Any risks from buying on there? Like dodgy firmware of something? Has such thing been heard of if anyone knows?
Well as Hikvision won’t deal with you unless you are a certified installer and your legal recourse is with the seller, potentially reduced recourse if a camera/NVR fails. Hikvision region lock firmware, so for example the NVR I just purchased needed an EU firmware, it took all of an extra 2 minutes to manually download the firmware and unzip it to a USB flash drive then manually update. In years gone by, you could make decent savings by sourcing Chinese Hikvision kit that had been flashed with modified firmware to make it English language. The savings now aren’t what they used to be and generally sourcing EU stock isn’t an issue imo. Of course you could buy a unit that is not as described, for example my recent ‘3 month old’ DS-7604-K1 (which should make is a B or C) turned out to be a 2016 unit in the box of a unit manufactured last year, it wasn’t upgradable to a v4 firmware, and the 7608-K2 I ordered ended up being a 7616-K2, but I didn’t complain too much about that