Thanks to CX Magazine and Julius it was brought to my attention that Clay Paky are going to take action against users of fake Sharpy beam lights. This is fair enough. For to long there has been available fakes of a lot of main stream lighting company products available. This is not just limited to Moving lights, there is also a lot of dodgy copies of Source 4’s , lighting consoles and the like. I originally wrote an article on this blog about chinese copies damaging the industry.READ HERE
It looks like at least one company is going to stand up against this insideous practise of these companies and the end users. If the end result is that people are more aware of what they are buying and are supporting the companies that originally spent the R & D time developing these products. It makes you wonder how much money these companies are losing to these rip off copy companies. Buying these rip offs is also going to bite you back one day, try getting warranty work done. Are you likely to freight the gear back to an address in a foriegn copmany because you bought it online. Is the company in this country like to service the equipment, if they are still around.
So the price is cheap, but is the saving worth it? Me thinks not when this unit fails before warranty and you want action. If you bought a supposed name brand really cheap, surely in your own mind you would have thought sonething was not right. Then it breaks and you decide to take it to the local dealer to get fixed under warranty. Once they have finished laughing you are going to be sent on your way with the fixture still broken.
So how does this happen? Reverse engineering is the process, we have all heard this term before. Well what these companies do is purchase or steal a piece of equipment and then take it to bits and duplicate. They can sometimes get the info they need also from patent information.
Here is a link to one of the companies that is blatantly ripping off an original manufacturer. A company under the name of Made in China.Com They think they are so far above the law that they do not even change the name. Here is another company that makes a whole range of copied equipment, they are called Dortron Show Technology. Very scary indeed. Ok maybe I am wrong in pointing you to these companies, but you need to see what they are doing. I am assuming you are all ethical.
Just look at these pictures:
It looks like a Pearl, they may have even stolen the image. This was taken from the Dortron site. Or this Source 4 copy:
Also buying from some of these companies is like supporting slave labour. Often the workers in these factories that manufacture these copies work under the most appalling conditions. So buy original, it may cost more but you will have the back up and service. There are a few companies in Australia that sell some of these copies, maybe we need to out them. Or at the least no longer buy from them, then they may go away.