Wow, you have a postulated an amazingly thoughout, yet HIGHLY speculative senario that although theoretically could be true, I highly doubt is even close to reality.
WYZE business model and it’s product agreed were high risk early on, however the reviews are overwhelmingly praising the cost to benefit advantage these units have compared to the “best sales” such as today’s 2 Nest Ring cameras for $300.00 !!!
Umm … really ?
I currently have purchased 12 WYZE cameras for under $300.00.
I have flawlessly watched and recorded every social room (obviously not bedrooms / bathrooms), the basement, a tractor trailer garage, a three car garage, inside of our Amish built chicken coup, and outside in the front and backyards of our home outside Lake Placid, New York.
Tempertures -20+ below haven’t caused one second of interruption nor has the common hay dust etc in the coup.
Sure sd cards, shipping, usb extension cables etc can add additional small costs, but these would be incurred by most any cameras.
The limited but wonderfully FREE cloud recording is surely an added bonus, rare at any price point.
Software enhancements and additional features are very easy as iSmartCam and others using this design have shown.
Lastlt, write to the founders and you might quickly agree with me assessment that they are NOT looking to flip WYZE.
They are taking advantage of a huge burgeoning mass market of people unwilling to invest thousands into home security / automation who are proving very happy to try (and quickly expand) this lower cost option.
Sure WYZE is more of a Microsoft than an Apple, but don’t forget that Microsoft moved up quickly, owned the market space they sought, and the founders stayed for decades.
I am actually a regular investor in higher cost / higher quality products i.e. Apple, Phillips Hue etc for my home.
Yet I am now WYZE to back WYZE!