 March 2006 - 06:48 PM
They could be selling these for a lot less, but I guess they're too smart for that. It will be fun when other Chinese manufacturers start making HMI's and the prices come down to a more attractive level.
Check out the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States. Most categories are much, much less!
I would think customs would want at least 43 bucks just to bring it in.
Posted 14 March 2006 - 08:20 PM
If the Chinese manufacturers get a foothold, look for the American industry to feel some pain.
If these guys can make a $199 condenser microphone. How hard can a light fixture be.
China has the ability to flood the U.S.market with usable tools at pennies on the dollar.
Every small facility and a whole bunch of freelancers would have no choice but to purchase.
Look at companies like Behringer. Everybody badmouths them, but they still sell a lot of stuff.
Posted 14 March 2006 - 08:55 PM
Posted 14 March 2006 - 09:47 PM
Heh... I feel dumb for not realising that to begin with.
I believe that the $43 is the daily rental rate.
Thanks for the clarification. The actual price list posted above is much more realistic.
Posted 15 March 2006 - 11:50 AM
Posted 16 March 2006 - 11:02 AM
Posted 16 March 2006 - 02:12 PM
Standby gang, they're negotiating with a potential USA distributor.
Posted 17 March 2006 - 04:25 AM
Ballasts have large capacitors in them and I wouldn't like to see anyone get hurt or worse.
At these very cheap prices, what are they skimping on?
With Arri we are of course paying for the name but we are also paying for ENGINEERING.
Posted 17 March 2006 - 06:36 AM
If the Chinese units were to catch on at a terribly lower price, I, with so many others, would have no choice but to go with the more competitive option.