What to buy and when to buy.
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In the 25 years I’ve been regularly attending NAB, I’ve learned a few tricks. For instance, when I was starting out, trade shows were about seeing all the shiny things on display, because for decades the big trade show was the only place to get information directly from multiple manufacturers. So most attendees would end up flying home with bags and bags of of brochures and product sheets to study. But those days are gone.
The great playground of the modern fraud artist has been Ebay. Fueled by greed, buyers have been lured into lowball auctions on high end items. With their savings sent overseas via Western Union, buyers waited patiently on their doorsteps, fake UPS tracking numbers in hand, never to have that expensive new toy arrive. Although Ebay has been cracking down efficiently, it is still a buyer beware world out there. While there are many other auction sites out there, the following red flags should apply to any purchase you make.
If you’re in the market to purchase new video gear anytime soon, then you owe it to yourself to make a pilgramage to Las Vegas for the annual National Association of Broadcasters trade show. Having attended NAB for the past 10 years, I can give you my two cents about attending on the cheap, and some gotchas for first-timers…