Originally Posted by mattvivsound
I am looking at purchasing a lot of LED Light Bars for my 4Runner; I havenít determined a brand or size yet as I am still in re-con mode. This isnít my first time doing the Importing stuff from China thing; I buy a lot of stage lighting for my business. So I know what needs to happen with the Taxes and such.
I would love to buy some Rigid, Vision X or Baja Design lights, but they are out of my budget. Thus Iíll import a lot of lights, keep what I need and eBay the rest.
I was about to email Aurora lights about pricing, until my quick internet search brought me to a statement saying that theyíll sue me if I try and sell ďAuroraĒ lights. They didnít say which model or if itís all of their products.
They also said there are other companies that I couldnít re-sell, but didnít list them. Does anyone know who they are?
Does Vision X and Baja Designs have any companies or models that I should avoid?
There have been some threads saying that the new Aurora lights do NOT infringe on the Rigid Patents. Basically saying they've had a re-design.
If you're buying for personal use, and end up having a few leftover, I think it would be unlikely for Rigid to sue you, unless you're importing a ton of lights and trying to sell them for profit. If you were to, however, start an ebay or amazon
based business for the sake of selling the lights, there could be an issue, if it turns out that Aurora's product is in fact still infringing.
*disclaimer* I do not know this for a fact, but I don't see how Rigid would benefit by going after a personal user, who bought a product they don't have a use for and are trying to get rid of it... I would imagine that this could get them some bad press on internet forums such as this one... people on here have already stated that they won't buy from Rigid because they felt that some of their posts were threatening in nature.
Those links go to a few threads that have addressed a few different brands of lights, as well as the Rigid infringement issue.
Also, look up forum member "SoCalTacos", he's got some threads relating to the issue.
Another light company located in China that many people seem to be using, is Hanma
. They make quite a few lights, but if you read through the pirate 4x4 thread, the Hanma's don't seem to be nearly as durable as the Aurora lights.
Another thing to consider, I have personally contacted both of these companies. Hanma told me that their lead time, to build and ship the lights, after
receiving payment, would be 8 weeks.
Aurora, by comparison, from the people I've talked to in the US that have ordered them, had their orders delivered in about 3 weeks.
Shipping is not cheap, either, when I asked for a quote from one of them for sample lights, my estimate, for a total of 17 lights, including;
(3) - 2"
(1) - 4"
(1) - 6"
(2) - 10"
(2) - 20"
(4) - 6"
(4) - 10"
The freight was about 230.00, but keep in mind my estimate was pretty massive.