To be safe, when buying your smart gadgets like nanny cams, spy cams and so on for office security purposes, it is recommended that you make some few precautions to avoid having yourself being scammed! Below are some guides you can easily abide by for your safety.
Have A Broad Idea About The product You Intend Buying: To avoid problems, do enough investigation methodically in order to be more careful because at times those web catalogs may not describe a product the same way a shopkeeper will advertise its product. However, not many companies take a strict look at vendors and their products because of the lack of patience and time constraints or maybe because someone else who has bought and tested the product from the same company you intend to buy from has tipped you in buying from them. Nevertheless, such careless attitude towards buying at times can prove costly.
When you do not have sufficient information within your reach, contact the seller via email to send useful information you need to know before purchasing his products; most sites do respond quickly. However, if such companies tend to be slow in responding to questions or give unclear and indefinite responses, stay away from such sellers.
Look Out For Availability Of Accessories: Examine if any of the included accessories like USB charger, batteries, extra cables, Micro SD cards, case or carrying bag, and so on are well packaged and are original and not faulty. Now that you have checked the external envelope of the gadget, you will have to check if all the internal components are working normally.
Read the manual before buying: When manuals are been read, it is easy to avoid post-purchase regrets that may arise. You can source for such information / manual instruction by downloading the Pdf format from manufacturer's website. Some people have the wrong view of believing that they don't need to read manuals only after the purchase, that's a big mistake; it is better you do to avoid disappointments that come along with the feeling that you have wasted your money. Reading manuals can sometimes make you effectively choose whether to buy a product, choose another model or make or forgo the acquisition
Check Out for a bug bounty Program: Most Smart product manufacturers who care about your security will encourage hackers and researchers to report security flaws to them so that they can fix them quickly. You can search online for bug bounty on sites like‘HackerOne' or ‘bugcrowd' then enter the name of the product or the manufacturer in the checkbox, if the name is on their network, that's a good sign that the manufacturer cares about the safety of customers.
Compare prices Of Similar Products: Some companies may want to cheat when they observe that the customer has little knowledge on the product he/she intends to buy, If the product is still on the market, endeavor to visit several stores or sites to learn about the price of a similar model or product, then compare the prices. However, do note that prices may not be exactly the same for different companies but there can be few cents of difference in prices.
Download Their App: Always download apps of such companies so that buying from your Smart device is easy. You can download such apps from Google play to begin. When you have the app of these trading companies, you can easily view their video reviews on any product you intend buying.
Meet the seller and test the gadget: The problem many companies who deal in security gadgets have today is that they often tend to be in hurry in selling their product to the market, so they feel connectivity to the Internet is the primary focus and therefore makes other important matters lower on the priority list. Therefore, it is advisable you clarify it to the seller that you want to test the gadget you intend buying so that you can confirm if they are in good shape and check for specs that comes with it if it actually meets your niche of requirements before paying for them. Only consider buying open box items if the savings on the price tagged on them is worthy.
Note The Type Of Equipment Set-up Needed: This is an important factor that needs to be considered because some spy cameras, for example, needs more accessories and extra cables to buy along with. Knowing these will make you prepare for any extra spending you will need for manual installation if you are buying the analog system for example.
Budget: Doing a security gadget installation can be a little bit expensive for an office complex. Therefore, it is necessary that proper preparations are made financially before embarking on such a project.
Will the camera be indoor or outdoor: This helps in clarifying what type of security camera you will need in the first place.There are different types depending on your need such as hidden camera,nanny cam and dash camera etc.
Watch Out For Scams: Scammers now use more technology that is sophisticated in setting up fake websites that look like genuine online retail stores. When you buy security gadgets, you may receive the item you paid for but they may end up to be counterfeit, in some cases, you may end up receiving nothing at all, so do not trust a site just because you have seen it advertised or shared on social media. The best in detecting fake traders or social media online shopping frauds is to search for reviews before purchasing.
Buy From Legitimate Shops: How do you know a legitimate shop? When the general terms and conditions of sale are accessible, and things like the company address and contact are clearly indicated for the feedback report. To confirm legitimacy, you can make a call or send messages in pretense; asking for availability of their products. In addition, you can check for the legitimacy of websites by visiting ‘who is' site and check if the name is on their database.