Surveillance Professional

**I wanted to bring a matter to the attention of the Community:
First, I am a Security professional with lots of experience in all aspects of Electronic Security since 1984.
Secondly, as a business owner you must have the ability to purchase “wholesale” and sell “retail”, I do not feel that I need to explain this.
I found the Western Digital ReadyView product and contacted Support to ask questions regarding “Wholesale-Pricing.” I thoroughly explained that I am a WDC customer, and that I have been purchasing WDC hard drives for my surveillance equipment for many years. Much to my surprise, according to the WDC rep, I can only purchase this readyview product thru retail distribution. Now as you can see, $349.00 is a very good RETAIL price for a 4 MP 4-Channel NVR with 4TB HDD (VERY GOOD). Now this presents a conflict of my code of ethics in consideration of “Industry Standards.”
So I must first present the following question as a **Statement,
Why should I continue to purchase product from a company that steps directly into my industry to compete with me, and refuses to offer the same products of competition to my company so that I can profit alongside them? Again, why should I continue to purchase Western Digital Surveillance Drives to build into my recorders (NVR, DVR, XVR) when they are in fact selling a product directly to my customers at a “Kick-Butt-Price”, when in fact they are not offering this same product at a dealer (“ME”) price???
I am a business owner, to remain in business I must make a profit. Western Digital is working against me using this structure of competition against me.
So, I have sent a descriptive message to WDC Support and wait for someone to tell me how I am able to buy this same product for the same price of $349.00 then turn around and sell it for WDC’s ADVERTISED price of $349.00 and make any kind of profit.???
So until I am provided with a wholesale price from WDC on this ReadyView product, I will no longer purchase their products. By the looks of things in the community discussion, the ReadyView product has problems anyway.!

Hi @ctnken,

You should be able to use this link:

Is that the best you can do? “Should be able to use this link”??? No explanation? Is this for wholesale pricing?

My very own (consumer’s) perspective here:
$200 for 2MP set is a better deal, I purchased 2, then one more for extra cameras. Maybe things are better (for consumers) in your area, but I was unable to find a professional installation service, let alone reasonably-priced. Spent many hours installing the cameras (about 8 so far), a professional might be able to to do it sightly better and/or slightly more efficiently, but I would never expect less than a $1000 bill for the installation service of this kind alone. Basically, equipment costs represent a smaller fraction here. Even if you were able to negotiate $50 off $200 with WD and then pass on ALL those savings to me, I would’ve ended up paying $1300 instead of $1400 in the best case scenario. Basically, unless your rate is like $25/hour, this is not a big point. Especially if WD is thinking about discontinuing the line. But you are totally within your right to stop buying their HDDs, I would probably do that in your position if other drives provide equal quality/value.