Tell me about your knock-offs

I have real Rolexes. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t mind wearing a Seiko or Casio ‘copy’; but I’d never wear a counterfeit one. That’s just sad.

I’m currently wearing a knock-off (OK, reproduction) RAF ‘Irvin’ jacket. I have a real one (Coastal Command, with the yellow hood); but people were smaller back then, and all of the zippers need to be replaced. There are reproductions that cost $1,500 or more, and are said to be correct in every detail. Mine cost under $300 and the detail differences are (I think) within the variances of wartime production. Close enough.

I also have a Squier Telecaster. It looks just like one of my Fenders, and I’ve modified it with premium pickups, console, shielding, and through-body bridge. I can’t play worth crap, of course.

I remember back in my college days Dragone was a cheaper version of Riunite or Giacobazzi lambrusco.

Unfortunately I cannot find the original Hydrox cookies, only the knockoff Oreos. I must say that I have tried quite a few off-brand Hydrox/Oreo cookies. All of them have been very good to excellent, as long as they weren’t stale.

I have a good Buck knife but couldn’t resist buying another one for $3 in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Both work fine though the knock-off needs work twice as often to stay sharp.

I don’t know if you know this but Squier and Fender are actually the same company. Not exactly the same but more like how GM makes are the same company. Squier is the Chevy to Fender’s Cadillac.

I’ve mentioned before that I collect cereal. Some of my favorites are from Malt o meal (Post’s lower end brand that knocks off the more familiar cereals) and Great Value (Walmart’s brand).

Malt o meal’s key lime pie crunch was my favorite new cereal of 2023. I didn’t like the GM churros cereal, but the Malt o meal one was great.

Yes, I know that. But the Squier is much more cheaply made. (As opposed to Les Pauls made by Gibson and Epiphone. Epiphone was a well-established brand that made quality instruments. I have an Epiphone.)

Wal-Mart’s Equate brand of knock-offs has a couple of products that I’ve been using for a long time.

I’ve been using their Everyday Clean dandruff shampoo (“compare to Head & Shoulders® Active Ingredient”) for at least 20 years, so obviously I’m quite happy with it.

Also I’ve been using their moisturizing cream, Moisture Advanced Care Body Lotion (“Compare to Vaseline® Intensive Care Advanced Repair”), to keep my hands from drying out for a decade or so now.

I have an Epiphone Les Paul that I love. Cost about $400 when purchased, so high end for an Epi LP but nowhere near the $3K or 4K a Gibson set you back. Plays like a dream and gives me the growl I wanted as a change. (Guess what my go-to guitar is :smile:.)

In my mind, Squier is to Fender as Epiphone (for Les Pauls, not for something like a Casino) is to Gibson, which is an intramural knockoff. I’ve played some good Squiers, too. The price gap between Squier and Fender is not as vast as Gibson/Epi, FWIW.

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While in Greece in 2019 I thought I had lost my sunglasses. So ad a cheap replacement, I bought a pair of “Roy Bans” from a sidewalk vendor for around €8. They were obviously cheaply made, but they did the job as a temporary replacement, until I figured out where I’d put my good sunglasses.

Actually, among horologists, counterfeit Rolex watches are considered collectible. Some are made from parts of various real Rolex watches and can be a challenge to identify as fake. Others are funny, because they can be spotted as fakes from across the room.

Yes. It’s just a ‘thing’ with me because of living in SoCal in the '80s, where status was everything and having a counterfeit Rolex marked you as a poseur. FWIW, I didn’t get my first one until they started to become un-hip. I’m too old for them to be considered un-hip on me now, but I wear them anyway (when I wear a watch, which I increasingly don’t).