Painters are either long dead with expired copyright protection, or compensated for people to put these prints in their house.
Generic drugs are made because patent protection has expired for the pharma company that conceived it.
Wearing a fake watch is a little dirty in this regard. Rolex spends the time building the design and brand reputation, and chinese sweatshops copy it and ride their coattails.
As far as the amount of hate that everyone is giving replicas on this forum, that is overblown. People here spend obscene amounts of money on clothing to trick others into thinking they are successful. I think its mostly a jealousy thing that knockoff/offbrand clothing is much easier to spot as such, whereas a quality replica would need to be closely examined to determine that it is not authentic. People here associate nice things with status and are upset that someone can "trick" the system with replica watches, while they are paying a big chunk of their annual salary to look nice and trying to build that same status with clothing and other things.
I own a couple of replicas. I would never be able to afford a genuine one. I like how they look. If anyone asks I will tell them its fake. Yes I shouldn't be supporting the chinese knockoff trade, so I feel slightly bad there. But for me it is a nice way to learn about watches and diff models and what works and what doesn't. I've opened them up and tinkered with them, doing minor repairs, something I wouldn't dream of doing with an authentic. For me it has been a hobby and learning experience, so that one day when I do have $, I can invest in a nice timepiece.
Now as to the guy who claims that replicas are amazing and perfect and blah blah... mechanically, replicas are garbage compared to the real thing. Even the nicest replicas that come in at ~500 bucks are nowhere near the real thing. The asian manufacturers and resellers mark up a 50 dollar watch to 500 dollars because they can. You are not buying a 500 dollar watch, you are buying 450 dollars of status. This is one plus of authentic watches. The ratio of what is brand markup and what is craftsmanship is much, much more balanced.
Originally Posted by swiego
I struggle with the notion that there is something dirty or psychologically distressing about replica watches.
Virtually everyone I know has prints of famous paintings in their homes. They all are replicas. None are wrought with self-despair over not having bought the original from the Louvre.
Many take generic drugs as well. Perhaps some look at the Tylenol or Bayer with envy, but I suspect most simply see lower value with the brand name.
Aside from being a less common example than the above two, are replica watches really any different?
Note: at present I view watches as functional things and as such, I don't own one since I have my cell phone anyway. So, I don't have a particular stake in the matter right now.
Edited by jd2010 - 9/18/11 at 2:45pm